I sat down to figure out just exactly which week this was, school year-wise, and was surprised to also realize we only have eleven weeks left of this school year. There will be a week-long break in March to celebrate the end of our winter quarter, but that's the only break from school we'll have until we're done with the year. We are going to DO ALL THE SCHOOL, ALL THE TIME from now until Memorial Day.
This was a short school week, owing to a holiday on Monday for President's Day (which we spent doing absolutely nothing besides vegging out in front of electronics...it was awesome), and Friday was deemed a "Girl Scout holiday" because it was World Thinking Day.
MathWe continued along. Bluebird's ability with subtraction facts is improving. Penguin learned about nickels. Junebug and I played "Sneak the Numbers."
Language ArtsSpelling is going well. I let Penguin move onto the next step in Spelling Workout A, after keeping her on the previous step for two weeks. I've increased Bluebird's spelling instruction time almost by double so that she can make up for missed lessons.
Grammar gets done and I winged a couple of Writing assignments this week as well. Penmanship gets attended to. Penguin is working through the prefix section in Phonics Pathways, and Junebug has graduated from sounding out vowel sounds to adding a few consonants and blending.
|Nothing livens up a grammar lesson like your two year old brother jumping on the table "to shoot bad guys!"|
Foreign LanguageWe didn't get a lot of Latin done this week. We're pretty behind in Latin, but I'm just going to be thankful for the amount we have done because a little Latin is better than no Latin at all. We'll definitely be working on Latina Christiana I in the fourth grade, rather than moving up a level.
ScienceMichael did an experiment with them about the temperature of water and conductivity. I forget that he has all these interesting gadgets for random things, and he busted one of them out for the experiment. (I think it's called a digital multimeter...and I'm pretty sure I bought it for him a few Christmases ago. The power of Wish Lists, people...)
|Junebug's drawing of the experiement: "It's me and my sisters looking at the water tube!"|
MusicBluebird had her piano lesson and practiced daily. I took a look at her stuff one day and insisted she skip keyboard time and finish up her theory. She was not happy with me.
ArtPenguin had an art lesson. We have art scheduled for Tuesdays; and, in an attempt to get the girls to finish their work quickly, I reminded them in the morning that we could do art in the afternoon if all their work was done. Penguin finished all her work and was rewarded with an art lesson (drawing landscapes) while Bluebird finished up with the work she had dawdled over earlier in the day.
|The view from our back door.|
Girl ScoutsWorld Thinking Day! February 22 is the birthday of Lord Robert Baden Powell, founder of the Scouting Movement in the U.K.. I remember, during my elementary school days, wearing my Brownie and Girl Guide uniforms to school and explaining what I did to my teachers and my friends. I always loved doing that. I gave the girls off from regular school and we did an entire day of Girl Scouting activities instead. (It was amusing to see how so much of the work we did lined up seamlessly with what we were studying in school anyway!) I have no pictures, but the girls finished up steps for numerous badges and started the work for other future awards.
Physical EducationBluebird went to tennis lessons. Frustrated with how wild Bluebird and Penguin were one day, I sent them out on a run to the mailbox and back. Penguin was having wildness issues a few hours later, so I sent her out again--for a longer distance.