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Weekly Wrap-Up ~ High Fevers

We have all had a high fever this week .... Spring Fever! Our Spring Break officially starts ....... NOW!

Oh my goodness, it was hard to push through this week. But we did it! There were no bells and whistles to our week .. just steadily getting necessary work done. I didn't take one picture!

Dawson and Brynne covered all the basics every day: Math/Algebra, Grammar, Critical Thinking, Writing, Copywork, and Literature.

Our art this week consisted of lots of free drawing. We haven't done one of our artist studies in SUCH  a long time and I was planning on getting us back into this week. But, it never happened. After Spring Break, that is going to be one of my goals for the remainder of the year. I will have a Goals post coming soon.

Dawson learned about feedback mechanisms in cells: fight or flight responses, homeostasis, and chemotaxis. He is also learning much about the condition of New York City in the late 1800's after the Statue of Liberty was constructed, Ellis Island was opened, and all of the immigrants started arriving. There were slums, crime, and lots of gangs. He watched a documentary on The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and the movie Gangs of New York (WARNING: this movie is VERY violent, VERY bloody, and has some nudity. Yeah, moms, I know. But, WOW, does it depict the condition of the people in the Five Points District during that horrible time. Rick and I watched this movie several years ago, and I didn't really get it. Now that we have done this extensive American History study this year, I TOTALLY do!)

Brynne started her unit on The Secret Garden. We had intended on making some treacle and orange marmalade to use at a tea party, but just let our days get away from us and didn't get them done. She actually got invited to a tea party for a friend's birthday on Wednesday, so we will postpone our own tea party. We are loving the book and are making plans for our own "secret" garden in our favorite spot outside. She will also finish her FIRST EVER real chapter book today! And she's got the next one lined up and ready. She is loving the Puppy Place series.

And today I kept Eli home from school so that he could go to Co-op with us. They were doing NOTHING at school, except reading to give everyone an opportunity to meet their AR goal (that he had already met). I wanted him to have a chance to see what Co-op is like at a regular meeting. And he really enjoyed it!

And that's it for us!

All that's left now are empty desks ...

My planner tucked away in my basket ...

And all books back on the bookshelf until after Spring Break ...

See you in a week! (On that note: there will be no "America: The Story of Us" lesson plan post this week or next week. I will resume that series in TWO weeks. We are on vacation!)

We are linking up with Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.


  1. Sounds like you guys had a great week. Enjoy your break!!

  2. Busy week! Enjoy your spring break. We have 2 weeks until ours and I can hardly wait. Rest and refresh!

  3. You did tons considering you were suffering from Spring Break! Love some of the resources Dawson used. We occasionally watch violent, etc movies if it portrays what we are studying. I mean it WAS violent at times you know?

    Keilee used to love Puppy Place books. In fact we were cleaning out a few weeks ago and she refused to throw them away! :)


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