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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 11

So glad to see some sunshine and warmer weather at the end of this week and for the week-end!

Activities This Week

Monday Christian had one last soccer game for this season.  I was so glad that got to play one more game, but I had another obligation and could not be there.  Several weeks before we decided that Mom's Night Out would be that night and we would have a Make and Take Oils class.  I committed to being there and didn't want to miss it.  These monthly Mom;s Night Outs have been a huge blessing in my life.  There are not many people in the world that you can share your difficulties or challenges with and not be judged for them or have people talking about you behind your back.  Parenting is hard, homeschooling is hard.  We need to surround ourselves with people who will encourage and lift us up, not talk about all the things we do wrong or that we should do better, especially to other people.  I try to be the best mom I can be every day to all of my children who all have individual needs and I so cherish the time I have with friends that are encouraging.  I have been using a few oils here and there to help with some things and found the class very interesting. Christian's team lost the game but they were very good sports about it.

Tuesday The girls had gymnastics.  After gymnastics we had our first every County Wide 4 H meeting.  They had costume and pumpkin contest, a demonstration from the K9 Unit of the police department, snacks, and packed Blessing Bags to be distributed to the local schools.  A good time was had by all.

Lily and Christian decorated cupcakes to take to the meeting.

Wednesday we babysat Liam in the morning.

Alex made a second breakfast (he is hungry all the time!) and shared with the baby.

And had Kid's Club in the afternoon followed by Children's Choir.

Thursday Lily had piano and Emmie had dance.

Friday we had a Geography Through Art Co-op.  Our topic was China and they made scrolls and dragons.

Then we had our Nature Seekers 4 H meeting.  We usually pack Operation Christmas Child boxes in October but I could not work the scheduling out.  So we did some fun fall themed STEM activities at the park instead.  We made pumpkin slime, pumpkin catapults (and then launched little pumpkins), ghost rockets, and Boo bags.

Then the older boys went to the football game and a late night youth activity.

Saturday morning Nick was up bright and early to take the ACT.  He said it was harder then the last time he took it.  We will see when the results come back.

It was such a pretty day Saturday we spent a lot of time outside and Saturday afternoon went to Murfreesboro for their Trunk or Treat on the square.  They had a great time.

Sunday morning the Children's Choir sang in church.

Week 11 in our Homeschool

P.E.: We have started back doing P.E. every day (well almost.)  This week we did Family Time Fitness 3 days.  My legs were so sore from doing some frog jumps!

Bible: We completed 4 lessons in Bible Study Guide For All Ages.

Read Aloud: We read 4 chapters of Milton Hershey and are still reading through The UnMapped Sea in the evening (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Book 5)

History: We read lesson 15 in America's Story on The Golden Age of America.

Science: We finished up Lesson 7 on Blood in Apologia Human Anatomy.  We did the notebooking activities and did some blood typing (sort of.)  A kit came with our science kit and Christian volunteered to be the guinea pig.  But you are not supposed to smear the blood and I kind of did.  So we think he's B but not 100% sure.  It was a good lesson anyway.

Music Appreciation: We completed Chapter 16 in Music Appreciation I on Pilgrim's Chorus from Tannhauser by Richard Wagner.

Spelling/Reading: The boys completed Step 26 in AAS Level 5 and Emmie completed lessons 12,13, and 14 in AAR Level 2.

Language Arts: Christian and Anthony completed key word outlines and paragraphs on The Mongols.  Emmie completed 4 lessons in Language Lessons for a Living Education and Lily completed 4 lessons in Hake/Saxon Grammar.

Math: They completed 4 lessons in MLFLE.

Art: The girls worked on a kit from Kidzaw (upcoming review) of The Starry Night.

I hope you had a great week in your homeschool!

Happy Homeschooling!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 10

If you read my post on State Fair 2018 you already know that Monday we did not have school because we were showing goats (or watching goats being shown) and freezing. 

Tuesday morning Lily had to go to a recheck on her knee.  She has to do her exercises for a month but other then that is fine.  Later that day we had to go to Nick's Parent Teacher Conference at the school and the girls had gymnastics. Lily did fine without her brace.

 Wednesday we discovered that the Mini Rex rabbit with the mystery injury had died during the night :( We also had Kid's Club.

Thursday Lily had piano and Emmie had dance.  Lily and I went and walked the Nature Trail at the park while we waited for Emmie.

Friday I took the children to Texarkana to do some shopping.  Since we jumped right from summer to winter we needed to get some clothes.  The 4 younger children had outgrown everything.  They still need a few things but at least have pants and some shirts that fit. It was a long day. After being home for an hour, the girls and I headed out to a birthday party and the boys watched Solo while eating pizza at home.

Saturday Liam came over to spend the day and the night so his parents could go to Hot Springs for their anniversary.  The sun was shining and we were so thankful!  We spent most of the day outside.  Liam was very good, but reminded me of the way his mama used to sleep, taking up as much of the bed as he could and wiggling around all night.  If  I were a person that could take a nap, today would be a good day.

 Christian found a stick bug and showed it to Liam.  He wasn't sure what to think about it.

Week 10 in our Homeschool

Bible: We completed 4 lessons in Bible Study Guide For All Ages.

Read Aloud: We read 4 chapters of YWAM Milton Hershey.

History: We read lesson 14 in America's Story on The Cold War.

Science: We continued working on lesson 7 in Apologia Human Anatomy on blood.  We made a model using different items to represent the components of blood and used a magnet to remove iron from cereal.

Music Appreciation: We completed chapter 15 on Johann Strauss and The Beautiful Blue Danube.

Spelling/Reading: The boys completed step 25 in AAS Level 5.  Emmie completed lessons 11 and 12 in AAR Level 2.

Language Arts: Christian and Anthony wrote key word outlines and paragraphs on The Donkey and His Driver.  Emmie completed 4 lessons in Language Lessons for a Living Education.  She had a lesson where she was supposed to write her own simple poem but that was overwhelming for her no matter how many simple examples I gave, so we moved on and will try that again another time.  Lily completed 4 lessons in Hake/Saxon Grammar. 

Math: They completed 4 lessons in MLFLE.

A community service project that I have been working on for our 4 H Club for over a month fell through which was very disappointing.  But we will just do something else for our meeting.  I am trying to get the 4 H STEM Club going again and had to change my meeting plans for that as well, but I think the project idea for this month will be fun. 

I think sometimes people don't think about how many things I have going on all of the time.  I can't be everywhere all at once and I can't keep changing things to accommodate everyone even though I wish I could.  And also some forget that I am homeschooling during the day.  I have been making it a point to ignore texts, phone calls, and emails during school hours.  A few here and there are okay (especially when it is people that know it may be awhile until I can get back to them) but lately it has just been crazy.  My priority during the day is on my children and school and people are just going to have to understand that.

Now I need to go look over the work my two high schoolers completed this week.

I hope you had a great week!

Happy Homeschooling!