Friday, October 26, 2012

Wrapping up our homeschool week

Our school week... Our family week....
was a busy week.

Mr. Conductor finished his Nate the Great book. With no tears and much rejoicing.
We started a new read-aloud that we all just love (it's at least our second time reading this book)

Regina Silsby's Secret War... a seriously great read-aloud with cliff hanger chapters that keep you wanting to read more and more.

We had a family fun night at a local Christian camp with our homeschool group. Rockwall climbing, volleyball, basketball, a hayride and some really yummy food. Fun for everyone. I loved watching my little man child attack the wall and climb to the top. It was a wonderful opportunity for our entire families (husbands included) to fellowship together.

On Tuesday, we made an errand run to the city to three of our favorite stores.
Hobby Lobby, Goodwill and Aldi.
Aldi had cider for $5. Our local cider mill is selling theirs for $8/gallon. We decided to give Aldi's a try. It was yummy. We also bought pumpkin creamer, pumpkin cream cheese and pumpkin in a can. I love pumpkin. [Side note: Nana gave the kids pumpkin Pop-tarts last night... perhaps there is a limit to the pumpkiny goodness? They had pumpkin salsa at Aldi too but I didn't.... yet, I wonder???]
At Goodwill, We snagged a like new American Eagle Winter coat for Sassafras for $8. It fits just right for the moment, so it's really a stop gap measure at this point... at $8 that's stop-gap worthy. Plus if she can keep it in good condition we can share the love and pass it on half way through winter....
Hobby Lobby... I lose track of time in that store. We purchased bits and pieces and some odds and ends to finish off some Pinterest projects we have going on around here.
What a fun afternoon that was!

This week was also Trunk-r-Treat at our church. Amazing weather. Mr. C was the only one going "treating" as the girls were volunteering their services as a candy distributor and face painter.

There is so much about homeschooling that just wraps into living life together as a family. While out running errands, we always discuss being a frugal, savvy shopper and practice it too. While helping with a church function- we are experiencing acts of service as a family. When we spread out with our various projects, we create as a family.
I love how homeschooling enhances our family.

And currently, I am loving watching Lego youtube videos with Mr. Conductor.
This one is his current fave:

We were very saddened this week to find that Netflix pulled Liberty Kids from it's streaming titles. Big time bummed. There is a Liberty Kids YouTube channel though. However, you have to watch the episodes in segments. A bit of a frustration but worth it.
Ms. Books just finished some research on Patrick Henry so we watched this clip:

 

"It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! .... Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
Partial Text of Patrick Henry’s speech to the Virginia House of Burgesses

We have just finished our ninth week of school. Ms. Books continues to enjoy the Notgrass American History curriculum for the most part. There are days when a lot of reading is required... reading of text written in Old English that just about turns your brain to mush as your try to translate and comprehend what you are reading. I have had to tweak her schedule and slow down the pace. There is just too much reading to be done to finish a unit in one week's time. I've lenghthened it to finishing a unit in a week and a half's time and it seems to be working better for us. I want her to have time to comprehend and discuss with me. I enjoy the review questions that are included with each lesson (from the quiz and exam book) and have added them to her schedule. She isn't entirely fond of the reviews but will admit they help her flush out the important facts and have created a better study pattern for her. Because we have slowed down the pace, we won't be able to finish this book within a 36 week period. We discussed keeping the strenuous pace and finishing on time vs. slowing things done and extending her history studies after the offical school year has finished.... we talked about the pros and cons of each and she made the final decision to take the slower pace and we are all the better for it.


Linking to: 
Homeschool Mother's Journal here.
Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers Weekly Wrap-up here.

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