Busy week, but aren’t they all? 🙂 Steady Eddie sent me away last Saturday for an overnight trip all by myself, which was my first such experience. I desperately needed it, especially because I’ll be giving my first wrap-up at CBS as assistant teaching director this coming Wednesday, and I really needed some quiet time to study and think and pray. It was a much-needed respite. I liked it. In fact, I think I’ll do it again sometime. I could already use another one. 😉
- Monday we had a leadership luncheon at CBS, which meant that we stayed later than usual. I enjoy being with the CBS ladies so much! I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve God in this way.
- We had an even-more-compressed-than-usual schedule because of the luncheon and a picnic with our co-op on Thursday. It was held at a local church camp/retreat center which is situated on the water, so the kids spent most of their time canoeing and wading. All three of my big kids had a fabulous time. The DLM LOVED wading and throwing rocks in the water. Benny, meanwhile, enjoyed eating as many chocolate chip cookies as he could entice the nice moms-of-teens who volunteered to help me with him to give him. 🙂 I had a good time chatting with friends.
- Steady Eddie had yet another overnight trip this week, which made me feel slightly like I was running a marathon I hadn’t really conditioned myself for, but overall we managed pretty well. We even had a movie night while he was gone, which is something we haven’t had much time at all for lately. We watched Finding Nemo (you know, to go along with their marine biology studies 😉 ) and all enjoyed it.
- This finishes our sixth week (plus a few days) of school, so we’re taking next week off from formal lessons. I’m looking forward to it!
- This week’s lessons went something like this:
Lulu, grade 5:
- English grammar–We struggled to complete all of chapter 3 in R&S 5 this week. It is on nouns, so I thought it would be easy. It turns out that it wasn’t as easy as it seemed like it would be. Using possessives, plurals and plural possessives (especially of irregular nouns!) was tricky, as was Lulu’s first introduction to appositives and nouns of direct address. We did manage to finish the chapter, though (minus the writing sections), and Lulu did well on the test.
- Writing–Lulu completed another week’s worth of lessons in Treasured Conversations–week 11. Lulu wrote four paragraphs from outlines. She did very well with this. I even had her type her paragraph on Friday, and she did better with this than I expected. Maybe I underestimate her. 🙂
- Math–This week brought a change to Lulu’s math studies. After completing lessons 121 and 122 in RS E at the beginning of the week, I concluded that it was time to move to another curriculum. It seemed like so much was assumed in these division lessons in RS, so we decided to go ahead and make the change to Math Mammoth Multiplication and Division 3. Lulu worked through two sections (five pages?) in MM, and yes, there is a pretty steep learning curve. We used MM as a supplement a few years ago but ultimately gave it up because it required too much teaching in addition to what I was already doing for RS. So far I think MM is going to be good for Lulu. It is very thorough, so she isn’t going to be able to “coast.” My biggest problem is knowing how much is too much for her to do in one day. I’ve considered setting a timer and having her work for so many minutes (though I don’t know how many). Any ideas on how to handle this? I also attempted to put her on Alcumus on the Art of Problem Solving website, but due to a mix-up with email addresses when I tried to register her as a student, I ended up having to just put her on on my account. This meant (I suppose) that she got harder problems more quickly than she should’ve (I’ve fooled around a little on it already). I’m not sure that the more open-ended “discovery” method is the best fit for Lulu, but we’ll probably try some more. I’ve considered using the AoPS books when she gets into pre-algebra and/or algebra. We’ll see. Mostly what I’m wanting now is a good source for warm-up problems (which is something I really value from RS).
- Spelling–Lulu completed lesson 30 in R & S 4 and took a test using Spelling City.
- Extras–Lulu did one 4 level analysis sentence and one Perplexor puzzle this week. She completed her CBS lessons (Daniel and Ezra). She did a very short report for her Alabama history class and completed several pages in her marine biology notebook. She also read and wrote a written narration of at least one chapter in The Wouldbegoods.
Louise, grade 3:
- English grammar–Lessons 15-17 in FLL 3–adjectives and diagramming.
- Writing–WWE 3 week 6. More of the same, with pretty steady improvement.
- Math–It was all about tangrams this week for Louise, which was mostly fun. The big news, though, is that she finished RS C! She acquitted herself well on the end-of-year test and will be moving into RS D after our break. 🙂
- Spelling–Louise completed lesson 16 in R & S 3 and took a test in Spelling City.
- Handwriting–Louise learned upper- and lower-case I and J and practiced other letters.
- Extras–One Perplexor, CBS lessons (Daniel and Ezra), and one (?) chapter in The Heroes by Kingsley, plus a written narration. Louise also completed several notebooking pages in her marine biology journal.
- We did Circle Time a couple of times. Our CT “test” on Friday showed that we all know “At the Cross” and Psalm 121. We’re six stanzas in to “A Psalm of Life” and know it pretty well. We’re approximately 2/3 of the way through the Introduction to the Declaration of Independence and we’ve sort of stalled out. I’m going to try to come up with some way to get us over the hump.
- The girls listened several chapters in the first volume of The Story of US. I had hoped to finish the volume this week, but it didn’t happen. I’m still floundering a bit with history. I try to reconcile myself with the fact that the girls will often read it for fun.
- We made a little progress in The Sign of the Beaver and Lawn Boy, our current school time read-alouds.
- Fun Friday was perhaps not so much Fun Friday this week as it was catch-up Friday. We did manage to have poetry tea time and complete one Latin lesson (for the whole week!) Each girl also got to play a math game. Our poetry tea time books this week were
- Alphabet sensory bin play was a winner, at least for a little while. He did manage to find all the letters and put them in order.
- Our letter of the week was S. He dot painted and made snakes and s’s out of play-doh. We read these books, among others:
- The DLM’s imagination knows no bounds, to the point that I can’t keep up with him. For most of this week, he has insisted upon being called by my nephew’s name. (My fourteen year old nephew is the DLM’s hero.) It was so bad this week that I almost wished I had just named him after my nephew to begin with–he wouldn’t answer to his own name at all. Whew.
- He also informed me that his birthday party will be in Hawaii, and we will walk to get there.
- I have big plans for our week off, including lots of neglected housework. I hope I can manage to accomplish half of what I set out to do!
How was your week?