Saturday, March 9, 2013

Weekly Review: Mar-4-8

We are WELL!!  Ok, mostly. Drake still have a little something hanging on but overall we are doing much, much better. The weekend was insane. Thank God for Daddy being home to help. I pretty much just took care of the sick baby and Daddy did everything else, including taking care of two sicklies and two sort of sicklies.

Great week!  I spent a good amount of time Sunday night getting everything ready for the week. I think KNOW this has been key to such a productive week. :)

  • ES-finished up week 7 and began week 8.
    • We watched a few YouTube vids on tides HERE, HERE (super cool time laspe video!!), and this kind of silly one HERE.
    • We then watched some deep sea videos HERE (this one is just a picture and explanation of it but I loved comparing the sizes!) and this amazing video HERE.
  • Took a much needed trip to the library. :)
  • Tackled individual work. Kaleb is adding and subtracting large numbers in columns (not a favorite of his) and Gabriel is working on number charts and comparing numbers....a lot of alligator *chomp, chomping* going on. :) 
  • Read about the War of the Roses in history and made rose banners.

  • Spent a large amount of time watching the county road crew work on our road. They are paving the dirt road in front of our house. (YES!!)  This means a lot of dump trucks, heavy equipment, and noises that boys LOVE. It's hard to stay away from the windows!
  • FINALLY started the famous artist study from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  We are starting with Picasso.  I found a book about his childhood at the library. We enjoyed reading it, and learned quite a bit about his early life. Kaleb was in awe of his 8 and 9 year old drawings. :) We looked at some of his work as an adult, talked about the different periods, and learned that Daddy was born just a few years before Picasso passed away! 

Tuesday-Woke up super early to tackle my chores and then woke the boys a little earlier than usual.  The plan was to get all of our group work done before the grandson arrived to hang out. Worked perfectly.  We actually accomplished more than I thought we would. Now my husband can say "I told you so." He's a morning person....I am NOT. :)
  • Scripture Adventures is moving into the book of Judges. This isn't a book that I have read so I'm looking forward to it.  Today we just talked about heros and heroines, and defined the word prophet.
  • We're working our way through nine ways to honor God in Who Is God, tackling one example a day. I love the conversations we're having! (Although today as we talked about honoring God with our bodies with one example being fasting, my smarty pants 8 year old suggested fasting from veggies as a way to honor God. Hmmm...don't think it works that way, son!!:)
  • Read more about William III who was the king killed in the War of the Roses and his two nephews who *disappeared*.  One of the boys suggested fingerprinting or DNA testing as a means of finding the murderer. :) 
  • Kaleb and Gabriel are both working in WWE 1 right now. I also have WWE 3 but, because we've never done any formal writing, I want Kaleb to understand better about what is required of him before moving to his grade level. They love copywork...who knew? :)
The 2nd is his work. He added the A+...haha!

  • Read and journaled on deserts from ES. Checked out the quick links. They LOVE those quick links.  I think most of them are kind of cheesy but I guess if they like them....
  • Ran to the windows each time we heard the dump trucks and heavy equipment rolling by. :)
  • Read from another book about Picasso. We discussed some of his early paintings. I'm impressed with their attention to detail! This is going to be a fun subject for us. They are all working on coloring their own Three Musicians coloring page. Gabriel was inspired by one of Picasso's paintings and drew this weird face guy. :)

  • The boys worked hard to get all of their individual work done so we could have dinner at a favorite pizza place with Grandma, Grandpa, and Nana.
  • More WWE copywork. This is one of Gabriel's pages. We have a handwriting program that we use as well but he tries harder to form the letter properly with WWE. If he keeps this up, I may ditch the handwriting program and just require a little more writing across other subjects.

  • Tried a new math journal idea. Months ago, I printed some CSMP and MEP math pages for some group work. My idea was to work the problems together and then have them journal about it. I love the idea of them working together and teaching each other. Obviously Kaleb has an advantage but as we continue to work on this, I'll throw out some super challenging ones and see what happens.

  • The boys each made their own Tower of London as a quick history project.

Friday-A light day. We did most of our individual work and some group work before heading to town to do some errands. Don't you love when your child's bible lesson teaches you a thing or two? In Who Is God, we finished up the section about the nine ways we can glorify God.  Love that What Should I Do section!

Co-op starts next Friday, and I have a fun surprise for them on Thursday. :) It's going to be a good one! Hope you all have a great weekend!!


  1. Wow, what a great week! It looks like y'all have an amazing time learning so much.

  2. I so want to do the Artist Study from COAHS - but I just haven't squeezed it in yet. Looks like you had a great week.