Saturday, December 15, 2012

Third Grade Weekly Wrap Up - 12/14/12

I am late getting this week's report out because I have been somewhat consumed by the news out of Connecticut and channeling my anger in to cleaning out closets, doing laundry and decluttering like a mad woman.  It is horrible news and so senseless. I don't homeschool to shelter my children, at least not exclusively. It is days like 12/14/12 that I am more thankful than ever my children are at home with me.  I am sad and angry.  I am especially angry that when something like this happens that a certain political party and people with specific anti-gun agendas, tragically exploit the death of six and seven year olds to promote their political agenda.  Making it harder for good people to defend themselves is not the answer.  Maybe if schools weren't "gun free zones" a teacher or administrator with a gun could have lessened the death toll by eliminating the shooter from go.  Putting all schools on lock down and becoming even more prison like is not the answer. Homeschooling is not the answer. Throwing more money at helping the mentally ill is not the answer.  What we need as a society is collective values and a definite line between right and wrong. A society that has no absolutes and has no respect for life, is the kind of society that produces tragedies like that of Sandy Hook Elementary.  That said, I wish people would show the same outrage over the countless lives of children that are lost every day to child abuse and abortion. Pray my friends, as right now it is really all we can do.

Up until Friday we were having a pretty good school week. It feels weird to go on about our week, but life did happen here this week and I am going to share anyway because typing it all out is a distraction from the ache in my heart, and maybe it will be for you too.


I intended to pick up our Bible curriculum again this week, but we have been having so much fun singing worship songs and reading the Bible that we just haven't picked it back up yet.  Maybe next week!

When my husband called to tell me about Connecticut, I quickly turned on the news and then quickly turned it off as it was too enormously sad and I hadn't realized the magnitude before I turned on the news. Noodle asked me, "Mommy, why did somebody shoot the kids?"  Poor baby. We stopped right there and prayed for the little children, their mommies and daddies and their brothers and sisters. Then we just hugged each other for a long while. I am sorry he even knows a little about what evil happens in this world.


This week Noodle continued with Teaching Textbook 3 lessons, but we also did flash card practice for money counting and multiplication.  He finished his Thousands Chart and now he has started filling in a Multiplication Table, up to 9's.


I know I have said it before, but I really like Rod and Staff Spelling. I admit though, that I recently saw Spelling Workout at a book store, and I am intrigued.   I don't know what is wrong with the camera but many of my photos are coming out blurry and I don't know how to fix it.




We finished the wonderful little book, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.  It was funny and sweet, and Noodle and I really enjoyed it.  The Progeny Press Literature Guide was fabulous too!


The only history done this week was a few Veritas Press online lessons.  Next week we will begin our 6 week unit on the Civil War.


Noodle wrapped up the Saturn unit with a Venn diagram on Jupiter and Saturn.


One more week of lessons from Song School Latin was completed.  I love this sweet curriculum, but I am looking forward to moving on to Prima Latina by the end of January.

Christmas Studies

We read from Christmas Around the World. Also, I found a Charlie Brown Countdown to Christmas that I must have bought on clearance last year, so Noodle has been having fun with that.



We put up our tree last weekend too, so we are finally in the Christmas Spirit!

Lastly, we made a trip to Half Price Books this week and I found these two gems in brand new condition for only $5 each after my discount! Score! The DK book even has the CD!

Linking up this week with Homegrown Learners and Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers


Homegrown Learners said...

Mary -- I agree with you 110%. I have been so sad to see the many gun control posts on FB in the past day. (as if this is the answer we need).

The whole thing is just so senseless and sad. As we told our kids tonight, the ONLY thing that will save us is a risen and resurrected savior.

Thanks for linking with Collage Friday!

Phyllis said...

It sounds like you had a great, productive week despite the tragedy in CT and Christmas around the corner. I love the Charlie Brown advent calendar. I will have to look for that one.

Discovering Montessori said...

All of Noddle's work is just fantastic! I love how well rounded your school weeks are.

It is just devastating to think about Sandy Hook Elementary.

Thank you for taking the time to share.

tadtown said...

It looks like you had a great week. I love the Charlie Brown advent calender!

Traci's Teaching Times said...

In agreement with you about the political nonsense. Great school week.

Stefanie said...

Wonderful week despite the tragedy.

Leah C said...

I agree with you. Weeks like this make me very glad we homeschool so that I have more time to spend with the kids.

I also love The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!

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