Friday, February 22, 2013

Weekly Wrap-up ~ Snow Days

What in the heck did we do this week? I am sitting here starting this post and, for the life of me, it seems as though we have done nothing!

In our regular life this week…

Well one reason it has felt like we have done nothing is because these last two days we haven't! We got several inches of snow yesterday so, of course, we had to declare a couple of snow days. Thursday was spent indoors all day because it was snowing and blowing and even thundering in the middle of a snow storm! Today, however, there was much playing outside and we even ventured a walk to grandma's for lunch. Yes, I was there, too!

In our homeschool this week…

So let's break it down. I guess we did get some schoolwork accomplished, but I will admit, we were not very motivated all week. I guess we have the mid-February slumps that homeschoolers get.
  • Bible ~ On Monday we watched "The Prince of Egypt" to give the kids a visualization of the deliverance, plagues, and exodus. Is it just me or do you burst into tears the second you hear Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston sing "When You Believe"?
  • Reading ~ We finished the first book in The Spiderwick Chronicles series and are ready to move onto volume two. We actually found a Notebook for Fantastical Observations that we ordered for Dawson when he was a little boy. Eli played with it all afternoon one day! Our other read-alouds all centered around Abraham Lincoln this week. We read some really great books! Eli is annoyed that his next Captain Underpants books is not in yet! So, he is still reading Arthur. Brynne is 19 pages away from finishing Noodle.
  • Grammar and Spelling ~ We fixed punctuation and capitalization in sentences about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, and we completed an All About Spelling lesson.
  • Math ~ More multiplication. We also did some tallying and probability by flipping pennies.
  • Spanish ~ We moved onto the Spanish names for man, woman, boy and girl.
  • Geography ~ It was only limited to coloring our United States flag to add to our collection, since we were studying Abraham Lincoln and Presidents Day. 
  • Science ~ We took a break from science this week to focus on our unit study.
  • Unit Study ~ This week it was all about Abraham Lincoln. We didn't get as many projects done as I had hoped because of our snow days. 
  • PE ~ 3 1/2 hours of walking and playing in the snow today!

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

There was no Co-op this week because of the snow. We did spend Tuesday at the Scout cabin helping our den leader make some decorations for the Blue and Gold Banquet (which has also been postponed because of the snow). We have pretty much just seen grandma and papa this week. 

A favorite thing this week was…

Watching the pure joy on the faces of my children as they climbed piles and piles of snow today! They even talked Grandma into climbing up!

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share ...

As homeschoolers, with our statutory restrictions, we still deserve snow days off just like the public school kids. Take time to enjoy these special days!

Things I’m working on…

* Ideas for the kids to do bird habitat dioramas for the science/geography/art fair at our Co-op in a couple of weeks. I have a great idea for them. I just can't wait to see how they develop it.

* More reviews for the Schoolhouse Review Crew.

I’m grateful for…

the positive attitudes of my kids this week as we incorporated more and more veggies into our diet and drastically reducing the amount of processed foods in our diet. The kids ate vegetable soup, kale chips, and broccoli/corn quiche this week. They also drank lost of green smoothies. We ARE making these changes in our diet, so positive attitudes are making it so much better!

I rewarded my kids this week by…

Giving them a couple of much-needed days off. We all just needed it!

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  1. Wow.......all that snow looks like West Virginia! Glad to hear that you all enjoyed it!

    Kale chips, huh? I haven't made them since last summer. Did you see the smoothie drinks that Aldi started selling? Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness is the one we used last night. It was a hit. I just added some apples and a banana to it. There is another that is blue and contains 5 fruits. Also, strawberry kefir is added to our strawberry/banana smoothies. Kudos to the kiddos (and the mama) for making these changes. :)

  2. I am so jealous of all that snow!

    Oh wow, I totally didn't think of watching The Prince of Egypt! Thanks for the great idea!

  3. The snow looks really wonderful. We were hoping for some snow this year but all we keep getting is rain. Going in to March we have a smaller and smaller chance if it happening.


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