Saturday, April 5, 2008

Weeks 29 & 30 Report

Last week was a short week. On Wednesday, Dave gave me a huge blessing by encouraging me to fly to my hometown to see my grandmother, who is critically sick and in hospice care. So, Thursday night I left and spent two full days and nights with her, sitting and calming her, talking and singing with her. It was such a blessing to me to be able to be with her and serve her.

So, we took this Monday off so I could fill up the refrigerator again and rest. But, we're back in the swing of things -- healthy enough, even, to return to CBS and gym class for the first time in a month!

History: We're continuing to make progress in our US studies. We've just started the Landmark book, which it seems gets some dull reviews in the beginning. I found it to be quite interesting. Based on this reading, Ben is working on making an advertisement to encourage would-be settlers to come to America. He'll finish it up next week. He's taking a week off of the coordinated SL Readers to read The Great Brain. This will help us re-adjust and get more on-track with the History, Read-Aloud and Readers. I am feeling that something is "missing" from our history studies. I think it is the hands-on activities. I am planning on going to Hands and Hearts and looking at their activity kits to supplement our current studies. Or perhaps I need to consider a lapbook. Hmm.

Science: Last week we did several experiments with rubbing alcohol and baby oil, making a cool wave "machine," and suspending drops of oil in between various liquids. We were studying misible and immisible liquids. We've moved on to a beautiful book A Drop of Water. The photography is just amazing and this is such a wonderful, visual way to learn about the amazing properties of water. Next week, we'll be doing several interesting experiments related to these properties.

Math: WE took this week to use SM Intensive Practice to solidify long division skills. Ben still needs a bit more practice with word problems and reading them carefully to determine which operation to use (division vs. multiplication).

Latin: I realized that we've really been working at a snail's pace through our Latin. I'm waiting until CBS is over to increase how often we work on it. Right now, we're touching it twice per week -- I'd rather get up to three times per week. Ben completed his first page for his Roman History book.

Art: Over the past two weeks we've actually done art! We are working on the color wheel and mixing colors to get different hues. Our next project is making a collage to learn about warm vs. cool colors. I love that our library has a place where visitors can trade magazines -- I found several that we can use to cut and complete our collages.

Our plans for next year are taking shape -- though there is not much I need to plan! The biggest decision is what to do about science. I received the Sonlight catalog this week, and Ben is interested in working through Science 3 and 4. Yes, both. Preferably at the same time, he says. Hmm, I say. What I like about them is that there is a little bit of physics in each year along with a couple other topics that I can't remember right now.

In other news, the Ben and Luke tried out a new midweek "Kid's Club" program at an area church for the first time this year. They both enjoyed it and Ben said, "I like Wednesday nights again!" Our church used to offer this type of program, but it disbanded this fall; which wasn't a problem because we were busy with Ben's travel soccer this fall and then ski lessons this winter. Of course, baseball will start in a couple weeks, but I'd like to keep the boys plugged in and then we can decide what to do next fall. I'd also like to consider Cub Scouts (actually, what I'd really like is Boy Scouts and have received some wise counsel from another homeschooling son to wait on Cub Scouts -- "Sometimes it is just glorified babysitting" at this level she said.)

The boys have also been feeling quite patriotic this week. They have been seen to be dressed up as soldiers (nothin' new there), pledging allegiance to the flag and singing God Bless America, America the Beautiful (there are eight verses) and the Star Spangled Banner. Just adorable.

I also spent a day trying to gauge Levi's interest in potty training. He wore training pants all day and has gotten over his fear of sitting on his new Baby Bjorn potty seat (phew!), but otherwise, he's just as content to be walkin' around in soggy underwear as a diaper. That's alright. The other boys were 3 before they were ready to be potty trained. I'll "spot check" him in the summer to see what his interest/ ability level is.

Next week is going to be a busy week. Wednesday, Ben is going to a manners/ protocol class and both Ben and Luke are going to a stranger danger class at a karate studio. Thursday Dave is taking the boys on a surprise end-of-the-season ski trip. The week after, we're going to the Planetarium for a field trip.

1 comment:

Tina in WA said...

Glad you all are feeling better and what a blessing to go and see you grandmother.

Your art project sounds like fun. Can't wait to see it.