Friday, February 24, 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up ~ Lacking Wisdom

I got my wisdom teeth extracted yesterday, so my wrap-up this week is going to be a little short. Daddy stayed home from work yesterday to take care of me and to act as substitute teacher. We are calling today a Sick Day because, well, I'm sick. There will just be lots of reading and educational computer games today, and even more playing. For me, I'll be in bed. I have some paresthesia because of an exposed nerve during the surgery, so I am praying that I will regain the feeling to that part of my lip and chin soon. For now, I look like a chipmunk. And, I'm pretty miserable.

Here is what our week looked like in the form of a collage:

1. Brynne continued learning about dogs this week: Portuguese Water Dogs, Boxers and Border Collies.

2. We were back into our books pretty heavy at the beginning of the week with grammar, copywork, handwriting, and math.

3. She also started a fairly significant chapter book (for her) called Poodle and Hound, and spent each afternoon reading to OUR dogs.

4.  Since she loves learning about the United States so much, she watched a video of "How the States got their Shapes".

5 and 7. This week, for Dawson, was primarily about DNA and The Double Helix. In history he also did a lot of work on the building of the railroad.

6. I introduced a new concept to Brynne in math that she picked up in about half a minute: Double digit addition with carrying. She also worked on another worksheet yesterday with daddy.

8. And a lovely picture of me. (If you can believe it, at the time of this posting, I am even more swelled than that!) This explains why this wrap-up is so short.

In the midst of all of this, I did stumble upon a Favorite Resource (or two) this week. Brynne has always used an abacus to do math. Anytime she wants to know an answer to a math problem, I just send her to her abacus to figure it out on her own. Cindy at love2learn2day made me aware of a FREE iPad app called Number Rack. It is a type of abacus called a Rekenrek. She also referred to a great set of lessons (about 10 days worth) using the Rekenrek. It is also a free download that uses the Rekenrek as a "visual model for strategic reasoning in mathematics". This goes along nicely with the philosophies of MEP that I posted about a week or so ago. I think this will be a fun thing to do for those couple of weeks after Spring Break, to get us back into the swing of math. Brynne loves "Fun Math", and I think this will fit the bill.

I am hoping that next week feels more productive (and that I have more feeling in my lip and chin), but I have to get some cavities taken care of on Monday afternoon, so I am not feeling too optimistic. What a couple of weeks.

I am linking up at Weekly Wrap-up at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers; Collage Friday at Homegrown Learners; and Favorite Resource this Week at Learning all the Time.


  1. You poor thing! Your face is so swollen :( Praying for a speedy recovery!

  2. Oh, I hope you feel better real soon!

  3. Good luck with your healing. I had three teeth pulled a few weeks ago and FOR SURE you deserve a sick day. Or two. Or three! :) Feel better soon!

  4. I hope you feel better soon! Thank you for the recommendation on the abacus app, I will have to check that out!

  5. I hope you get to feeling better very soon - cut yourself some slack and take a few sick days.

    I am just impressed you blogged at all!

  6. Oh my goodness...I hope you heal quickly!
    I saw that post on love2learn2day about the abacus app, but I haven't checked it out yet. We don't have an iPad, but we do have iPhones. Thanks for linking with Favorite Resources!

  7. I hope you are feeling better real soon! You are so sweet to take the time to comment on my blog while not feeling your usual self. Your kids' schooling week looks fantastic, they must of been very helpful as well. I am going to check out your favorite resource. Thank you so much for sharing

  8. Feel better soon! You still had a very productive week- at least in school. Thanks for the app recommendation. I think you also recommended the car building one that my boys love!

  9. You really do look pretty good for someone who has had their w teeth pulled! I looked like I'd been hit with a bat! ;)

  10. I hope youre face is better soon! That sounds miserable.

    I grew up with a border collie and 20+ years after her death, we all still miss her. If Brynne isn't already reading the James Herriott stories, they'd be a great tie-in. Only One Woof was a lovely one.

  11. I LOVE the DNA !! (swinging by from WUHS)

  12. I hope you feel better soon! Downloaded the app and the PDF thanks. Had not thought of watching How the States Got Their Shapes with my state-crazy 6yo. Will have to give it a try.


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