1. Although this was technically last week, I’m still thankful for it, so I’m including it this week. Last Thursday we got away for a little family trip to Atlanta. I am thankful that we got to go the the American Girl place, the Georgia Aquarium, and the Dwarf House (the original Chick-Fil-A). The DLM also got to ride quite a few escalators and elevators. Although some things did not go exactly as planned, it was still a good trip, and I’m thankful we had the means to take this little excursion.
2. I am thankful (again) that we have so many great outdoor activities at our disposal. We have generous relatives who let us use their pools pretty much whenever we’d like to. The bonus this week was that we had a couple of extra boys around for pool time (a big boy and a medium sized boy) which resulted in some very entertaining pool escapades. I’m also thankful that I have extra hands to help wrangle the DLM in the pool! Next week is my sister’s last week off of work for the summer, so I hope we can squeeze in several trips to the pool next week.
3. My cousin’s family’s pool is right behind their home which is situated right beside a little pond. (It’s a real bonus for my fishing-crazed nephew that he can fish from the diving board!) There is a giant of a tree by the pond which has served their boys for years with its long rope swing. My children, my nephews, and their friend had a lot of fun riding on this piece of Americana.
4. Steady Eddie’s van died a protracted death a few weeks ago, and when we got a $700 estimate from the mechanic for the replacement of the fuel pump, my handy husband decided to fix it himself. With the help of my dad, he was able to do it on Monday night after about three hours’ worth of sweaty, greasy, dirty work and $60 or so for the part. Praise the Lord!
5. Doing hard things (to borrow a phrase from a popular book I haven’t read but would like to) is something I want to encourage in our home. This week it was math: Lulu completed lessons 118-120 in RS C. In lesson 118 she learned about square centimeters, which was fine. However, she was challenged to figure out the dimensions of a rectangle with a specified area. We pulled out the centimeter cubes and she got to work. It was hard. She wanted to give up, but she didn’t want to. (Do you have a child like that?) She didn’t want me to even talk to her about it. She wanted to think about it quietly and work it out for herself. She did it! Obviously, she was exhausted by the time she figured it out, but she did it. I was very proud of her, but I learned something, too: I have to give this girl some space–wait/think time is what we called it in education circles back in the day when I was still in the circle. We also learned a new math card game this week for more multiplication practice, and yes, I’m still loving RightStart Math. The quote of the week this week is from Lulu. She had this to say about multiplication while we were playing the new card game:
When you start a new game [with a new concept, etc.], it’s like meeting an unfriendly person. But later in the game, the person gets friendlier.
I hope she always thinks of numbers and math in terms of friendly people.
Lulu did week 34 in FLL 2 this week, and I’ve also learned that my giving her time to think through the dictations is imperative to her successfully completing them. (Obviously, I have a hard time keeping my mouth closed.) This week I even resorted to reading a book while she worked, just so I would keep my mouth closed. I’ve learned not to interrupt her to correct almost anything–just let her write and go back later and fix it. This is counter to what I’ve read about not letting the student seeing misspelled words or incorrect punctuation, but Lulu gets extremely frustrated if I interrupt her. I’m finally learning to adapt to her needs as a learner.
Louise is still plugging right along in All About Spelling, and I’m hoping that she and Lulu can begin AAS 2 together close to the time that we start our official new school year. (Much of this will be a review for Lulu, but I’m okay with that.) Does anyone have any tips for doing AAS with more than one student at a time?
In addition to this, the girls did handwriting practice three days this week, and we’ve done a boatload of reading. We haven’t kept up our bookstack this week for This Week in Books because we’re rearranging things down in the school room a bit and I haven’t quite decided where to put our bookstack or even if this is something I want to keep up. I know that Louise has been diligently working through some A Beka readers we got a few weeks ago, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at what grade level she’s been able to read successfully. Lulu’s still engrossed in all things American Girl, and in fact both girls have spent a lot of time in imaginative play with their dolls (and the new outfits they bought while in Atlanta). We started Ralph Moody’s Man of the Family as our read-aloud this week. I’ve been in a bit of a reading funk this week myself because I’m feeling overwhelmed with all the stuff that’s about to start: Classical Conversations, our normal school schedule, my weekend job, a new AWANA program at church, to name just a few things. In fact, I hope to spend a good bit of time this weekend planning, which means I really need to end this post and get started.
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Did you have a good week?