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Week 2

August 20, 2011

Another week down…where does the time go?!  Technically, it was a shorter week for us, but it sure didn’t feel like it by 3:30 this afternoon when we were finally wrapping things up!

Monday was our 14th wedding anniversary so we all went out to brunch after the boys’ swimming lessons before DH and I were able to get a babysitter for the afternoon.  We had a really nice day, but it kind of threw us off for the week and it hasn’t felt like the right day of the week ever since!  Technically we could have done school on Friday to make up for it, but we all needed a break and DH had the day off, so we went hiking together in Memory Grove and then he took the three older boys to another movie at the planetarium.  We finished up most of our week’s work today, although in retrospect, nothing with a writing assignment attached should be left for Saturday afternoon because we’re just not in the mood!

I have a day in the life post from Thursday ready to link up to the Not Back-to-School blog hop tomorrow night with more of the nitty gritty details, but here are the highlights from the week:

History: We’ve mainly just been reading the Old Testament as history this week.  The boys filled out some nice notebook pages on the seven days of creation.  Today we decided to open Story of the World and talk about cuneiform and hieroglyphs.  Then we pulled out our new clay and practiced cuneiform on clay tablets.

Science: Talked about classification and memorized “Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species” with the help of “King Philip Can Only Find his Green Slippers.”

Memory: In other memory work, we finished memorizing last week’s scripture and worked on the poem “A Little Brother Follows Me.”  Both A and C have Latin vocabulary now and A is working on stems for grammar.  D memorized “The Caterpillar” from First Language Lessons.  We have yet to review any of last year’s memory work.  I’m kind of afraid to since we hardly touched it all summer long.

Math: It’s been a good math week, except for the 8-year-old who is a master of dawdling unless I’m sitting right there with him and even then…

Language: Poetry got skipped, but other than that things are going great here too.  C started reading Grammar Island with me this week.  A began learning how to outline in Writing With Skill.  I really think I’m going to start doing those assignments with him.  I could really use the writing instruction.  D is learning how to narrate with Writing With Ease and doing fabulously.

Latin: We added in Latin this week! A is really liking First Form Latin (and I really like all the written practice in it) but C’s not so sure about Latina Christiana.  He’s going through it at half pace though and while I think he can handle it, we’ll see how it’s going after another month or so and maybe reevaluate.

Literature:  We finished listening to The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg and are now reading Ben and Me by Robert Lawson for our boys’ book club.  I want A to read The Golden Goblet and he is giving me a hard time about it because it’s a step up from what he’s been reading all summer long.  I have no idea what C is reading and we haven’t read much together this week either.

Art: Art was our failure.  We tried the first drawing lesson in The Phonics of Drawing, which I’ve had sitting around here for several years and decided to pull out.  But it is not the program for us, at least not at this point in time.  It’s not really a beginning drawing course, at least I don’t think so and after looking ahead, I just know we’ll end up in tears before too long.  So…I really want to do art projects again and I need to decide if I want to tackle Drawing with Children again, something else entirely, or just do art projects that coordinate with history this year.  At least we attempted art this week and that should count for something, right?

Swimming ended this week so hopefully we can continue to get up earlier and get more work done before lunch.  We’ve had some long afternoons this week, but we’re slowly getting back into the routine of school and have even gone to the park a few times this week.  Now if I could only figure out how to add housework back in.

On the toddler front, we’ve had a grumpy kid this week and I have no idea why.  I hope he’s just having a hard time adjusting to our new routine and will cheer up soon, but who knows.  I’m still pulling together ideas for him while we are busy with school.  I have baby toys and then tons of age 3+ toys, but not much for in between.  Many of the preschool ideas I’ve found lately are just too involved for him at 19 months so I’m still on the lookout. We bought him his own dishpan, pencil box with chunky colored pencils to go in it, a notebook, a cheapie calculator, and some magnets.  He likes having his own box of stuff like his brothers and had fun today putting letter magnets on our kitchen cupboards (they’re stainless steel) but it didn’t last long.  He still loves to play at the sink but broke a glass this week because he’s in that wonderful “let’s throw something because I’m mad” stage.  So we still love naptime…

Here are some pictures from our hike:

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  1. August 21, 2011 12:55 am

    Congrats on 14 years together! What a great hike and hope you have a happy toddler next week :).

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