One of the fall traditions the kids especially enjoy is carving a pumpkin with Daddy. Last year we didn't get around to it because of Jason being in school. So we made sure to make time this week for the carving.
Here are the yucky pumpkin brains:
Kathryne decided to scoop out with her hands.
Here's Daddy, the master carver:
They named our pumpkin Edward (from Twilight) in my honor. I don't see the resemblance.
I realize that it is Sunday and I am just now writing a Weekly Wrap up. After a fairly slow week, we had a busy Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Monday was a relatively slow, stay at home and do school day. We are heading in to the life of Abraham in our Old Testament study. We read "How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear" by Edward Lear as our poem of the week, and we talked more about nonsense poetry. We like nonsense poetry. We discussed Claude Debussey and listened to several pieces of his music, including Claire de Lune (which I happily pointed out was in the book Twilight). We also continued on in our listening to Story of the World Volume Two studying about the spread of Islam and the Tang dynasty of China. We read chapter 8 in Prince Caspian.
On Tuesday, I had a sick child. The older kids went ahead with their individual work- math, spelling and the usual daily work, but we didn't do much together because I was back and forth taking care of the sick one. Thankfully the sickness didn't last long and she was feeling better by Tuesday evening.
On Wednesday we made up some of our together work, reading another Prince Caspian chapter and listening to the next Story of the World segment. We opted not to do our dance classes and AWANA because I really wanted to keep everyone close to home to make sure we were all recovered.
Thursday was a regular school day, and it was nice weather. We finished reading Backyard: One Small Square, our nature study book and started growing some mold on a piece of bread. [On a side note, this was one of those humorous homeschool moments. Jason: Why is that piece of bread back behind the bread basket in that jar? Me: We're growing mold on it.] The weather was so pleasant that we did our Prince Caspian reading outside. On Thursday evening, we had soccer games out under the lights- fun!
Friday was our Fun Friday co-op day. Friday evening, we had friends over for a game night. We had a great time and a late night.
This week is going to be a short week as we are going to take a fall break Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
My Homeschool Minute e-mail today from The Old Schoolhouse was about what I (as a homeschool parent) have learned from homeschooling. There were some excellent (and tear-jerking) articles from the contributors. It made me stop and think. What have I learned from homschooling? Here's my top ten list:
10- Nothing is better than waking up on a cold rainy morning and knowing that I do not have to go out the door and drag four, protesting children with me.
9- All children learn differently- even those born and raised in the same family!
8- My children love to be read to, and I love to read to them.
7- Learning involves so much more than sitting at a desk and writing in a book.
6- Real learning can seldom be measured by what a child can recall and write down for a test.
5- My children usually learn the most at times when I didn't plan for it and wasn't expecting it.
4- Just because a child is crawling around under the table and playing while I'm reading doesn't mean he isn't hearing everything and won't be able to narrate it back perfectly.
3- I don't know everything. Sometimes I just have to admit it and look it up. And sometimes I just have to say, "It's okay. Let's do it this way instead because I can understand that better."
2- Being with my children day in and day out and sharing their achievements and frustrations, their happy and their sad, is irreplaceable. I would not trade it for a job with lots of money or for free time to pursue "my stuff" uninterrupted or for any other reason that I can imagine at this time.
1- What God has called me to do, He is faithful to equip me to do. I may feel like I can't do this anymore. I can't take the pressure. I am overwhelmed. I need a break. But God Who has called me is faithful to provide the strength, the grace, the encouragement to go on.
She came up to me in the kitchen when I was cleaning up from breakfast and held up her little fingers, two on one hand and one on the other. "Look Mom," she said. "Two fingers on this hand and one finger on this hand makes three fingers!" "Yes, it does," I answered. (The child is obviously a genius. She's only four.)
She went on to add all the way to ten with fingers on one hand plus fingers on the other. She was so excited. I love to see that moment when things "click" and they learn something new. It will never cease to amaze me- whether they are four or fourteen. Just another blessing of homeschooling!
This week ended up being a busy one. Somehow that always seems to happen. Monday and Tuesday were good stay at home and do school days. We actually got lots done because we had some really rainy weather, and we couldn't go outside. I was not as diligent about taking pictures this week. Despite all we accomplished, I felt a little uninspired because of the weather.
Bible- We read Genesis 5-7, the flood.
Language Arts- spelling lessons; listening to Winter's Tale from Shakespeare; chapters 4-5 in Prince Caspian; reading "Beautiful Soup" by Lewis Carroll.
Math- Kathryne- dividing four numbers by one; Charles- a review of multiplying one digit by two digits with renaming; Ashlyne adding tens and skip counting by 10s
Science- continued reading Backyard: One Small Square; nature walk and drawing in nature journals (We looked at things that we could see after the rain.) History- listened to chapters 2-3 of Story of the World volume 2
Latin- Finished unit one and took our first quiz. Both Kathryne and Charles did very well!
Preschool- Rachel is working on the number 9 and beginning consonant sounds. Ashlyne is reading the ABEKA Learn to Read book B.
Extracurricular- On Tuesday we had soccer practice. Wednesday, Kathryne had a friend over, and she stayed with us for dance and church. On Thursday, the kids went to my mother-in-laws for my monthly day out, and I went to the homeschool bookstore. Today we had our Fun Friday co-op.
This weekend will be full also with soccer pictures and games tomorrow. Sunday is ROAR soccer day at church, and Charles gets to usher dressed in his uniform. Sunday night is choir. And Monday we are off to a farm field trip. I will make sure to take lots of pictures for next Friday's highlights.
I've been wanting to start some sort of a weekly summary since I seem to be having a hard time getting motivated (or finding time) to blog recently. So, I was excited to see a meme started over at Mishmash Maggie.
I had all good intentions of having some great pictures to go along with my post this Friday. But, alas, my camera is missing. I am hoping against hope that it is just lost in the shuffle in my car. I had lots of neat pictures of things we've done this week, but my retelling will have to suffice.
Bible- We are reading through the Old Testament using the passages and worksheets here. This week we read about the first sin, the first murder, and the life of Enoch in Genesis 3-4.
Language Arts- We read chapter 2-3 in Prince Caspian and narrated and discussed. We also completed two lessons in Simply Grammar- infinitives and indicative mood verbs.
Math- Charles(Spectrum Math) is working on adding and subtracting multiple digit numbers with carrying and borrowing. (This is a review for him.) Kathryne(Math-U-See Delta) is dividing three digits by two digits. Ashlyne(Math-U-See Primer) is adding 10s. And Rachel(ABEKA 123) did the number eight page.
History- We finished our timeline review and began listening to Story of the World Volume Two with the fall of Rome.
Science- We began reading Backyard: One Small Square and did a nature study. This was one of the things I really wanted to show pictures of. This was our first attempt at nature study complete with sketches- something new we're trying this year. I thought the kids did so well sketching and coming up with things they wanted to explore more. I sketched too, and then we came in and looked up information about the things we had observed. We really enjoyed this.
Music- We discussed Bach and listened to several pieces. I have some recordings that we are using to listen to works of famous composers, but I also found this great site for information about and music from several composers.
Poetry- Each week we read one poem and talk a little about the poet. This week we read A Song from the Suds by Louisa May Alcott.
Shakespeare- We read The Tempest from Lambs Tales of Shakespeare.
Picture study- We are studying Monet this semester.
Latin- We learned the conjugations of the verb- to love as well as discussing verb and noun endings.
Preschool- Ashlyne is working on blends and word beginnings, and she is beginning to read short vowel words. She finished book A in the ABEKA Learn to Read series this week. Rachel is working on letter sounds. I am also doing readings from the Core Knowledge series with Ashlyne and Rachel. This week we read several fairy tales and some early American history.
Extracurricular- We took a field trip to Ray's Splash Planet, and indoor water park. Kathryne and Charles sang with the children's choir at a Missions dinner Thursday night. And tomorrow morning, Charles and Ashlyne have their first soccer games!