In my life this week…it hasn’t been all rainbows and unicorns. Somehow I hurt my leg at the end of last week, and I’ve really been in some pain, mostly at night. I’ve seen a chiropractor and a general practice doctor, and neither of them has offered me any solutions, other than keep being treated (chiro) and take anti-inflammatory medicines (g.p.). Neither of these is really desirable to me since we have lots of activities coming up in the near future and I am still nursing Benny. Add to this the fact that Steady Eddie was sick this week, and yeah. . . it has been a topsy turvy sort of week. It actually worked out rather well that he was sick enough to be off work since that meant he was available at home to keep me from having to go up and down the steps so much, to pick up things, etc.
In our homeschool this week…
- Circle Time–we managed this three times this week. I’m ready to start making our Christmas plans!
- Language–Lulu did one more letter-writing lesson. This one involved copying poetry and sending it to someone (to hit both poetry format and letter writing, don’t you see 🙂 ), so I had both girls pick some fun/funny poems to send to a little girl from our area (also a homeschooler) who is at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis being treated for A.L.L. Lulu then moved on to dictionary skills/alphabetizing, and she does pretty well with this. I hope to finish FLL 3 with Lulu next week. Lulu also did three 4-level analysis sentences. I’m contemplating doing some more MCT with her–maybe Sentence Island. Louise completed lessons 30 and 32 in FLL 2, most of which was review.
- Writing--Lulu completed all four days of WWE 4 Week 4. I think it might be getting a little bit easier. Louise completed three days of WWE 2 Week 11, which was based on 101 Dalmatians. One of the reasons I love WWE so much is because it keeps the read-aloud fires burning with all sorts of inspiration!
- Spelling–Both girls did the first lessons in their respective grade-level’s Rod and Staff spelling books. I suspect Louise might need to be advanced a grade level. There is quite a jump between 2nd and 4th grades. Lulu also did a studied dictation sentence from Spelling Wisdom.
- Handwriting–Yes. 🙂
- Math–Lulu completed RS D lessons 123-127, most of which were drawing/geometry lessons, and most of which Steady Eddie taught her. (What a blessing this sickness was! 😉 ) She seems to enjoy the drawing lessons, which is a huge surprise to me. I’ll take it! She also did Math Mammoth (multiplication review) a couple of days. Louise completed RS C lessons 41-44 which involved subtracting by going up and down and counting money. Money lessons are always fun! Louise also worked on MM at least one day. She’s still working through those pesky clock problems.
- Science–We’re reading Pagoo by Holling C. Holling and the girls are writing narrations for each chapter. Fun!
- History–We read the first section of the first chapter of SotW 3 this week. That’s as far as we got
- Fun Friday–Circle Time, Poetry Tea Time, math game all together (Sumoku, pictured above & link to the right), chalk pastels for art, Beast Academy for Lulu, SQUILT, typing practice for Lulu (this week she used this Glencoe program, and I think I like it better than Dance Mat), and Pagoo plus narration–a fun day!
(I wish I could capture the DLM’s three year old voice as he narrated from the pictures his own “poems” from this Patricia Polacco nursery rhyme book. He even used a discernible meter!)
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…shake it up once in a while. I try to do something different every week, hence our Fun Fridays. 🙂
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…swimming x1 this week. Bible study. I saw the chiropractor and the regular doctor. We saw a bunch of friends at my mother-in-law’s church’s fall festival Wednesday night. Lulu went as Robin Hood, Louise went was Queen Elizabeth I, and the DLM went as an Alabama football player. We were having technical issues with our camera, so these are the only shareable ones I got. Trust me when I saw that Robin Hood looks fabulous–almost as good as her American Girl doll for whom she made a small-scale replica of her own costume. 🙂
(The instructions for the accessories came from Family Fun magazine, but I can’t seem to find a link now.)
My favorite thing this week was…seeing my girls’ costumes come together. Eating lunch out with Steady Eddie at my favorite little cafe after I left the doctor’s office at lunchtime and my mom was at home with all four children.
My kiddos’ favorite thing this week was…the fall festival, I would guess. Lulu won a cake in the cake walk.
Things I’m working on…Christmas crafts for an AWANA project and birthday plans for Louise.
I’m cooking…creamy chicken tortilla soup and pumpkin bread.
I’m grateful for…my husband. . . always.
I’m praying for…my leg.
I’m reading. . . Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan for the Armchair Cybils challenge. I LOVE it! Our read-alouds are Nurse Matilda and Pagoo.
Something I am ogling or have my eye on…lots of things for the house. . . specifically, flooring samples. We’re beginning the process of remodeling, and we have lots of decisions to make. Eeek!
A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…
Have you had a good week?