Weekly Wrap-Up: The One With All the Weather Stuff

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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  1. Looks like another great week for you guys!  I love having a built in catch up day, we need it more than I care to admit :)!

  2. Does it count if I make it through the year, even if I've already missed three days and will probably miss more? (Pssst…you should say yes so I don't quit now! lol)

  3. We read The Courage of Sarah Noble in the fall…awesomely, the book was set in the town where we lived when my oldest was born!  I had no idea.  I may have read it as a child, but New Milford meant nothing to me…then when we moved there for hubby's job in the mid-90's…I probably had forgotten…then we moved back to NJ…and well, it was an awesome surprise!

  4. I did not realize Trail Guide is what you are using. I have been hearing so much about it- I am going to take a serious look at it. 

    Keep taking pictures!! Even if you fall way short, it is still more than if you give up. 🙂 I am thinking I need to get on board. 

    I love your Anemometer picture- very colorful. 

  5. Thanks, Laurie. I was really pleased with the way that one turned out.

    We're loving Trail Guide! I was really apprehensive at first because we've tried so many different things lately searching for a good fit for history. I didn't even realize, when we agree to review it, that TG covered everything except math. I really hadn't done much research on it, other than the history component, which looked good.

    We've been so very pleased with it! I'm already making plans to continue using it next year. I'll be doing a thorough review in a couple of months or so, after we've used it long enough to really get a good feel for it.

  6. It was great to take advantage of that this week. I love that Trail Guide offers constructive things to do for a light school day if you aren't behind, but they they're things that can be ditched without too much guilt if you are.

  7. So far we've stayed on track pretty well, but that built in day is nice — especially if you have outside classes or field trips during the week.

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