Friday, September 23, 2011

Weekly Recap: September 19-23, 2011

This week was a good one.  We are moving right along and have developed a pace and rhythm for this year.  Everyone is finishing lessons without much difficulty.  Moving from one lesson and one child to the next is coming more easily.  Everyone is finally old enough that juggling independent work and time with me is getting easier.  

H12 and I have been taking time before school each morning to walk the puppies together.  It's nice to have quiet time together.  Some days H12 complains her way through the walk but most days she's a joy.  It's nice to have the time to talk about what she's doing and plan our day together.

After our walk and caring for the animals, we have breakfast and begin our school day with reading aloud.  We've been working our way through The Penderwick series for our read aloud time.  H12 and I have already read the books but we loved them so much we wanted to share them with everyone.  We are halfway through the second book. 

Our morning continues with Bible time.  H12, S9 and I are studying the book of Job.  M7 is learning about the stories of the Old Testament.  While we miss our Community Bible Study we are enjoying the new lessons and I feel that the learning is worthwhile.

Bible ends our group work for the morning and we spend the remainder of the time before lunch getting our individual work done.  H12 works on her own while I shuffle between M7 and S9 to complete their lessons.

After lunch and a play/reading break we get back together for history, chemistry or art.  H12 and S9 usually finish their day with a Latin lesson. 

Here's what the kids had to say about school this week:
M7 - I'm enjoying math.  It's easy and fun. I did grammar but I don't really like it very much. 
S9 - I liked chemistry this week.  I liked that I was able to measure and think about what I wanted to do.  I liked the safely goggles and the smock.  It was fun to wear them and act like I was a real scientist.  I didn't like reading about Pocahontas because the book was so long.  I really enjoyed the story but I didn't like not being able to read a different book until it was done.
H12 - I enjoyed reading The Broken Blade.  I thought the characters and the story were interesting.  Even though I'm good at math I don't like it.

Just in case you were wondering, my house is still a disaster but it doesn't bother me as much today as it did last Friday.

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