Weekly Wrap-Up: This and That

It’s a new month so we started a new topic. We’re learning about the Constitution, but most of the books I requested haven’t made it to the library. So, I’ve got a random collection of books we used this week.

Our local library had one interesting book on the Constitution, We the People: The Constitution of the United States by Peter Spier. Spier illustrated the preamble to the Constitution and then concludes the book with some background on the writing of the Constitution. He ends with the full text of the Constitution and all its amendments.

Next up is a book I picked up for Fun Math Friday. I was looking for some inspiration for Fun Math Friday and found Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems by J. Patrick Lewis. Lewis took poems like Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven or Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening and, using the format of the original poem, turns it into a math word problem. We read the original poem and then the math poem and then solved the problem (the answers are upside down at the bottom of the page). The problems aren’t difficult, but the poems are fun.

And finally, Miss Adventure asked for a book on where words come from. The library couldn’t find the book we used last time we looked at etymology, Camp Fossil Eyes: Digging for the Origins of Words, so instead I found Abracadabra to Zombie: More Than 300 Wacky Word Origins by Don and Pam Wulffson. This book is exactly what Miss Adventure was looking for. She can’t read it without sharing pretty much everything. Even Mr. Curiosity was getting in on the fun. This book is full of all kinds of tidbits, put in alphabetical order so you can find them more easily.

And those were the books we used this week. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers’ Weekly Wrap-Up.




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2 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up: This and That

  1. Oooh, I want to read that book on word origins! I’m a sucker for the history of words. I wonder if I can get any of my kids interested . . .

    • My kids keep getting sucked in, so perhaps yours will as well. Each word has a short snippet of an entry, and there’s a wide variety of words, so it’s easy to dip in and out of.

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