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

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Homeschool Weekly Wrap Up, Week 6

Whew!  This has been a busier than usual week for us!  Between our candy pumpkin craft on Monday, the pumpkin patch on Tuesday, our Chick Fil A tour on Wednesday, therapy for Lukey on Wednesday and Thursday, appointments at the audiologist for Hannah and Luke on Thursday, and our art class on Friday, we didn't finish all our regular weekly curriculum work until Saturday.  But that's okay!  We've been having fun, and it's important to remember that one of the beautiful things about homeschooling is the flexibility.

So what's left that I haven't already written about this week?

Well, little miss Katie got her first "pair" of shoes on Monday.  It's actually the size 9 left shoe and the size 7 right shoe, but it's working for her.  I suddenly realized Sunday night that she'd need "real" shoes for the pumpkin patch on Tuesday instead of the slippers she usually gets by with.  Target had these in brown, which would have been more neutral for the season, but I couldn't get both the sizes we needed.  Spending $15 for a pair of shoes is acceptable.  Spending $30 for a pair of kid shoes kind of hurts.  Fortunately, I know for a fact she's not going to have any unexpected growth spurts on her right foot.  I need to call Shriners and see if Mr Rick can just order her a bigger foot without us having to go in first.  If we could make both her shoes the same size, she could share shoes with Hannah, since Hannah with the tiny feet is still wearing a size 9 shoe, too.  

Speaking of miss Hannah, she made a finger puppet from her Art Projects (affiliate link) book this week.  I used these books with Zach and Annaliese when they were little, so it makes me smile to be using them again with Hannah.  She goes back to school Monday, and is looking forward to it.  Please pray for Katie.  She's gotten used to having Hannah to play with, and I have a feeling she's going to take a while to adjust to Hannah being gone again.  

We started a new wellness curriculum this week!  As I mentioned, it's been a crazy week, and we didn't get to do a whole lot of extras in the classroom, but I am really looking forward to some of the activities ahead.  

The kids cut out bookmarks on cardstock with their wellness vocabulary words on them, and then we brainstormed as a group what those words made us think of.  Then we used some of those ideas for our journal entry that day.  As much as I resisted Paul's white board idea, I am getting some use out of it, and I really liked the lively exchange of ideas we had with this activity.  

Josiah is learning about American History this year (in addition to bits and pieces of what we're doing).  Here is his self-assigned timeline project that he surprised us with.  

A history of the weapons of American wars.  I don't know whether to be proud of his initiative or a little worried about his subject matter.  

What is it about boys and weapons?

In our Pyramids (affiliate link) book, there is a project building a pyramid out of marbles.  Somehow, it didn't work out so well for us, but we had fun trying.  

We continue to work our way through God & The History of Art (affiliate link) as well as other random art projects that come up.  I am loving how much more art we've done this year and last year!  Sadly, I think it's more in the last year than in the previous 4 years combined.  Art was a neglected extra in our old way of homeschooling.  

Brianna is often knitting while I read aloud.  I currently have her working on a project for an upcoming review, which is a win for both of us!  

Last year we grew salt crystals.  We learned about supersaturation and evaporation, and it was all very interesting.

This week, we started a batch of sodium carbonate crystals.  It will be interesting to see what those end up looking like as they grow.

And last but certainly not least, this week Sam found a SNAKE in the yard and brought it into the HOUSE to show everyone.  Sigh.  Being the mom of many boys, I managed to not shriek or even yell at him, but I did take him OUTSIDE before snapping lots of pictures.

Never, ever a dull moment around here.  I promise.

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  1. Love the snake :) My kids seem to find a lot of those around here too, (and frogs, salamanders and all kinds of interesting creepy crawlies). I convinced the kids to release the salamander so it has time to find somewhere to hibernate before winter sets in ;)

    1. LOL! Very clever of you!

      We used to have lizards when we lived in Santa Rosa, and I didn't mind those. Snakes, well, snakes just seem more sinister, somehow.