It’s probably not very encouraging to new or potential homeschool parents for me to start 90% of my Weekly Wrap-Up posts with “I’m so glad it’s Friday,” so I won’t do that this week. How about “I’m glad tomorrow is Saturday” instead? 😉 It’s not that our weeks are so horrible or anything. It’s just that I love having a day free from any schedule or routine. Tell me it’s not just me.
We actually had a pretty good week, school-wise, this week. We managed to finish up some projects that we started last week. I believe I mentioned that we’re going back through Nutrition 101. For some crazy reason, I was thinking we could do a chapter a week — well, I guess, technically, we could have gone on to the second chapter since we’d still be on the unit on the brain, but I think we needed some time to adjust to a full schedule again, after Christmas break. So, this week we finished up our brain hats:
And, did salt dough models of the brain:
We had a lot of laughs over random comments such as:
“You need to finish your brains today.”
“I’ve got to bake your brains before we paint them”
“Oh, no! I forgot to take the brains out of the oven!” (Thankfully, they didn’t get too overcooked!)
The whole week had me singing my favorite song from the Wizard of Oz (which used to be my cell phone ring tone, btw. It describes me some days.)
I’ve been toying with the idea of alternating between Nutrition 101 and Christian Kids Explore Chemistry for science. Nutrition 101 isn’t really a complete science program, but I think we can round it out nicely with some library books and projects. I really want to do Nutrition 101, but I know that trying to do it and chemistry each day would be way too much for us.
Speaking of things that have me excited, did you see Jimmie’s post about her daughter’s Poetic Devices Reference Mini-Book? The link she shared to the classroom posters page is fantastic! I’m going to be working on setting up some reference sets on rings for us.
Those are the things that have me excited this week. That and the fact that I lost another 2 lbs. That puts me at a grand total of 17.6 lbs. lost since Thanksgiving. Yay!
We took Thursday as a catch-up day for Josh and Megan. They both had several math corrections that hadn’t been done and it was clear that there were some concepts that needed some one-on-one time with Mom. I think we got most of it cleared up for Josh, but it’s clear to me that Megan really needs to spend some time on her basic facts. She still doesn’t answer addition facts as automatically as I’d like to see and she’s very far from proficient at multiplication — not a good thing when Horizons is introducing division.
We’ve tried several practice drills, including Math Shark and several on-line sites that I’ve reviewed, but they still don’t seem to be sticking. We may just have to resort to boring old flashcards. Before we go that route, though, I’d love to hear any suggestions that you have may have.
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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.