I'm looking forward to writing this week's weekly wrap-up, just because I'm proud of myself for relaxing with a lot of school matters. I started off the year with a bang - a great schedule, an organized schoolroom, and slowly I'm starting to see that it's OK to sometimes let my kids take the lead with their learning and deviate from the plan every now and then.
The biggest thing I have relaxed is our morning routine. We are still up and working by 8:30 or 9:00, but if the kids want to linger after breakfast that's ok - we have been putting birdseed out to watch birds off the back deck, and it's been cooler in the mornings now so they have been playing outside a little first thing.
Our week really started on Sunday, so here goes:
After church and Sunday School we took the afternoon to just relax. The kids next door came over a for a while and I taught everyone some Chinese Jump Rope games. We are studying China and this was a fun way to learn about games from that country.
MondayMonday was the first day of Miss B's Spanish class. She will take this 11 week conversational Spanish class. I'm very excited about it, and after the first class I could tell she was, too. They did EVERYTHING in Spanish and it was a very hands-on, active class as well. It gives me a little block of time alone with GMan while she is in class, too. We completed math and grammar lessons before Spanish class, and then finished up read-alouds in the afternoon. Miss B has tennis lessons on Monday evenings, so I enjoyed sitting at the court watching her and just decompressing from the day. Tuesday
Tuesday is also the day I give piano lessons in the afternoon/evening, so my husband picks the kids up and takes them to GMan's tball practice. They didn't get home until close to 8 p.m., so it was a late night!
We spent Wednesday working hard in the morning.... lots of math, grammar, spelling - you know, the basics. Anna is learning about mixed numbers, improper fractions, and ratios. GMan proudly finished the first book in his Horizons Math series. We also are reading The Burgess Animal Book for Children. While Miss B was working on some written work for the US Constitution, GMan colored animal pictures because he is making a notebook to go along with The Burgess Animal Book. I found lots of different sheets on the web. We also started talking about taxonomy and found this great guide for all of the animals in the book. This is such a beautiful read aloud for all ages!
We went swimming at the YMCA Wednesday afternoon and watching some more of "Wild China" when we got home. We are finishing China this week and I think we all hate to say goodbye.
We may stop trying to do a lot of "formal" schoolwork on Thursdays, simply because we have co-op on Thursday afternoons. We did, however, manage to get a lot of good math practice in, along with our usual read-alouds. I have been enjoying some math drills I found at the Practical Pages called Math Rockets. GMan does simple addition and subtraction rockets, and Anna does multiplication rockets, and some larger number addition and subtraction. I timed them on each page, and then gave them time to color the rockets while we listened to some classical music.
Ok, this is the day when I really relaxed. I made sure the kids did grammar and math, then went through teaching them how to really clean their rooms.... then we sat down to watch more Wild China and called it a day. I think we crammed a lot into this week, don't you?