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Homeschool Highlights ~ Weeks 15 and 16

I'm not supposed to be writing this post. I fully intended to do a monthly highlights post next time instead of my normal bi-weekly highlights. . .

I thought I would be holding a newborn baby by now ~ which means I am still pregnant. I am due the 22nd (3 days away), but I usually go a week early. So, this is the longest I have ever been pregnant!

At my 39 week midwife appointment, baby had dropped (which brought some much needed relief from some pelvic/sciatic pain) although not engaged yet, was head down, centered and anterior ~ in perfect position.  I started a Baby Stats Game to help me pass the time (thank you to all who played! ~ it was fun to read!).

I was up two nights this weekend taking care of Jordan, who had a fever and sore throat, and after a day of fighting it off, I am feeling better. Hallelu Yah! (Praise Yah!)

And now I am waiting. Patiently. All in His good time!

And writing this post. :-)

Days in school: 64

Highlights from the last 2 weeks ~

  • Grapevine: "The Kings of Judah," "The Kingdom Divided", Review
  • Victor's Journey Through the Bible: "Josiah Repairs the Temple," "The Story of Jeremiah," "Judah Falls"
  • Holman Bible Atlas: "Manessah's Long Rule," "The Kingdom of Josiah"

Read-Aloud: Luke finished reading Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court (The Knights of Arrethtrae)

Nutrition 101/Science:

The Heart and Cardiovascular System ~

Blood Typing

"A"  Positive

Learning to Take Blood Pressure

Making a Homemade Stethoscope

Jordan finished Module 12, Energy and Life, and started Module 13, the Digestive System.

Math: Review ~ one final bridge per week until the new year.

ELA: Completed 2 lessons in All About Spelling, Regular/Irregular Verbs in Easy Grammar, and plugged away in Language Lessons and Daily Grams.  The boys have finished their Writing Strands for this semester. Jordan has been writing on topics of his choosing ~ so far he has written a description paper on How to Change a Flat Tire and How to Drive a Stick (Manual Transmission). He is enjoying this kind of writing and I can see him applying the techniques that he has learned from Writing Strands!


We completed Lesson 1 in Visual Latin and began Building Thinking Skills Book 2 and Book 3 from Critical Thinking.

The boys have started Dodgeball. They are having play-offs this year and the competition is fierce (Nathan and Dylan are on a team playing against big brother). This is the second year Luke has had this program and the boys are super excited about it, keeping stats and all . . . and getting their school done if they want to play. ;-)

Little Ones: We are on much needed break from Five In A Row as I plan for the coming year.

Eliana and I have been having some informal (all oral) letter picnics. For example, "we're having a "T" party, what should we bring?" Tea, our teddy bear, tulips for the table, etc. We have also been working on letter recognition with the foam letters during bath time and reading books together.

Malachi is still working in Explode the Code Book 1, is reading his Bob books and his Bible ~ the most important book he says. :-) He has been making imaginary maps ~ a hobby he learned from Nathan and we have also been playing games as a family ~ mostly Sorry and Farkle. Malachi is doing quite well with adding 100's and 50's and keeping score in Farkle!

He also completed a bulletin board game {Dollar Tree} that I set up for him.

Hope you had a great week!

Delightful Links:

T.O.B.Y Homes-Cool Highlights @ Hearts in Training

The Snowy Day {Before FI♥AR}

~Eliana is 3 years, 10 months and Malachi is 5 years, 9 months~ 

What fun can a child have on a winter day?

We followed along with Peter and his delight in the first snowy day of the season in this Caldecott award winning book by Ezra Jack Keats.

Peter's story takes place on a snowy day ~ I asked the kids which season this is? and what season comes before and after? (We need to spend more time on seasons!)

Our list of fun things to do in winter:
  • Play in the snow
  • Make snowballs
  • Climb a snow hill
  • Make tracks in the snow
  • Make hot cocoa
Many of the same things Peter did! ;-)

It was a perfect snowy day to start this book! We took a walk to the library . . .

We walked with our toes pointing out like this. . . and with our toes pointing in like that. . .
. . . just like Peter. 

And caught falling snowflakes on our tongue. 

"The day is cloudy and the wind is bold. Dress up warmly, you mustn't get cold!
Put on your coat and zip it up tight, put on your left boot, put on your right.
Put on your scarf and put on your hat, put on your mittens and clap-clap-clap!
Go outside and play and play. Come in again, and then we'll say-
Take off your coat that was zipped up tight, take off your left boot, take off your right.
Take off your scarf, take off your hat, take off your mittens, and then take a nap!"

{Ever notice that it takes longer to bundle up than to take it all off?}

The kids have been outside almost daily playing in the snow!

Snowy Day Lap Journal Activities

Malachi's First Paper Snowflake (I helped him). 

"Way up high In the winter sky , 2 little snowflakes caught my eye.
Down to the ground they fell without a sound.
And before very long, it was snowing all around."
A Snow Covered Tree. . . like in the book.

Our lapbook pages. 

Creamy Hot Cocoa and Snowball Cookies
Hot cocoa tastes better on a snowy day! 

This is the last Before Five in a Row book we will row! I had a few more activities planned, but I was too tired this week. Our first Five in a Row book will be Katy and the Big Snow, so we will do them then.

We are taking a winter break from formal activities until after baby is born. . . or until I rest up and have some more energy.  In the meantime, I will be doing some planning ahead for our FIAR adventure! 

Delightful Links:

For more Snowy Day fun, see my new row with Bo! 

Snowy Day Lapbook
Snowy Day Lesson Plans

Homeschool Highlights ~ Weeks 13 and 14

56 days in school.


History:  Learning about the prophets (Isaiah and Jonah), Kings of Israel and the Syrians.

Read Aloud:

Luke has been doing the History readings as well as the read-aloud.

Nutrition 101: Started Unit 5 Chapter 1, Circulatory System

I usually read this aloud, but I had the boys read this themselves this week and will complete the projects next week.


Nathan and Dylan are studying the Life in the Blood.
Jordan is studying Energy and Life.


Jordan completed and passed his final bridge (test) in Life of Fred Pre-Algebra 1 with Biology! He scored a 20/21. I still need to figure his final grade, but he has to get a 9/10 to pass a bridge and he usually makes sure he passes on the first try, so I suspect he has done well. Fred has been a huge success and has not only increased Jordan's confidence, but also his ability. He also says this was the best book so far and insists that I read it. :-) He is taking a week off of math and then will either start Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics now or complete one final bridge per week until January (just to keep it fresh) and then start.

Nathan and Dylan are trailing right behind and will take their final bridge next week in Life of Fred Fractions.

ELA: We completed 3 lessons in All About Spelling, worked on contractions in Easy Grammar, and plugged away at Daily Grams and Writing Strands.


Jordan has been participating in noon-ball (soccer) occassionally, Homeschool P.E., Ice-Skating and Swimming these last couple weeks. He also put in a few hours at the Y working (he helped out with Pancake Breakfast, helped with the basketball program and helped work on a machine in the weight room).

Dylan is spending a couple hours in the afternoon once a week playing cribbage with an elderly widow that lives next door. He is such as wiz at adding that I thought he would enjoy this. . . and I know she loves the company. We bought a cribbage board this week and Dylan is teaching us to play.

Dylan also participated in Archery at the Y ~ it is offered once a week for 30 minutes. His first time, he scored 8 out of 10 in accuracy. He has also been shooting hoops with Pop for 30 minutes at a time here and there.

All ~ Dodge-ball or Soccer one night a week.

Tonight they are playing chess ~ gearing up for when Chess starts up at the Y in about a month.


With a short week last week and with baby coming, we tried to get in a couple extra days this week. I didn't have as much energy to do some of the projects that go along with extra school days, so we will have to make those up.

5K and Preschool:

We rowed The Snowy Day and did some book work.

This sweet thing has been asking me daily to do her math book.

We are using the textbook and the activity book and she enjoys both.

We did a few lessons in the ETC primer, but she is not as interested in this yet, so I won't pull it out again for a couple months unless she asks for it.

I don't think I have caught her trying to use the pencil sharpener on her own before! 
And yes, she is wearing her infamous "tot school dress" with purple pants since it is winter and too short for a dress now. This dress (and one other like it) was her sign that she wanted to do Tot School when she was 2 1/2!

Baby on the way: I am 37+ weeks! I have never gone past 39 weeks, so it could be very soon. I have received emails asking me more about my pregnancy and plans to homebirth and I am working on a post to share on my family blog ~ here it is: 37 Week Checklist, Pregnancy Update and Plans.

Giveaway: I am giving away a 32 ounce bottle of Household Traditions All Purpose Cleaner ~ 2 days left to enter!

Hope you had a great week!

Delightful Links:

T.O.B.Y Homes-Cool Highlights @ Hearts in Training