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Weekly Report 19

February 6, 2010

We had a pretty good week this week!  The older three are slowly getting back into the mindset of “We get up and we do school.  Mornings are for working, not playing.”  Of course we still have to take care of Little E, but they’ve been much better this week about continuing to work independently even when I’m out of the room and busy with baby.  The baby monitor static drives me absolutely crazy, but if it means the baby is actually sleeping in his bed and we’re able to get more work done, then hey–I can tolerate it. 

I also think E is getting a little more used to the noise and chaos of having three older brothers around and has been unexpectedly able to fall asleep in my arms in the middle of it all at times.  We have a good routine for the baby and it feels like finally his routine and their routine are starting to mesh.  So things have gone much smoother than last week.   

We added grammar back in this week.  A did 3 lessons on past, present, and future tense verbs, and C did 3 review lessons on nouns and pronouns.  We spent some time reviewing the first half of the alphabet with D in The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Reading, although he still says, “Reading is sure tricky.”

Math continues to go well.  A did exercises 8-11 plus a review lesson on length, using both centimeters/meters/kilometers and inches/feet/yards.  C still has the reviews at the end of Singapore 1A to complete, but essentially finished 1A (exercises 57-61) and began 1B (exercises 1-3).  D did several more Miquon pages on subtraction.  We also spent time playing math games and grouping popsicle sticks into tens.

We spent the rest of our schooltime reading scriptures and doing historyMemory work has tied into history this week.  We’re still working on part of the Declaration of Independence and added in the 13 colonies as well as important events in the Revolution.  The boys colored the Betsy Ross flag and a copy of the 1755 Mitchell Map of the 13 Colonies. 

(Yes, one of them got the stripes backwards.)

We also read Story of the World chapter 22 on Revolution, the story of the Declaration of Independence, A Day in the Life of a Colonial Printer, and two books from our own collection about Washington and Valley Forge (which has especially nice illustrations.)  I also picked up the Rainbow Book of American History for about $4 which we’re enjoying as well.

The boys finished up yesterday with dioramas of Valley Forge. 

We’re still working our way through the Liberty’s Kids videos.  One day I’ll pull out my original school plans and see where we’re at and where we should head next, but for now we’re thoroughly enjoying our meandering journey through colonial America and the Revolution. 

And now the baby is crying, so this will probably be my shortest weekly report ever. 🙂

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan Harrington DeVogel permalink
    February 6, 2010 7:56 pm

    Wouldn’t it be cool if you could come here to the Washington DC area and visit Colonial Williamsburg? Now that they know so much about the Revolution? I know you love to travel….

  2. February 6, 2010 10:41 pm

    You are all doing so well, having a beautiful newborn in the house. It sounds like you all had a really productive week.

  3. February 7, 2010 8:02 am

    It’s great you guys are getting back into the swing of things. The Valley Forge pictures turned out nice. Isn’t it amazing how well little babies adapt to their surroundings

  4. February 7, 2010 8:40 am

    It sounds like you are juggling things nicely.

  5. Mandy in TN permalink
    February 7, 2010 6:15 pm

    Wow! that is a lot to accomplish so soon after the arrival of you little newcomer! Congrats to you and your kiddos for getting back in the groove so quickly!

  6. February 7, 2010 10:50 pm

    Sounds like a lovely week. Yah, for routines. Your little guy is so handsome.

  7. February 8, 2010 8:26 am

    Sounds like things are going really well with the little one in the mix.

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