I finished my whole school term about 3 seconds ago, and I wanted to review this term. So get ready for mini book reviews, as well as my math stuff, and other websites that I use. With every Mini-Review I will include a moral for the story.
Story of the Greeks
I wrote 2 reviews on this book, so if you’ve read them, you have an idea on what it’s about. This book is about the Romans. No, I’m kidding, it’s about the Greeks. Here are some basic narrations on stereotypical storylines that occur a lot:
1: Famous hero is doing a lot of good for his country, but then turns evil, gets killed by people who can’t remember anything good about him, only the bad stuff. Later, enemies attack, and the people regret killing Famous Hero, and remember the good stuff about him.
2: 3 Chapters occur with another Famous Hero, then in the 4th chapter, Famous Hero dies.
3: Hero’s country is conquered, and he and sometimes his family are put to death in cruel ways by their enemies.
The moral of this story is: “Every Greek story has a bad ending, and don’t be maniacally evil.”
Archimedes and The Door of Science
This book was about the life of Archimedes, and what he did. He did a lot for the mathematical world and built a lot of war machines to use against the King of Syracuse’s enemies.
In the last chapter a man named Marcellus conquered Syracuse and told a soldier to go bring him Archimedes. At the time Archimedes was working on a math problem or something, and when the soldier told him to get up and stepped on his diagram, Archimedes hit him with his writing stick. The soldier promptly pulled out his sword and ran him through.
The moral of this story is: “Don’t hit someone who has a sword.”
The Story of David Livingstone
David Livingstone was a missionary who wanted to free slaves. This book tells about his adventures, one of them being him attacking a lion, saving everyone, but messing up his arm in the process. I haven’t read this book in a while, so I can’t tell you that much.
The moral of this story is: “Review books so you know what you’re writing about before narrating them.”
Augustus Caesar’s World
This story follows Octavius, who becomes, Octavian, who becomes Augustus Caesar. It tells about the rise and fall of Brutus and Cassius, along with Mark Antony and Cleopatra, who both died from a miscommunication. A servant told another servant to tell Antony that Cleopatra was going to kill herself, but when the servant got to Antony, he was out of breath and told him that Cleopatra already died. Antony kills himself, and Cleopatra, seeing this, kills herself too.
The moral of this story is: “Be clear when you speak, otherwise someone could die.”
It Couldn’t Just Happen
This book is explaining why Evolution isn’t true, and also about when God created the world. It says that there are old fossils of animals, and new fossils, but no fossils show that any animals evolved from single celled organisms to what we know them as today.
The moral of this story is: “Don’t believe something that’s not real.”
School of the Woods
This book is about a man in the woods looking at animals. He explains a lot about the animals and gives them their random Indian names. He has fights with bears, and a lot of close encounters with other dangerous animals. The last chapter is about how animals die; they usually like to die peacefully. He once saw a hawk gracefully fall out of the sky, ready to die.
The moral of this story is: “If you know a lot about animals and random names that don’t make sense, you could write a book.”
The Sea Around Us
If you want a detailed book about the deep depths of the ocean, this book is for you. This book explores the sea around us and the animals that live there. There are some really creepy fish at the bottom of the sea, and most are phosphorescent.
The moral of this story is: “If you can think really fast while writing a book narration, you can write random morals.”
Next, my math. What I do for math is a mix of Life of Fred, Khan Academy and Math-U-See.
Life of Fred is a series of books written by a amazing hilarious author, making math “as serious as it needs to be” (the subtitle for the books). The cool thing is, the books actually have a storyline. I even read my sister’s Life of Fred books for fun, because they’re just funny and awesome.
Khan Academy is an unique online schooling program that allows you to learn almost anything. I just use it for math, and you can earn badges, upgrade your skills using Mastery Challenges, and a lot more. I love the layout for Khan Academy and the way you can watch videos to learn more stuff. Khan Academy is really easy to learn, especially when we don’t have a tv accessible to do Math-U-See. Khan Academy has helped me learn a lot about math, and I might start learning programming soon. Thank you for creating Khan Academy, this has been (and will continue to be) one of the best math curriculums out there, where you can learn almost anything, for free.
Math-U-See is also an unique thing. You watch a video with someone actually talking to you, instead of a book just telling you what to do. After you watch the video, you do a lot of lessons, a systematic review and a test (I just do the tests, because the lessons are the same thing over and over). I added the links above so you can see them for yourself.
I also do Set, an online daily game and also an app. This game is for people who can see patterns (so, obviously, I rock at it :D). The game has 4 different types of attributes: Shape, Shading, Color, and Amount. To have a Set, each different attribute must be all the same or all different. For more info, you can check out the link above.
Some other things I have are additional reading (Rob Roy, and Huck Finn currently), copywork (sometimes it’s hard to find a good sentence to copy, so if you need a good quote to copy, try the morals of the stories I narrated above) and narration (You probably know all about my narrations by now, and if you don’t, you should realize what you’re reading right now).
I hope you enjoyed my Term Review, and one of the things I did not mention that I do for school is snowboard. Sometimes we go off snowboarding on a school day, and it’s awesome because most of the time on weekdays, it’s not packed with people. We can go snowboarding (at least, I can) because I’m ahead with my weekly stuff, like the stuff I wrote about above. We also memorize poems, Bible verses and read Shakespeare (right now we’re reading The Taming of the Shrew).
I like what we do for school, and this term seemed to go by really fast! Thanks for reading my narrations, and this post (if you are reading it, or if you just skipped to the end to read this).
4 thoughts on “My School Term Review”
Hi Gabe! It’s great to hear your voice in your writing! It sounds like y’all are having a ball on your adventure! We look forward to seeing y’all again when you return. Happy trails!
Super awesome review! I also studied about Octavia this year. Have you read/seen Julius Caesar? I am a homeschool mom living in Ecuador and I am sure my kids will enjoy reading your page here. Good for you for sharing this! Spread the homeschool love!! 🙂
Thanks for the comment! Glad you liked my post, I haven’t read/seen Julius Caesar but I think it’ll be coming up soon for me to read. It’s so cool that you’re homeschooling in Ecuador!
You have filled your head and heart with quite a bit of knowledge, buddy. I love you and am proud of how hard you work. I see your focus and ability to navigate complex topics. Well done. It is shaping you into a critical thinker with a lot of great humor!