I know it is time for my weekly wrap up, but honestly - I just don't want to do it right now. Sounds lazy, right?! Maybe so, but that's what's happening. I don't want to write my weekly wrap up (although we did have a GREAT week and got a lot accomplished!), but I do want to share a few blogs with you.
There are two amazing families in the co-op that we are apart of. Okay there are alot of amazing families, but today I am going to talk about two of them. Both families are in the process of adopting daughters from Ethiopia. They have been faithfully walking this road for about 18 months and are still in the process of raising funds to complete the adoption process. If I am correct, they both expect to travel in the upcoming months to finally put a face to the daughters that they already love so much.
Jenny has custom Christmas cards and cookbooks for sale. I encourage you to checkout her blog and their adoption blog!
The other family is the Dreyfus family and Anna has some PRECIOUS hand painted Christmas ornaments for sale. Check out her blog to see some different designs and of course you can custom order!
It's a win - win situation! You can get some great gift ideas and help out some amazing people at the same time!
Friday, October 22, 2010
This has been a kind of random week. You know, one of those weeks where we got alot done, but somehow it doesn't really look that way. I mean on the checklist. We started off our week with two pretty normal days of school. I knew we had a fieldtrip on Wednesday, so we did kind of double up in some areas.
I was so disappointed for a while because I really wanted them to get into a book, any book, and I was afraid that they were just looking at pictures in these nonfiction books. But then I had a realization as I came around the corner and found Drew reading - by his choice! I realized that reading is reading! Maybe they don't like fiction books (although, I am convinced that they would if they found the right book). He stood at the table and read FOREVER. I mean, I walked passed him a few times - told him to take the book and get comfortable - to which he replied "No thanks." - found my camera and snuck around and grabbed this picture:
I also found the library book basket in utter disarray the other afternoon. Looks like somebody has been reading! WooHoo!
Now, on to Thursday. I'm checking my emails and I see a reminder email and D and D have their animal projects due for one of their co-op classes the NEXT DAY! Oh my! Thank you so much to Teresa for the reminder or I would have totally forgotten! In this co-op class, they were each assigned an animal to research and share their information with the class. Dalton had the tarantula and Drew had the giant anteater. Um, did you know that tarantulas are harmless to humans (except for the painful bite)? That their venom is weaker than than of the common bee? Did you know that a giant anteater has a two foot long tongue and can use its snout as a snorkel when swimming? Did you know? I sure didn't! Here are the boys hard at work on their projects.
If you know me, and you know my OCD tendencies, then you know that it was so hard for me to let the boys do this project all by themselves. I wanted everything to be centered and symmetrical and all nice and neat, but I managed to control myself! Here's the proof:
By the time we got finished working on our animal projects, I said, "Doesn't look we are going to have time to do science, grammar, or spelling today." And then . . . another realization. WE JUST DID science, grammar, and spelling. DUH! I guess sometimes I get so focused on the curriculum that we are using that I have a hard time getting/thinking outside of the box. Do you know what I mean?
Here they are presenting:
What a sweet bunch of third graders!
In the first grade class that I teach, we had a guest speaker today . . . A FIREFIGHTER! (It is Fire Prevention/Safety Month you know!) The kids were super excited!
I hope that you have had a great week! Don't forget to leave me some book suggestions and then hop on over to
Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers See Jamie Blog to see what everybody else has been up to this week!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
On their actual birthday, we headed over to Six Flags with my husband's aunt and her two kiddos. They are like Six Flag experts, so they had the hook up with some good deals and we were able to enjoy the day and still make it back to my husband's grandmother's house to watch the very disappointing Alabama game. I won't even talk about it! (But I will mention that getting to stay at my husband's grandmother's house and getting to eat the yummy food she cooked all weekend definitely made up for Alabama's sad performance!)
Sunday was the final day and the ultimate gift! We all got to go see the Atlanta Braves vs. Giants in a playoff game. We all had so much fun even if the Braves lost! :-(
Here was another little area where kids could practice running bases. Always nice to get out some of that extra energy!
Crossbows and Catapults. This is a small set up. I will forewarn you that this game has been known to take over entire rooms.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Let's see. . . I'm pretty sure we did some academic stuff this week, too. Of course, we did the basics. The bigger boys are working on writing a friendly letter in grammar. It just cracked me up because D decided that he wanted to write his letter to our neighbor, Mr. Fitzpatrick. Well, first he wanted to write it to our dog, Enoch. However, when he figured out that we were actually going to mail the letter, he realized that wouldn't work out so well. So, sorry grandmas, Mr. Fitzpatrick is getting the letter. Maybe he will change his mind during the revising and proofreading steps!
I mentioned last week, that the boys were going to start reading The Courage of Sarah Noble. I wasn't sure how they would like it, but they seem to think it is okay. I guess it earned some "coolness" points because it is based on a true story. It is hard to not dig the story of a little 8 year old girl (same age as my boys) that traveled into the New England wilderness with her father in 1707 to cook for him and help him get their new house built and settled. Next up on their reading list is The Matchlock Gun.
Science didn't involve any experiments this week, but we made up for it in History. We talked about The Lost Colony of Roanoke and made our own guesses as to what happened to the settlers. We talked about Jamestown, Captain John Smith, and Pocahontas. We spent a lot of time on the life of a colonists. Here the boys colored and cut out clothes that a colonial man would have worn. They got a good laugh at some of his clothes.
(So, maybe D got a little bit colorful with his clothing!)
We also talked about the homes in colonial America. This was a cute idea from History Pockets.