Homeschool Highlights #11

1/22/2010

I am happy to be wrapping up our school week a little early today. The boys are on their way to Chess Club, the house is decent, dinner is almost ready (homemade pizza Sue Gregg style and a salad) and I just took a loaf of whole wheat bread (same recipe) out of the oven for tomorrow. The whole wheat honey chocolate cake has cooled on the counter (well, it looks like a cake anyways, it was supposed to be brownies and I have no idea how my experimental recipe will taste)

Have you had days where as soon as you gather everyone to the table to do school, something pulls you away for "just a second" and by the time you make it back, everyone has scattered to the far corners of the house and it takes you 10 minutes to gather everyone back. . . and then something else happens? This is how this week felt to me. Then, I let my youngest two eat a bowl of beans all by themselves so I could finish reading a really good book to the older kids. What could go wrong with a bowl of beans? Well, nothing. Unless they decide they want some sour cream to go with those beans.

Or should I say a little beans to go with their sour cream? I seriously thought she was going to cry until I took her picture. They managed to open a brand new container of sour cream (the largest one you can buy) and by the time I found them half the container was everywhere but in their beans, lol. So, instead of finishing up that book, I gave the youngest two a bath.

I had lots of little moments like that this week and I am glad that I can laugh about it. Now.

Homeschool Highlights: We did get some school done this week, though. Here is a quick update: I continued on with the same style as last week with my schedule and it really helped me to see what we did (or didn't do in this case). Daily Independent Work: (4 days this week)
  • Bible
  • Think of Me (I was asked about this and will share more about this in a future post)
  • Reader
  • Language Lessons
  • Getty-Dubay Italic Handwriting
  • Apologia Science (Zoology 3 & General Science) (The boys asked to take a break from their regular science program and since we did so much nature study this week, I was okay with that!)
  • Math Mammoth/Life of Fred ~ Fractions (I am reviewing Math Mammoth with N & D)
  • Online Math Practice ~ MathScore (in the morning)
  • Mathletics (in the afternoon)
Day 1:
  • Tot School
  • Nature Study ~ Winter Tree Study
  • History Read Aloud ~ Mara, Daughter of the Nile Ch. 18-19
  • Exploring Ancient Egypt ~ free reading from a variety of books on Ancient Egypt
  • Soccer game (Jordan)
Day 2:
  • Madsen Method ~ Spelling Test: Morrison-McCall Spelling Scale ~ List 3
  • History Read Aloud ~ Finish Mara, Daughter of the Nile Ch. 20-25 (loved this book!)
  • Mapping Activity ~ Egypt
  • Volleyball Clinic (N&D) 4:45-6:15 & Basketball for Nathan 4:30-6 (Yes, that boy was double booked).
Day 3:
  • Madsen Method, Section 3, Lessons 3-4
  • AAS (Level 2) Lessons 7-9
  • History Read Aloud ~ Ch. 1 The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt, by G.A. Henty
  • Chopin ~ The Early Years: Ch 3
  • Volleyball practice (N&D) 6:00
Day 4:
  • Nature Walk (2 miles)
  • History Read Aloud ~ The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt Ch. 2-3
  • Volleyball game 4-5
Day 5:
  • History Read Aloud ~ The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt Ch. 4
  • Volleyball game 4-5 (Nathan and Dylan)
  • Basketball 6-7:30 (Nathan)
Day 6:
  • Tot School ~ (I will post what we did next week)
  • Madsen Method, Section 3 Lesson 5 (English numerals and make a calender)
  • AAS 2 Lesson 10
  • History Read Aloud ~ The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt Ch. 5
  • Sabbath Preparations
  • Library Day (well if a 5 minute trip just before closing counts)
  • Lesson Planning (I really need to schedule this for an entire day!)
  • Chess Club (boys are loving this)
I will go back to my usual style of posting ~ where I list by topic what we accomplished, rather than by day. At least I have given you an idea of what our week looks like.

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