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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 19

January and February can be some of the hardest months to homeschool.  After Christmas fatigue, cold weather, sickness that is going around can cause burnout and turn what normally is a joy into a burden.  If you are feeling that "homeschool burnout" it will pass.  Changing your routine a bit going on a field trip, finding ways to get outside, or even something as simple as declaring a PJ and movie day can all help get through some of the mid year days.  I like this verse "And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Hebrews 12:2-3.

We had a great week in our homeschool this week!

Week 19 in our Homeschool

Bible: One wacky thing that happened is that for some reason my printer and computer decided to stop communicating so I had a terrible time printing out our Bible lessons.  I managed to get the younger ones taken care of but could not get the older ones, so for two days of the week, Nick and Alex did not have worksheets, they just listened in.  We completed lessons 85-88 in Bible Study Guide For All Ages.


In Mystery of History Vol III we completed lessons 46-48 on Sir Walter Raleigh, England Defeats the Spanish Armada, and Michel de Montaigne and the Essays.  We completed the time line figures and memory cards to go along with the lessons.
I thought this was a great picture of Nick working on the time line and Emmie asking him who all the people were.

Science: In Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics we completed the reading for Chapter 11 on Thermal Energy.  It has been easier for me to do all of the reading in one week and then go back and do the journal assignments and experiments the next week instead of stopping reading every few paragraphs to do an experiment and then go back and do more reading.

Grammar/Writing/Literature: Christian's Lightning Lit assignments this week were based on Alexander and the Terrible Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  I had never read this book before.  My children were especially impressed with it because the main character is Alexander and his brothers are Anthony and Nicholas (the same names as my 3 oldest sons.)  They all really liked this book.  Anthony is reading Ramona and Her Father for his Lightning Literature and his workbook assignments have been on pronouns.  In the book, Ramona's dad brings home gummy bears for a special treat, so we bought a bag of gummy bears the other day.  Anthony was thrilled!  and the other children were happy too :)  Nick and Alex did lesson 16 of Fix It! Grammar and lesson 13 of IEW Medieval Writing.

Reading/Spelling: I completely forgot to do spelling with Alex this week because I spent a lot of time on Math with him.  Anthony and Christian started working on Lesson 5 of AAR Level 2.  I was so excited that my new readers arrived on Friday!

Math: Alex, Anthony, and Christian finished Lesson 18 of their Math books and Nick finished Lesson 19 of Pre-Algebra.

My Father's World Creation From A to Z

We finished the lesson on Water and the letter "w." We finished the experiment turning water from a liquid to a solid back to a liquid and then to a gas.  We finished making a chart on solid, liquids, and gases.

We also did an experiment on dissolving things into water.  We dissolved salt into one glass.

And then showed that oil would not dissolve into water.

She completed her word list page, blend ladder page, drawing page, and cut and paste page.  We read the book Make Way For the Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.  We also made Wiggly Worm Trail Mix.

Since we finished "W" on Wednesday we started the next Unit, Unit 11 on Insects on Thursday.  We used our lapbook that we made at Grandview to review some information on insects, worked on a picture card envelope for the letter "i" and completed our Bible lesson.  We had already gotten our ants for our ant farm a few weeks ago.

Other Activities This Week: Archery was cancelled on Monday because of the holiday.  It was postponed until Tuesday at the exact same time as gymnastics.  A friend that was going volunteered to take the boys and I could head out there after gymnastics was over.  I dropped the boys off to my friend, dropped Lily off to gymnastics and then ran to the 4 H office to turn in Record Books and get some things taken care of for my meeting this week.  We ran back to pick Lily up and headed to Grandview, and they got finished right as we got there.  The weather that day was beautiful by the way which figures that it would be pretty the day I wasn't standing out there!

Wednesday and Thursday we stayed home!!

Christian built this.  It's the  Eiffel Tower, the small one from Las Vegas. (line from Despicable Me)

Friday we had a play date with some friends at the house.  That night we enjoyed pizza and a movie.

I hope you had a great week in your homeschool!

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