Back to the grindstone! In a good way, of course!
See the completed, new table in the school room?
Our new system seems to be working for now. Instead of the kids having piles of books sliding all over the table, each child now has a bin. Jack's on the left, then the paint brush cup and pencil cup, then Katie's bin, then Hannah's bin. (The only "problem" with this setup is that I lost my corner of the big table to pile things on, so I'm forced to be a little neater, too.)
Monday was a nice, normal day, and we got all our work done, and even had time for an art project. They're drawing glass vases, er, what passed for vases because this was what I had on hand.
The project was Cubist Vases from our Home Art Studio DVD (affiliate link). We've come to the end of this disc now, so I ordered the next one. I'd eventually like to have the whole collection!
After drawing, they sliced them up visually and colored the sections with watercolor pencils. I love watercolor pencils! We're using these. (affiliate link)
This was after coloring, before adding water.
If you're not familiar with watercolor pencils, you can brush water on them and it turns to paint! Really fun to play with.
The finished projects. Hannah colored darker than Jack did, and you can really see the difference after painting.
Tuesday, the girls had appointments at Shriners. They'd both looked a little off in their gait lately, and Hannah has mentioned some soreness. Hannah's leg got 3/4" longer, and Katie's leg got 1/2" longer, and we'll be going back soon for a casting appointment. Both girls are ready for new legs!
I knew this shirt wouldn't make it here in time for Christmas, but since it was so perfect for Jack, I ordered it anyway.
Toddler Jack Jack double spooning the peanut butter. He would slurp it down as fast as I could reload it.
"What's THIS?!" Brianna found the prism and was fascinated by it, sending little rainbows all over the school room.
Even though the weather was icky, I sent my students OUT TO PLAY on the trampoline to let a little energy out. They had been cooped up long enough to start making me crazy. I think Hannah's behind the post in this shot.
Eli had to borrow Dad's laptop for homework one night, since my computer doesn't have power point. Is it me, or is he looking more grown up all the sudden? He's gotten taller, too.
But, you know, not too old to play with his little sister's new toys, of course.
The teens like to hang out and chat with me in the school room, and will often explore whatever we've left out from our learning for the day.
We need to get this boy in to the DMV. He's ready to get his license. He chauffeurs me around quite a bit these days. Which is handy, because my night vision is terrible.
And what has Katie been up to lately? Cutting and gluing.
Drawing on the white boards while I read aloud.
And coloring in her ABC coloring book.
She had a haircut after baths one night this week, and then slept in braids.
Her hair was wild and wavy the next couple of days!
Even at play time, Katie is fascinated by letters. She wrote "Katie Hannah Jack" on her easel.
While we didn't quite finish everything assigned for this week, it was a good week, and I'm glad to get back to our school routine. I'm hoping we can get a project done over the weekend (I'm totally planning to rope one of the teens into helping!) and maybe have time for a trip to the library next week. I got an email saying I hadn't checked anything out in a year, and I felt like the World's Worst Homeschooler. So we'll have to see about infusing the household with some new (temporary) books to read.
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