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Friday, May 20, 2011

My Homeschool Week

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

It's time for The Homeschool Mother's Journal. Just click on the name to go to this great meme.

In my Life this Week: The big news is that my two college sons came home for the summer and already started their summer jobs.  It is wonderful to see my four year old bond with his older brothers again.  We are also starting to wind down our homeschooling next week for the summer.  We will be doing Devotion, reading, writing, and rithmetic (and possibly vocab.) over the summer.  My daughters will be on the swim team and my older sons are lifeguards at the same pool nearby.  What convenience when you have four drivers and only two cars.  The Lord is good!

My husband extended our back yard fence on the side of the house.  It looks much better.  Afterwards, I had a great idea where to create a grotto right outside my kitchen window.  I would like to start on it this weekend.

In Our Homeschool Week:

Religion: 1) - Pentecost  2) Journal - Agony in the Garden  3) Journal - Jesus on Trial

English: 1) Correct verb form and diagramming (WDFS - winding down for summer)

Vocabulary: 1) Written Exam

Writing: 1) Finished final draft on IEW summary.  2) Pre-schooler wrote two journal sentences

Reading: 1) William Bennett's - The Moral Compass and The Book of Virtues  2) Pre-schooler - Catholic National Reader and library books.

Math: 1) Prime and Composite numbers  2) Test  3) Investigation: Displaying Data  4) Corrections  5) Pre-schooler - MCP Math

Science: WDFS

History: 1) Finished preparing report on Samuel Morse.  2) Manifest Destiny (1790's - 1840's), Native Americans (1830's - 1840's), Mexican War (1846 - 1848)

Art: 1) Observed Art that was used to be carried in parades and tournaments from Andrea del Catagno and made shield for my four year old.  2) Two Journal drawings and colorings.

Music: Piano Lessons and practice

Health: Drugs and alcohol

Physical Educ: 1) Ballet Class

Places We're Going/People We're Seeing: Dentist, Carpooling, Craft Store, Shopping, Gym (no co-op)

My Favorite Thing this Week: My favorite part of the week was definately when my two sons came home from college.

What's Working/Not Working for Us: We need to have better literature lined up at the beginning of the year.  I utilized Totally Tailored Reading to receive literature recommendations for my seventh grader next year. 

Homeschool Questions/Thoughts I have: Next year I will be teaching three classes in our co-op:  1) Middle school history  2) Early elementary journaling/writing  and 3) P-K Dance and Movement.  I hope I will be able to manage all of this.  What is the most co-op classes you have taught in one year?  Has anyone ever taught three outside classes?  If so, how did it go?  We are loosing some of the families from our co-op.  Hopefully, this summer more will sign up and be able to assist in my classes.

Also, how do you get older children to enjoy reading progressively more challenging material?  Some of my friends said their children just read some of the classics even when they didn't totally understand the book.  This triggered a quest to learn and enjoy reading more and now they are avid readers.  In other words, they continued to push themselves.  This is a goal for my seventh grader this summer and into next year.  Does anyone have any good recommendations?

A Link, Photo, or Quote to Share: "Imagine if enthusiasm were stirred as easily as suspicion."

1 comment:

  1. I give my homeschool readers choices of my choosing, but by giving them the final say they feel they have some control over what their reading time is spent on. I find that sometimes i will netflix a book's movie version and this will help immensely with their understanding of what they are reading since they (kind of) know the story now. stopping by from the HMJ. katie