Friday, September 13, 2013

It's Week 2! Our Week in Review!

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We just finished the second week of school, almost.  This week has been such an amazing adventure and we have had so much fun! The kids and I have been so busy and we have been focusing on getting into a good routine.

UntitledI really love lists! It's something about being able to see what I have to do and crossing it off.  I just love seeing what I've really done.  I don't want to write on my Syllabus for Sonlight though so each weekend I prep our days and write everything on an index card (usually front and back).  I have one card for each day of the week and we know what we need done.  I never put things like "sweep floor, laundry, dishes..." though maybe I should because I am ALWAYS doing them - ha!

I use my weekends to print off the extra materials I want to use as well.  This past weekend I had prepped quite a bit - coloring sheets, word searches, projects - just so much stuff. It was actually a lot of fun.  And, I added in some extra stuff we didn't do last week....and so far, so good!  I felt so prepared I even had time to make MUFFINS - the best chocolate chip muffins ever!

We continued with our book Leading Little Ones to God and read about God's work and how God talked to people long ago...while the kids were doing those studies I'd often give them a coloring sheet or word search.  The Core B CD had some great suggestions so I just went with those!

We discussed and prayed for the Hindus this week (last week was Tribal) - Sonlight uses the acronym THUMB for the people who do not know about Christ.  We usually only have one day of the week when this is discussed.  We use the time to talk about where the tribes can be found or where Hindus live --- and we link them to our map!

History this week was still from Usborne Book of Peoples of the World.  The kids learned about different food, cooking, clothing, hair, jewelry and crafts from around the world.  We did some map work discussing where we could find certain materials.  Part of the History includes the book Missionary Stories with the Millers.  I'm really liking this book.  I think (if I had a few hours to myself - when I wasn't sleeping) I'd pick the book up and read the whole thing. These stories are AMAZING.  This week the kids read about two missionaries in the Congo and also about a postal worker in Egypt.  


UntitledRead-Alouds for us included more of Charlotte's Web, Favorite Poems of Childhood and Mother Goose Rhymes.  One of the poems this week was Mary's Lamb made these adorable lambs with cotton balls.  They also colored a cute printable with the poem on it!  The Mother Goose rhyme had to do with days of the we worked with that and months of the year.  Peanut still does not have her months of the year in order (she's four, I'm not really worried) but we made a fun lap book to help!  The kids are really enjoying lap booking this year....we continued on our Charlotte's Web lap book as well.

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Gator did more spelling and finished the week with a 100%!  Explode the Code, Reading and some Vocabulary from Worldy Wise....I remember using Worldy Wise when I was a kid - ha!  

Gator kept super busy with her Sonlight materials and Peanut & Achoo followed along, as always.  Peanut did a few worksheets and worked on writing letters. I thought some more about Handwriting Without Tears and decided maybe I'll get it for her birthday...or perhaps Christmas. I did download this fantastic app for the iPad that my friend Erika wrote about on her blog!  Achoo and Peanut worked on Blue Manor Academy's science (anatomy) and history for Kindergarten.  And, I absolutely love their pre-writing and writing materials!!

We started Classical Conversations at home this week, too!  Gator is LOVING it!!!   I have the CD and Foundations Guide for Cycle 2.  We have been listening to the memory work a few times a day and so far its really sticking!  We've also been doing the lap book for cycle 2.  Oh - if you aren't familiar with how Classical Conversations works here is a link.  

Basically, with Cycle 2 the kids will be exposed to (and memorize):
  • 161 events and people in chronological order
  • 24 history sentences to add depth to our timeline (including Charlemagne, Rensaissance, Reformation and World Wars)
  • 44 U.S. Presidents
  • Over 100 locations and geographic features in Europe, Asia and selected parts of the world
  • 24 science facts (including biomes, planets, laws of motion and laws of thermodynamics)
  • Latin verb endings of the first conjugation
  • English grammar facts (pronouns, adjectives, adverbs)
  • Multiplication tables up to 15x15, common squares and cubes, as well as basic geometry formulas and unit conversions
They also have communities to join with weekly meetings. We are not doing it right now but its something I am considering for the future.  In the communities you also have art lessons, introduction to music theory and orchestra along with some science experiments!  It really is a great program and I'm excited to see my kids flourish with it this year!

UntitledWait...I almost forgot to tell you! Science (Core B) was a minor fail this week.  We learned more about animals while reading Usborne World of Animals
  The kids enjoyed suggested "do togethers" of making lunch and learning about the five senses....but when experiment day came along - huge flop.  I couldn't find the book we needed anywhere!!!  I was in minor panic mode and Vegas knew --- I was looking high and low throughout the entire house.  Basically, I thought it got up and walked out the front door.  

The baby had to have tossed the book into a pile with our library books and it got returned by mistake. Thankfully we have it back! An important lesson learned - always check the books you are returning to the library before you return them!!  Thankfully, the library (ours anyways) holds onto those books for a couple weeks before considering them donated.

I managed to take all four kids to the library successfully and pick up some great books.  We got some books about fall, Christopher Columbus and pirates....who doesn't love Pirates?  


This week brought lots of other fun things - a new dishwasher!!! YAY.  The old one was leaking all over the floor every single time it ran so this one is fabulous!!!  I honestly think it cleans better too.   We also had some time to play around the house.  Little Man has been really itching for a swing (don't get me started about the boxed swing set in the garage) so he used his allowance money that he's been saving to buy himself a Little Tikes Disc Swing...and I got it up in the tree and swinging!!  The kids absolutely love it and I'm so glad we got one for him!  We also did our normal extra curricular stuff, too!  Ah, almost forgot Baby A has been busy playing with headbands and trying to shower...if its quiet she's in a bathroom...either playing with headbands or standing in the shower.  She's a hoot!

Lastly, its what better way to celebrate Friday than a fun field trip to the FIRE STATION!! The kids loved it!!!  And, it was FREE! 


Linked with:  The Homeschool Mother's Journal and Weekly Wrap Up

ANNNND!!! This week I made my own link-up for anyone using Sonlight!! If you (or someone you know) uses Sonlight - check it out!!


Christy said...

Wow, what a busy week! Sounds like you all had a great time though.

I love lists and have to use them or nothing is accomplished. I do out down the laundry, dishes,etc. It makes me feel like I did more than chase cats all day :-)

I hope next week is just as great.

Erin K. said...

Looks like a great week! We are just getting into lapbooks and we love them!!!

Felicias Red Door Life said...

What a fun and busy week! I love Baby A in the shower that smile is just contagious.

I love the THUMB idea, what a neat concept.

Chris said...

What a thorough and fun weekly journal! I found you linked at SYCYAHS and clicked over!
Your kids are adorable. Great shots. Lovely blog.

Thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

Wow! What a fun-filled, productive week! We love lapbooks here, too. Found you through THMJ. Have a great weekend. Many blessings, Lisa