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I should be back to a normal schedule this week. Now if I can just remember what normal is...

Today's plan-

French

Latin

Math

Writing

Do laundry and clean up.

 

I haven't been at home except to do chores and go to bed for the last four days. The boys and DH have been home for two of the four, and have made their usual mark on the place. So this afternoon will be spent trying to catch up to the chaos.

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(hugs) Maize, I hope that the baby is doing better. Being Sunday I wouldn't take her in unless she seemed very sick but sometimes we have to go with our gut.

 

I bet your ready to get back in the groove of things Critter. 

 

Ds is still gone camping and dh worked yesterday so the girls and I did some cleaning and laundry. Since I did some laundry earlier in the week I only had 1 load(high capacity washer). It take less time to do it all at once but it sure is nice not to have a whole mountain to do at a time. 

 

I've been plugging away working on planning and scheduling. I decided that we would do Italy next for our country study but when I went to request some books I remembered that I had just requested a bunch of picture books on India. I think we'll go ahead and finish up the spine book I'm using for India this week and start on Jungle Book for our RA and then move onto Italy for the next week and we'll just throw our India PBs into my RA pile . We've not done any artists study in a bit so we are going to start back with Renaissance artists with Italy and then finish up the year with Rivera and Kahlo with our study of Mexico. 

 

No school work today, I'll keep plugging away at planning. Hopefully I can get to the library Monday to check out some books on Italy so I can get those planned out. 

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Maize-praying that baby is all better

 

Critterfixer- so glad you're going to be able to get back into the swing of things.

 

Soror-so glad my. Laundry has been conquered, now come and do mine, lol!

 

We had a great ending to a good week, I opted to have no lessons this weekend so we could really relax. We had an awesome time of worship this morning. We also took Friday off after finishing up reading The Voyage of the Dawn Treader on Thursday and watching/comparing the book to the movies. The youngest was the only one to really enjoy the movie. Next week we will be moving on to The Silver Chair and I'm very much looking forward to that one. I spent some time this weekend listening to podcasts and I even tried two new recipes! I'm excited because the family loved them and asked that I add them to our meal rotation. I'm going to plan for the week after our church meeting this afternoon.

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Maize - sick babies are no fun.  I hope your little one gets to feeling better.

 

DH has promised me that he'll get the holes drilled for DD's worm farm today.  I could drill them, except that I refuse to spend an hour searching for all the parts to the drill that he refuses to put up properly when he's done.  I've looked up worm articles for science this week.  We should also be finishing the first half of our math book this week.  Looking forward to school.

 

Stefanie

 

 

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ack!!!! I accidently erased my post :(

 

 

Long story short..... I've been working away at planning. Adding in phonics lessons and science reading for ds this week and finished scheduling out history for the rest of the year. There is always more to do than I think but having it planned out makes it easier to pick up and go (because my brain doesn't seem to work every day!).

 

I will be going by the library today as some of my books on India have arrived(which is good timing). I'll be scouring the shelves for everything related to Italy and the Renaissance as well. I've found a few ideas online for projects but I'm waiting to see what books I can find first. I've requested Sister Wendy DVDs already as I've always wanted to check them out.

 

I had the kids get all of their school work ready last night and we went to bed with it nice and tidy as I haven't been sleeping well(up again- 2am- back to bed at 6am so the kids up getting up before me). Since my son has suddenly become Mr. Responsibility I want to set him up for success so he knows what he needs to do, although he told me he already knows where to go to access the schedule(I use Scholaric).

 

I think that's it, off to bed again for me and hopefully a few hrs of sleep so we can have a good day (fingers crossed)

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Good Monday morning!

Today's schedule:

French-continue Unit 7 (we reviewed Unit 6 yesterday)

Latin-study for quiz, finish the derivatives on the last worksheet, recitation

Math-Lesson 2 in CLE 507, page of Key to Fractions book 4 (started both new books yesterday)

Language-practice spelling words, sentences; discuss the writing model for the next three weeks (it's a long one); elements of fiction. There's a decent amount of character in this story, so we'll start there.

History-Chapter 5 (The European World-Pope Gregory and Henry 4 of Germany), and additional reading in Mills, Middle Ages (Chapter 8)

Literature-Lang's King Arthur-The Story of Sir Balin

Science-Chapter 3, Section 4-Volcanic Landforms, and additional reading in Volcanoes in Human History-Eruption of Thera is covered

Geography-Lesson 19, Antarctica

 

We finished Prize books yesterday. I haven't decided yet on what the next ones will be.

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I only planned today's lessons.  Yeah, I know. . . slacker planner.  The thing is, tomorrow and the next day is "do the next thing" so I don't really feel like I need to have it on paper. 

 

So today we do an exercise on inference.  I'll be interested in seeing how this goes since this has been a trouble spot.  She could surprise me or it could be a tough day.  We'll see. 

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The plan for today includes math: new and review, reading comprehension, phonogram review in spelling, worms in science. We'll read a short article about worm characteristics, do an online worm dissection, and then make the bedding for our worm farm. Depending on how the time goes, we may go buy our worms today.

 

Stefanie

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Stefanie- Worms! How fun! I keep meaning to do worms but it hasn't happened yet.

 

The girls are done here and it was a great day, despite my messed up schedule. Ds is finishing up now with physics and writing, he is having a horrible time focusing today, not sure if it was just from overstimulation and lack of sleep this weekend or what, hopefully tomorrow is better.

 

Now, I need to get off my butt and figure out what I'm doing with my AHG girls tonight :) 1.5 hrs until we leave and I'd like time for a walk, the girls need a snack before we go, I need to put something in the pot for late supper and take a shower. That sounds depressing when I list it out, best get with it.

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Morning.  Nope, sorry, actually, afternoon :)

 

Got through what we needed to get through with minimal anything.  toddler is off visiting my mom this week and it's amazing how simple that makes my life.  although I definitely notice a little less fun and joy in the day too lol.  Two year olds are at the most awful/wonderful extremes of trial and cuteness lol!!

 

Once again looking a for a new solution for dd9's math.  Unfortunately, Math U See is just not cutting it.  I feel like I sacrificed depth for what was supposed to be independence (even just getting her to do a half hour on her own!) but that just hasn't happened.  She doesn't like the program, I'm unsatisfied with it, so I think we're moving on.  Just to keep it simple, she'll do the last lesson in Gamma this week, then we have a week off.  She has expressed an interest in doing CLE like her younger brother.  It's worked awesome for him and the review would be very good for her - although it may be TOO incremental since she tends to grasp concepts quickly.  For her, it's more keeping a hold of the concept once it's initially been introduced.  I've been perusing old threads of similar nature and I may just combine CLE and MM.  Introduce concepts with the "conceptualness" of MM, but use CLE as a spine.

 

At the other end of the spectrum, ds6 has all but finished grade 1 math and spelling.  He spends hours each day reading to himself, I don't need to do any phonics lessons with him any more.  I wish he had been my first so that I would have understood that maybe my older two weren't typical learners.  It could have saved us a lot of time and frustration!  So now I'm undecided if I should continue on with level 2 of spelling and math, or if we should go sideways for a while and do other things instead.  I'm leaning toward "sideways" ;)

 

Sorry, this has sort of been like a summary of my life rather than an account of what we've accomplished today!  But really, this is what came up while they were busy working lol.  Science, history, typing/cursive and piano left for this afternoon, but first a well-deserved break for us all!

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Things that need to get done this week:

 

homeschool progress reports written and submitted to government (due end of Jan)

go through DS clothes and cull clothing that is size 5/6 (he is 8 now)

organize/clear space in basement under grow lights so I can start growing greens at beginning of Feb

make 15 thank you cards that the kids can write in for thank yous for Xmas and recent DD bday

make sure kids get outside 3x this week

create ad policy for our homeschool webpage/newsletter

schoolwork every da

piano/guitar practices every day

 

I'm hoping to be able to come back and edit by crossing things off the list.  Love that feeling.

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So, everything done.  Math went well.  We finished length and we'll start weight tomorrow.  We did a few pages of the IP and CWP as review as practice.  No issues there.  In spelling we only went through about half of the phonograms, but she did well on the ones I knew she knew.  Reading comprehension turned into a bit of a challenge so that became an explicit lesson in "test taking".  We wound up going through the questions and then I used a highlighter to show her how to the questions echo the words in the text.  Then we used another color highlighter to show where the answers to the questions are in relation to the question keywords.  We also discussed comparisons and visualization of our reading.  

 

Science went well, I guess.  I think part of the problem is my expectations.  I find it hard to tone it down since science and history since they were always so intuitive for me.  I'm just going to have to force myself to let it go to some extent.  Discuss, let her read, and if she can answer the questions or doesn't seem to remember it then fine.  I will say, she was able to remember that Annelid in Latin meant "little rings" but couldn't remember that the "little rings" were called segments.  She was able to remember that worms dig through the soil and make holes that let air and water in but couldn't remember that worm poop was called castings.  *sigh*   We'll have to finish our worm bedding after gymnastics and get the worms tomorrow.

 

Stefanie

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Monday -

 

Dd earned a trip to the frozen yogurt place by achieving another 10% mastery in Khan academy.

 

She did vocab and Spanish.

 

For writing/Language, we worked on "inference".  The friend who is helping to teach her (since dd and I are butting heads) gave her an assignment that was a bit too open ended so I reworded the assignment to be more explicit in what it was asking.  She argued with some of the questions but was able to answer most of them until we got to the very end.  Her idea of what might have happened "next" was very different than what was implied by the story, in my opinion.  I guess she was able to infer that I disagreed from my face as I read her answers (though I was trying to have a Poker face!).  She then wrote what she thought I wanted and then her rebuttal for her teacher.  We'll see what my friend/teacher thinks. 

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Now, I need to get off my butt and figure out what I'm doing with my AHG girls tonight :) 1.5 hrs until we leave and I'd like time for a walk, the girls need a snack before we go, I need to put something in the pot for late supper and take a shower. That sounds depressing when I list it out, best get with it.

Walk- done

snack- done

roast in the IP- done

shower- done

AHG prep-done

 

hair- I brushed it in the car and put it in a pony; along with a bit of bb cream was all I managed to get on :)

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We got music lesson, handwriting and Latin quiz done. The Latin quiz grade was almost as bad as last week but, not quite, I didn't say anything, just made a note that we needed to to do extra vocabulary work. The best part of today was how awesome Ds sounded playing today AND I did lesson 1 at the Hoffman academy and can now play Hotcross Buns AND I taught Ds to play it!!

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We got through yesterday between 9 and 3:30, so today's schedule is much like yesterday's.

French-Unit 7

Latin-Quiz

Math-CLE lesson 3, KTF 1 page

Language-spelling practice, grammar lesson from Harvey's, character motivation work and description, setting with description

History/Literature-swap from yesterday

Science/Geography-swap from yesterday

 

I'm doing French, Latin, Algebra, Writing, Reading in History (I'm working on History of the Renaissance World) and I want to read Volcanoes in Human History with the boys. Pretty interesting. Then there is the usual housekeeping to do.

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Today is the first day of our week. DH was off yesterday so we took the day off. We spent the morning restoring order to the house after a busy weekend. We spent the afternoon doing nothing in particular, just hanging out. I got an email from DD7's ballet school last night with the cast list for their next production and she will be in it! She is pretty excited! So I get to add 1 day of rehearsal a week to our schedule for the next few months.

 

I have made some changes to our weekly schedule, things are feeling stale. We are dropping our States and Capitals study for now, just going to play games for awhile to see how much they learn. Fridays are going to be set aside for the kids to pursue some of their own interests semi independently with me there to lend a hand, give advice or buy supplies if needed. DS10 wants to learn coding, DS8 doesn't know what he wants to do yet and DD7 wants to work on her sewing.

 

So for today we have all this, here's hoping we can get it done or I will need to tweak it again!

 

DS10 (4th Grade)

  • With me: math, writing, spelling, grammar
  • Independent: assigned reading, xtra math, free reading

DS8 (3rd Grade)

  • With me: math, buddy reading, writing, grammar
  • Independent: free reading, handwriting

DD7 (2nd Grade)

  • With me: math, phonics, writing, grammar
  • Independent: free reading, handwriting
  • Extra: ballet

Family Learning

  • Read Aloud
  • Memory Work
  • RSO: Physics
  • Art - hopefully we have the time to fit it in!
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Baby took ALL my attention yesterday due to to cutting teeth. His poor little gums looked so painful! So I let dd have the day off. She had some new craft projects to tackle and a fresh stack of library books, so her day was actually fairly productive. Buuuuut, of course, dh asked "what did you learn in school today?" He NEVER asks that!!! She doesn't go to school!! He will ask what did you all do today? or how did you do on your spelling test? if he knows something specific that's going on. But, on the one day that I drop the ball, he specifically asks about "school" gaaaahhh!!! Dd's response? "We skipped school today." Great, thanks kid. Throw mama under the bus. I jumped in with the books she read that pertained to our history lessons and the Nature's Weirdest Events show she watched and that she did piano practice but to no avail, dh teased me the rest of the evening for "skipping" school. :S

 

I did manage a preK lesson with ds. I couldn't turn him down when he came upstairs lugging a huge preK workbook and even bigger wooden art case with him, huffing and puffing, saying in a sing songy voice "tiiiiime for preeeeeeKaaaaayyyy."

 

Today will hopefully be more productive. Dd has a math test that I expect her to sail through, a spelling test that should be quick as well, and just the next lesson in her other subjects. I am hoping to read a chapter for history and a chapter of our read aloud. Those are so hard right now because the kids want to snuggle with me while I read but the baby wants my attention too and if he is with us, he's grabbing hair and trying to rip the book. I need to power through anyway.

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One progress report completed.


 


Kids did school work and piano/guitar practice yesterday.


 


Need to get working on the thank you cards today and maybe the other progress report.


 


Also need to wake up the kids so they can get school work and piano/guitar done today.  And I want to send them outside in the snow.  Might do that first thing to get it over with.


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I did a HUGE masterplan of second semester, and we started working with it this morning. We had a great day, and I am really hopeful what I created is good for us. I didn't do much planning for middle school but I have realized that more is needed here for high school.

 

One of my main goals this semester is to move DS to near-complete ownership of his education. For me, that is not the same thing as complete independence. We still do a lot together, and we like it that way. I am focused more on time management and visionary thinking. 

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We have our first study session of the year tonight: the Latin quiz proved to be too much after that disjointed week we had! So we took it, corrected it with the book in hand, will study tonight and retake it tomorrow. This means cinnamon toast! :drool5:

The boys actually floored me last night by asking me to send more of those fraction worksheets with them on Friday, and to have them for Saturday as well. I also talked them into taking Latin study cards. :laugh:

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So, hit and miss today.  I'm working on getting the toddler back to a decent sleep schedule.  He was up until 1 am last night and woke up about 9 this morning.  Had a massive diaper fail during the night and him and his bed was soaked this morning.  Spent time cleaning that.  DD woke up 30 minutes later.  Spent a slow hour getting started.  Hit math.  We are DONE with SM 1a.  The rest of the week will be review with some fun puzzles from Critical Thinking Co.  We made our worm bedding.  DD and I tore the newspaper into strips and the toddler had a blast throwing them into the bin.  Later tonight when I go to the store I'll pick up a tub of live bait to put in there. 

 

DD is not feeling well though.  We sat down for reading and she felt warm, so I called the day (I know, bad homeschool mom here, she is probably fine enough to finish school). All we had left was some worm anatomy, which I kind of want to wait until we have a hands on anyway, and spelling. 

 

Now I get the rest of my day free to take my time getting to the cleaning chores I want to do today.  The cats made a big mess in the playroom.

 

Stefanie

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Today we've completed morning time, Latin, and literature read aloud. Youngest has decided he wants Latin now so I broke out the SSL cd and wrote his vocabulary words down for him to use as copywork. The boys helped with dinner prep so this afternoon we'll do math and the older will do his Introduction to Classical Studies reading and we will be done for the day.

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We had such a nice start to the day- my sleep was not quite as bad so I was up and somewhat moving by 8am. We had breakfast together and then for our walk, which ended up with us in the woods on the trail up the road exploring. Our 30 min walk turned to 1.5 hrs. We were all ready for a snack when we made it back and got right into it. I took a little half a nap after lunch, while the kids continued on with reading time. In a moment we will finish up with poetry time and a short free-write exercise. I have Silks Class tonight and ds is doing TKD.

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Tuesday -

 

Went into major pain last night.  Dd decided to do the bulk of today's work last night and needed help.  I was a horrible homeschool mom and did not help because I could not concentrate enough to do so.  I told her to ask dh to help.  I saw her showing him the book but apparently all she did was to show him the book to complain about not understanding and they didn't actually look at solving the problem.  :confused:

 

Today I know she did Spanish and vocab and writing.  I don't know if she did her math because I was in even worse pain this morning and wasn't very functional.  I'll check later.  She's babysitting now. 

 

Ds is continuing to write his paper on Hemingway.  I need to take a look at what he's doing too but all of that requires a brain which I don't really have at the moment. 

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Went into major pain last night.  Dd decided to do the bulk of today's work last night and needed help.  I was a horrible homeschool mom and did not help because I could not concentrate enough to do so.  I told her to ask dh to help.  I saw her showing him the book but apparently all she did was to show him the book to complain about not understanding and they didn't actually look at solving the problem.  :confused:

 

No. You were a great homeschool mom who immediately outsourced when you needed to do so and it ain't your fault that two heads couldn't come up with a solution.

Hope you start feeling better soon. :grouphug:

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Got no school stuff done over the weekend. DD had a tumbling meet (she did awesome - first place and high point winner in one event, second and third places in her other two), and I was too tired from waking up at 4am Saturday morning to really recover until today, plus my allergies go haywire when we go out there. As a reward for her effort, I took her to the trampoline park again. Still need to do spelling, handwriting and art today, but I think the rest is done. I'm not sure we'll finish though, because DD is still doing laundry (folding and putting away everything), even though she was supposed to have done it last Thursday, and dinner hasn't even been planned yet. 

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I am awake. Sort of.

Today's schedule:

French-Unit 7

Latin-retake the quiz and start Lesson 14

Math-CLE lesson 4, 1 page of Key to Fractions

Language-Spelling practice, go over plot and outline a scene for next weeks WP

History-finish chapter 5 in OUP, Chapter 9 in Mill's Book of the Middle Ages for additional reading

Literature-Lang's King Arthur-How the Round Table Began

Science-Chapter 4, sec 1: Properties of Minerals, Volcanoes in Human History-about half of chapter 4 (it's a long one on Vesuvius)

Geography-Unit 3 Review

 

ETA: My usual line-up: French, Latin, Algebra, Writing and Housekeeping today.

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Yesterday was better than Monday. We did math. That's it. But Monday, we didn't even do that, so like I said, yesterday was better.

 

Today, I was up with the baby by 8:30. Picked up his room, my bathroom, and laid out clothes for the 2 of us since we have some errands to run today. Feeling like I got a solid start to the day.

 

Dd is eating breakfast across from me as I type this and ds is still asleep. Our out of the house commitments on Tuesdays mean we don't get home until 10 or later so they usually sleep in on Wednesdays. But I am determined to get a solid school day in today. Time to get going on it!

 

Jean- I hope you feel better!

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The plan for today: 

 

Math - review, maybe try a page of fun math

LA - not sure what we'll do in spelling.  cursive lesson

Science - worms.  When we go to pick up the toddler we may swing over by the library.

 

How bad would it be for me to check out some books, photo copy them, and then return?  I'd like DD to be able to mark up the text to help with comprehension....which obviously doesn't work well with library books.

 

ETA: oh yeah, and clean up for visitation

 

Stefanie

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Both progress reports done!  Now if only my scanner was cooperating, I could send them in.

 

Kids did school, went outside and practiced piano/guitar yesterday.

 

Made 4 thank you cards and kids filled them out.

 

Plan for today:  Science, sledding, schoolwork, piano/guitar, Guides, more thank you card creations,

 

And, unexpectedly:  going to open house hosted by aggressive development company that wants to smash all the zoning laws and build things that shouldn't be built on our street.  That should be fun.

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Today was not good, it wasn't bad but, it was just ok, I'm going to count my blessings that it was at least ok. I had to put the big boy in time out for five minutes, lol, his attitude was horrible at the beginning of the day. I really need to go back to our original schedule of getting our lit done in the afternoon instead of in the morning that worked well for us. We did manage to get math, Latin, music practice, morning time, literature reading and the older one's composition done today. I've also decided to allow the older one to have as much free reign as possible in his studies next year, I'm going to allow him to make his curriculum choices from our shelves. He wants to wait until July to make his choices, I will lay everything out for him at the end of June and see what he decides.

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Man, I'm in survival mode here!  Dd9 leaves on Friday afternoon for a week with her other parent, which means we all get the week off too :D  Ds8 is leaving with dh for a fun weekend at the aquarium an 8-hour drive away (a christmas present).  And the toddler is still visiting her grami's!  Can't wait for a break, with just my quirky 6 yo, I'll get all kinds of reading and planning accomplished!   Just trying to tie up loose ends, rather than start a new anything in our school day.  So it feels a little helter-skelter, but I feel like we're getting lots of tings done at the same time.  

 

Dd has been using REWARDS since last September and we're now into  lesson 22 (out of 25), which is getting quite hard.  I think her reading abilities and comprehension has really come up since the beginning and it's exciting.  I'm still not sure if the end of the book means we can FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY quit phonics or if I should look at ABeCeDarian level C vs. D, if I should let a tutor take over with something that may be too easy for her just to give her and I a break with a highly-regarded program designed by a private Canadian school for dyslexic students, or what lol.  If it's not math, it's reading with this kid, right?  Hope I'm not boring everyone to death with my musings over this kid, she's a tough nut!

 

Actually, after looking at the ABeDeDarian website, I'm almost wondering if that's what I should be doing with my smarty-pants ds6 lol.  C could be about right for him, although it may be too much writing for him.  Even that doesn't seem to phase him as much it did his older siblings though . . . 

 

 Let's see, we're heading over to a neighbor's for a potluck dinner tonight (get to see the newborn baby!), so I need to make the kale salad, and hopefully get science and history in before we have to leave.  If we're really lucky, we'll do piano and typing/cursive as well, but that may be pushing it!

 

 

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Wed. -

 

Dd - school went well.  History emphasis today.  Not really much to report.  The good days are boring!

 

Ds - we started music theory for guitarists. 

 

We went over his history stuff and decided on our next plan.  I was not really happy with what I found from TC and so I'm combining a couple into one program.

 

Lit. - I found the Hemingway book I had lost just when we finished Hemingway. . .     Next is Fitzgerald.  I'm going to pick up Tender is the Night from the library today. 

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DH was home and actually helped DD (or told her - most of her stuff is pretty independent these days) to do her schoolwork. He checked it, too. I think it's the first time he's ever done that. (He says he doesn't feel smart enough to teach her, normally.) AND he took her to tumbling practice without needing a reminder. Although DD may have reminded him...but the point is, I didn't have to do it, LOL. I was at work all day.

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Okay...so, what happened and what didn't. 

 

School didn't happen, nor the library.  Grandson woke up from his "nap" at 11 pm and didn't go back to sleep.  So, I wound up taking a nap in the morning and then had to spend the afternoon cleaning.  Oh, well, it'll get done today.....

 

Stefanie

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Jean- Hope you are feeling better soon!

 

Tawlas- I agree with Jean re: books

 

Aurelia- I was going to say- Woot!- day off for you, but I guess not.

 

Stefanie- wow, crazy sleep schedule, we wouldn't have got anything done either!

 

 

 

Wednesday- Pretty good day, had another adventure up to the creek and then the kids were right on their school when we got back. DD1 seems to be doing better with her math and is getting used to the changes in the schedule, finally. Ds on the other hand is getting used to the additions I made this week, a little begrudgingly, thankfully he is a lot easier going than his sister.

 

DD2 had ballet/tap last night, dd1 had Acro and ds had TKD. DD1 had a test for her class and passed it all except coming out of her backbends, she's been working very hard on her skills so I was proud she did so well. I got some waterproof gloves for ds, he was the only one that didn't have any, they sure came in handy at the creek yesterday (where all of the kids managed to end up with their shoes off- in 40 degree weather mind you but after the walk to get there we were plenty warm). 

 

Today we have no outside activities so (assuming I have energy again- getting ready to go back to bed for a bit)- I want to hike down the backside of our hill in the morning. Do some nature study- we've been outside tons and tons but haven't been sketching. Catch up on read-alouds and a few extra cleaning projects- like my van!!!

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I got very little sleep last night. Up and down a lot.

Today's schedule:

French-Unit 7

Latin-Lesson 14, Workbook page, Recitation

Math-KTF 1 page and finish lesson 4 in CLE

Language Arts-Spelling test, diagramming sentences, free write

History/Literature-swap from yesterday

Science/Geography-swap from yesterday

 

Me-French, Latin, Algebra, History, Writing and I desperately need to cook today.

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Critter, you and me both with lack of sleep last night. I am dragging today, as a result.

 

Yesterday was a solid day. We did math (1 and a half lessons!) lots of reading in our read alouds and history lessons. History lead to an impromptu geography lesson. To my shock, ds knew where 14 states were on the map without any help! I am going to try to have some more fun with maps with him today. He seemed to really love it. He was even saying things like "Florida is warm and sunny all year. Iowa grows a lot of corn. The Statue of Liberty is in New York." Where is he getting all this? The tag-a-long theory among homeschoolers is real, people!

 

Today, the usual lessons, hopefully, some extra geography with ds and dd, running the errands that didn't happen yesterday, a solid effort in the laundry department (not committing to any particular number of loads), my nephews coming to play this evening and chicken and dumplings for dinner.

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Had a bit of a slacker morning, but that was mostly because I was unwilling to start anything right before our break.  So no French, no spelling, lighter math for dd9 and only a bit of phonics lesson for each kid.  dd9 has approximately doubled her words/minute rate since starting REWARDS, which is fantastic!  Need to do a bit of science and history this afternoon as well as typing/cursive and piano.  First day of sunshine in what feels like a million years, so I htink I'll head out to see my cow and soak up a few rays.

 

First, though, lunch in the now quiet house.  

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Did I happen to mention that I have one more week before a glorious break? I am looking forward to it.

We are wrapping up this week in the next half-hour or so. I'm really very tired today. I think I'll just do some sweeping and call that good for housekeeping. I got my cooking done at lunch. Now I'm reading about one of my more infamous ancestors in the Middle Ages in The History of the Renaissance World. How cool is that?

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Okay, so, positive math day. We went with math review using puzzles from a critical thinking book. She did very well. We have only ever done 1 digit from 2 digit subtraction and she was able to apply what she knew to simple 2 digit from 2 digit subtraction. I am proud of her. I know it was pushing her to do the math, so we called it. But I am so proud of her. Now she is reading a book and we are discussing fighures of speech.

 

Stefanie

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Critter and Mrs.R- commiseration on the bad sleep- I so here you!!!!

 

Another adventure had here, we were supposed to go to the pond for a study but the next thing I know they all have on rubber boots to go back to the creek(I had told them yesterday they needed boots to wade in it). It was a big huge glorious adventure. Thankfully the kids did the bulk of their work as soon as they got up and we finished the rest off after a bit of a break when we got back. We then spent the rest of the afternoon outside, it is 63 and too glorious for Jan here in the Midwest.

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