It’s Weekly Wrap-Up time! Is anyone else taking a long weekend? I don’t think we’ve ever taken Labor Day off, in all the years we’ve homeschooled. Dad usually has to work, so we work, too. We’re taking off this year, though — well, except poor Dad, who has to work. We jumped back into school pretty heavy in August and I think we’re all ready for just a little break.
It was another busy week, starting Monday with some school in the morning, Brianna’s Spanish class in the afternoon, and more school when we got home. Megan started music this week, too, so that was another day out of the house. Thankfully, she’s the only one in music this year, so it’s only one hour once a week, rather than two. We still, of course, have to have our mid-week Chick-Fil-A treat, even though we no longer have to eat lunch out due to scheduling. I couldn’t be sure, but I think our friends at Chick-Fil-A missed us over the summer. Of course they did! I know I missed their sweet tea.
The most interesting thing we did this week was Josh and Megan’s science lesson on circulation and blood. I am so loving Science Odyssey! The labs are so much fun and the one on blood was probably the best one yet. (And here you thought we’d had some catastrophe at our house with that post title.) Even I learned things that I didn’t know and I think the hands-on portion of the lesson just cemented things for all of us.
First we read A Drop of Blood by Paul Showers. What an excellent book! It was the perfect lead-in to building our own model of blood, which included plasma (Karo syrup), red blood cells (Red Hots candies), white blood cells (large lima beans) and platelets (split lentils):
We then drew a picture of our blood model and listed what each part does.
The highlight of Megan’s week was getting a letter from her pen pal. She has checked the mailbox every. single. day. for the last two weeks or so and it finally came today! She is loving this pen pal thing. She’s already got two more potential pen pals lined up.
Brianna, on the other hand, had a huge let down that’s only amusing later. Much later. Unless you’re a parent with a somewhat twisted sense of humor, which, apparently, Brian and I are. She got a letter addressed to her in the mail a couple of days ago. We all thought it was from her pen pal. Imagine her disappointment when she realized it was a test that her Spanish teacher forgot to hand out this week. She’s supposed to take it before her next class. How bad does that stink?
Those are the highlights of our week. I’m looking forward to my “teacher in-service” day on Monday, though I’ll probably already have all my planning done by then. I’m a little behind since Brianna and I went to see Eclipse again last Saturday instead of sitting home and working on lesson plans. Hey, it was a much more fun choice and a nice chance to spend some time with my teen!
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