This was our first week back into the regularly scheduled programming after Homeschool Expo projects. Those are the ribbons from the science fair! Seventh grader (3rd place), sixth grader (special science award) and third grader (honorable mention). The highlights from the expo, science fair and talent show are here.
Isn’t it always hard to get back into a routine after a break of any kind? Even if that break was for more intense work on science and history projects. We had some bumps this week. I found myself, as I often do, being overwhelmed with the needs of the age range – 3 to 13. (Uh – from potty training and mud stomping to teenage drama requiring lots of homemade fudge). So this time, rather than by subject, I’ll break up this weekly wrap into age groups. Bear with me, because many subjects and activities overlap and several we do together.
- Paint with water
- Strawberry Shortcake computer game – math skills!
- Answers for Preschoolers this week gave five-year-old plenty of practice in writing her name, counting, matching but also talking about Stop, Drop and Roll (above).
- Five-year-old is also standing on the step in the family room and practicing This Little Light of Mine in prep for Spring Sing at church in a few short weeks.
- Three-year-old? Just give him some mud. Which we had plenty of since it’s been raining for a week.
Elementary: a new piano hymn book, Saxon 3rd grade Math (she’s so very much wanting Teaching Textbooks like the big kids), Bible study, Tapestry literature readings, Tapestry learning links (Mcdonald’s ‘travel through time with us’ 🙂 ) All those trophies above? See Our Hymn Study.
- Living Math! Blokus!
Writing – Blog Post – Puddin’ Pies
Elementary/Middle: Rod and Staff English and Grammar. Here‘s a post on why we all love this curriculum.
Middle Schoolers: Teaching Textbooks 6th, 7th grades, Tapestry literature readings.
- We watched Is America A Christian Nation? featuring David Barton of Wall Builders. It’s an In Touch Ministries DVD I borrowed from a friend. Wow – what I learned! What they didn’t teach us in school.
Sixth grader posted about our Nesting Nuthatches in My Backyard.
Two oldest girls: Drama Troupe – blocking for Alice in Wonderland.
Everyone: Family reading of Amon’s Adventure. (For those of you reading, there are map resources available on the Jotham’s Journey website). We started our new science unit study, Answers in Genesis’ God’s Design for Science: Our Weather and Water, figuring it would be great for spring time. We read the lessons during and/or right after lunch while everyone was still around the table.
Health: All the children suffered from snoggy noses this week in some form or fashion. Allergies or a cold.
(Sixth grader’s pastel picture above.) Nana taught a Pastel Lesson – At the Beach …
Shhh. It’s Quiet Time – We took advantage of a Vision Forum sale and purchased this set of Classical CDs: The Christian Student’s Introduction to the Masters of Classical Music. Everyone took a CD of their choice to their quiet time spot and listened. Aaaaah. I put my feet up and enjoyed the quiet!
We are in the home stretch of our school year! Standardized testing will take place in late April for our 3rd and 6th graders. They will both test at home with the CAT I’ve ordered via Family Learning Organization.
So, to start off spring break, I was inspired by See Jamie Blog. I’ve made a spring break wish list! Helps that I’m already a list lover.
- a field trip – we have an idea. Hope the rain holds off.
- a visit to Mama Ann’s.
- Begin our nature study with NaturExplorer’s Easter Study as well as spend an Outdoor Hour.
- Use gift cards from Christmas!
- Flylady spring cleaning – purge outgrown clothes, assess what we need for Easter clothing.
- Teacher Gifts for end of the year.
- Fix up the backyard playhouse after winter neglect.
- Plan, clean out, start on garden and other yard care.
- Put together our family page for our homeschool group’s yearbook.
- Stay up late to watch movies (maybe I’ll finally get to watch Secretariat?) and maybe sleep in late?
How about you? Are you taking spring break?