Friday, March 20, 2015

Royal's Exams :: Year 3, Term 1

We are a bit behind the "normal" school schedule, so we have just finished our first 12 weeks of Year 3 (3rd grade-ish). It was such a wonderfully productive first term too, as Royal really began taking off with his reading skills. It sure has made getting through the day's assignments easier on me since I now also have little Alice to work with in Year One.

So I have just finished going through the suggested questions for the Term 1 Exam over on the Ambleside website. I have used some of their questions verbatim, calibrated others, and added extras to cover more subject matter.

So without further ado, here is our exam:

1. What do you know about Moses' babyhood and early life?
2. Tell about Moses and the burning bush or a story of Moses & Aaron.
3. Tell about Mary's visit to Elizabeth or something from Jesus' childhood.
4. Tell about the healing of the man who came through the roof or of the centurion's servant.

Copy "The queen went stumping along in one shoe of stone and one of skin."
Print, then rewrite in cursive.

1. Tell about how Bloody Queen Mary's sister, Elizabeth, became a prisoner.
2. Talk about how England was saved from the Spaniards when Queen Elizabeth was in power.
3. Talk about the Spaniards' search for the city of gold called El Dorado OR about one of the explorers: Vasco da Gama or Magellan.

1. Tell your favorite part of The Princess & The Goblin.
2. Tell the story of Paul Bunyan or Pecos Bill.
3. Talk about Christian & Hopeful's crossing of the river and up to Mount Zion's gate.

Talk about one of the works of art that Michelangelo was involved with.

1. Tell about TWO of your favorite parts of Marco Polo's journey to China.
2. Tell everything you know about the Great Wall of China. Why was it built?
3. Draw the shape of the earth and show where the hot countries are and where the cold ones are.

Natural History and General Sciences
1. Describe from memory the chinaberry or the Inca dove that you drew in your Nature Notebook. Tell everything you know about it.
2. Talk about how a hermit crab develops and grows.
3. Tell about sea anemones and how they feed.

Reading Skill
Read this passage in your clearest voice: (Dad selects)

1. 234 + 8 =
2. 105 - 7 =
3. 365 + 80 =
4. 89 - 27 =
5. Royal saved $300. He bought a gun and had $98 left. Find the cost of the gun.

1. Sing "Noche de Paz"
2. Sing the abecedario up until the letter we have learned.
3. Answer:
     ¿Qué día es hoy?
     ¿Cuál es la fecha?
     ¿Qué tiempo hace?
4. La ropa (clothing):
     *Using the bears family puzzle, dress & undress your chosen bear, talking about what you take off and put on in the morning and at night. Using your bear's facial expression as a guide, answer: ¿Cómo estás?
     *¿Qué llevas tú? (Talk about what you are wearing today)

Picture Study
1. Describe your favorite picture you studied of this term's artist, Fra Angelico.
2. Do a quick sketch of it.
Resurrection of Christ and Women at the Tomb

1. James 1:2-12
2. Dad chooses a poem for you to recite:
     "A Good Play", by R.L. Stevenson
     "Ferry Me Across the Water", by Christina Rossetti
     "Little Boy Found", by William Blake

1. Sing "The Yellow Rose of Texas"
2. Sing "Joy to the World"

1. Give one of your handicrafts to someone else.
This is another hand-stitched card; however, Royal designed this himself
and sent it to a family friend as a birthday greeting.
He loved it!
2. Do your best kitchen floor and table duty cleanings.

Composer Study
1. Talk about the sounds of Hildegard von Bingen and why you liked her compositions or not.
2. Tell a little about her.

1. Color in the primary and secondary colors on the color wheel.

2. Draw Wally the Worm winding through the grass, coming straight towards you.
Foreshortening technique

Read Alouds
1. Which was your favorite book: "On the Banks of Plum Creek" or "Alice in Wonderland". Why?
2. Draw a scene from either of these books and tell me about it.
On the Banks of Plum Creek


  1. It never fails to amaze me how much we do in "just" a term! I love learning this way.

    1. and oh I forgot to say, Love that duck!

    2. Thanks, Ma :-)
      Yes, we were all very impressed with that duck. Our friend who received it said it was the best birthday card he has ever gotten!

  2. This is fantastic!! Wonderful work by both you and your son. I love seeing this, particularly since we just finished Year 3. That picture of Pa yelling "Caroline!" is priceless, and the birthday card is so lovely. Thank you for sharing these.