Friday, February 10, 2012

Weekly Report 2/10/12 - The One With the New Schedule and TWO Link Ups

This week was the first week of our new schedule.  M-F: Bible.  M-W-F: Math, Language Arts (WWE, CLE, FLL, ETC, OPGTR, TOG WA and Reading Aloud/Literature, and Latin.  T/Th: Science, Health, History, Geography and Art/Music.

How did it work? We did do Bible everyday.  Monday: We got lots of Math and Language Arts finished, and we did Latin.  So far so good.  The goal with the M-W-F Math and LA is to get 5 days of work done in 3.  Tuesday went swimmingly.  We did Bible first, and we got History, Science, Geography and Art done!  Wednesday: After Bible, we did Math and all our LA and squeezed in Latin.  Looking good!  Thursday:  Bible, History and Geography.  We hit some speed bumps.  Our Homeschool Group Valentine Party was scheduled for Thursday evening at 6pm.  I had to make a pasta salad and dessert.  Noodle had speech therapy at 2pm.  It was homeschool park day to boot.  Noodle had to sign 32 Valentines AND decorate his Valentine shoe box.  Between coming home from the park and leaving for the party, Noodle did manage to squeeze in the Tutorial from Veritas Press Online Self Paced History Program.  (More on that below.)  Are you exhausted yet?

Friday:  I decided since we never got to Science on Thursday that after Bible we would get Science done, take the LA test for CLE Book 108 and do an online history lesson.  We are solid and on track pretty much for math, so I let it go.  Next week, I will attempt the new schedule again.  I think with no major events going on that it will work out as intended.

Here's pictures from our week.  Collage style - linking up with Mary over at Homegrown Learners!!

1~ Noodle has been signed up for Spring Little League.  This means every day P.E. is now baseball practice in the back yard!  He has his own personal ball fetcher.  Check out these cuties in this quick video.

2~ My two furry students. They rarely venture outside the school room. They are underfoot most of the day. I am beginning to think I may need to buy them never know.

3~Diesel the Chocolate Lab (ball fetcher) is kind of an attention hound.  Here he is visiting Noodle - who always welcomes a distraction from school work!

4~ Diesel visiting Bear. Is it any wonder it takes so long to get through our school day?? Our furry friends are so adorable and loving that it is often hard to kick them to the curb. 

5~ Something Bear needed to do for Biology. I just thought I would take a picture, since I rarely have photos of what he is up to.

6~ Bear reading from the Miller/Levine Biology text.

7~ Bear having breakfast. Aren't you glad I included this.  I know, it's amazing.  I just don't take enough pictures of Bear doing school. Sorry.

8~ Noodle insisted I include this goofy photo. He was working on his handwriting, which is A Reason For Handwriting. The weekly handwriting verse doubles as his memory verse. 

9~ Noodle working on Apologia Astronomy Notebooking Journal. We just started Astronomy this week and we are both so excited about it! This is my second time using it, as the first time was with Bear several years ago. Bear loved it at the time too - that was back when he believed God created the Universe. Sigh - I miss that.

10~ For History Noodle and I read Meet Thomas Jefferson by Marvin Barrett. It is an old book and I love it! We did a map of the Louisiana Purchase, only to discover afterwards we did one already. It has been so long since I really did a full history lesson that I had forgotten! I backtracked a little because I wanted to review. Oh well, it didn't hurt to do the map twice.

11~ FLL Notes on the board.  We discussed verbs being an action word and later in the week we discussed "state of being" verbs.  We'll need more review since the "state of being" verbs were a little confusing for Noodle.

12~ Here is Noodle reading through his vocabulary for the new Dental Health Lapbook we are working on for Health.  Health is finally on the radar and the schedule!  We read the book Make Way for Tooth Decay and then started the lapbook.

13~ WWE copy work.

14~ Noodle's drawing of a Kangaroo.  This week's art assignment.  I skipped Artistic Pursuits this week because I needed something he could do on his own while I worked on stuff that I needed to get done.

15~ The book Noodle used for his art this week.  How to Draw Wild Animals.

I am also linked up this week with Weird, Unscocialized Homeschoolers.


Becca said...

We've used that book for art, too. I like the Bear pictures.

Homegrown Learners said...

You're doing so many wonderful things, Mary. Does your little guy like the state of being verbs chant in FLL? That stuck with mine.

I like seeing what you use with your older two as well -- gives me a glimpse into the future!

I'm glad you linked up. Now I expect a weekly collage - ha!

MissMOE said...

I like how Bear is eating breakfast in front of the computer! ;) Thought you might enjoy this science book:

Your pets really could be involved in science time.

wdworkman said...

Sounds like the new schedule is working...good luck! Sometimes I think that's the hardest part of homeschooling.
I enjoy the photos of Bear at work. Sometimes when I'm reading hs blogs, I feel like I'm the only one with a teenager at home.

Natalie said...

Sounds like you had a great week with the new schedule! I'm sure things will get easier as you all get used to the new routine!

My name is Tiffany said...

Looks like a great week! I am wondering about Apologia I am not swayed either way. The Jr notebooking series looks fun but I have such a hard time deciding. I love Noodle's handwriting.

Carrie Roer said...

Love all the photos, what a great summary of the week! And the video is great -- it's always nice to have a personal ball fetcher. :) Thanks for linking up to NOBH!

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