|Me, all cheery, positive, and ready for January.|
- Singing a hymn - Choose the Right
- Reading aloud and discussing a scripture verse we will be reciting for a few weeks (memory work) - Helaman 5:12
- Reading a few notes from the book This Day in History
- Reading a bit about our new poet - Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Wait, you don't know who that is? Well, he also wrote under the name Lewis Carroll, of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland fame. We are using Poetry for Young People: Lewis Carroll. Each poetry day we read a bit about his life and then a couple of his poems.
- Discussed what we know about bats and then looked at the pages on bats in Nature Anatomy.
|This layered liquids experiment was a fun density exploration on Thursday.|
Other assignments today included math lessons, Oliver reading aloud half of Green Eggs and Ham to me, independent literature reading, scripture study, notebooking about something from their learning today, and listening to Little Women during lunch. My high schooler had geometry, writing, biology, literature, and art as well.
My husband's next semester of school also started today so he was on the computer navigating three new classes. He's studying to become a software engineer through BYU-Idaho. It's great for the kids to see Daddy working hard to study and learn for his classes!
|Mason with the IV of medication for his osteoporosis.|
|Tobias - look at that expression! It sums up Wednesday perfectly.|
We did do more science done involving density. Water, salt, and a grape tomato were ingredients to see if we could change the density of the water enough to make the tomato float. Then we colored four cups of water and put increasing amounts of salt in them. We used a straw to pick up each color/density of water, beginning with the least dense, and watching it stay in layers without mixing. Fascinating!
We got through school and by afternoon I recognized I had made a rookie homeschool mom fail - I was trying to herd everyone through their work, hovering, nagging, and not leaving the responsibility and consequences in their court. I apologized and told them I would not do that anymore. Instead, we will operate on the following rules:
- Breakfast and chores are to be done before 8am, when mom calls everyone together for Morning Basket.
- For the 6th grade and under crowd science will follow morning time, led by mom.
- After this everyone is responsible for doing the rest of their day's work. Mom will give each person a daily list of assignments. If you need mom's help you are responsible to go to her with your materials. (For example, Oliver needs me to do reading lessons with him, but is independent in scripture study because he can use his kindle to listen to and look at the scripture readers.) You can work on things in any order.
- When the alarm rings at 1pm anyone who has not completed their list of assignments (and their chore room) forfeits their personal media time for that day.
|Caleb and Samuel were playing together and wanted their picture taken.|
|Emma's turn loading her boat. The boys were leaning over to see below the water surface.|
Friday was cold and snowy. We had another uneventful day. The property of the day was buoyancy so we made aluminum foil boats to see how much weight they could carry depending on their design. One thing I want to remember - Oliver grabbed a set of actual scriptures to 'see if I can read them yet Mom'. Yes, son, yes you can. He made it through about 3 verses with some help on names and unusual words. He told me now he is going to read from them every day too, at least a few verses. Then listen to the scripture reader stories too.
Books this Week - Here are books that were read or listened to this week:
- Little Women - Yes, we're still working away at this one.
- Fire of the Covenant - I'm reading this one for my 2017 Reading Challenge.
- Magic by the Lake
- The Ranger's Apprentice Book 2
- Green Eggs and Ham
- The Cat in the Hat
- Three Little Dinosaurs
- Winter Poems
- Snow Globe Family
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Looking Ahead:Next week is relatively quiet on the appointment front. We get to celebrate a certain little boy turning 5. We will be doing art class with friends. I'm excited for our projects but need to do a shopping trip to Hobby Lobby for a few supplies this weekend.
That's all for me this week! I'm linking up at Weekly Wrap Up , Homeschool Blog and Tell, and Homeschool Highlights.