Happy Friday, y’all! I don’t know about where you live, but it was fall here at the beginning of the week and now it’s winter. Brrr! The highs have only been in the upper 30’s. Yesterday afternoon, I went outside to feed our outside dog. He was shivering and his teeth were chattering so loudly I could hear them.
He was still licking the remnants of food out of his bowl when I had the car out of the garage, a heater warming it up, and some blankets for him to lie on so he could come in out of the cold. Shortly thereafter, all 50+ pounds of him were curled up in Josh’s lap. Big baby.
This week in science we’ve been learning about the nervous system. I kind of wish I’d timed it a bit better so we could have just started the human anatomy unit in January since we only have one week left until our winter break. That’s okay, though. I run our school, so I’ll just plan a review in January and then we’ll dive in and have some fun.
We also stared a quick read through of the first chapter of The History of the Ancient World as a bit of review since we’ve already covered a lot of those topics. The jury is still out on the book. It’s not as readable as Story of the World and the activity book is pretty much just comprehension questions and map exercises. I miss the literature suggestions and hands-on activities of the Story of the World activity book. Who says older kids can’t learn through hands-on projects?
My two favorite flowers – sunflowers and gerbera daisies
The kids have been working on biographies this week. They both enjoyed this assignment for two reasons: 1) they were able to choose someone they were interested in to write about and 2) the goal for this assignment was to be concise – it wasn’t supposed to be more than 5 sentences long.
In other exciting news, Brianna got a new job. Are you ready? She’ll be working for Chick-Fil-A! Is that not perfect, considering how often our family eats there? She’s really excited and should start sometime within the next couple of weeks.
It looks as if Megan may be ready to compete in some gymnastics meets in January, so we’ll be ordering her competition leotard next week. She’ll also be looking for employment so she can help pay for it since it is, as far as I can tell from the price, made of gold. (I’m kidding. Mostly.)
Megan is going out of town for the weekend with the youth group from church. Josh decided not to go this time, but Brianna is working, so I’m trying to figure out how Brian and I can squeeze in a date night. I may just let Josh have a friend over and get them a pizza. I love having older kids.
Speaking of older kids, it blows my mind that in less than a month, Josh will be going to take the test to get his learner’s permit. The idea of him driving terrifies me – mostly just because I can’t believe he’s old enough already. I honestly suspect that he’s going to be a very good driver.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I’ll be starting the countdown to our winter break. And, just a heads-up – there won’t be a Weekly Wrap-Up the day after Thanksgiving (November 28, for all my international friends).
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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.