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Weekly Report 15

November 21, 2009

It was a pretty slow week around here.  Monday morning found all three boys with fevers, runny noses, and coughs.  I made the decision right then and there to have a reading but no writing week, as no one was up for much more than lounging on the couch and listening to me read.  We pretty much stuck to that plan until Friday when A finished the last two reviews in his Singapore 3A math book (woohoo!) and we worked on some history maps and projects.  A also played some math games on

Other than skipping grammar, writing, spelling, and math (for the younger two), we actually covered quite a bit.  It also gave us a glimpse into how homeschooling may go for a bit after I have this baby and am trying to juggle the needs of a newborn with educating the other three.  I don’t want to take an extended time off from school, but it’s nice to know that we can learn a lot from just sitting on the couch and listening to Mommy read.  Lately it feels like we’ve gotten so caught up in doing written work that we’ve forgotten to take time and just sit and read together. 

We were very consistent about starting each day with prayer, scriptures, and memory work.  When their voices were up to it, we also practiced the songs we’re memorizing: “My Heavenly Father Loves Me” (although I’m not sure they’ll be going to church tomorrow to sing it with the other Primary children), “Prayer of Thanksgiving,” and “Adeste Fideles.”  A also did Latin flashcard review with me as we finished up lesson 6. 

I’m really glad I scheduled two weeks for each Latin lesson and for each Five in a Row book.  When we’ve had bad days or sick weeks, we haven’t really had the feeling that we’re falling behind.  I think just that little scheduling tip alone has done wonders for my stress levels this fall.  It helps me remember that this isn’t a race.  We don’t need to cover the material at a certain fast pace, we just need to cover it. 

Speaking of FIAR, we finished Cranberry Thanksgiving this week.  We read this one almost every year, but it’s still fun to come back to it each November.  We covered the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving pretty extensively a few weeks back in history, but we did read a copy of N. C. Wyeth’s Pilgrims this week.  We also:

  • talked about not judging people by what they look like
  • learned about silhouettes, although we never got around to making any silhouettes of our own faces
  • did a map exercise on the New England states
  • dipped half of a washcloth into water left over from cooking pasta to see the effects of starch
  • colored some cranberries
  • checked out the website and the boys loved the cartoons about Wade and Wonderberry–a pair of waders and a cranberry
  • Found the red cranberry bogs by going to Carver, MA, on Google Earth
  • experimented with cranberries by watching them bounce to see if they were fresh, cutting them open to see that they’re hollow inside, and even creating our own cranberry bog to play in:

  • Of course we had to make cranberry bread, although we prefer this recipe to the one in the back of the Cranberry Thanksgiving book.


History: We read SOTW chapter 15 about King Philip’s War, the French and Indians at war, and William Penn.  We did the mapwork, watched a video about Penn and Pennsylvania, and made hornbooks like colonial children would have used.  We also read quite a few books about colonial life.

Literature: We read an Indian legend about Niagara Falls, The Courage of Sarah Noble, and A read The Matchlock Gun independently while C worked on Pippi Longstocking.  I finished volume 7 of Prelude to Glory, a Revolutionary War historical fiction series.  Two more to go!  Each book is quite long and I’m getting kind of sick of his writing, but I do want to finish the series so I have volume 8 sitting here.  We also began listening to A Christmas Carol in the car.

Science: We read about metalloids, boron, and silicon, including a library book on silicon.  I didn’t have a chance to find any blue gel glue for our experiment this week, but maybe I’ll get some later.  They really, really want to make slime. 

That pretty much sums it up!  It was actually a pretty quiet, restful week for all of us.  We skipped all music classes and A’s piano lesson.  We did spend an afternoon at Grandma’s house on Thursday though and she helped the boys make handprint cookies.

Now we’re looking forward to a week off, from school anyway.  I have a huge list of things to do, plan, clean, organize, or read next week plus Thanksgiving and D’s birthday to celebrate.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2009 9:44 pm

    This looks like such a lovely week! Would you consider submitting this post to the Classical Homeschool Carnival?

  2. November 29, 2009 7:57 pm

    For the record- Cranberry Thanksgiving is my favorite book and I didn’t read it this year. I want to go to Carver Mass too and every year say I am going too and don’t. New goals!

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