Saturday, January 18, 2014

Week 19

It has been an incredibly busy week.  But, wow...really a month because I have not updated my week in review since week 15.  WHOOPS!

I'm not going to step back and tell you everything I did over the last four weeks - just too much stuff.  So here goes.  This week we started Classical Conversations again!  I was so excited to get out of the house and back on our schedule!  The kids were thrilled to go because they just love CC.  Who doesn't love singing the Timeline song?  Plus, those ridiculously cute projects they made in preparation for LAST week (only to get a snow day) were ready to go!  And, now that they have been presented they hang in our schoolroom!

This week we just had so much going on. I really felt like it was one of the most difficult weeks ever.  I'm not going to go into details but I am just beyond exhausted.

I guess I should start by telling you both girls swam in the swim meet this past weekend. They had so much fun.  I'm proud to announce Peanut made it across the pool in her first ever swim meet!  Gator got a ribbon for being first in her heat.  Rumor had it there were over 1,000 swimmers at the swim meet. OH MY GOSH. It was a lot fun and I loved seeing my happy girls swim!  After the meet we took the family out to dinner - yum!

When we got home Gator's tooth was really dangling! came out!  I'm not sure what she was happier about - the ribbon from swim or her tooth!

Gator did well with school.  I had her assessed (mid-year) she placed at or above grade level in reading, writing and math.  We continued to work from our Horizon Math, Sonlight Language Arts & History/Science, Explode the Code....I'm going to change some things up because I'm realizing not everything we are doing is in the best interest of Gator school wise.  I am currently doing a trial run of First Language Lessons and Shurley English to decide which would be a better fit (compared to Sonlight).  And, I'm going to be swapping to a more Mastery based (not Spiral) math curriculum.

We did several other school related things but I won't bore you with those details.  Peanut and Achoo have also been working hard on their schoolwork.  Achoo made this adorable man.  I am constantly getting more and more artwork from them.  I just love it.

Thursday I attempted to go with the homeschool group to the Art Museum. was a major fail.  I am not sure if it was all the crazy stress of the week or what.  We went and I thought the kids were doing well at one point.  All of a sudden Peanut started throwing a fit that Gator wouldn't hold her hand....I separated them and all was well --- until, the museum lady saw Peanut looked sad and tried to fix it.  Well, she brought Peanut over to Gator and it was over.....I don't think your imagination will even help you visualize just how horrible things on the floor, crying, screaming....oh, it was brutal.  The two little ones who should have been in full melt down mode were amazing!  I don't think I'll ever step foot in that museum again.  I was so angry and embarrassed!  As a result my children lost everything:  no TV, no iPad, no swim, no gymnastics, bedtime an hour early, no friends, no more field trips in the month of January....

After the horrible behavior I decided to read a book called 1-2-3 Magic.  It claims its effective discipline for children ages 2-12.  I will keep you posted on how it works.

I don't have much else to tell you right now -- I'm just exhausted.  I hope you had a great week!  Can't wait to write more soon!

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