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Weekly Report 22

January 24, 2009

This week was a huge improvement over the last two, and it’s about time!  Our new housecleaning program is working well.  Everybody wants to help out and though we’ve had to tweak some of the job assignments for the days when we’re gone from home more, it’s working.   There’s hope for me and this house after all!

The other little thing, that turned out to be huge, was the fact that every night I wrote out a school schedule with times attached for the next day.  I hate being dictated by the clock, but this has been wonderful for us.  We’ve had a huge dawdling problem in recent weeks so I assigned work in 10-15 increments and challenged them to stick to it and get the work done in the time allotted.  The difference has been amazing.  I feel like we’ve gotten so much more accomplished each day, and in a smaller time-frame.  They’ve stayed focused because there’s an end in sight and for the most part it worked out really well!  Now if I can just get a weekly schedule worked out again (doing it on a daily basis was tedious) we’ll be good to go.  There are a few changes I want to make.

D: Letter O:  We didn’t spend a lot of time on O this week, but this is one letter D already knows and consistently gives the right sound for it.  We read a couple of books: Oscar Otter, The Ox-cart Man (I loved this one!), and Paul Bunyan and his Big Blue Ox, and traced some Os.  Since our composer is Puccini this month, we’ve also listened to some opera this week.

 C: ETC: 11 pages
Math: 6 pages, finished up the simple arithmetic section and moved on to telling time
Reading:  Only lesson 98, but he also read Here Comes the Snow, Poppleton Everyday, and Owl at Home.  He loves the fact that he can read “real books” now.
Copywork: Psalm 82:6, the Primary theme scripture for January

A: Grammar: We skimmed through lessons 90-96 orally on rhyming words (really easy) and compound words (also easy!)
Cursive: Psalm 82:6, the Primary theme scripture for January
Writing: 4 assignments from Writing with Ease weeks 9 and 10
Latin: Lesson 13 on verb endings which he doesn’t really understand and won’t get practice with until lesson 18.  But I like the grammar review we get through Latin.
Math: Lessons 41-45 on fractions.  He loves these!  He also worked out a line of 4-digit addition problems every day with no mistakes!  That is huge!  He always forgets to carry a number, or just makes little mistakes and isn’t careful enough in his work, so I’m encouraged.   

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Science: We did science this week!  How amazing is that.  We read about mountains and made a notebook page.  We also read How Mountains are Made.

Music: Our composer is Puccini this month and we’ve been listening to some of the great arias.  I’d have it on more often, but A complains that he “can’t do my work when people are singing!”

History: We read SOTW chapter 8 on the great dynasties of China, did the mapwork, and read a few Chinese folktales.  We also went out to this great little Chinese restaurant for lunch one day (Little World if you’re in the area.)  The food was really good and A is getting pretty good at using chopsticks.  I should have taken pictures.  We also watched a couple videos we’ve had sitting around from the library.  One was on William Wallace and the battle at Stirling Bridge and the other was about Gothic cathedrals.

Other Literature: A read Bambi this week.  We are still listening to Pinocchio in the car (which I just can’t get into, but the boys are enjoying) and read a few more Indian folktales that we still have from the library.

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Mapwork, Babur’s garden picture (wherein A tries to use every crayon in the box), A’s dictation (longest one to date) and their science notebook pages:p1230301

Other Activities: We didn’t do much else outside the house this week.  We’re in the middle of an inversion and the air quality is horrendous right now.  We don’t even want to go outdoors.  We went to the library simply to run off some energy.  (Yes, you can do that at our library–6 floors, many stairs to climb, playrooms, it’s great.)  We did watch part of the inauguration as well and they came with me to knitting night at the church.  Now C and D both have runny noses and sniffling so I don’t think they’ll be going to church tomorrow.  Not fun. 

For now, it’s raining.  So we’re having lunch while watching the travel shows on PBS then we’re going to spend the afternoon decluttering the living room, music room, and entryway.  I can’t believe the papers and books we have laying everywhere!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 24, 2009 4:10 pm

    Thanks for the comment on my blog.

    6 floor library!! WOW!! =) We live in a tiny town so we have a tiny library…less than 1000 total sq feet! (and that includes a HUGE conference/reference room and break/storage room!! lol The librarians are great, though, and we can get books from all the other libraries in the county delivered to our library for convenience. BUT man….to have six floors of library!

  2. January 24, 2009 5:48 pm

    I keep thinking about putting together a more “set in stone” schedule for our school work. But just never seem to do it. After seeing how well it worked for you this week.. maybe I need to sit down and really put something down on paper.

    I hope your little guys feel better soon!

  3. January 24, 2009 11:45 pm

    What a great week! I really need to write out schedules again with times attached.

    We also had no desire to go out in the yucky weather/ air. Hopefully next week with be cleaner. We are itching to got outside! AND we want to go to that library!

    Thanks for sharing, and thanks for being such a nice friend.

  4. January 28, 2009 9:07 pm

    you always impress me with how much you accomplish. your boys are blessed to have you. and i’m glad that your housecleaning program is working well. mine always needs tweaking, but it feels so good when everyone has a job and we are working together to keep our house in order.

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