It’s Weekly Wrap-Up time! I had planned for today to be a half-day teacher in-service day because I desperately needed some planning and catch-up time. I couldn’t have planned it better — we wound up having a snow day anyway. We rarely get snow and we weren’t really expected to get any accumulation today, but around 1:00 it started “pour down” snow — huge, wet, white, fluffy flakes. The roadways are still clear, but there’s certainly enough of the white stuff on the grassy areas for my snow-deprived Southern kids to enjoy. It’s beautiful and they’re having a blast.
This week has pretty much been another muddle through week for us — hence the need for some serious planning time. I plan to get back to Chemistry for our science studies next week, so I want to print out the free periodic table cards that were the CurrClick freebie a few weeks ago and have them ready to go.
We’re also nearing the end of Story of the World: Vol. 2. I think this will be where we part ways with SOTW for awhile because it’s leading right in to American History, which is a high interest topic for me and one that I’m very excited to share with Josh and Megan. They were too young to get anything out of our study when Brianna and I delved deeply into America history several years ago. Another reason for the need for a big planning session — I don’t want to skim over this great course of study. If you have any great American history resources that you really enjoy, I’d love to hear about them.
I am so pleased with how Megan is improving in her multiplication. As you may recall, we put the math book on the shelf a few weeks ago to really focus on multiplication since our math text was beginning to introduce division and Megan clearly did not have a good handle on multiplication. I wanted to start at the very beginning with her, so she’s been focusing on the two’s for the last couple of week.
This week, she passed that level on Timez Attack and completed a five minute drill of two’s (100 problems) with 100% accuracy and with time to spare. I’m so proud of her. It’s obvious that the steps we began implementing last week are really helping. Now, we’ll move to three’s, which I don’t think will take her long to master, thanks to the Schoolhouse Rock song.
I love those videos. We have a couple of CDs that we listen to from time to time in the van. There’s nothing like drilling facts into kids’ heads when they can’t escape. 😉
We’ve been learning about George Handel with a book and CD set that I’ll be reviewing soon for Zeezok Publishing. The kids and I are really enjoying the book because it’s written in a very engaging story format.
Well, enough talk. Time to get to that planning that I haven’t managed to get to yet, what with all the laundry, dirty dishes, working out and cooking of meals. Thankfully, I’ve already been to the grocery store this week, so we don’t have anywhere we have to go tonight or the rest of the weekend, really. A whole week of planning time. Just what I need.
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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.