Anyway with this being our week 11 we have completed 44 days of school only 136 "legal" days of school yet... That puts us finished up (with holiday breaks) ... May 17.
Of course I WILL not be done then because I will take "breaks" here and there, other than the holiday breaks and NOT do school every single day that I counted, but it feels good to know I have a goal and I am checking off those days!! In fact this is the first year I have actually made a page with 180 spaces and I am checking them off as we complete school days.
BTW.. we technically school year round, so I can take LOTS of breaks, I like to start my "new" year at the beginning of August.
Okay enough numbers... onto our week!
Monday started off well enough...
We started our Autumn lap book and worked on finishing up THE STAR by Jane Taylor so that we could start our new poem this week..
We started The Road Less Traveled by Robert Frost for our new poem.
We participated in the Outdoor Hour Challenge-- we did not learn ALL about trees and leaf patterns as we are not studying it in science so I did not go too in depth, but we did collect a few specimens and looked at shapes and veins. We completed a leaf rubbing. I had the kids watch this video of the watercolor technique to draw a picture of a harvest theme painting like Winslow Homer drew. I could not find my watercolor pencils so I just had them paint over the sketches they had done.
|sorry blogger will NOT let me turn this picture for some reason!|
Matt has finished up Explode the code 8, so he went from Book a- all the way through Book 8! He will miss them... I would like to find another easy workbook to fill this time space as he really enjoys it... I might get him Easy Grammar... I think he would like it. He is definitely a work book kind of guy!
The kids are moving along in math. No problems right now, just plugging along!
We are working through our ALL ABOUT SPELLING. I started doing one step a day, 4 days a week but have moved that to twice a week. I am a little behind schedule on this but it one of the first thing I knocked off the list in the last two weeks with being sick! We are working on getting caught up again.
The kids started working on the word cross puzzle in their Anatomy Notebook.
We measured the amount of water we drink in a day--- which led back to THE GREAT BRITA PITCHER WAR... :) They are doing better, instead of it being empty once a day it is more like once every couple of days!
We studied simple and complex carbohydrates. Very basic but we did get into actual molecules and how one breaks down quicker than the other to give us energy, which has a higher or lower glycemic index.
We did NOT get this intense though....
We made cookies for the homeless ministry at our church. The kids did most of the baking and then packaged all the cookies. We added a scripture to each package- we used this recipe for Cake mix cookies...
CAKE MIX COOKIES
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
•1 - 18.25 ounce box cake mix
•1/2 cup vegetable oil
•2 cups of * you can add up to 2 cups of any mix in: nuts, cookies, chocolate chunks etc.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheet(s). Mix together cake mix, vegetable oil, and eggs in a large bowl. Stir in *. Make little balls with the dough and put on cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire cooling racks.
We worked on Writing with Ease, First Language Lessons and our memory work.
The kids played Human Body Bingo.
We also learned how to play solitaire with real cards. The kids could only play on the computer, so I decided they should be able to play with real cards....
We started Joshua in Bible- The kids built the city of Jericho and then KNOCKED it down. We also watched the silly Veggie Tales with the silly slurpy being thrown over the walls... NOT my favorite show, but the kids enjoyed it!
We were supposed to have our science class on Friday but Emily got sick in the night (very early morning- so a lot less sleep AGAIN) so we cancelled.