Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with sunshine, emerging routines, and vocabulary cards

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday, y’all! The sun is shining and, even though it’s a little cold for this Georgia girl, that makes me happy.

Life in workbook world is, well, a bit boring on this end, but the kids are doing okay. I think they might be starting to get in a routine with the workbooks and they seem to be managing their time a bit better – after threats (not the empty kind) that they would have to sit at the dining room table and do their schoolwork under my supervision if they continued to bring me incomplete assignments.


This picture was from an assignment testing Josh’s powers of observation. I was to put 25 random items on a tray, let him look at it for 10 seconds, then see how many he could list.

That’s one thing I recall really driving me crazy from the math workbook days – finally psyching myself up to check the day’s work only to find that it hadn’t all been done. I mean, it’s fill-in-the-blanks. If there are empty blanks, it’s not complete. Don’t bring me work to check that’s incomplete.

Rant over. You’re welcome.

If you know my fondness for finding multiple uses for index cards, it may not surprise you to learn that the vocabulary words have already left the workbook world. I suggested to the kids on Monday that they write their vocabulary words on index cards (word on the front/definition on the back) to create an easy study tool and eliminate the need to flip back and forth from the glossary to the page with the words and the blank lines for definitions.

I really encouraged them to use Quizlet. It seemed like more fun to me, but apparently they’re paper-and-pencil type kids.


I’m not the only one enjoying the sun. Peanut cracks me up squeezing himself in that tiny basket intended for the cats.

I also included a study period on Josh and Megan’s lesson plan sheets (the “basic unlabled” is my favorite), hoping the visual reminder would cue the fact that education is not a “read it once and move on” kind of thing. We’ll see if their weekly quizzes reflect success on that reminder.

In case you missed it earlier this week, I’m conducting a reader survey. I’m probably going to close the form tomorrow, so if you haven’t weighed in yet, please do so. I’ve really enjoyed reading through all the responses so far.

A suggestion from one respondent was to ask everyone to include ages/grade levels in your Weekly Wrap-Up titles. I know there may not be enough space for that, but I thought it was a great suggestion that might be really helpful for a lot of people. What do you think? If you’re game, I’d love for you to give it a try this week and see how it works.

I also saw several comments from people who’d like to see List-It Tuesday back up and running. What do you think? Any list lovers out there?


Our house is full of lazy creatures.

While our Sunday is jam-packed this week, our Friday and Saturday don’t look too bad. That means this introvert is getting ready to enjoy some downtime. Enjoy your weekend!

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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. I like the suggestion about listing ages/grades in theory, but I do wonder if it might cause readers to skip posts that might otherwise have offered them some ideas or inspiration – after all, many homeschoolers who participate might have “grade 1” kids who are actually doing grade 4 math, grade 2 science…….you get the idea.

    I think your cat has the right idea. Wish I could sleep until spring.

  2. I feel the same way about empty spaces in a workbook. I’ve cancelled screen time and outings with friends over incomplete work.

    I put the grades levels in my link-up above.

  3. Good morning, Kris! I’ve been linking up and reading your terrific posts for quite some time but never stopped in to say thank you for the link-up. So, thank you! 🙂

  4. What a fun game to play. I remember doing the “memory tray” game with my mom decades ago. I think I’m going to do that with my kids today.
    And yes! Would love to see List-it Tuesday back.
    And thank you for hosting!

    1. Oh, he cracks me up. You should see it in person – it’s so beat-up and misshaped where he’s squeezed himself into it.

  5. My oldest randomly skips problems in her math workbook and then acts completely surprised when I tell her it’s not done. I don’t get it.

    I like the idea of the grade/age, but with only 30 characters in the title, I usually can’t even get the name of my article to fit, so I don’t know that there’d be room for it.

    The dog looks miserable, yet determined to be so. Dogs are goofy (or at least mine is.)

    1. That’s true about the character numbers for titles. I’ll have to look – it seems like there may be an option to allow for more characters, but I can’t remember.

      And, yeah, I’ve already heard, “What did I forget?” when calling one of the kids to finish a workbook. Um, all the spots with blank lines. 🙂

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