For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not of yourselves it is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Friday, October 1, 2010

Weekly Wrap-Up

It's Friday. Hello week-end. And it's time for another wrap-up. We had a pretty good week, praise God.

We are trodding right along in our varied subjects. TOG is the subject that is lagging behind a bit, but I am keeping at it. Between trying to fit it in our day and getting the material needed, it tends to kind of get left behind at the end of the day. But I am not giving up. It is a great program, and who says you have to do it within a certain frame of time.  We are just going a bit slower and that's ok.  I am really glad that I started now, by the time we get back to it in 34 years, and Zach will be then in the Dialectic stage, I'll know exactly how to go about it. We did  learned about Mesopotamia this week, and reviewed our bible stories of the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the story of Joseph.

Things are even harder considering I do school in the afternoon, but this new scheduling (i.e in the afternoon) has lighten the atmosphere a great deal. The attitude and participation is definitely better.

In math we continued practicing our additions with renaming or regrouping, and our place values to the 100 thousands. Zach can do big number additions with no difficulties. I have been using a combination of Singapore Math and Professor B which I started using at the end of last school year. I found a great place value poster @ Instand Display Teaching Resources.

The boys got to play around with their shapes as well. This week I had them make up their own pictures. Here is what they did:

I use the black board a lot with him, he likes that much better.

In Language Arts we continued on with BJU Reading. I find it a bit laborious, but that has never killed anybody. We covered plural and singular and capitalization this week. We also continued on reading The Trumpet Swan. Every other day we read a chapter together (taking turn reading the paragraphs) and the second day we do a copywork from it.  Latin also found its place in this week. (Latin, TOG, and Science are the ones that get left behind when we run out of time).

I was glad to have found a program for the boys to practice their spelling. It's been great : Big IQ Kids.

We started covering Faith after doing Attentiveness in our Bible curriculum.

We also did do our Geography (we are working on mapping in Daily Geography Practice) and Science this week. We learned about Acid and Bases

Joho on his part did some reading, Math, days, months and seasons, handwriting and spelling.

Otherwise the boys enjoyed their usual activities, trains for Zach, although Joho's been doing them as well, and Wii, cars, lego, blocks for Joho. He was also very happy to make some music . . .

That train track changes almost everyday.

One nice thing that happened this week was overhearing Zach telling his brother to look at a beautiful Sunset out in their bedroom window, in the middle of their play. It caught my attention and I looked too and indeed it was beautiful to see. It is nice to have boys that can appreciate beauty!

Joho's birthday is coming up on Monday and we are having some of his friends over tomorrow. We are also planning a bowling trip on Monday. I might make his cake in the shape of  ziggurat (of course we are talking about chocolate cake here).

I guess that's the week in a nutshell. To pick into other homeschooler's week, hop over to Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.


The Chemist said...

I wish I had started TOG sooner just to get a feel for it. Jumping in at the Dialectic level is daunting to say the least.

Dorie said...

Wow, what a great week!
I had to laugh when I saw similarities in our past weeks. One of my children thrives doing work on a chalk board, another has a train set that is constantly being restructured, and don't ya just love those shape pieces?!
Have a great weekend (it sounds like it will be!)

Phyllis said...

Funny how they like writing on the board so much better than on paper. My kids are like that sometimes too. My boys love those shape blocks. And what a train set!

Ellen said...

You guys had a great week! I love everything you had going on. Happy early birthday to Joho! And make sure to take photos of the ziggurat cake. :-)

Cheryl@SomewhatCrunchy said...

What a great week. You're so good about making sure they have lots of hands on activities, energetic boys really need that!

Giggly Girls said...

I think the best part of homeschooling is not having to do things within a certain timeframe. Aren't we lucky? =o)

Looks like you had a great week!

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