I enjoyed writing this last week and loved reading the comments that I received so I’m going to do it again. I like blogging about our homeschooling, and while I doubt our crazy little school is going to make a big splashy in the glitzy world of homeschool blogging we will, however, manage to get by, I’m sure.
The Week Backwards: We did three solid days of school (M-W), plus co-op on Thursday. We had some disasters before co-op and I wasn’t even sure we were going to go, but we did. Then after co-op things went cataclysmically bad. It was bad enough that I almost called my husband to see if he could come home from work and I haven’t done that ever. Needless to say Friday was a Mental Health Recovery Day, but it did the trick and by Friday afternoon we were rolling pretty well and we made it through the weekend relatively successfully.
Bible & Memory Work: We only got three Bible stories in this week, for the first time in a long time. We did our memory work only three times as well. We needed a new verse last week and I wanted a poem too and I didn’t get them done. There’s also some other changes I have planned for our memory time and the result is that we barely worked on it. Counter-intuitive, huh? I guess you can’t have too much review of Bible verses though!
History: The focus was geography this week, but we listened to our Story of the World cds that go along with the Ancient History we’re doing at co-op.
Geography: Peanut learned about the Great Circles that make up a map and how to draw them on a piece paper to make a grid for drawing a map. Two days hence we talked about where the continents were in relation to the lines he had drawn and he made “continental blobs” in the generally right spot and proportions. I’m not going to lie, I was impressed with how it came out for his first time. (Sorry for the blurry picture though.)
Read Alouds: We started reading “In Grandma's Attic (Grandma's Attic Series)" target=_blank>In Grandma’s Attic” which is sort of like “Little House on the Prairie”, but told from a grandmother to her granddaughter with each chapter having a specific story and Christian moral. We read four chapters this week. This seems like a cute book, but frankly, I find it a little boring and heavy-handed with the lessons especially for a read-aloud. Now, if you wanted an early chapter book that your child could read independently without any worries about content this would be it. Peanut is enjoying it though so I keep my opinions to myself. We also continued with our poetry and finished up the Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales' target=_blank>Beatrix Potter treasury.
Reading: Due to our chaos this week Peanut didn’t do a ton of reading. He read one story out of his reader, a Batman book, and half of “The Cat in the Hat”. I did notice that he’s starting to read more outside of books. He’s reading signs when we’re driving or in a store and thinks he’s very funny to read over my shoulder at the computer.
Science: We learned about trees and then fungi. He liked the fungi page so we went ahead and grew some mold (on purpose) on a piece of bread. We do astronomy at co-op and they finished universe mobiles.
All About Spelling: We did half of “Step 16” this week and learned the rule that ‘c’ says /s/ before ‘i', ‘e’, and ‘y’. We were supposed to do the whole lesson this week, but that’s how the cookie crumbles.
Math: It was pretty easy this week writing numbers through 30 and another review of place value.
Additionally: Peanut has been playing a lot of soccer this week independently and with Andrew. He actually seems to have a little bit of skill and has enjoying his practice. All the kids painted macaroni necklaces this week and Peanut continues to make billions of creations out of paper and tape and always paper airplanes. We practiced French for co-op as well: numbers and colors.
The Week Forwards: We have MOPS and co-op this week. We’re going to keep working on our geography more than history this week. I’m having a small beef with Sonlight’s history right now so I’m happy to have the maps to be our focus. Science is moving onto the human body which seems like it should be fun, but I’m drawing a blank about what to do with it. Math looks easy for the week and we’ll finish up the spelling and try for more reading out loud. We’re almost done with the Bible that we’re using so I have to decide what we’re going to do next. Some kind of “Bible study” for the 3-5 year olds or start from the beginning again with a slightly more advanced Bible. I don’t know. I need to get to work on some projects I have mulling around in my head as well. The kids and I have traveling coming up again soon so we’ll start looking forward to that too!
What about you? What do you have going on backwards and forwards?