Some local friends were on Spring Break this week, but we forged ahead with our schedule as usual. The best part about the local schools being on Spring Break was that I had the opportunity to hire two teens with some time on their hands to clean my kitchen. I find it hard to make time for serious cleaning…and it’s not just because of having a baby…I always can find some excuse! 😉 It was a win-win with the teens earning some money toward their financial goals, and me ending up with a kitchen that hasn’t looked this clean since we moved into the house for a reasonable price.
Here are a few highlights from our week:
1. Mr. E working on a Lego set he got over the weekend as a belated birthday gift. I’m so proud of him for focusing on the directions and assembling one car from the set almost entirely on his own!
2. Miss M assembling her horse lapbook. We didn’t quite finish the assembly, as it kept getting pushed to the bottom of our to – do list. With Expert Day coming up next week, deadline pressure will help us finally bring it to completion next week!
3. I found an offer for a free horse magazine a couple months ago, and the first issue arrived this week! Miss M enjoyed looking at all the pictures and reading some of the articles, even though it is really not a magazine aimed at kids.
4. Miss M’s writing and spelling work came in the form of letter writing. Inspired by a lesson in her Spectrum Writing book, she wrote a letter to friends from across town that we don’t see very often. A question directed to Miss M in a family Easter card from her great aunt about what books she has been reading prompted her to begin a letter about some recent favorites. Since spelling is still a big struggle for Miss M (to the point where I think it would be difficult for others to “get” what she is trying to say), I have her write a rough draft. I then correct her spelling mistakes and have her write a final draft.
5. & 6. The kids were given the suggestion at church to make “Easter Bags” to give to friends. There were some pre-made bags with treats and info about the meaning of Easter we could have picked up at church…but my kids really want to go the DIY route and make their own. I made sure they had some empty bags, Easter eggs and candy and they are pretty much taking it from there!
7. Math….oh, Math. There is something about doing math that lends itself to being a refining, character building process. For both me and Miss M! We worked on lessons 92-95 in Right Start C this week. Some days were a piece of cake — Miss M finished the lesson 92 worksheet with ease on Monday. Presented with the exact same sort of problem on Tuesday, we had nuclear meltdown. Today’s struggles were less about how to do the math problem, and more about how to use the calculator as the lesson suggested (as Miss M is doing in the picture). I tried to explain that as long as she got the concept, I could help her with using the calculator. But she was determined to do it herself, to the point of frustration. Math is a testing ground for learning patience of my part, and for Miss M to learn about humility, being teachable and dealing with frustration/asking for help appropriately.
8. The boys came up with a great project idea today. Disappointed that I couldn’t find any “Angry Birds Space” coloring sheets to print out for them (I could only find coloring sheets of the original “angry birds”), they asked me to print out lots of small pictures of the various birds and pigs from the space game. They got started cutting these pictures out and gluing them on large sheets of paper (Thanks to Grandma Karen for supplying us with lots of blueprint-sized scratch paper!). They are creating their own “angry birds space” levels on paper!
9. Continuing on the “Horse” theme, we read this book, Once Upon a Horse, instead of our regular history this week. I’ll be writing more about this book for Read Aloud Thursday next week!
Have a wonderful Easter weekend!
I’m linking up with Collage Friday @ Homegrown Learners and the Weekly Wrap-Up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers