Monday, December 1, 2014

{Weekly Reports} Where'd They Go?

There are seasons for everything, and each start of the school year, I have such high hopes of journaling about our adventures so I don't forget.  But life happens (fast!) and the last thing I remember to do is journal.

A few updates:  Luke is working hard with his writing.  This year I've forced him to sit in front of the computer and type out his own papers;  the good news is that I didn't have to force him -- he willingly sat down to 2-finger type.  I tell him he has to do some touch typing, but he is not willingly doing this.  I can't decide if I make this an issue or let him realize that he better pick it up quickly through natural consequences.

Levi has begged to use the The Body Book and create a paper skeleton -- again.  I think this is our 3rd or 4th build from this resource.

I've also created some history pages that the boys are LOVING.  The copy the memory work and color a related picture while I read about the elements of the history sentence from the iPad App. This has really satisfied the kids' interest in what they are memorizing.  Now, questions like, "What's the Gadsden Purchase?" are being fully answered in a timely manner the day after our community day.

I've also decided to grab the Apologia Anatomy and Physiology book and read a snippet here and there about the body systems they are memorizing.  I mean, everyone should know what the lymphatic system parts do, fergoodnesssake!

As much as I'd like to do more, this is about all we can fit in.  I'm trying to stay connected to Ben (and not let grading pile up!) as well as working individually with Luke and Levi on their own level-specific work.  Some days there is not enough of me to go around, but other days, it is easy to add in this, plus more.

After finishing our most recent read-aloud, Sign of the Beaver, we are supposed to start on Amos Fortune, Free Man.   Levi is always skeptical about the books I've chosen to read, but by the end (at least) he is a fan.

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