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Weekly Report 12

November 4, 2008

Moving on to less controversial topics. . .

We did four days of math and writing last week so we didn’t have to do any on Friday!  That should be our goal every week.  Oh wait, it already is.  This was just the first week it actually worked out that way, and I like it!  The rest of the week and subjects were a little crazy.  There’s just something about a holiday that just gets everybody a little too excited and unable to sit.  And work.  Then there was my self-imposed stress of sewing costumes.  But looking back, we did ok.

D: Letter J: We read Johnny Town Mouse, Jamberry, Jasper’s Day (bad idea to just pick any old J book off the library shelf because you forgot your list, this was about a dog dying and I just about cried), and Jabberwocky which we’re all still quoting.  I think we need to memorize it.  D traced his J page and colored a jellyfish.  We had a jellyfish craft to make, but I was out of paper plates.  (I’m out of a lot of basic supplies for art and science projects right now, which is probably why they’re not getting done.)  And we tried doing jumping jacks which for some reason they think are the silliest things in the world to do and end up in peals of laughter. 

C: ETC: 25 (!) pages in Get Set for the Code.  He’s works independently on this and just flies along.
Math: More place value and reading number words eleven through twenty
Reading: Lessons 66-68–Long vowel/silent E words clicked, just like that!  I’m not complaining. 

A: Math: Lessons 21-23, multiplying by 10 plus a review lesson
Grammar: Lessons 59-62
Cursive: Letter J and K
Writing: Writing with Ease week 3 assignments–His challenge is learning how to summarize the passages we read without adding in all the unnecessary details.  We have a ways to go.
Latin: Lesson 7 and we’ve been listening to the cd diligently in the car.  It only takes about 3 minutes and we’re all retaining the vocabulary words much better than before.

Science: We watched an All about Volcanoes video.  That was all.  That poor volcano just doesn’t want to be made.  Actually we did our autumn tree study also.  And we played outside a lot because the weather was gorgeous.  Weird for October, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Music: Everybody went to Kindermusik and piano lessons as scheduled.  D missed last week because he was coughing so horribly.  We ran out of books on tape and so have actually been listening to Rimsky-Korsakov in the car for a change.

History: We just read this week in Our Island Story and SOTW chapter 15 about King Alfred.  The next five weeks or so are supposedly a big unit study on knights, castles, cathedrals, all that fun High Middle Ages stuff we’ve been looking forward to since last spring.  This week however, we concentrated on making knight Halloween costumes.  Does that count?

Other Literature: We began The Duchess Bakes a Cake for FIAR, which ties into our history this month, and we read a chapter in Robin Hood.

Other Activities: We were busy!  Aside from music lessons, we went to Grandma’s house and to her ward Halloween party, to a corn maze, to the fabric store several times, to the great-grandparents to show them our costumes, trick-or-treating at the police station where they got to see (and climb into) the huge fire engine ladder truck and sit on the police motorcycles.  That was fun.  We also had a trunk-or-treat at the church where A won the eat-the-donut-on-a-string-without-using-hands contest.  Of course it was the last 2 donuts so it was just him and another girl, and D kept trying to grab the donut and just eat it himself.  It was pretty funny. 

And then we went trick-or-treating again around the circle where some friends live.  Usually having to walk out in the cold weather limits the candy haul on Halloween.  No such luck this year.  It was too warm, and then trunk-or-treats give you tons of candy for very minimal effort.  I’m not a fan.  Needless to say, we have tons of candy sitting here.  It was a fun night though. 

On Saturday we went to the baptism of two of A’s friends.  He’s getting excited for his next month.  We then spent the afternoon doing some badly needed grocery shopping (and forgot paper plates!) and went to the library for the first time in two weeks.  I think that’s a record, we’re usually there at least twice a week.  Now we need to buckle down and get reading!  I’m glad the calendar is mostly free for the next few weeks.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2008 2:07 pm

    Holiday weeks are always a little crazy. They kids always seem too excited to settle down to study or read and there are always last minute things that need to get done. It still sounds like your boys got a lot of educational things in along with a lot of fun.

  2. Gina permalink
    November 5, 2008 6:29 am

    You are one amazing chic!

  3. November 5, 2008 2:03 pm

    astounding. this has not been a very intense school week around here with the election and all of our involvement. i’m just counting on some “life lessons” this week to make up for it.
    you always amaze me with all that you accomplish in a week.

  4. November 5, 2008 5:27 pm

    Congratulations! Great week of school.

  5. November 8, 2008 2:33 am

    This is amazing- I guess I will have to get my act together and start planning for next week. The fun is over!

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