Happy Friday! We’ve had another great week here. Although school has gone smoothly, I am looking forward to the weekend. I’m ready for some downtime…and there is the little matter of a small mountain of laundry that needs to be caught up.
It’s been another enjoyable week with our much-loved new homeschool curriculum. We finished our first read aloud, The Courage of Sarah Noble, and have moved on to the next one, The Matchlock Gun. We just started it today, so the jury is still out on it, but we enjoyed The Courage of Sarah Noble.
Day 14 – P365 (Megan bought the dogs this huge dog bed at Costco last weekend. They love it! Penny has only removed her lazy butt from it long enough to eat and go out since last weekend.)
Today we got to try out Trail Guide’s built-in Friday catch up day for the first time. The girls and I got our hair cut on Thursday and I got mine highlighted. I should post pictures, but that will have to wait until a day when I’m wearing make-up. Other than race pictures, when the pride of running overcomes the vanity of needing make-up, I don’t feel a strong need to post naked-face pictures for the whole Internet.
Day 15 – P365 (Gus, on the other hand, prefers to sleep hugged up on the stairs. I think he thinks he’s in a tree or something.)
So, anyway, we got a bit behind on Thursday, so we played catch-up today. It worked out great. We did the important Friday stuff and skipped the “if you have time” stuff, so that we could complete the work from Thursday. We got everything done, with no complaining, in time for me to get my grocery shopping done before supper.
Day 16 – P365 (Labeling a map of the colonies, by ethnic group.)
The science focus for this unit is weather. This week, we made a whole weather lab – well, an anemometer and a weather vane, at least. I’ve got to get the clay needed to fix our barometer and we’ll be all set. Now, in addition to temperature, rainfall, and clouds, we can measure wind speed and direction.
You may recall that we tried an anemometer before with the science curriculum we were using (and enjoying), but didn’t have much success. The one we made this week works great! It’s built more like a pinwheel, so it catches the wind and spins easier. I love that Trail Guide to Learning includes photos of each step of its projects, along with detailed directions. I’ve come to the conclusion that I am a very visual learner.
Day 17 – P365 (Anemometer…made from a Honey-Nut Cheerios box in lieu of the required paper plate. Very colorful, no?)
Although there was a slight breeze today, there wasn’t enough wind to spin the anemometer. We didn’t think that there would be enough for our weather vane to work either, but there was. Thanks for our really cool weather equipment, we know that there was a slight breeze blowing from the south today.
In other news, I knew that I missed one day of Project 365 – I just wasn’t feeling inspired that day and didn’t want to take a photo just to be taking one. I didn’t realize that I’d missed two days, though. Oops! I’m still going to keep plugging away, though. I figure, even if I miss a day now and then, I’ll still have more photos at the end of the year than I will if I quit, right?
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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.