Our week had a bit of a different rhythm than usual with a fun day of “Valentines School” on Tuesday. Here’s a snapshot of our week:
1. I had so much to say about Valentines day that it got its own post with a full recounting of our activities.
2. Grandma Karen dropped by for a couple hours on Wednesday. Aren’t all the kids cute cuddled up with her in the big chair while she reads?
3. Miss M got a “Sand Art” craft kit from Grandma Karen as a Valentines gift. Here she is working on it at her desk in her room.
4. The geometry lessons in RightStart Math C proved a bit more challenging this week. At one point neither of us could figure out how to divide a circle into thirds. This happened in the late afternoon one day (we had procrastinated finishing the math lesson). When I was more awake the next day I remembered how to do it and could help Miss M! Using the drawing tools to make a clock also proved a bit challenging. I thought I was giving Miss M the proper directions, but the first result was a clock with 12 numbers ending about where the seven should have been. Whoops! I had to make one myself before I could explain to Miss M how to do it properly. The drawing lesson directions clearly assume a bit more spacial reasoning than I seem to have!
5. We finished Mystery of History vol. 2 this week and started in with the first two lessons of Mystery of History Volume 3. I love the full color pictures!
6. I also gave Miss M a new book for writing practice — Spectrum Writing Grade 2. While I wouldn’t say that this basic workbook is an excellent method for teaching writing, I am in the “something is better than nothing” mode with this. Since I was ordering Mystery of History Vol 3 from the Hearts at Home curriculum store anyway, I picked up this book on sale as well. Miss M told me she really likes her new writing workbook, so that is a good sign, I suppose.
7. Miss M practiced counting by sixes and sevens this week. When Mr. E saw the bugs on this sheet from Miss M’s math book, he wanted to know if he could learn how to “count by sixes all the way to nine.” That led to a great discussion about what it means to “count by” something, and he practiced counting by 2’s!
8. Late night Lego play with daddy — he let the boys stay up an hour past their bedtime to make some really fun Lego creations together.
9. Just for fun — gotta love the Nutella “beard” on Mr. K!
Now TGIF!…(part of our day today involved all three kids taking a turn at spilling all the cards to a certain game in which the cards need to be sorted in a particular way…and the cards were spilled on purpose each time. Sigh!) We’ll have a definite three day weekend from school since daddy is off from work on Monday. Tuesday baby J has a medical appointment and circumstances are such that we might not get much school done that day either. A mini-break will be nice!