Sometimes in homeschooling that groove is important.
I was so thankful that I had done planned out the week for both Circle Time and the rest of our lessons. I want the children to get into the habit of checking assignments off their list so they aren't always asking "what's next?" or "how much do I have left?" or "what chapter of this book?"
We started Couch 2 5K this week, and ran/walked three times. We did our pilates video one day. We walked after dinner with Daddy most nights as well as reading from our dinnertime read-aloud: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I think we're all enjoying it more than we expected. This has become a nice pattern to our days. M-girl had soccer practice twice, N-boy once (Saturday morning), and R-girl's begins on Monday. Games don't start until September 12, but the season is gearing up. At N-boy's practice this morning I planned out my October 31 Days series: "Surviving Sports Seasons Sanely." It'll be a wild ride!
Grovetime went relatively well.
We were a bit behind in our reading of George Washington's World and Kidnapped, but I think we've caught up with that, so we can ease back on the readings this coming week.
We've all been enjoying - and following - A Midsummer Night's Dream as I've been reading it aloud more than we did as even the Librivox audio recording. I think both reading the names of the characters and reading a scene each day has helped with the continuity of the reading. I want to do more thinking on this, though, because sometimes those readings are long.
For our studied dictation I selected from the Ambleside Online copywork group for Year 4. We spent the week thinking about the spelling of words in the selection as well as the punctuation (commas, semicolon) and why the author made the choices he made. Then on Friday, they got a clean sheet of paper and wrote as I dictated. This photo is of N-boy's dictation from yesterday.
As I said, we read a section from George Washington's World each day this week, through George marrying Martha. I think we'll slow down on that now, though. We also read Proserpine from Age of Fable. Oh, and I read too far in Madam How and Lady Why. The children were disappointed by this. We had some good discussions from this section, because I disagree with Kingsley and think that our souls are much more tied to our bodies than Kingsley indicates. I wonder if others have issues with that section. (I disagree with CS Lewis' statement "You are a soul, you have a body." too.)
|Copying Catechism questions and answers.|
So, Grovetime happened every day this week. We have decided that Thursday's will be a cleaning day: home economics. A nice way to ease into the weekend and reset for the coming week.
|They were planning a play, this was his costume, |
he came to math dressed so.
This means that math, copywork, geography blobbing, and other readings happened only four days. But, they happened. N-boy is working on a section dealing with symmetry. R-girl finished up multiplying by 9s and is doing some review of multiplication and order of operations. M-girl is reviewing long division and order of operations.
The children each did piano practices and had lessons this week. Instead of a spring recital, we did recordings of them playing which I hope to have to share soon.