Friday, February 05, 2016

Our Weekly Amble for February 1-5, 2016

Despite N-boy's sickness, we had a pretty good week.

I think there are several reasons for this.

The first is that for my personal weekly goals I included "Play two games with each child this week. They can overlap." Because I put it on my week's to-do list, I gave myself permission to play games. I played some Qwirkle (my favorite), Uno (not my favorite), Swish, Jenga, and Suspend.  Even thought I didn't win everything, we had fun playing. We had fun laughing when Jenga and Suspend crashed down. I think this will remain on my weekly goal-list.


Another pathway to success has been what I'm going to be calling "incidental school."  We had a couple of examples of that this week. N-boy was given an Eco-Battery Vehicles kit for his birthday and I didn't really want to read the instructions or mess with it. The kids were like, all we need is some salt water, so we can put salt in tap water and that's all. They didn't believe me that hot water was necessary to dissolve the salt. So, we did an "experiment." Impromptu. And I didn't have to read the directions. Bonus.

At the opening, I mentioned that N-boy had been sick this week. He felt awful on Wednesday and Thursday. It was disappointing on Thursday because he didn't get to go to Disney on Ice which had been one of his birthday presents. Everyone was disappointed by that particular predicament.

On Wednesday, we finished Circle Time (which we did our four formal lesson days). I did some extra reading aloud that day and only assigned the girls math and piano beyond Circle Time. Then, I went to the kitchen to work on dinner - pot roast. I was making two so I could freeze some shepherd's pie fixings, so I cut the end off the celery. It makes a nice stamp for making roses, so I offered the girls an opportunity to paint. They had a wonderful time.

The only paint we had was fingerpaint ... maybe time to buy new tempera?
Finished products. They had a ton of fun with this!

You can see our final "fun" thing above. I painted the girls' fingernails. Something little and simple that brings them so much joy. Why don't I do these things more often? We decided that on Tuesdays we'd paint fingernails.

Today, Friday, I did some baking. The children came in and out as they wanted to. That was fun.

Oh, we did our regular school things, too. We did Circle Time Monday thru Thursday. The kids made great strides on "The Glove and the Lions" for poetry memorization. We began a new hymn: "For the Beauty of the Earth." On Tuesday, we read a chapter about the origins of Groundhog Day. We studied about helping verbs for grammar. We read quite a lot from George Washington's World and Abigail Adams. We read a fabulous selection from Madam How and Lady Why about wonder and fairy tales. The children were very involved with the story of David Brainerd in Trial and Triumph, N-boy in particular when it mentioned that his life inspired Dr. Livingston. (I presume.) 

R-girl started making her own artwork during Circle Time. Keeps her hands busy.
The girls did math each day; N-boy whenever he was healthy. We did other regular lessons - penmanship, mapping, piano, organ, etc. with a minimum of fuss (not none). We started working on Lesson 20 in Latin For Children A. It takes us about 2 weeks per lesson, but I'm not in a hurry with it as long as we're progressing.

I think we've only read one chapter of our current family readaloud, Emma this week.

We also continued our breakfast experiment. You can see many of them with the hashtag #uppingmybreakfastgame on Instagram. I'm @ladydusk there. Would love to have you join us and/or follow!


10 comments:

  1. I love the humor in this post. And For the Beauty of the Earth is one of my favorites :) I'm glad your son is on the mend.

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    1. Thanks, Mariel. I think For the Beauty must be the Ambleside selection for this month. I am glad he's better, too!

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  2. I'm sorry N-boy was sick. :( But you all accomplished so much!

    This was our 5th week & our hardest. Not one day of Circle Time (but lots of reading aloud & exercising got done!). :( I'm trying to resist the urge to redo the schedule till the term is done next week but I may change it up tomorrow. Nothing major but we need some tweaking.

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    1. Wait for term. His mercies are new every morning, If this, your last week is imperfect, so be it!

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  3. re: dr. livingston, i see what you did there!

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  4. Sounds like a happy week for you all. And thanks for the end-of-the-celery tip! My girls will love making rose prints.

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    1. Oh, the celery end is fun. I hope they turn out well :)

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  5. We read about David Brainerd in T&T last week, too. :)

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    1. I was so excited when N-boy popped up with "Dr. Livingstone?!?!" He was so excited because he's read about him in the 10 Boys Who books (I think) ...

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