I’ve had one of those weeks of pure exhaustion in which I was barely standing by the time Friday finally arrived. I think it’s the nature of the beast because of our out-of-the-house schedule and Steady Eddie’s work/school schedule. Today’s Fun Friday would more aptly be named Flop Friday, so I’ll start there and work backward. Maybe by the time I get to the end I’ll realize the week was better than I thought. 🙂
- Fun Friday started out with me oversleeping a little bit, which threw our day off, but not by too much. We had Circle Time (which just consisted of an oral test for the girls to discover whether or not they know the new material for the week). Louise took a spelling test on Spelling City and Lulu took a written test over chapter 2 in Rod and Staff grade 5 grammar. Louise and I played a math game and Lulu started a math game, but it was derailed by bad attitudes, so we headed out to the library. This mid-morning trip took longer than I expected. (Story of my life. 😉 ) When we got home, it was past lunchtime. I read aloud a bit and then rocked and nursed Benny. By the time he went to sleep, it was 2:00, and I was too pooped to even THINK about reconvening school. Instead, we watched an episode of The Blue Planet which actually does fit in with their marine biology studies. Then we did lesson two from Drawing with Children and called it a day. The day was rife with bad attitudes (mostly mine) and that feeling that I. just. can’t. do. one. more. thing. One day I’ll learn that it’s just better to take a Mental Health Day and call it good. 🙂
- The girls started taking karate this week at the YMCA. Two of their friends are in the class, so that’s an added bonus. I hope we can keep it up!
- In addition to our usual out-of-the-house activities (CBS X 2, co-op, piano), we had lunch out at the park on Wednesday after CBS with some buddies from the girls’ Bible study classes. The weather was beautiful–finally cool enough to enjoy being outside. It was particularly nice for me to chat with a trio of homeschooling mamas while the kids played.
- After karate on Wednesday we went to the new Chick Fil A for supper. My guess is that we waited at least twenty minutes for our food, and during that time 1.) Benny had numerous meltdowns, necessitating that I stand up by our table and hold him for most of the twenty minutes. 2.) Our resident engineer, the DLM, decided (which I recognize assumes a level of forethought a 4 year old is not capable of) to open his package of ketchup with his fist. 3.) The ketchup squirted across the aisle and landed, among other places (I’m sure), on the shirt of the gentleman who was innocently sitting there enjoying supper with his wife. (Thankfully, he was a nice man who seemed to be enjoying the show put on by my children.) The evening was capped off by the DLM melting down over an ice cream cone that he absolutely assured me he did not want when he was offered the chance to cash in his kids’ meal prize for said ice cream. However, just seeing his sisters’ cones was naturally enough to push him over the edge. Not too many times in my parenting career have I elicited sympathetic glances from perfect strangers, but Wednesday night was one such night. Have mercy.
- I had a last-minute doctor’s appointment one afternoon this week, but thankfully Steady Eddie was able to come home so I could go. He did math with the girls and fixed the window on my van. No more open door in the drive thru for me! (Old habits will die hard, I know, and this one is an OLD habit. 😉 )
- We went swimming at the YMCA on Monday evening after karate, and this inspired me to get up super early Tuesday morning and drive over for a solo swim. I spent half of my time perched on the ledge at the end of the lane, watching the man who was significantly older than I am swim slowly and methodically up and down the lane, never stopping, the entire time I was there. I wish that the proper form could be learned by observation. I can get from one end of the pool to the other, but it isn’t pretty.
- My burst of enthusiasm for exercise was short-lived; the only other active thing I did all week was go for two fairly long walks.
- Tuesday night was our local homeschooling moms’ night out. This started out as a robust group but has trickled down to just a handful. I’m wondering if we should maybe try a different night of the week to shake it up a bit.
- I haven’t cooked much at all this week; in fact, we’ve eaten soup (taco and knock-off Chick Fil A chicken tortilla) that I made last weekend for every supper we’ve eaten together as a family this week.
- Two rounds of Circle Time (plus some review and discussion in the van).
- Listened to two episodes of Classics for Kids about Papa Haydn (the girls’ composer of the month for piano).
- Completed lesson 14 in Getting Started with Latin.
- Listened to chapters 14-17 of The Story of US volume 1 via Overdrive.
- The aforementioned science documentary and art lesson
- Read alouds: we finished Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright, started The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth Speare, and continued in Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen.
Lulu’s lessons (grade 5):
- Bible study–Community Bible Study junior lessons–This week’s lesson was about Daniel.
- Lulu did a short oral report about seals in her co-op science class.
- Copywork–verse 5 of “At the Cross.”
- One Perplexor puzzle.
- Two 4-level analysis sentences.
- Treasured Conversations week 10 days 1-4. This is going very, very well. Switching to this curriculum was a good decision!
- Rod & Staff 5 grammar lessons 19-21 plus the chapter 2 test.
- Rod & Staff 4 spelling lesson 30.
- RightStart E lessons 93-96. Lesson 94 is a review and practice lesson, and after that it’s a rather long series of miscellaneous lessons. I’m considering skipping ahead to the pure arithmetic lessons and moving into another curriculum (perhaps Singapore?) and doling out the remaining RS lessons maybe one lesson per week or so. I’m still thinking it through, though.
- Reading The Wouldbegoods by E. Nesbit and writing a summary of the first two (three?) chapters.
- Alabama history, Spanish, and marine biology at co-op.
Louise’s lessons (grade 3):
- Bible study–Community Bible Study primary lessons–Daniel.
- Handwriting–New letters capital and lowercase I. Practiced other letters on the whiteboard.
- First Language Lessons 3–lessons 11, 13-14. Louise started diagramming this week! 🙂
- Writing with Ease 3 week 5 days 1-4. Poetry–“Jabberwocky”–this week. I couldn’t resist sharing this with the girls (again):
- Rod & Staff 3 spelling lesson 15. Test on Spelling City.
- RightStart C lessons 142-145. Several games of Fraction War. More fractions plus some miscellaneous lessons this week.
- Read and wrote summaries of the first two chapters in The Heroes by Kingsley.
- PE, Spanish, and marine biology at co-op.
The DLM’s lessons, age 4:
- The letter of the week this week was T. He did dot painting and lots of finger painting.
- A few of the books we enjoyed:
- Cooler weather has meant a welcomed return to scooter and bike riding and basketball playing.
- I should be reading Jane Eyre, but I’m reading The Wednesday Wars instead.
Yes, just as I suspected, the week wasn’t as bad as I thought.
What’s new with you? Have you had a good week?