Friday, September 27, 2013

Week FOUR!!! Our Week In Review!

I am not even really sure where to begin the week.  It has been absolutely insane -- and I'm loving every single minute of it.


First, a huge shout out to my hubby who ran the USAF Marathon last Saturday.  Yes, all 26.2 miles and in under four hours like he had hoped! I didn't get a chance to go watch the marathon since we had a plumber installing a new water heater at our house.  It was urgent according to the plumber (and yes, it really was) so we didn't wait.  Not to mention it had been raining off and on Friday and we weren't really sure if it was going to be dry.  I do wish I had gone but the circumstances made it difficult...oh, and plus, Gator had her wheel-o-mile on Friday night and was up past 11pm!!!

UntitledSunday we did yard work AND school work so that we could meet up with friends at a local museum on Monday.  They cancelled on us (BOO!) but since I had already promised Gator if she did her school work on Sunday we went to the museum.  The kids had a great time and we are already looking forward to going back!  There was so much to do at the museum and I hope to post photos from that actual trip and not just in this week in review blog....

UntitledWe did some school work on Monday PM, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday PM and Friday.  The week has flown by and we have accomplished a lot.

Our school work this week focused on so many different things.  We continued with many of the same books we have been using but did add a few new ones in!  We did Lesson 7 & 8 in Leading Little Ones to God.  We talked about the Muslims (through THUMB).  We finished up our book Usborne Book of Peoples of the World. At the very end they have an outdated chart.  I almost want to complain that its not up to date...but really, things change all the time.  They don't talk about the Euro but instead talk about all the "old" money but don't refer to it as being "old" as much as its just that countries money.  (That was only part of my issue with the end-chart.)

UntitledMoving on....we read two more chapters in Missionary Stories with the Millers.  Gator really enjoys the book and I think Peanut does too!  We started and finished Archaeologists Dig for Clues.  It's really fun because we actually went to the Children's Museum this week and the kids got to dig around like archaeologists!  The kids were amazed (when reading the book) how much work an archaeologist really does.  (Yes, I think they thought they just played in the dirt!)


We are still reading Charlotte's Web - good news, I THINK it'll be done next week.  We also continued with Favorite Poems of Childhood and added in some Mother Goose Rhymes.  Gator did some more reading from the Beginner's Bible reading "The Burning Bush" "Ten Plagues" "The Red Sea" and "Food from Heaven" (these stories are from the Beginner's Bible that is listed as our current reader...when she finishes reading all these stories we move on to some other stories).  She did some spelling though is having an issue with a few of her words so in place of a test I made her re-write the words and I'll test her this weekend.  She continued in the Explode the Code 4 book and Wordly Wise A.  She also did some copy work and Field Trip recollection as part of her Language Arts.  It really all goes together nicely - I'm enjoying Sonlight LA 2 much more than First Language Lessons and Writing With Ease which we used last year.


Science discussed animal migration and camouflage.  It was neat that we got to experience and discuss some of this when we visited the ZOO!  Speaking of the zoo - we bought a pass!!! That means there will be many more zoo excursions this year.  They offer free parking, unlimited carousel and train rides for members.  I have to say I've been to a lot of zoos and this was by far the best zoo I have ever gone to!  We missed some of the cool things this go round but I will be sure to enjoy them next time!  I will also post an actual blog of our trip because there was just SO much to show!

Math has been interesting. I'm still going back and forth on math a lot. We've continued with Horizon 2 and I'm making her do a lesson each day. I don't love Teaching Textbooks so we stopped it...I'm kind of undecided about selling it though.  Lastly, we got a chance to review Math Mammoth and that review should be up this week.  She's done with Math Mammoth grade 2. Yes, completely done.  (Small side note...I think all Math curriculums do not obviously teach the same material as she's doing okay with Horizons 2 but tested in Teaching Textbooks 4 which I bought 3 instead and obviously breezed through Math Mammoth.)  She took another Math test this week and got a 96% purely because she accidentally skipped a problem and wasn't paying attention on another one.


Peanut's school has been going well, too!  She's been doing most of what Gator has been doing obviously just not the grade two materials!  She continued with A Reason for Handwriting - we're using it because we own it. I don't know that I'd buy it again.  Horizon K Math - oh, I love Horizon.  She's doing quite well counting to by 1's, 5's and 10's!  LA this week has increased a bit from last week. I see the work for her getting a little more and a little more each week. Great news, she loves it!!! And, I love seeing her feel like a big kid.


Achoo didn't do too much this week. He sat with us while we read, he colored a bit and helped make some rainbow fish.  He had fun and played...and when you are three PLAYING IS LEARNING!!!

He participated in swimming and gymnastics classes.  I think he definitely had a lot of fun this week!


We also did week 3 of CC at home.  Do you know how amazing it is to hear your kids sing about the Crusades??  I just love it.  It really has helped Gator with her Math, too!  We also received our Timeline cards this week but I don't think I have any photos of the cards.  Daddy loved reading the back of them and feels a little more "informed"! There was just so much information!!!  And, so much that WE never were taught in school.   We are listening to the CD a lot to hear the information over and over and over again.  It really does work.  We've done many hands on activities and continued with our lapbook, as well.  I have started following a few blogs to keep up with some good ideas and I'm getting anxious for our visit to the community next month!!

Aside from school the kids did swimming and gymnastics this week - such little athletes!  Gator is getting excited for her first swim meet of the season.  I feel like we just spent a small fortune on some new gear and I'm slightly sad each time I say "so did you use your fins" and she says "nope".  They were required and technically there have only been three practices so far where all the kids have had the required gear but still.  I know they'll get use...its just the waiting!!!

I had a night out with some friends that I made here SEVEN years ago!  It's crazy how the military brings you back around places.  It was good to see them (again)! of them is heading home to Georgia this weekend so prayers for their safe travels back to Warner Robins.

Personally, I really wanted to blog about a lot this week but it just didn't happen. I had so much to say and tell everyone but I kept saying I'll do an end of the week post and it turns into this ridiculously long post! Let me tell you I was definitely inspired by reading about other people's weeks last week.  I am feeling more confident about our usage of Classical Conversations and absolutely intrigued by those posting about THM.  In fact, I decided to try a few of their recipes this week and I'm LOVING it!!!

We also had some big and exciting news....Gator lost her FIRST TOOTH!!! She's been wanting to lose a tooth forever!!  I'm so excited for her and she was ecstatic!


And, we celebrated by taking the kids to Rita's!  Gator asked if she lost her tooth if we could do ice-cream...of course we did!  How could we not! She was so brave because Daddy wiggled it right now.  Do you see the tear in her eye?! My kids are growing up!!!!

Finally, today we met up with our homeschool group and did show and tell. The kids loved it.  Peanut brought her American Girl Doll named Belle and Achoo brought his small yellow car that turns into a robot.  His speech basically was, "I Achoo. This is my car its a robot."  It was pretty darn cute.  Gator brought a book about pirates that I discussed awhile back.  She wanted to show everyone how fun the learn to draw books were BUT then she decided she didn't want to go in front of everyone.  It was lots of fun!!! The other kids were so talented!!

As we near on almost two months in Ohio I have to say that I'm loving it.  I don't miss Texas nearly like I thought.  I'm enjoying our house - even though there are a few flaws (mainly the carpet in the family room).  I'm loving our layout! The kids love the yard. We love our activities.  I'm enjoying our homeschool group.  There is just so much to do here....and I'm happy.  Sometimes things happen for a reason....I said awhile back its like going "home" since we were stationed here years ago....well, I'm happy to be "home" for now:)

How is your week going?

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Dawn said...

What a full week. You all did some great things.
Blessings, Dawn

Phyllis said...

Wow, you accomplished so much. We went to the zoo this week, too, although it was yesterday, so it will go on next week's weekly wrap-up. is not too late to do the archaeology project. You can do it this week coming. It is simple to do.

Kara said...

Looks like an awesome week! We have lost about 10 teeth over here! I love the missing teeth smiles! Super fun! Glad you are feeling at home. We moved to our location 4 years ago and it officially feels like home, and that is a nice feeling!

Jessy said...

I agree! I don't think all math curricula are the same. I love my Saxon! (I know not everyone does.) But my youngest thrives on Math-u-See. (The others used Horizons at his age.) I'm not fond of TT at all. I think I'm a minority! LOL Awesome on the museum and zoo! Great resources for education AND fun! What cute Rainbow Fish! (Love that book!) Congrats on that first tooth!

Adriana Zoder said...

It's interesting to see that you combine CC and Sonlight. I am using other curriculum for my son, who is in K, but Sonlight is on my radar screen for the future. :)

Christy said...

That was a busy week, but it sounds like a lot of fun! The first tooth is such a big event and definitely worth a treat.

We've always used Saxon math here and had great success, but I know it's not for everyone. I've looked around at others and they are all very different in content at the various ages.

I hope you have another great week!

Sylvia said...

Congrats to the hubby for finishing the race and to Gator who lost her tooth! We have a carousel at our zoo too! Bethany can ride it over and over and over again! Oh well, it keeps her happy and occupied! You guys had another full and exciting week of fun and learning! Thanks for joining us again at FF!