Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with some math and stuff

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday, y’all! I hope you’ve had an amazing week. I know many of you have been or are anticipating being affected by Hurricane Matthew. I’m praying for you!

It hasn’t affected us at all. In fact, we’ve had a gorgeous week and there is no rain in the foreseeable forecast (which isn’t great because we need it). I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to have my windows and sliding glass doors open this week. Fall is absolutely my favorite time of year!

The kids have been plugging away at school. An interesting thing happened with math this week. Josh and Megan are almost exactly a year apart in their math curriculum. Not only is Megan to some of the stuff I distinctly remember helping Josh with last year (probably because I hated it to the point of it being a traumatic experience for me), but this week they have been doing exactly the same type problems, but at different levels of complexity.


This may be my favorite photo ever of Gus. He’s so photogenic.

The benefit for Megan is that I am able to assure her that she really does need to know how to do these types of problems and will use them later in life – at least as long as she’s in high school.

Other than helping with math, the only area in which I’m regularly involved in my teens’ school these days is our government co-op class. We meet with two of their friends on Friday afternoon to work through Constitutional Literacy (ConLit) and A Noble Experiment.

We’re learning a lot from both (and by “we,” I totally mean the parents, too), but ConLit is our favorite. I was really afraid the course was going to be boring, but Michael Farris is an educated and engaging speaker. As one of the other moms said, I think ConLit should be a required course for all high school students. I can’t wait to review it for you in the spring of next year.


What is it with cats and boxes?

Megan finished up her Titanic study and we decided to have her watch The Story of Us to get a solid overview of American history before moving straight into World War I, as we had originally planned. We’re using the brand-new USA and US history maps from Pin-It Maps in conjunction with the study. I’ll be telling you more about them next week.


See how much fun they are?

If you have teens, but you haven’t seen my article this week about About.com, I encourage you to check it out. Picture Book Activities – Teen Style is full of ideas for using any novel, author, or series that has your teen engrossed as a jumping off point for related study.

I don’t encourage turning everything about a good book into school, but rather to look for ways to capitalize on that interest and make school more relevant and fun for your teen where you can.

And with that final thought, I think I’m going to commence enjoying my weekend. I hope you enjoy yours, too! Those of you in Matthew’s path, stay safe!

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  1. I’m glad to hear you won’t be affected by the hurricane. I knew you live in the South, so I had wondered about that. My son watched The Story of Us, too. We’re so blessed to have so many great resources in this day and age. I wonder if my son would like to learn about the Titanic, too. He got bored with WW2, and he’s not really sure what he wants to do right now. Have a good weekend!

  2. Oh look at your little puddy cats <3
    I am so ready for a couple of new additions of the furry variety. My little ones have been hatching baby dinosaurs with exclamations of surprise (and sorrow) that they are not real….I'm certain I taught them somewhere in the ten week dino unit study that dinosaurs were extinct and therefore we could not ever hatch an actual real one. They were so disappointed. I see a trip to purchase some real live cats somewhere in our future 🙂

  3. KITTIES!!!!!! You’re right; Gus is incredibly photogenic.

    I think this week’s post title may be my all-time favorite of your weekly wrap-ups.

  4. My daughter watched The Story of Us when she did U.S. history in eighth grade – I remember she really liked it!

  5. I enjoy reading your weekly wrap-ups and have long considered adding it to my own blog — maybe next week 😉 I love your graphic on your images — could you share what app or program you use for yours? I’d like to do that for my website, but I’m new to the world of apps and haven’t found anything quite like what yours looks like — an image on an image! Thank you so much for your generosity in putting so much happiness out into the Homeschool Community 🙂

    1. I hired a graphic designer to create the watermark and I use the plug-in Easy Watermark to add it to my images. You can also manually add a watermark to an image using a free program like PicMonkey. Hope that helps!

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