Friday, October 7, 2016

School notes for this week - The No Picture Edition


It was easy and straightforward. We had no appointments outside the house so the day went predictably from new math lessons to history, literature, biology, writing, and so on. It was lovely. I'm a routine kinda girl and change stresses me out. Give me regular, predictable days and I'm happy! New math concepts this week include carrying in addition, finding the area of a parallelogram, and introduction to the metric system, and lovely geometry topics like adjacent, supplementary, complementary, and vertical angles. Daniel is reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle, a new literature pick for him. The rest of the kids are still working on unfinished books they've been reading.


Our morning basket happens pretty much every day. Today we started by singing I Know my Father Lives and praying. For our devotional we are rotating through a couple things and this morning was Who's Your Hero? Volume 1. We read the story of Alma the Younger and talked about apologizing, repentance, and hard vs. soft hearts. It went really well with several talks we heard this weekend during General Conference. We had a great discussion. Then we read about a couple of medieval jobs in Archers, Alchemists, and 98 other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed. It's a really fun book and goes well with our history studies!

Math went well again today, which was nice. I'm much more deliberate at using the manipulative blocks consistently with Oliver than I was with some of the older kids (who wanted to use them 1 day for the lesson and no more). It is making a big difference for him. Caleb has started reading a couple of CVC words to me each day using the tiles for All About Reading. Today he did -op and -it words. Emma finished reading How to Train Your Dragon today and picked up the second book. Makayla asked to put off the earthworm dissection until later this week and get the rest of this week's reading done, so I agreed. She'll be doing it Thursday instead.


It was supposed to be art class but the other family ran into car trouble so we moved that to Friday. However, before I found out about the car trouble we had already been up and preparing. Chores were all done, 4 dozen muffins were cooling on the counter, and kids were midway through school work. It was 8am. That's just how we roll. It meant that by 9:30am kids were done with all individual work and had turned on a movie to relax for a bit. We tackled group work a bit later.

On this evening Makayla and I headed to an education fireside an hour away. It was a great evening with a lot of information and encouragement. The presenters were from four church schools: Brigham Young University (BYU), BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii, the LDS Business College, as well as from Institute. How can it be time to learn about colleges already?


A typical school morning happened. Bliss! Math, reading, writing, history, science, etc. Then speech therapy for Samuel, dinner as a family, etc. This day also had a couple errands in the afternoon and evening. Okay, more than a couple. I was so tired of seeing the inside of my car and the inside of places by the end of it.


Art class happened today! We did our early morning chores, math, and some other subjects depending on the kids and then our friends arrived for art class just after 9am. I blogged about that with pictures here. After lunch our friends headed home and we had our usual afternoon medical care for Mason (an hour in the bathroom - every afternoon). I also put leftover chicken from last night's dinner in the crock pot with cream of chicken soup and sour cream, topped with crumbled crackers mixed with melted butter. Easy dinner, just add some veggies. After a while some of the kids headed upstairs to play with Legos and other kids asked to turn on Fixer Upper on Netflix. Sounded great to me, so that's what we did! Daddy got home from work during Fixer Upper and we've had a quiet family night since.

Also on the blog this week: Comparing History: Beautiful Feet Books and Simply Charlotte Mason.

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  1. Sounds like another great week. I'm with you -I prefer the routine days as well.

  2. What a nice week! A sweet, easy week like this is a treat! :)

  3. I love easy and smooth weeks.
    Blessings, Dawn

  4. Institute is so amazing! I have been teaching it this year and it is amazing the curriculum that the Church has come out with, there is a class for everything! Also, I went to BYU-I and it was a fabulous experience!


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