Saturday, January 10, 2015

Homeschool Weekly: Back to Cold Reality Edition

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In our homeschool... as much as I would have liked for us to be back at the books starting on Monday, it was not to be. Both kids dug out their books and started reviewing a little, basically to refresh their memories, and did a little work on Monday and Tuesday. But since those were the last full days that their grandparents were here, school wasn't a huge priority. What are a couple more days off when we'd already had so many? On Wednesday, I took Mom and Dad to the airport, and Landon and Kennady opted to stay home and hit the books. I suspect Kennady did more art and literature than math or science, but that's nothing new. (And they are fangirl pictures too.)
Music lessons, gym class, Childrens Chorus, and Civil Air Patrol were all slated to start again on Tuesday, but the first real snow of the season also arrived that day, so everything was cancelled.

Not only do Landon and Kennady need to get back to their schoolwork, and do a bit of catching up, I will need to do some catching up with grading and updated assignment lists!

In other news... we enjoyed our last couple of days with my parents at the beginning of the week, and they returned home on Wednesday. That was also the day that it got extremely cold. Well, extremely cold for here. Not cold the way it was in the midwest this week! We were glad to mostly stay home on Thursday and Friday, and used the time to do a bit of clean-up as we put Christmas things away. We had one simple/brilliant idea that I don't know why we didn't think of earlier. We had a spare curtain rod and a spare curtain... so we put that up in the doorway between our bedroom and dressing room/bathroom. Now if either of us is up much earlier or later than the other, we can have the bathroom lights on without disturbing sleep.

34 Weeks of Clean...
I'm participating in a weekly challenge and link-up at Family, Faith, and Fridays and our first assignment (given last Friday) was to organize our holiday decorations as we put them away. Epiphany (January 6th) is the day that I traditionally take the tree and other decorations down. I spent the better part of the day driving to and from the airport, so I only got started, and had to finish up on Thursday,

 As of last night, everything was boxed up again and ready to go back to the garage. Our boxes are pretty beat up, but I took a bit of extra time to make sure the decorations were properly sorted and the boxes clearly labelled so there's no question next year as to which box has the living room decorations and which has the wreaths and garlands, etc.  In addition, I set aside a stack of things that we didn't use at all this year and that I am willing to give away. I am giving the kids a chance to look at it before it goes in the giveaway pile forever, just in case they are attached to something.

 And then there was the vacuuming. Seriously, I thought one of the advantages of an artificial tree was that it wasn't supposed to drop needles. Whatever. I still spent HOURS (well, way too long anyway) vacuuming these dumb things up, and wondered whether it wouldn't be faster to just get on my hands and knees and pick them up individually. Sheesh. Maybe my vacuum cleaner just sucks. By which I mean that it actually doesn't suck very well at all.

 For Week 2,  the assignment is to clean the pantry! I know mine could use a bit of organization, and a bit of purging too. I've even taken my "Before" pictures already. For the details of the assignment, go to Family, Faith, and Fridays. Join in if you haven't already, and check back next week for our progress!

I recommend... keeping an eye out for all the Virtual Curriculum Fair posts this month. This is my first time participating, and I'm pretty excited about it. Last week's posts were about "Playing With Words"  and there were a lot of great entries. This week we will be sharing about "Discovering Patterns" and your hosts will be Susan at Homeschooling Hearts and Minds and Laura at Day By Day In Our World.

On the bookshelf...
The Legend of the Firefish (Trophy Chase Trilogy) by George Bryan Polivka
A Christmas Charade by Karla Hocker (I'm not too motivated on this one, now that Christmas is over, but not ready to give up on it either! I'm giving it one more week to either draw me in or I will set it aside until December rolls around again.)
And sadly, I still haven't updated my book blog. *sigh* Hopefully this week.

A parting shot... Bruce the Moose wanted to wear his New Years party hat for a week or two longer, and I agreed.

Weekly Wrap-Up

       For the Display of His Splendor
This post is linked at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers, at Home to 4 Kiddos, and at For the Display of His Splendor-  see how other homeschoolers handled the winter weather this week.

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Michele said...

So glad you are joining us Kym! Love the pictures! And yes, I spent a while vacuuming needles from the fake trees too- what gives?! Hope to see you back next week! Happy Cleaning!

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