Saturday, March 5, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up: In Which We Resort to Drastic Measures

Homeschool: I figured it was about time for another school boot camp, since Spencer has been slacking off lately and is falling behind. So starting on Monday, I cracked the ol' whip a little. ;-) I'm hoping that getting strict with the clock, and doing a thorough check of each day's work before any screen time will get him back on course, and it certainly won't hurt Landon and Kennady either.

We started off Monday morning by reading about Japanese culture and daily life, and Landon and Kennady worked a little on some art projects related to Japan before getting out their Language Arts and Math. Unfortunately, all three kids were sniffling and not feeling well, and Spencer even had a long nap in the afternoon. Even so, schoolwork did get done - yay!!

We hit the books pretty hard on Tuesday as well, with a couple of Science lessons and everyone working hard on Math and Language Arts. But on Wednesday the kids were on their own for the afternoon.

Co-op on Thursday featured Aboriginal dot painting (Australia) in the Art and Geography class.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="319" caption="Kennady did this dot painting at home, but co-op was the same design"][/caption]

Friday we did a little more Science - all caught up there again! - and worked on everything else. Kennady and Spencer both have some weekend homework to finish up, and Kennady also completed a HomeEc lesson today - making homemade Chicken Noodle Soup for our dinner! It was really good!

In Other News: I left on Tuesday night intending to go to choir practice, only to remember when I was almost there, that we didn't have practice this week! So I had plenty of time to do the grocery shopping, instead of quickly picking up what I could from my list like I usually do on Tuesdays. I even went to the warehouse club store so I could stock up on several things. I'm hoping that I won't have to buy very much in the way of non-perishables the rest of the month. We'll see how that goes...

Harrison visited BIM on Wednesday morning to speak to incoming students for the new semester. Now that he is an alumnus and has an industry job! When he got home from that, I went with him to pick up his new glasses and check in with the retina specialist to make sure everything is still fine. (he had eye surgery a couple years ago)

Kennady was able to go to her friend's place after co-op on Thursday and spent most of the evening there. The rest of us enjoyed take-out fried chicken from the local grocery store - yum!!!

Everyone pitched on today to get some housecleaning done. It's just unfortunate that I run out of energy before I run out of chores to do.

On the Bookshelf:

  • Miniatures and Morals: The Christian Novels of Jane Austen by Peter Leithart

  • In Search of the Mountain of God: The Discovery of the Real Mount Sinai by Robert Cornuke and David Halbrook (I will finish this one today!)

  • Dark Moon of Avalon by Anna Elliott (novel of Trystan and Isolde)

Finished Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.  And Sense and Sensibility is sitting on my bedside table, just waiting for me to get started with that!

Parting Shot:

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="320" caption="Every chance he gets - the cat is in the turtle tank... *sigh*"][/caption]


Annie Kate said...

OK, so how is this next week going? Are you still cracking the whip? I'm making Miss 8 do an extra page of math every time she runs away from her work to do something else. She's getting a lot of math done!

What's the Mount Sinai book like? Is it archeology? Fiction? guesswork? Christian?

I love your dot painting! You always do such neat artwork!


Annie Kate

kympossible said...

so far this week is going fairly well. good idea about assigning an extra page of math for every time she runs off to do something else! Kennady is very distractible that way, so maybe I will have to try that with her. ;-)

I finished the Mt Sinai book and posted a little about it on my other blog: It is non-fiction - basically tells how there is really no archeological evidence at the traditional site recognized as Mt Sinai and how they followed the guideposts in the book of Exodus to a different location where they found a lot of evidence. It reads kind of like an Indiana Jones novel, but it is a true story. 8-)

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