In my life this week…I was expecting a super-busy week, and while all our trips didn’t pan out, we still had a fun and productive week. I was initially very disappointed that one of our planned trips (to a storytelling festival) didn’t work out, but I had an attitude adjustment mid-week, and that helped more than actually going to the festival would have. 😉
A family field trip (literally!) to the pumpkin patch on Monday
In our homeschool this week…
- Circle Time–we did this four times this week. Yippee!
- Language–Lulu finished her thank-you letter, addressed her envelope, and mailed it. She also wrote a friendly letter, though honestly, I’m unsure of the usefulness of these exercises (the extra lessons at the end of FLL 3). Lulu has a penpal whom she writes occasionally, and she knows how to address an envelope, etc. I’m considering letting my inner box-checker off the hook if there are more letter writing exercises. On the positive side, Lulu’s letter-writing inspired Louise to write one of her own (that, and the fact that she received one from her penpal). Lulu also did three 4 level analyses or so. Those are fun! Louise completed lessons 28 and 29 in FLL 2 which involved picking out contractions and verbs (action and helping).
- Writing: Both girls did a week’s worth of lessons in WWE (levels 4 and 2).
- Spelling: Lulu did copywork./handwriting using one dictation sentence from Spelling Wisdom, but it was such a disjointed week that we never got back to doing the actual dictation. Next week I plan for them both to start in Rod and Staff spelling!
- Handwriting: Lulu has all but finished her Getty-Dubay book, so I’m going to attempt to be consistent in having her do all of her written work in cursive. I think Louise worked in her handwriting book, too. (Obviously, I’m not so great at paying attention to this.)
- Math: Lulu did lessons 119-122 in RS D and Math Mammoth pages on multiplication (for review) at least twice this week. Her RightStart lessons were mostly on reading graphs, so it was an easy week. Louise did lessons 37-40 in RS C, all of which were subtraction lessons. She did these with no problems. She worked in Math Mammoth twice this week, too, and she found some of the time-telling problems (a whole section on telling time! Imagine!) challenging, but we muddled through together.
- History: Knowing that we were going to have a busy week with lots of outside activities, I didn’t really plan to do any history this week. I think both girls ended up reading one of the last sections in SotW 2 and doing at least one written narration. Now I have to get next week planned!
- Science: Steady Eddie did science with the girls on Thursday night. I know it involved discussing more about leaves and looking at some of the beans they “planted” in a plastic bag and stuck in the closet in the dark. It was very interesting to see how they germinated and grew into extremely long, pale green/white stems with a few little leaves. It was also very interesting that the entire cotyledon was gone–“eaten” up by the plant!
- Fun Friday: We had our usual Circle Time (Bible study, “evaluation” of new memory work, and read-aloud only) and
Poetry Tea Time selections + Robert Frost on the iPad
Poetry Tea Time. Lulu worked in her Beast Academy math book. We played the mother of all Corners games–Louise and I played Subtraction Corners while Lulu and I played Distribution Corners, all on the same board. (Whew!) Lulu worked on learning the home-row keys on the keyboard using Dance Mat typing. We also did a fabulous art activity:
We finished up Friday with a trip to the library. It was a good day!
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…It seems like I’m always striving for balance, and this week felt pretty close to right. I think it had something to do with the fact that we only went to swim team practice once this week (and they have finally moved indoors for practice!) I’m not giving up on the swim team because it is the physical activity my girls seem to enjoy the most out of all we’ve tried, but it takes a lot for me to get us out the door and there by 3:30 three times a week. (I have to awaken the DLM and sometimes even Benny from a nap to do it.) What I’m realizing again and again is that homeschooling takes a lot of dedication and sacrifice. It ain’t easy, but this week it has felt like a real blessing.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
- On Monday we had a field trip to a fantastic pumpkin patch. We drove about an hour and a half to get there, but it was worth it. Even better than the patch was the fact that Steady Eddie took off work to go with us! (Those are the pictures from the patch in the first collage above.)
- Tuesday night found me and the girls at the library for the Mother-Daughter Bookclub. We were the hostesses this month. We discussed The Doll People and made paper dolls. (Hopefully I’ll get a review of this story up in the near future.) This inspired Louise to make lots of paper dolls this week!
- On Wednesday we had our usual Bible study and piano lessons, but in between we took a picnic to the park and had a wonderful time. The weather was cool and a bit blustery, but it was a gorgeous day to be outside. I don’t know when I’ve enjoyed myself more!
My favorite thing this week was…the trip to the park on Wednesday.
My kiddos’ favorite thing this week was…probably watching several episodes of Leave It to Beaver this week. I watched it a lot growing up, so it’s fun to share this little bit of my childhood with my kids.
Things I’m working on…ideas for Christmas ornaments for our AWANA kids to make to sell for missions. Any ideas?
I’m cooking…This week I made Annette’s cheeseburger macaroni, and it was good! I also cooked a pot of pintos this week–the girls like bean burritos for lunch. For Sunday lunch I made chili and am looking forward to having that for lunch next week.
I’m grateful for…So many things, but mostly that God’s mercies are new every morning. I’m praying for… a sweet family that lost their very special son this week. My sister (a public school special ed. paraprofessional) is close to the family. Also, a local homeschooling family found out their daughter, one of eleven children, has leukemia. I’m praying for this sweet little girl and her family..
Something I am ogling or have my eye on…new hardwood flooring. Decision, decisions, decisions!
I’m reading. . . The Center of Everything by Linda Urban for the Armchair Cybils. I’m not sure what my girls have read this week (I REALLY need to work on a booklist for them!), though I do know that Lulu found our copy of the much sought-after Treasures of the Snow by St. John when she got out her winter coat. It was in the pocket!
I’m going to end with a Louise quip and a Louise portrait, just because she’s quirky and they’re funny.
Louise: “Mom, what do you call a person from New York?”
Me: “Ummm, a New Yorker?”
Louise: “Why not Yorkies?”
She drew this picture of me this week. Can you read my shirt? It says “I am not crazy yet.” 🙂
She knows me too well, I think. 🙂
How was your week?