After giving up sometime last year on doing a weekly wrap-up of our school week, I’ve decided to give it yet another shot. Doing this consistently is very beneficial for me, and I especially want to note the weeks that go as well as this one did. ;-) We celebrated Monday, our first day in this new school year, as a special day with Circle Time, a few lessons, games, and baking.
Circle Time: We managed four Circle TImes this week. One day (soon, I hope) I will share our memory work for the month. We finished reading The Borrowers aloud on Monday, and the rest of the week we’ve been reading George Müller. Our Bible reading has been from the Gospel of John this week–John 8-12. We used the audio feature of Bible Gateway one day, which worked fairly well. One of my favorite things about sharing a chapter with my children is having them narrate back to me what we’ve read. Benny slept through at least a portion of Circle Time most mornings, and that definitely helped. The DLM has been right there with us for most of each Circle Time, and he particularly likes it when we pull out our maps for geography. He was a little confused on Monday about why we didn’t sit in a circle, though. ;-)
Language–Lulu simply picked up where she left off back in May in FLL 3. This week we completed lessons 63 and 64. She also completed three 4 level analysis sentences from MCT’s Practice Island. So far, so good.
Louise started FLL 2 this week, completing lessons 1 and 3. (I finally got smart and pulled out all the girls’ poetry lessons from FLL and added them to Circle Time, so we skipped lesson 2).
Writing–Lulu did all four days of WWE 3 week 30. She did very well with this, and I was glad. Sometimes a little break helps, I think. Plus, I’m being reformed in my thinking by reading The Writer’s Jungle, so I’m not quite as uptight about writing as I used to be. ;-)
Louise did all four days of WWE 2 week 1. She met the challenge of this more difficult curriculum admirably.
Spelling–I said in this year’s curriculum post that we are going to be using All About Spelling, but dear reader, I’ve changed my mind again. I just can’t do it. I want to do it, but I can’t. We’re back to studied dictation via Spelling Wisdom for Lulu and no spelling yet for Louise, following Charlotte Mason’s advice regarding spelling. Lulu did well with her one dictation sentence from Proverbs. I’m going to lay this spelling issue to rest
Handwriting: They’re both working on Getty-Dubay Italic–Lulu in cursive and Louise in Italic print. They both did some work in their workbooks, as well as through their copywork, etc. I’m trying to not sweat this one.
Math: Lulu did lessons 85-87 in RS D. We’re still clipping right along. We played a game on Monday, and I had her practice her multiplication facts a couple of times this week via an online game and an iPad app.
Louise started RS C this week, completing lessons 2-4. We could’ve probably skipped these (and many more, probably), but I like to cover all my bases.
History: The girls backtracked and read the SotW 2 section on Martin Luther. We also read and greatly enjoyed Martin Luther: The Man Who Changed the World by Paul Maier. The girls both gave me an oral narration on Martin Luther which I wrote down. The girls also read the SotW section on the Renaissance and gave me oral narrations (again, which I transcribed). I’m trying to be more diligent about having them to individual narrations, as well as having them read for themselves instead of my always reading it aloud or playing the audiobook for them. History is something both girls enjoy, so they spend a lot of their free time reading about various topics of interest.
Science: On Wednesday the girls attended a homeschool class at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. They learned about the life cycles of frogs, butterflies, and plants. They also got to tag and release Monarch butterflies. Together we made it through the first section of the elementary Apologia botany book today, and the girls took notes on what they learned (mostly new terms) in their Apologia notebooks. Louise also reads about science topics all the time.
While the girls were in class at the garden, the DLM got to do just what he wanted to. :-)
Fun Friday and Extras:
Friday is my favorite day of the week, and it’s one of the reasons I shy away from weekly co-ops or too many outside activities. Today the girls only did a couple of their regular lessons: an abbreviated Circle Time (no review of memory work) and a WWE lesson. Besides those things, we did
- Freewriting, a la Bravewriter–This went extremely, surprisingly well. Louise is probably a little young for it, but I’ve alwyas just lumped her in with Lulu if at all possible. All three of us wrote, and we just wrote whatever came to mind–no topic, no guidelines, just writing.
- Poetry Tea Time–This was one of my favorite parts of the day. Is there anything cuter than a three year old boy drinking tea out of his mother’s wedding china? I think not.
- Beast Academy for Lulu, math game for Louise–Beast Academy went so-so. It is a fun challenge, and I think she enjoyed the fun part–that it’s a comic book, but not so much the challenge part. ;-) I think this will get better. She also didn’t like that it is a third grade book (I bought 3A to get our feet wet with it), but I tried to convince her that the grade levels don’t matter. Drat the company for giving it a number level!
- Art–I purchased the Teaching Art 101 e-course from Deep Space Sparkle and have been happily working through it (or at least reading through it) when I have a minute. I hope to organize a little art co-op of sorts in the near future. This week I decided to use my girls as guinea pigs, so we pulled out the tempera paints and got to work.
Before we re-outlined our drawings
- Science–we also did science, which I detailed above.
This week also included a trip to the library and one swim team practice for Louise. I think Lulu might be joining the team, too, which is just what I hoped would happen. Lulu went to crocheting class with Nana Monday night. I went to Weight Watchers (and lost 3 more pounds!)
It has been a really good week, and I’ve only had a couple of mommy meltdowns. ;-) I wasn’t ready to start back to our school routine, but now I realize how much we needed it. I think several things have made this week go better than I expected:
- Steady Eddie has been leaving for work a wee bit later than usual. Some mornings, due to various meetings, etc., he actually left a good bit later than usual. Nothing beats an extra pair of hands!
- All three big kids have been getting up about 7:00 each morning.
- I haven’t been overseeing breakfast. I’m busy–showering, nursing Benny, etc.–during that time, and Steady Eddie has kindly agreed to make sure everyone does what he or she is supposed to. This helps more than I ever dreamed it would.
- We start school at 8:30. It’s amazing what we accomplish once we get started. :-)
I’m so thankful for the mostly good attitudes everyone has had. My girls even made my week by giving me gifts on Monday–they picked flowers for me and Lulu had wrapped up some of the crocheting she is working on and a little heart-shaped card she made me and presented it to me at Circle Time. So sweet.
Now I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend. How was your week?