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Weekly Report 29

March 14, 2009

We survived the week!  We get a week off now!  I’m excited.  I need it!  I’ve just been dragging along this whole week.  The time change threw me completely out of whack and we kind of lost our drive to get up early and get going each day.  Luckily it was a fairly unbusy week so we were able to still be doing school at 4:00 in the afternoon when the mornings didn’t turn out so well!  We got to everything, just not as often as I had hoped.

D: Letter T: There sure are a lot of books for letter T, especially when your 4-year-old just adores trains and tigers!  We read a lot this week and have also colored tigers, T-rexes, and triceratops.  The boys also watched a National Geographic video on tigers and countless Thomas the Tank Engine and I Love Toy Trains videos!  It was a great week!

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C: ETC: 8 pages in book 1 with a few moans and groans
Math: Started the money section
Reading: Lessons 119, 120
Copywork: None

A: Math: Finished Singapore 2B!!  And did lessons 1-3 in 3A
Grammar: Lessons 116, 117
Cursive: Letter Q
Writing: 3 assignments in Writing with Ease
Latin: Began lesson 17 and never finished it…

Science: We just did an outdoor hour challenge on raccoons and have pretty much decided to begin astronomy after our break.  We have a few more units in earth science that we just never seem to get excited about finishing, so I think a change would be good. 

Music: We listened to the entire Brahms Symphony #4, not just the cello part!  Although they’ll hear a lot of that in the next week as well as I still have tons of practicing and metronome work to do before next Saturday’s concert.

History: History was thoroughly confusing.  I still don’t understand the Wars of the Roses and who was on which side and what treachery was going on, but it was fascinating reading (that I need to review!)  We just read the chapter and did the mapwork, colored Richard III and Edward V, and made pop-out cards of the Tower of London.  Now we’re done with English history for a while and will start in again with Spain, Portugal, and all the explorers after our break. 

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We also had fun learning the Prisoners in the Tower game from the SOTW Activity Guide.  It’s hard to play a strategy game when two of the three didn’t really get the strategy part, but it was fun, and I’ve caught the boys playing it twice again today.

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Other Literature: We didn’t read any extra books for history or read-alouds other than letter T books.  We did listen to Peter Rabbit stories in the car and C read Mouse Soup, Fox and His Friends, and Poppleton in Spring to me.  A (who is picking up my bad habit of staying up way too late reading) read Arthur: The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crossley-Holland, Sophie’s Lucky and The Nine Lives of Aristotle by Dick King-Smith, and The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli.  I finished Year of Wonders and I’m now reading The Door in the Wall.  (And next week we’ll both be working on early to bed, early to rise.)

Other Activities: We all went to the Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner on Thursday with DH because we hadn’t actually seen him since Tuesday and because he would be working pretty much the rest of this weekend.  Work has been crazy for him this week!  We did get an evening together last night and were able to enjoy watchingthe new Sense and Sensibility.

Today was the Scout Pinewood Derby.  A won the trophy for fastest scout car!  Of course, there are only two scouts in his troop!  But still, he was excited.

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There were actually 8 cars racing.  The troop is so small, they let all the little brothers and the leaders’ children race cars too.  C’s loaner car was actually the fastest car of them all and won every race so he got a certificate for that.  And D got the certificate for best persistence because he got right up and kept going after tripping and whacking his forehead on something.  I missed seeing what, I just got to give the sympathy hug.

After sending DH back to work, I remembered it was the St. Patrick’s Day parade so we headed to Gateway to watch the end of it.  We love parades and it sure beat last year when it was just too bitterly cold to stand there and watch.  It goes on forever.  I never knew there were so many Irish dance groups, bagpipers, and Catholic schools in this valley!  C and D are still rather confused as to why there’s a parade in March, maybe we’ll have to review St. Patrick next Tuesday. 

But for now…it’s spring break!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. juliapadg permalink
    March 14, 2009 6:53 pm

    Alright! I love his smile for winning fastest car!

    I didn’t put a whole lot of effort into The War of the Roses either. It was complicated, and my kids found it boring. Not that that’s a good reason to not do something, but, well, sometimes it is.

  2. March 14, 2009 7:27 pm

    When we did the War of the Roses I had to actually write down each person that came up and which side they were on and how they were related. The chapters in Our Island Story sort of helped too but it was just a really ugly time in British history.

    Enjoy your week off.

  3. March 17, 2009 7:57 am

    Hooray for pinewood derbys! Good job A!

    Have a great spring break!

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