- In my life this week…I’m tired. This was our sixth week of school, and I can tell it. Once upon a time we considered a six week on, one week off schedule, and though we’ve decided against it for now, I can remember why I thought it was a good idea. :-) Steady Eddie has traveled more this school year than ever before, and that, coupled with the addition of Benny to our family, has left me feeling old and worn out.
- In our homeschool this week…things went smoothly, despite the fact that I am D.O.N.E. with school for the moment. Here’s what we accomplished:
Circle Time–We had CT four times this week! Yippee!! We’re also ready to move on to a new hymn and Louise is ready for a new poem after this week. This week’s CT gem came today when the girls were doing their once weekly (or something like that) review of the CC Timeline song. They recognized several of the Timeline events from our CBS study of the book of Daniel. :-)
Language–Lulu did three 4 level analyses from MCT Practice Island independently. She also completed lessons 79-81 in FLL 3, which involved a review adjectives and adverbs and lots of diagramming. (I love diagramming. Have I mentioned that before?)
Louise completed FLL 2 lessons 16-18. These lessons entail practice with helping verbs and a picture narration.
Writing: Lulu completed WWE 3 W35 D 1-4, all of which came from Rudyard Kipling’s writings. Louise did WWE 2 W 6 D 1-4, which is one of the weeks that uses poetry for all narrations, copy work, and dictations. She did very well with the poetry.
Math: Lulu did lessons 103-106 in RS D. This is more division, and she did very well with it, despite the fact that I needed to put my head together with Steady Eddie’s a time or two to really grasp how RS presents it. (Math ain’t what it used to be. ;-) ) She also did MM on one day (or was it two?), and Steady Eddie was home on Fun Friday to get in on the polyomino fun in Beast Academy and a few RS card games.
Louise got her first official taste of multiplication in RS this week, and my girl who is usually unperturbed by anything new grew a little frustrated with it, but we persevered and she came out the victor on the other side. She completed lessons 23-26 in RS C. She ended the week with a game of Corners and Skip Counting Memory.
Spelling–Lulu completed one dictation sentence in Spelling Wisdom this week. Actually, it wasn’t a sentence, but a poem. I’m still conflicted about spelling, but we’re going with this for this year since I cannot figure out how to fit more into our day. I’m trusting it’s all going to work out in the end.
Handwriting–They both did it. :-) Making joins between letters is proving challenging for my lefty.
History–We didn’t go forward in SotW this week since we still had several good books on Shakespeare to read. The girls both read Diane Stanley’s Bard of Avon independently, and I read aloud William Shakespeare and the Globe by Aliki. I hope I can get around to writing up a review of it–it’s wonderful. This time period has really caught my girls’ imaginations–especially Louise’s. She’s planning to dress up as Queen Elizabeth I for Halloween. :-)
Science–We finished up lesson two in Apologia botany. Actually, Steady Eddie got in on the action for this chapter, thankfully. Man, Apologia is detailed! I didn’t learn a lot of the stuff until high school, at least.
Reading aloud–We finished The Magic Half and started on The Peterkin Papers (available free here) and The World of Columbus and Sons.
- Fun Friday–I really didn’t want to “do school” today, but I soldiered on. ;-) Actually, I try hard to make our Fun Fridays as unlike our regular days as possible (excepting that I still like a routine), so we had a short Circle Time in which the girls simply did everything they could from memory for an evaluation of sorts. Then, we had Poetry Tea Time.
After this refreshing little break, all three of the big kids did a bit of drawing and watercoloring while I read aloud.
- By this time, Steady Eddie was home, so he helped Lulu with Beast Academy while I fixed lunch. After lunch and I got the DLM to go sleep (& I dozed off–note the exhaustion I mentioned earlier), we finished up with some math games, freewriting, and some work on the girls’ Books of Centuries.
- Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…take a break when you need one. :-) Really.
- Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…this week, besides the usual–swim practice (x 3, and yes, they’re still swimming outdoors!), CBS, piano lessons, and church–we went to this year’s first Mother-Daughter Bookclub at one of our libraries. The book was Magic Half, which we just managed to finish in the nick of time. I hope to review this book later.
- My favorite thing this week was…taking my girls out for supper after Bookclub on Tuesday night. They tore down the old Wendy’s in our town a few months ago and built a new one on the same spot. I like Wendy’s fine, but my girls LOVE it because they have one of the new “freestyle” soft drink dispensers. They like to see how many different soft drink concoctions they can invent. I just enjoyed having a little bit of time just to talk to them and give them my undivided attention.
- My kiddos’ favorite thing this week was…probably the trip to Wendy’s. :-) That, and Lulu got her check (a whopping $6!) from winning second place at the fair last week with her apron.
- Things I’m working on…the Armchair Cybils. Well, I actually haven’t begun working on it, but I’ve begun thinking about it. :-) Oh, and this week is Read Aloud Thursday week, so do pop over and leave a link to your read aloud blog posts, if you have any!
- I’m cooking…do blueberry muffins for Poetry Tea Time count? :-) It has been such a crazy week of travel for Steady Eddie that this week cooking just didn’t happen. Well, Steady Eddie did grill some chicken and porkchops one night, but I haven’t cooked anything. The kids and I ate supper with my parents and sister’s family on Thursday night. Tonight we’re having frozen pizza. And that’s the unvarnished truth. :-)
- I’m grateful for…family members who cook. . .and my husband, always.
- I’m praying for…is it selfish to say I’m praying for myself?
- I’m reading. . . Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas. It’s very, very good, but also a slow go. I really need to pick up the pace because on Saturday I requested lots of new books at the library, and on Thursday they called to let me know several had come in and had already been processed. . .
- My children are reading. . . Lulu’s assigned book this week was Along Came a Dog by Meindert DeJong. Louise’s book was Good Queen Bess by Alida Sims Malkus. As usual, the girls are also reading lots of random history books and fiction and whatever else strikes their fancies. The DLM has enjoyed a couple this week: I Love Ewe: An Ode to Animal Moms by Aaron Zenz and The Bear Who Shared by Christine Rayner.
- A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…Today I’ll just share a new word the DLM invented this week: Grand Crawly Dad Legs. Can you guess what it is?
How was your week?
- In my life this week… I’ve fallen halfway off the Weight Watchers wagon. I’m down about fourteen pounds from when I started about six weeks ago, and I’ve lost every week. Most of this, though, I attribute to the fact that I’m nursing Benny and still haven’t introduced solids to his diet yet. To be fair, I have tried, but I haven’t kept my food journal like I should. I know that in order to finally lose the weight and keep it off, I’ll have to be more diligent about this. It’s not fun, though, you know? I also have a great yearning to exercise, but I don’t know how to fit it into my schedule. How does one include exercise when sleep is so much more valuable (and necessary)?
- In our homeschool this week… We’ve had a good, solid week of learning, despite my moments of panic that we’re still not getting _________ done the way I’d like. (Science got short shrift this week, excepting the Fun Friday field trip. Latin hasn’t even made the list since our first week of school.) We had three good, solid days of circle time during which we started a new chapter book read-aloud, The Magic Half by Annie Barrows. The jury’s still out on what I think about it, but the girls are really enjoying it–it’s a nailbiter. Much to Lulu’s delight, she finally, officially began division in RS D this week. Louise wrote a really good narration on the Globe theater after she read Welcome to the Globe! I finally got around to assigning Lulu a book this week–The Story of Good Queen Bess by Alida Sims Malkus. She positively devoured it! (Obviously, we’re nearing the end of SotW volume 2. There are so many great Shakespeare resources that I’m thinking we might need to spend another week on this chapter.) Good things are happening in our homeschool.
- Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… My biggest epiphany this year so far has been that in order for us to get our schooling done and be out the door in time for swim team practice, we must begin school at 8:30. While we don’t always begin at 8:30 on the nose, at least having a semi-early time to aim for helps us be much more productive.
- Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… This week it was the usual–Bible study and swim team practice. A big bonus this week was having lunch with the ladies in my core group for CBS at our core leader’s beautiful home. We also ran out to the North Alabama State Fair on Wednesday night after Steady Eddie got home too late to go to church in order to see if Lulu’s apron had received a prize. On Fun Friday the girls attended a homeschool botany class at Huntsville Botanical Garden with our cover school’s co-op. (We don’t attend co-op, but the director who teaches the elementary botany class was so kind to invite us.)
- My favorite thing this week was… the big grin on Lulu’s face when she learned her apron had won second place at the fair!
- My kiddos’ favorite thing this week was… probably the trip to the fair, even though all we did was walk through the exhibition buildings, down the midway, and through the livestock building. We didn’t pay the big bucks for them to ride any of the rides. (It was about $5 each for one carousel ride. We could’ve purchased armbands to ride all the rides, but that was about $20 a person.)
- Things I’m working on… my blog.
- I’m cooking… Pioneer Woman chicken spaghetti, or at least I did Tuesday night. This weekend, I’m baking (among other things, I’m sure), Paula Deen Symphony brownies for Sunday night’s wedding reception for our pastor, who remarried on Saturday after losing his dear wife to ovarian cancer last year.
- I’m grateful for… my husband, without whom I could never do all the things I do.
- I’m praying for… patience, grace, and wisdom in this parenting journey.
- I rewarded my kids this week by… taking them to the park on Wednesday evening after a long day at CBS and piano lessons. Actually, this was more a reward for myself since by going to the park I shortened the length of time I’d be home alone with them before Steady Eddie finally arrived home from work. ;-)
- Something I am ogling or have my eye on… more Fiestaware for my kitchen, fall/winter wardrobes for the girls, and FLL 4, WWE 4, and SotW 3 for our schooling.
- A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…
How was your week?
Susanne‘s taking a break this week, but I thought I’d go ahead and share my FFF anyway.
1. I returned to Weight Watchers on Monday and learned that I had indeed lost 3.4 pounds. Yippee! I little self-denial goes a long way.
2. Also on Monday, we girls split up to have a bit of creative time. I took Louise with me to Weight Watchers, we grabbed a quick bite to eat for supper (Louise’s choice!), and then we went to a local art studio where Louise got to paint her choice of canvases. She chose to paint a mermaid. After the studio worker drew a mermaid on the canvas, Louise went to town with the acrylics. It was a fun, fun evening for Louise, and Benny and I enjoyed watching! I especially enjoyed just soaking in the creative environment and picking up ideas for our own creative space here at home. We’ll be sure to snatch up the next Groupon coupon for the art studio, and next time, I think I’ll buy one for myself, too! While we were there, Lulu went to a crocheting class with Nana, and she returned home confident in her ability to crochet a dishcloth. While we girls (and Benny) were out and about, the DLM and Steady Eddie enjoyed some quality time working on the lawn mower and cutting grass.
3. Late Monday night I decided that the kiddos and I would go on a little road trip Tuesday. We got up, got our stuff together (!!!!), and headed south to Huntsville for a day at the botanical garden. This was the first time I had ever attempted such a trip with all four children by myself, and I have to say that it went very well. It was HOT, but that made all the water features at the garden even more enjoyable for the children. :-) I’ll try to share more pictures later.
4. This week was a week of game playing. On Saturday, we had our annual family birthday celebration in which we invite friends of all ages to come out and enjoy an evening of fun at a local pool which we rent for the evening. Although we specify no gifts on the invitations (since it’s no one’s birthday in particular), a few of our guests couldn’t resist. We ended up with a new game for the girls–Beat the Parents. It’s actually not a totally new-to-us game since the girls have it at Nana’s house, but we’d only played once. The girls have enjoyed playing it this week, both with me and Steady Eddie and with each other. The girls tickled me when they answered the question “Who’s Batman’s sidekick?” with a quizzical “Robbie? Robert?” They finally got it right with a little help.
The DLM was not to be excluded,
so I played a few preschool games with him while the girls played Beat the Parents on their own one day. His current favorites are a few we have left over from the girls’ preschool days: Duck Duck 123 and Puppy Pals Bingo. (I personally consider the repeated playing of preschool board games the strongest indicator of parental love and devotion. )
5. We made a quick trip to the library today, intending only to return an overdue audiobook (the Bunnicula collection) and pick up another. (Well, I wanted to look for the next Flavia De Luce mystery, too, but I wasn’t going to let the girls get any books since our library bin is FULL from other libraries.) I really need to stop lying to my girls by telling them we aren’t getting any more books–I almost always eat my words once we get there. When I saw all the new JF and YA books on the shelf, I couldn’t resist. I know I won’t get to all of these, but isn’t it wonderful to have a choice? (And please tell me that I’m not the only one who always checks out more books than I can possibly read–yes, these are mostly for me!)
In some regards this has been a difficult week because Steady Eddie had to do a bit of overnight traveling this week, and this always throws me off-kilter. However, when I look back, I realize how many good things happened. In addition to all of this, we also had a couple of suppers with my parents and sister’s family, we went swimming one day, and I had a lunch out with Steady Eddie. It has been a good week.
What’s new in your world?