- In my life this week…I’m tired. This was our sixth week of school, and I can tell it. Once upon a time we considered a six week on, one week off schedule, and though we’ve decided against it for now, I can remember why I thought it was a good idea. 🙂 Steady Eddie has traveled more this school year than ever before, and that, coupled with the addition of Benny to our family, has left me feeling old and worn out.
A sweet reminder of why I do what I do
- In our homeschool this week…things went smoothly, despite the fact that I am D.O.N.E. with school for the moment. Here’s what we accomplished:
Circle Time–We had CT four times this week! Yippee!! We’re also ready to move on to a new hymn and Louise is ready for a new poem after this week. This week’s CT gem came today when the girls were doing their once weekly (or something like that) review of the CC Timeline song. They recognized several of the Timeline events from our CBS study of the book of Daniel. 🙂
Language–Lulu did three 4 level analyses from MCT Practice Island independently. She also completed lessons 79-81 in FLL 3, which involved a review adjectives and adverbs and lots of diagramming. (I love diagramming. Have I mentioned that before?)
Louise completed FLL 2 lessons 16-18. These lessons entail practice with helping verbs and a picture narration.
Writing: Lulu completed WWE 3 W35 D 1-4, all of which came from Rudyard Kipling’s writings. Louise did WWE 2 W 6 D 1-4, which is one of the weeks that uses poetry for all narrations, copy work, and dictations. She did very well with the poetry.
Math: Lulu did lessons 103-106 in RS D. This is more division, and she did very well with it, despite the fact that I needed to put my head together with Steady Eddie’s a time or two to really grasp how RS presents it. (Math ain’t what it used to be. 😉 ) She also did MM on one day (or was it two?), and Steady Eddie was home on Fun Friday to get in on the polyomino fun in Beast Academy and a few RS card games.
Louise got her first official taste of multiplication in RS this week, and my girl who is usually unperturbed by anything new grew a little frustrated with it, but we persevered and she came out the victor on the other side. She completed lessons 23-26 in RS C. She ended the week with a game of Corners and Skip Counting Memory.
Spelling–Lulu completed one dictation sentence in Spelling Wisdom this week. Actually, it wasn’t a sentence, but a poem. I’m still conflicted about spelling, but we’re going with this for this year since I cannot figure out how to fit more into our day. I’m trusting it’s all going to work out in the end.
Handwriting–They both did it. 🙂 Making joins between letters is proving challenging for my lefty.
History–We didn’t go forward in SotW this week since we still had several good books on Shakespeare to read. The girls both read Diane Stanley’s Bard of Avon independently, and I read aloud William Shakespeare and the Globe by Aliki. I hope I can get around to writing up a review of it–it’s wonderful. This time period has really caught my girls’ imaginations–especially Louise’s. She’s planning to dress up as Queen Elizabeth I for Halloween. 🙂
Science–We finished up lesson two in Apologia botany. Actually, Steady Eddie got in on the action for this chapter, thankfully. Man, Apologia is detailed! I didn’t learn a lot of the stuff until high school, at least.
Reading aloud–We finished The Magic Half and started on The Peterkin Papers (available free here) and The World of Columbus and Sons.
- Fun Friday–I really didn’t want to “do school” today, but I soldiered on. 😉 Actually, I try hard to make our Fun Fridays as unlike our regular days as possible (excepting that I still like a routine), so we had a short Circle Time in which the girls simply did everything they could from memory for an evaluation of sorts. Then, we had Poetry Tea Time.
After this refreshing little break, all three of the big kids did a bit of drawing and watercoloring while I read aloud.
the finished product
- By this time, Steady Eddie was home, so he helped Lulu with Beast Academy while I fixed lunch. After lunch and I got the DLM to go sleep (& I dozed off–note the exhaustion I mentioned earlier), we finished up with some math games, freewriting, and some work on the girls’ Books of Centuries.
- Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…take a break when you need one. 🙂 Really.
- Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…this week, besides the usual–swim practice (x 3, and yes, they’re still swimming outdoors!), CBS, piano lessons, and church–we went to this year’s first Mother-Daughter Bookclub at one of our libraries. The book was Magic Half, which we just managed to finish in the nick of time. I hope to review this book later.
- My favorite thing this week was…taking my girls out for supper after Bookclub on Tuesday night. They tore down the old Wendy’s in our town a few months ago and built a new one on the same spot. I like Wendy’s fine, but my girls LOVE it because they have one of the new “freestyle” soft drink dispensers. They like to see how many different soft drink concoctions they can invent. I just enjoyed having a little bit of time just to talk to them and give them my undivided attention.
- My kiddos’ favorite thing this week was…probably the trip to Wendy’s. 🙂 That, and Lulu got her check (a whopping $6!) from winning second place at the fair last week with her apron.
a better shot of the winning entry
- Things I’m working on…the Armchair Cybils. Well, I actually haven’t begun working on it, but I’ve begun thinking about it. 🙂 Oh, and this week is Read Aloud Thursday week, so do pop over and leave a link to your read aloud blog posts, if you have any!
- I’m cooking…do blueberry muffins for Poetry Tea Time count? 🙂 It has been such a crazy week of travel for Steady Eddie that this week cooking just didn’t happen. Well, Steady Eddie did grill some chicken and porkchops one night, but I haven’t cooked anything. The kids and I ate supper with my parents and sister’s family on Thursday night. Tonight we’re having frozen pizza. And that’s the unvarnished truth. 🙂
- I’m grateful for…family members who cook. . .and my husband, always.
- I’m praying for…is it selfish to say I’m praying for myself?
- I’m reading. . . Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas. It’s very, very good, but also a slow go. I really need to pick up the pace because on Saturday I requested lots of new books at the library, and on Thursday they called to let me know several had come in and had already been processed. . .
- My children are reading. . . Lulu’s assigned book this week was Along Came a Dog by Meindert DeJong. Louise’s book was Good Queen Bess by Alida Sims Malkus. As usual, the girls are also reading lots of random history books and fiction and whatever else strikes their fancies. The DLM has enjoyed a couple this week: I Love Ewe: An Ode to Animal Moms by Aaron Zenz and The Bear Who Shared by Christine Rayner.
- A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…Today I’ll just share a new word the DLM invented this week: Grand Crawly Dad Legs. Can you guess what it is?
How was your week?