We left spring break behind last week and as we entered the new week, I knew it would be a busy one. Now that we’re on the other side of it, I can say that this is the sort of week I really enjoy, though the level of busy-ness would get exhausting if it were the norm instead of the exception.
- Monday was a normal day, with the exception that Louise’s art class has now moved to Mondays, so I had to remember that.
- I made pizza Monday night, which is something I hadn’t done in a while. I used my bread machine for the dough and followed this recipe. I divided it into five parts and everyone had his or her own personal pizza. It was good, but the dough ended up undercooked and doughy under the toppings. Any ideas on how to remedy that?
- On Tuesday the girls participated in the 4H County Roundup. It was a fun day for them. There were about 150 or so (?) students from all over the county there. They had lots of stations for the students to visit–water conservation, a mobile dairy (which we’ve seen before), etc.
- Lulu entered the Chef 4H contest, and Louise entered the Creative Endeavors event as a Cloverbud (which means she didn’t actually compete, but she did get recognized for participating). The biggest and most welcome surprise of the day was when Lulu placed first in the Chef 4H competition! She competed against four or five other students in a cooking demonstrations. She made banana chocolate chip muffins from a recipe we adapted from King Arthur Flour. I am really proud of Lulu. Winning at the county level qualifies her for a regional competition this summer.
- I am really thankful to God for providing this 4H opportunity for my girls. I have been wanting them to have a venue for practicing public speaking and making presentations, and this looks like it might be a good one. I’m excited about the possibilities!
- On Tuesday night I began feeling a bit under the weather, and by Wednesday morning I wasn’t any better. Steady Eddie ended up taking the day off so I could rest and recuperate. We ended up missing CBS, but we had a good, busy day anyway because. . .
- Someone turned one on Wednesday! It’s hard to believe, but we welcomed Benny into our family a year ago. Steady Eddie did school with the girls that morning, and then in the early evening we headed out for a bite of supper and some time at the park. We came home and Benny had his first official birthday cupcake, which he enjoyed immensely.
- Thursday was a regular school day, the last one of the week. All things considered, it was a good week of lessons. Here’s what we accomplished:
- We had two days of Circle Time, plus I added a new
little activity using word roots cards from The Critical Thinking Company. I haven’t actually figured out the best way to use these yet. There’s a book that goes with them, but I wanted it to be more of a fun activity for us to do together than just another worksheet. Any ideas?
- Lulu completed lessons 35-38 in FLL 4 and Louise did lessons 66-67 in FLL 2. I’m to the point that I skip a lot of the guided part of the lesson for Lulu and let her do the sentence diagramming on her own, and then we go back and talk about it. Lulu also did three 4-level analyses and we discussed them. I’m considering Junior Analytical Grammar for Lulu next year. Have any of you used this? I think we’re ready to move on to something that requires a little less hand-holding.
- Lulu did one day of WWE 4 and I finally, finally decided that it’s time for us to be done with it, once and for all. It seems so redundant to do the narrations in WWE 4 and then turn around and write paragraph summaries for history. WWE definitely served its purpose for us, but now we’re ready to go forward without the hand-holding here, too. Lulu is still plugging along in WWE 2 (she did three days this week), and we’ll continue with WWE 3 next year for her.
- Spelling and handwriting? Yes, they did them. Spelling is the thing I always run out of time for going over with them. Arrgh! That means homework for me before lesson time tomorrow. ;-)
- Lulu did lessons 50-52 in RS E, which introduced hundredths of a square and hundredths of a dollar. She and I also played a several rousing rounds of Quotient Race from the RS Games book. (She loved this game!) Steady Eddie worked with Lulu on some Beast Academy problems, but I’m not sure what they were. Louise completed lessons 99-101 in RS C. Lesson 99 was all about mental subtraction with trading, which I’ve learned is quite the difficult concept to master. (It helps so much to be on my second trip through early elementary arithmetic!) Now Louise is embarking on a great voyage into the world of multiplication, and if experience has taught me anything, this will be met with much more delight and enthusiasm than was subtraction. ;-) Louise’s game of the week was Money War.
- Lulu wrote a history narration about Murad and the Ottoman Empire. Louise gave me an oral narration.
- We had poetry tea time once this week. I mean, I can’t let an April week pass without it since it’s National Poetry Month, can I?
- The DLM enjoyed several preschool activities this week. He is pulling me, ready or not, into preschool. I hope to write up a post about some of the things I’m (reluctantly, if truth be told) doing with him.
- On Friday we went to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus! Steady Eddie took off work to go with us. We got great deals on tickets ($11 apiece, y’all) and had a fabulous time. I think I enjoyed it as much or more than the kids!
- On Saturday I gave our new dining room table its first application of stain. Steady Eddie worked on rearranging the girls’ bedroom again since the loft bed set-up didn’t work out as well as we thought it would.
- I’m almost finished with Gone with the Wind. I know. I can’t believe it myself. :-)
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