Here's another week of participation in the weekly meme called Weekly Wrap-Up. What a strange week it was. This meme is hosted by Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.
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Monday we were hit by about 14 more inches of snow. SNOW, SNOW, SNOW.... blaaaaahhhh! I had a TON of fun stuff planned for Monday but after dealing with animals, wood hauling, shoveling, the snow plow dude, shoveling more so I could shut the gate in order to let the animals loose so they could access their food..... I was pretty much done with the day. We DID do current events. Otto listens to the Week in Review with Tom Ashbrook from his show On Point and then he and daddy discuss major points of the show. This week they discussed the definitions of: revolution, revolutionary, dictator, democracy and Arabic/Arabian. Our goal is not that he will fully understand all that he hears but just like a parent who reads a chapter book to a non-talking toddler.... hearing and learning by osmosis will surely benefit him in the future.
Tuesday is our busy day with the University Gym and Swim program. We did not have bible study this past week so I expected to get SOME school in between gym and when I left that evening for my Master Gardener class. What I did not account for was my promise to take the boys to spend some of their NEW allowance. The boys just started to get $1 for a week's worth of chores, $1 for obeying mommy and daddy and Otto can earn a third $1 if he decides to sit and listen during church like a big kid instead of reading books, drawing, writing or playing with quiet toys. We went to Target and I did a lot of division for them as we discussed the fact that they get a maximum of $2 each week and if they saved for X number of weeks they could get this toy or that toy. They ultimately still wanted the one dollar styrofoam swords. I tried, I dearly tried. I also counted our store time as "Life Skills."
Tuesday night I went off to class and felt lousy. Head stuffed, nosing running non-stop, headache, wiped out. Last week I told a few people that I felt like my candle was burning at both ends while under a heat lamp...... Tuesday night it (and a fabulous virus) caught up with me.
Wednesday was a "mamma's sick" day.... Yet I still managed to pull off some school-like activities. I desperately needed to lie down and rest next to the wood stove. The only way this happens is if the kids are watching something. I had recently heard about Netflix having IMAX shows. I pulled up one on beavers and dozed, when it was over I pulled up one on dolphins. On Saturday for handwriting Otto wrote about these programs in his science journal. :)
Thursday the dominoes began to fall. Otto was out for the count on Thursday. He napped quite a lot. (Although if you ask him, he was just fooling us all by PRETENDING to nap for nearly two hours at a time while pulling of a perfect snore rendition.) :) We watched the history of the 1980 Hockey team that won the gold at the 1980 Olympics (Miracle) as well as learned some more about dinosaurs from a Dinosaur Train dvd.
(This week was looking the like the most pathetic school week we had ever seen.)
Friday we managed to pull of a school day that LOOKED like a school day. Brill Kids Aesop's Fables, Reading Kingdom, a math lesson on Venn Diagrams (which Otto loved), Kinderbach (which all the kids love and start pouting when I turn it off) and then for their daily short dvd they chose Leap Frog's "Storybook Factory." Nothing like having them choose educational materials for me. :)
Now for most families the week would have mostly been an educational wash. For my family, we have a daddy who works an odd schedule. We don't really ever *feel* like weekend days are any different than weekday days so we often school through the weekend. I will grieve the day when my boys figure out that this is NOT NORMAL for most of their peers!!! (Sshhhhhhh, please don't tell them!)
Saturday we did a math lesson, Reading Kingdom of which we are now learning to spell WORDS!!! We did copywork, finishing up the beatitudes that soon will be made into a book and Otto did copywork into his science notebook. When we do this he will tell me what he wants to write. I write it on scrap paper correctly and he copies it into his notebook. The notebook is an elementary school drawing composition book. The hard covered books that have a sewn seam but it contains the 3 lined writing paper with the top 1/3 of the page blank for a picture. :) Otto loves to work in this journal. We also did a lesson from Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading where we were reviewing the long A sounds. Otto had to read a word (okay, I'm mean.. I made him read the whole sentence) and then he needed to label what the sentence said. Ex: Put this card where you bake.
Here is a picture where he has labeled his brain, a vein and something grey.
Sunday. I had plans for light school activities for Sunday. Yes, I know.. Sabbath, day of rest and normally I do not school on Sundays or even THINK about it but I was feeling like I had accomplished not much all week. But Gracie was the next domino to fall and I only snagged about 4 hours of sleep Saturday night. When I woke up feeling exhausted I scraped all my school plans. Funny how we make plans change them and then someone else comes along and changes them again FOR US. The kids BEGGED me to let them do KinderBach and who says no to children begging to do school??? They also had received their new science magazines (Your Big Back Yard and Wild Animal Babies) so we took some time to read and discuss our way through those. Ya know??? By George, if I am going to spend time talking about the changing of seasons from winter to spring, the signs of those changes as well as the life cycle of salamanders.... I'm gonna count it as school.
Incidental schooling is my FAVORITE!!!!! :)
This coming week we need to do some intense school early on in the week (although we are gone all but an hour or so on Tuesday). This coming Thursday this mommy is cashing in on a Christmas present: a night alone in a hotel and gift card money to spend at Macys. I can't wait, although I hope I can find something that is "farm wife" worthy at Macys. I will be sure to share with you my finds. Honestly, I might be mostly excited about eating in a restaurant where the only time I have to touch the food is to eat it.... and to do so when it is HOT! If I forget to tell you about it you have permission to pester me. :)