Saturday, February 18, 2012
My Homeschool Week
It is time for The Homeschool Mother's Journal again where we can share what has occurred in our week with homeschooling and life in general. I'M HAVING TECHNICAL TROUBLE IN NOT BEING ABLE TO HOOK UP WITH HMJ's SITE. In any event, here is a small record of my past week:
1) In my life this week...My seventh grade daughter now belongs to The Challenge Club - a teen girls Catholic leadership club. It is wonderful. In fact, I went to elementary school with the mom who organizes the club for the girls. It is great to hook up with some old friends. On Saturday, she and a friend attended a Pure Fashion Spa Day for middle schoolers. The girls learn to wear make up and dress appropriately and modestly.
We also made 'First Amendment cupcakes' and handed them out to some of the girls at my daughters high school. They said, "Religious Freedom" on them so I don't think this would fly at a public school. We're going to try to have them for the girls every friday. I have to get more help making the cupcakes from other moms this coming week.
My college son came home to have the doctor look at his fractured collar bone. He will be getting a rod removed in two weeks. Also, my mother-in-law had hip surgery and is recovering well. My anemia continues to cause me fatigue where I often have to take a nap during the day. I will soon be having some medical procedures done that are suppose to help me.
2) In our homeschool week...We had a productive week even though we didn't get to do Latin. We did the following:
Math: Corrections; Renaming Fractions by Multiplying by 1; Equivalent Division Problems and Number Problems with Fractions and Decimals; Simplifying Decimal Numbers; Comparing Decimal Numbers.
English: Prepositional Phrases: Adjectival, Adverbial, and Noun Phrases; Relative Pronouns and their Antecedents; Relative Pronouns as Subjects and Direct Objects; Diagramming.
Religion: We analyzed two articles on the Kingdom of God: 1) A Different Kingdom and 2) A Child Shall Lead Them.
History: Read Lesson on "The Great Depression, Family Life, and Culture. Completed 'For Further Study' project: 1) Listened to Big Band music of the swing era, 2) looked at some surrealist and regionalist paintings, and 3) completed report on Mount Rushmore.
Science: Worked on physicist report for Neils Bohr.
Writing: Completed first draft on paper "The Magic Thread."
Reading: Finished reading "God's Smuggler" by Brother Andrew. Stories completed in Reading for Comprehension: Teenage Saints, Saint Agnes, Saint Lucy, and Seven Sons (Agnes and Lucy were both turned into Roman authorities for refusing to marry men.) Stories completed in Reading for Thinking Skills: The Miracle, A Thorough Thanksgiving, The Meaning of Mortification, and The Church of India.
Vocabulary: Completed lesson on words meaning CERTAINTY and UNCERTAINTY.
Art: My daughter analyzed painting of Frank Stella and had to guess which sport it represented. Then she had to make art work of a sport using shapes and colors representing sounds, movement, speed, mood, and feelings. Her sport was swimming.
Music: Piano Lesson and practice
Phys. Ed.: Ballet Lesson
Kindergarten: Adding and subtracting; journal reading, writing, and coloring; prayers and devotions; phonics; calendar; map skills; science - healthy foods.
3) I am inspired by...All the moms I reconnected with from my elementary school years. They are from a family of ten sisters and six of them all live in the same neighborhood. Their children play with each other and they help each other out. I have no sisters. Therefore, you can see how I remind my two daughters that they are fortunate to have each other. I am inspired by this family.
4) Places we're going and people we're seeing...mentioned already above - The girls Challenge Leadership Club and a Wine, Cheese, and Socrates Party with some of the moms from my daughter's high school.
5) My favorite thing this week...was having an early Valentines Ice Cream Cake for our co-op.
6) Questions/thoughts I have...I just had my first mammogram. Did anyone else's hurt a little bit with the constriction?
7) A photo, video, link, or quote to share..."I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention."