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Weekly Report 6

October 3, 2010

Another week down!  What in the world did we do?  Well, I had more fall related allergy attacks and spent most of the week feeling extremely fuzzy headed and wishing I could just take a nap.  Any sort of schedule we were aiming for went right out the window.  Some good things did happen however.  Both A and C did Writing with Ease four times this week.  That was one of our big goals.

History/Music/Literature: We’re deep into the Civil War still, although they’ve gotten bogged down by cutting out all the lapbook parts and pieces.  If I do all the cutting, I think filling them out will be a piece of cake this next week.  We mainly read a lot this week and listened to all kinds of Civil War music.  We’re halfway through Across Five Aprils and read several more picture books and non-fiction books.  C is especially interested in the ironclad ships right now.  They also watched videos on Harriet Tubman and Abraham Lincoln.

And we made hardtack!  We’re planning on a Civil War dinner next week, but Friday afternoon we whipped up some hardtack.  It’s hard alright.  They were all excited to try it though.  In fact, D sat and gnawed on his piece for over half an hour Friday night until we told him he really did need to go to bed.

As for everything else, we tried…we really did.

I think A did spelling once.  D had a reading lesson maybe twice but did do handwriting practice and Explode the Code nearly every day and began a new FIAR book.  In Grammar Island we covered prepositional phrases, direct objects, and subject complements.  Honestly, I think I’m understanding grammar more than I ever did in school.

We read three chapters in our geography book but didn’t even pull out the maps to work on.  Latin was ok.  C did lesson 4 in Prima Latina and A is reviewing lessons 6-10.  Memory work is still the Gettysburg Address and Doctrine and Covenants 14:7 “And, if you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.” Even when I’m fuzzy headed we have a pretty good daily routine of prayer, scripture study, and memory work.

In math, we took a week off from regular books.  A’s been doing multiplication drills which will hopefully will help his factoring ability and I’ve been working with C and D to memorize triplets.  3,8,11…4,7,11…5,6,11…etc.  So we’ve been memorizing “3, 8, 11” for example and learning that you can do four different math problems with those three numbers: 3+8=11, 8+3=11, 11-3=8, and 11-8=3.  C really gets it.  Finally!  He’s really good at memory work, but has always had a terrible time with math facts for some reason.  So this is working.

Other than that, we spent a day at Grandma’s house, went out to dinner with Grandma and Poppa, watched LDS General Conference this weekend, and when I thought I could go outside and actually breathe again, we had fun at a park last night.

E discovered the slide.  He really likes it.

And now it’s Sunday night and I feel utterly unprepared for tomorrow.  But at least I can breathe again!  We have enough open and go curricula that I’m sure we’ll muddle through somehow and then there are only 5 more days until our fall break.

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  1. Susan Harrington DeVogel permalink
    October 4, 2010 4:59 pm

    If you would like a recipe that actually uses hardtack, is a food that the boys’ Silver ancestors (and Newfoundlander relatives) have enjoyed for centuries. I made it once, and it was great. It is very easy. You can order salt cod online.
    Cousin Susan

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