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A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Our Week - Homeschool and Life

Has another whole week passed already?  I feel like I just wrote one of these wrap up posts.  Time flies when we're having fun, I guess.

If you follow the blog Facebook page, you may have caught the cool video I posted about wanting to try to make these little doo dads out of cardstock.  Well, they look neat, but you have to be pretty precise with the folds.  Mine worked, Jack's sort of worked, Eli's... not so much.  (The clothespins were holding them in place while the glue dried.

One of Jack's Lego creations this week.

After we did scratch art in ARTistic Pursuits, I came across these scratchboards (affiliate link) and thought the boys would appreciate the convenience of not having to make their own page with black oil pastels.

The coating on these is a bit tougher than our DIY ones.  An unsharpened pencil did not pierce it, so they used pushpins to make their drawings.

Something Eli sketched while I read aloud.

And the almost required at this point K'nex build of the week.  A motorized helicopter.

With an opening cargo bay.

You'll be seeing more of Hannah in the next few weeks.  She has one half day of school next week, then she's off for a month.  (Crazy track system!  Have I mentioned I hate it?)  It will be awesome to have her home, and I've got some fun stuff planned for us.

The octopus was something she made at school, and I thought it was too cute to throw out without getting a picture first.

This is what happens after a sleepover at a friend's house.  Methinks there was a sugar crash involved??

This week, we watched Dawn of the Maya (affiliate link), a National Geographic DVD we picked up at the library.  Made me want to visit an archaeological dig!  Fascinating info about the pre-classical period Maya, and it showed rare Mayan mural art.  Plus, you know, pyramids are just cool.

We also read about Michelangelo, but I was too chicken to tape paper to the underside of our table and have the boys try to paint laying underneath it.  Maybe if we had a table over linoleum I would have been braver, but paint + carpet just sounds disastrous.

(more about Katie's project in this month's Pre-K With Katie post, coming soon)

Next week, we're off to Shriners again to see if Katie's new leg socket will fit.  I'm really crossing my fingers.  She's outgrown her current leg, and it's becoming more of a problem with each passing day.  It's been 4 weeks since the last test fit.  I just want her to have a working leg.

Anyone else getting spring fever?  I alternate between pouring over curriculum catalogs, planning for next school year, and counting down how many weeks of school we have left.  Fortunately, we're ending the year with more weeks left than work to complete (Jack is on his last week of spelling right now!), so we'll be able to take days off to do fun stuff without falling behind.

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  1. I love reading about other homeschoolers days and weeks. Looks like you all had loads of fun! Thanks for sharing :-)

    1. It is fun to see what other people are up to, isn't it? I get lots of neat ideas that way. :)

  2. The Knex and Lego creations are awesome. Scratch art is fun. I didn't know that you could buy premade boards like that. The drawing looks fantastic. Looks like you had a great week.

    1. Eli's getting to be quite the artist! He's really come a long way this year, now that he's out of Brianna's shadow. (She went off to classroom school for high school. She's always been the artist of the family, so the other kids don't really try as hard when she's around, since they can't compete.)

  3. I love the cool airplane sketches!

    1. Planes are his go to doodle these days. I like to think that all that drawing has helped him when it comes to engineering/building them out of his K'nex.

  4. Love those Lego and K'Nex creations. I need to have my boys do more with the K'Nex...if only we could find our collection! Love that octopus, too; totally cute. Thanks for linking up at Life at Rossmont!