Weekly Wrap-Up: Start of a New Six Weeks

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Happy Good Friday! Are you and your family doing anything special to celebrate Easter this weekend? Other than attending church on Sunday, which we always do, we probably aren’t.  We had Easter dinner at my sister’s house on Thursday and the kids had their annual “Nannie-sponsored” Easter egg hunt.

The kids – mine, my sister’s, and my cousin’s – always look forward to the annual Easter egg hunt at my sister’s house. Each family brings a couple of bags of candy, with which we stuff the eggs, and Nannie supplies the quarters for the money eggs. The kids may or may not shake the eggs to see if they rattle before they put them in their baskets.

I would have some great pictures, but, thanks to storms, we have to have the egg hunt in the house – not the best lighting for pictures. The kids still had fun, though, and were very “sugared-up” by the time we left.

lapbooking

On the school front, after a much-needed day off on Monday, we started out final unit in Volume One of Paths of Settlement. We’re loving the six-week units. Even though you’re still studying the same broad topic, starting new books every six weeks makes it feel like you’re starting something completely new. It’s great for avoiding feeling in a rut.

It’s also got me seriously considering a year ‘round schooling schedule with six weeks on/one or two weeks off and a longer summer and Christmas break.

This unit we’re reading Francis Scott Key (very interesting read – so interesting that I accidentally read too far the other day and nobody complained), The Cabin Faced West (which, incidentally, is about the author’s great-great grandmother), and Justin Morgan Had a Horse. They’re all really good books.

We’re also studying the ocean and were supposed to do a salt dough map of the continental shelf and the continental slope. However that got pushed back to next week, one day because I didn’t have enough salt and the next day because we ran out of time. We are going to do it, though, because it looks really cool…and educational.

This week, we also started using the A Journey Through Learning lapbooking materials that go with Trail Guide to Learning. Historically, my kids haven’t been fans of lapbooking, but there hasn’t been any complaining this go around.

I’m really loving how the lapbook projects fit right in with what the kids are already doing with Trail Guide. They serve as a great recap for the main lesson each day. I think they’re going to be a real asset come presentation time at the end of the unit.

Brianna sewing

Today, my friend Susan came over to help Brianna sew – a skill I don’t possess. They’re making a cape. Well, Brianna is making it with guidance from Susan. I’ll post a photo of the finished project when she’s done. It’s coming along nicely, though. I like days like this – the ones where you get to enjoy the really practical side of homeschooling, like your child having time to pursue her own interests and, in the process, learning a useful life skill.

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12 Comments

  1. I really want to do a year-round schedule with more breaks, but with siblings and step-siblings in public school, that just hasn't been a possibility. However, as I'm thinking about it now, all of Kathryn's siblings will be homeschooled next year, which makes it at least a remote possibility. Hmmm… I'm going to have to think about this further!

  2. It never has worked for us because of our summer schedule, but I'm seriously thinking of looking at the logistics again.

  3. It's so nice that friends can help when you don't have a skill.  It's good to have other adults help out like that.  🙂  I know someone who did the same sort of salt dough map and it was really neat!  Sounds like a great week. 🙂

  4. We do a sorta kinda year 'round schooling. We start in late July when the mosquitoes are biting. Then we take a week off in fall to go to the beach (when everyone else is back in school). Then we take December off to enjoy the packed to the brim calendar – and enjoy advent learning…maybe a week off in winter and a spring break. We are done in early May…We've enjoyed that schedule for 4 or 5 years now. Love it!

  5. How fun to learn to sew! I wish we could figure out our sewing machine! I have so many projects I would like to do with my daughter! (Someone said our machine might need SERVICING. Ick! But I think it might be US. LOL)

  6. We've homeschooled year round for quite a few years now. 10? 15? I forget. lol this school year, we've been working for 6 weeks and taking the 7th week off. We call it Sabbath Week. The kids and I are really liking this schedule.

  7. We do school year round.  I like to do it because we can take more time off during the year.  My kids don't like it when we have weeks like this one where some of their friends have spring break and we don't; but they do like when we are off almost all of December while their friends are in school. 🙂

  8. It's amazing how many hs bloggers I read are considering year-round schooling – and I am too!  Learning should be an integral part of everyday life, right?

  9. We just received our POS box for next year.  Thanks for the discount code.    It looks like it will be great for us.  We all got so excited looking through the box.  We wanted to start it now!      I hope we can keep our focus going on our current studies and finish out this year.   

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