~What We Are Reading~
Me: Sadly, nothing. I am too busy.
Bear: For fun- Harry Potter series
Noodle: The Chocolate Touch on CD
The only thing I have had time to read is school books - mine and the kids. Bear has been devouring the Harry Potter books. He read the first three in three days. This week, he went back to the bookstore and bought the rest of them and since then he finished book 4. When Harry Potter first came out my oldest was in 4th grade I think. Back then I was much more legalistic and I banned Harry Potter, along with Pokemon. Bear never showed an interest in the books, but a few years ago he wanted to see the movies. I don't know whether I am right or wrong or foolish or wise about these books, but I do know I don't have the energy to debate about it anymore, and I am OK with anyone who doesn't do HP. Unless I see Bear trying to cast spells or start wearing HP Fashion, I am not going to worry about it- LOL. I am actually praying that being exposed to the "magic" of HP, will open his eyes to the realness of God. He may see there is a distinct difference between who God is and who He isn't!
Noodle and I listened to The Chocolate Touch on CD. I vaguely remember reading it as a child. It is a simple and short book with a good lesson about greed. I found some good links online with comprehension questions and activity ideas. Now, if I were a good homeschool mom - this book would have been part of a whole unit on chocolate, which of course would be tied to a study of the rain forest. Then we would make a different chocolate treat each day. Sadly, I am just not that talented. Nor do I have the time right now, and that makes me sad. I am working on making better use of my time. It's hard to want it all and not be able to have it all. I dream of having a clean house, completed and creative lesson plans, and dinner on the table- ALL ON THE SAME DAY. Wouldn't that be nice!
For the Chocolate Touch unit, we read the King Midas story and compared the two. We discussed how different life was in 1952 when the book was written and we got a kick out of the different vocabulary. They said tonic, we say vitamins. They said Arithmetic, we say Math. They say boiled candy, we say hard candy. One thing I love about older books is there are no characters playing video games or using a cell phone!
Also, to go with The Chocolate Touch, we did a "Chocolate Rap" which was pretty funny! We learned about how to read a nutritional label on a candy bar. Next up, Noodle is going to write a letter to Hershey.
|Noodle is learning to tie his shoes.|
I should have taught him before now, but because of his motor skills frustrations I just put it off. It was thrust upon him at Cub Scouts this week and now he spends a lot of time practicing! At Cub Scouts this week they also learned how to make a book cover and Nolan impressed the group with some Latin words he knows when they were discussing foreign languages. Dear Hubs took him this week, so I missed all of it.
|Redneck way to fix a leaky roof.|
We had a very productive week, although we still didn't do everything I had planned. I am beginning to realize (again) that my lesson plans may be a little unrealistic.....in the sense that I have too much planned for one week or one day. We just don't have enough time to *do it all.* I am going through a thought process of how I can restructure our schooling so that we can do a sufficient amount of science and history. Right now for science we have been learning about plants, and honestly, it is boring me to tears. I am mentally ready to start our Astronomy/Earth/Space study, but I need to get my planning together.
One thing I am considering is doing the Math and Language Arts M, W, F and then spending all days Tuesdays and Thursdays covering Science, History, Health, Latin, Art and Music. Bible would continue everyday though- and speaking of Bible we are doing it first thing every morning lately. I am using a new program (one I am reviewing) and I love it! Bear even sits in on it. Anyway, I am struggling in my mind with the idea to break up the week because the *right* way to do school is to do Math and Language Arts EVERY DAY - or so says my head. But what if we did five days worth of stuff in three since that would be all we focused on, on those days?? How much fun could we have on the other two days with plenty of time for projects, experiments and fine arts? I guess it is a no brainer and I just need to take the plunge.
Bear of course would do his usual high school load. I'd do more with him, but he isn't interested. He has become a very good independent worker and I am SO PROUD of him for his work ethic. This is the same kid who used to drive me crazy and the same kid I considered selling to gypsies or sending to public school years ago! Aside from the heartbreaking fact he is not a believer at the moment, he works hard, desires to learn, takes initiative in his learning and he has big career goals. He is adventurous and I have no doubt that he will see the world. I am praying that God is doing a work in him and that all his talent and ambition will not be wasted on worldly endeavours.
|Bear working on Art of Argument- an excellent intro logic program.|
|Noodle- writing his spelling words on the board.|
|Writing With Ease Dictation.|
|CLE Language Arts|
|Labeling the parts of a leaf.|
- Ramona the Pest on CD
- Beginning Apologia Astronomy and Real Science Odyssey Earth and Space
- Veritas Press Self Paced History - to enhance Tapestry of Grace History
Linking up with Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers