This is my first weekly report. I love reading about other families homeschool weeks, so it seemed like a good thing to start doing:).
We had a bit of a slow week due to kids being sick off and on, doctor’s appointments, and the ongoing work on the house…you know-life getting in the way;) No pictures, due to my camera and computer not cooperating;(
We read a few chapters of The Wind in the Willows. This is definitely a step up reading-level wise from our last read-aloud, Little House on the Prairie. I am finding that I can’t always finish a chapter due to certain wiggily boys. They understand what’s going on though, and the antics of Toad usually get a chuckle out of one of them. The kids all read a chapter or two from books they chose each day. Grace is reading Detectives in Togas, Christopher is reading Childhood of Famous Americans: George Washington, and James is reading Usborne’s Greek Myths. It’s surprising sometimes, the things that they choose!
We signed up for the Bravewriter Lifestyle emails and have been starting out slowly. This week we only did copywork once (as per her suggestion). The kids each chose a Benjamin Franklin quote to copy. Christopher started a letter to his uncle, but has yet to finish it. We also did the Friday Freewrite, which was a HUGE success. Everyone, even Rose, sat down and wrote quietly for 10 minutes. They were so excited when I said they could write whatever they wanted! I did it alongside them and also enjoyed it;).
We plugged along in our various RightStart levels. Grace has been learning about decimals and sales tax, Christopher has been reviewing multiplication (and not enjoying it, I’m sorry to say) and beginning fractions. And James learned to play Corners this week, plus Go to the Dump with 11’s. They all love the math games and complain about not playing them enough, so I need to fit this in more. We also played a game of Dino Math Tracks, a great game for reviewing place value.
We read some more Robert Frost from Poetry For Young People series, the same poem every day. We talked a little about the meaning of the poem. I usually read the poem at snack time. Captive audience, and all that.
We read a few sections from George Washington’s World, about the Spanish and English in America. We also started our go-along book, Colonial Days. The plan is to work our way slowly through both books, doing the projects in Colonial Days as desired. This week, we made model weathervanes to decorate their rooms.
We read about wool and cotton in The Storybook of Science. The kids found this pretty fascinating and wanted to look at all their clothes to see where they were made. They also continued their independent science readings. James finished up his DK Weather book and started on DK Space. He loves these books. They have great photos. Not much narrative, but I did say he could pick whatever he liked! Christopher has been reading First Encylopedia of Seas and Oceans, and looking up the internet links whenever he gets a chance. And Grace has been reading Everything Kids’ Astronomy Book, after complaining that all we had were “baby science books”. Guess I’ll need to add to our collection soon!
We printed out The Outdoor Hour Challenge newsletter and began working our way through it. The kids all started the bookmarks provided in the newsletter, a list of birds they see this month. They also drew birds for their nature journals and we read the section on crows from Handbook of Nature Study. We are planning on participating in a local bird count this weekend as well.
The kids rolled simple candles using a candle kit for Candlemas. And of course we watched the groundhog to see if he would see his shadow. Six more weeks of winter!
And that was our week, thanks for stopping by!