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Friday, February 19, 2016

Our Week with 2 Birthdays

Despite having no school on Monday, I feel like we got a good deal accomplished, school wise, this week.  I still want to get back to the library, as we've returned all the books we checked out last time, but haven't been by when they're open to get new ones yet.

Sam ended the wrestling season with another medal!

We had a couple of birthdays over the long weekend.  Paul made the cakes.

Can you guess which day is Josiah's birthday?


The day after Josiah's birthday is Brianna's.

Again, Paul made the cake.

She had some friends over to celebrate.

Because of all the cake over the weekend, we ended up waiting to do our Valentine math until Tuesday.

We focus on estimating, counting, graphing, etc.  But as you can see from Jack in the background, they're mostly interested in the eating part.

Our class mascot comes in and lays in the sunbeam that appears every day around lunch time.  I guess it's time to take down our heart mobile?

Miss Katie has started adding!  I've never liked teaching kindergarten, but it's actually going well.  She's sounding out CVC words and learning math, so I guess we're doing okay.

Now that Valentine's Day is over, I'm starting to think St. Patrick's Day.

So the girls made rainbows and then stuck glittery shamrocks stickers on their pictures.

We started our new language arts curriculum this week.  (I'm so mean; I made my kids do placement testing over the 4 day weekend!)  Here, we're playing a game together.  Even through my focus is on Jack and Hannah, there are some parts that Katie can join in on, like this game.

Other times, Katie works independently while we do it.  It's a meaty program.  I'm glad I decided to put some of our regular stuff on hold while we figure it out.  Here, we're using our letter tiles (affiliate link) to play phonogram blitz.

The kids are learning to look up verses in the Bible.  We're working on another GrapeVine Study (review coming soon!) and I love seeing them eager to find the next passage to read aloud.

I've shared before how much we love Spelling You See.  One of the fun things I noticed is that all the passages for this month have to do with black history.  We just finished week 21 in level D, and the last few weeks, we've learned about The Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr.  Jack and Hannah are going to put SYS on hold for a little bit, because our big language arts package covers spelling, but I really, really love SYS.  Katie will continue working in her SYS book, which is level A.

Looking forward to another trip to Shriners next week, where the sockets for the new legs will be ready to test-fit.

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  1. What a full and awesome week. The cakes came out great. My kids are loving the grapevines study. Teaching Kindergarten wasn't my favorite either. I want to do so many exciting things and the basics have to be concentrated on.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. Which GrapeVine are you doing? We got Resurrection this time.

      All my older kids except Annaliese and Jack went to school (public or private) for kindergarten. Katie missed the cutoff by mere days, so she's ready, but the school wouldn't take her. I guess in the long run, it's nice to have this one last chance to do K at home, but I sure wasn't happy about it when I first found out.

  2. I like your candy graphs. How fun to have two birthdays in one week!

    1. My kids expect Valentine Math every year. They won't let me forget, lol.

      We have 3 Feb, 2 April, 2 Aug and 2 Sept bdays. But Josiah and Brianna are definitely the closest.

  3. Looks like a terrific week! Happy belated birthday to everyone. My husband just had his birthday this past weekend, and we are still trying to catch up from all the fun we had! Thanks for sharing your week :)

    1. And a very Happy Birthday to your dh, as well! :)