Weekly Wrap Up

I thought that I might get back to doing the weekly wrap up after February.  HA!  I guess that didn’t happen.  We did finish up our block on Westward Expansion in the US and our book.  Sims also started a class through BraveWriter.  I struggled signing up for the class, because-well in my mind anyway, it is kind pricey.  After two weeks in the class, it was worth every penny!  Awesome, awesome class.

This week, we started on a grammar block.  You will notice the excitement on everyone’s faces while they sit at the table working on grammar.

We also met up for a much needed hike with some friends.  It was more of our old school type of hikes.  We bush wacked through the woods to find an abandoned house that the kids used to like to find when they were younger.  Then we bush wacked our way a little further and found the creek.  Finally, we made it back some how.  I was pretty impressed that the kids still remembered their way through these woods since it has been quite a while since we have hiked there.

Beyond the hike, we had another exciting outing this week.  We got to take a coding class at the local Microsoft Office.  The kids enjoyed seeing a “real” office and where people work.  They also learned about artificial intelligence and hacking.  Then they used their coding knowledge gained from last week to hack a program.  (This month in 4H is coding.)

Sims has also gotten to hit some more rocks outside the past two weeks as many kids are having spring break.  We are also still loving the sunsets!

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February 2019 Wrap Up

I promise-we are still around.  It was February.  February is a rough month for me so I don’t get to all of my extra stuff.  I have to really focus to just get through life.  February remained fairly simple.

We finished up our first two courses in 4H for the year-financial planning and sculpture. I wrote a blog on financial planning.  The sculpture class turned out amazing as well.  We (the administrators of our program) were worried about doing an art class because we did not have an art teacher.  Lucky for us, one of the parents popped in.  He casually mentioned that he has a degree in sculpture!  He did an excellent job.  We ended the block with a field trip to Davidson College.  The college has a nice collection of outdoor sculptures.  I put together a scavenger hunt requiring the kids to find each one and answer a question about it.  I was a little worried initially, but it turned out perfect.  Actually, it turned out even better than I had imagined.  The kids took their time and studied each sculpture.  They came up with some fantastic thoughts on each one.

Our next block in 4H was cooking.  The kids learned about chemistry in cooking (fermentation and using bacteria), leavened vs unleavened bread, and how culture/geography influences cooking.

Back at home, we started back in on US history looking at westward expansion.  Everyone is working away at math, writing, and science individually. Maybe now that February is over, I can get back on track with the weekly wrap ups!

 

Business Math/Finance Block

We recently finished our second business math/finance block for the year.  As strange as it sounds, this was my third time going through this block and I still really enjoy it! I am far from business minded so I originally felt out of my comfort zone when teaching this block many years ago.  However this time around, everything fell into place very nicely.  We read a lot of books to go along with this block including “Whatever Happened to Penny Candy,” “The Year Money Grew on Trees,” “Bamboo People,” “The Not so Great Depression,” and “Striker Jones and the Midnight Archer.”  Sawyer and Parks also worked through the Simply Charlotte Mason Pet Shop book to work on business math.

Overall, we covered a lot of topics!  Needs versus wants.  Entrepreneurship (which we still have a 4H block to do on also).  Resources.  Investments.  Substitutes and Complements.  Recessions.  Revolutions.  Inflations.  The history of money.  We also looked at how these concepts influenced US History to tie into our US History blocks.

Another wonderful addition to our blocks at home was a finance block in our 4H group.  In the co-op, the kids used the USDA high school finance curriculum.  Parks thought that it required way too much thinking, but Sims and Sawyer really learned a lot from it.  The hands on activities at the co-op thoroughly solidified many of the concepts that we had learned at home too.  I love it when things coincide without planning it!

We also have a block on entrepreneurship coming up in the spring with our co-op so I am sure even more concepts will come together!

 

A Day in the Life 2019-Friday

Last day of the week!  Whoot! Whoot!  If you are just now joining me, I document one week of every school year so that I can see how our weeks change from year to year.  It is also an amazing way to see how the days are going and if we need to tweak anything as we head into the second half of our school year.  If you want to read about the beginning of the week (or see past weeks), you can check out “A Day in the Life 2019-Monday” here.  Today was not very exciting and I didn’t have much energy to write in all of the details, but the main points are here.

Early morning due to a vet appointment with the kitties.

620: Up and at ’em.

720: Attempted and succeeded after some help to wrangle two cats into their respective carriers and headed two towns north to the vet.

800: Vet appointments.

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900:  Sims and I got back home.  Everyone was up and ready to start the day so we started our fifteen minute clean up and then headed to the sunroom to read and discuss what everyone will work on today.

1015 Everyone split off to work on their independent work and I went among them to help as needed.  I mainly sat with Parks to help with his first big paper that he has coming up.

1145:Sims and I headed to Lowes to pick up some more boards for his climbing wall and then to clean the car.

100: Sawyer and I ran an errand.

200: I worked in the yard while Sawyer and Sims went to climb and Parks skate boarded in the driveway.

330: A couple of friends came over to play for a bit.

530: I went to pick up the kids from climbing.

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Another week down!  I hope your week went well.

 

PS-My husband noted that he was concerned about me taking pictures while I was driving.  I typically have a passenger in the car with me who takes the photo so it is not me.  Although, I have to admit that one of the pics this week I did take from my car.  However, I only took the photo because the entire highway was completely stopped-I mean completely!  When I looked around trying to find the accident or construction, there wasn’t any, but there were lots of people looking at the sunset. 🙂

 

A Day in the Life 2019-Thursday

Finally a day without a class!

715: I woke up with the kids moving a few minutes after I did.  Breakfast, morning chores, and getting dressed.

840: 15 minute clean up.

900: Reading and discussion in the sunroom followed by individual work.  I worked with Parks a good but today while Sawyer worked on science, math and Latin.  Sims worked on Reading Horizons and chemistry.  Then he headed up to his room to finish up putting his new volume on his climbing wall.  Last night, he and his dad got the ceiling piece hung.

1140: Sawyer and I discussed her work.  Then I did some light cleaning and ate lunch followed by some work on the project I am presenting next week in co-op.

130: Sims headed to work with a tutor on his Geometry and chemistry.  Sawyer, Parks and I went to the dollar store to get a laser pointer to play with the kitties that they are pet sitting.  Then we went to check in on the kitties.

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The joy of pet sitting!

245: I dropped off Sawyer and Parks and picked up Sims for another appointment .

400: Back home.  Picked up Parks to drop him off at a friend’s house.  Came back and picked up the older two for climbing.  Finally made it to the grocery store (Terri from the Homeschooling Doctor- I actually heard your voice today as I. was shopping.  We are in a tough spot right now and I am buying more “processed” food than I have ever bought!  I heard you saying, “Maybe your food is contributing to your tough spot.”  lol.  I know that I will get back to more whole foods as the spring comes closer and my kids leave the house and I have time…….)

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Another beautiful sunset.  

615: Finally back home and prepping some meals with the new groceries!  Parks came in right after I pulled in.

 

A Day in the Life 2019-Wednesday

So another day out and about.  Wednesdays are our co-op day.  Thus, we are away from home for part of the day.

715: I awoke and the kids awoke right after me.  Everyone ate breakfast, took showers, and did morning chores.

845: We headed out for class.  The kids had sculpting and finance this morning.  While they were in their classes, I worked with a few other moms on the planning for the next block.  After the classes, the kids hung out for a few minutes before we headed home.

1245: We arrived home.  Everyone made lunch.  Sims prepped for his geometry class online.

200: Sawyer and I ran out to the library to replenish her books.  She reads A LOT!  We are so grateful for the library.

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Picking out books

330: Parks, Sims and I headed to the park to play gaga ball with some kiddos.

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Playing at the park

530: We came home.  Sims and Sawyer cooked dinner.

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Breakfast for dinner!

600: We all ate dinner.  Then Nick and Sims headed up to Sims’s room to work on his climbing wall.  Then we all did our evening activities.

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The boys at work!

Until tomorrow!

 

A Day in the Life 2019- Tuesday

A few changes that you will see from past years to this year include outside classes.  Today is an outside class day.  The Tuesday schedule alternates each week.  This week, Sawyer and Parks have class, and next week all three kids have class.

715: Wake up.  No one else is up yet.  Everyone starts moving around 730ish. Morning chores and breakfast.

830: We all came together to do our 15 minute clean up and then we head to the sunroom to read our book and prep for the day.

900: I jumped in the shower before we headed out while the kids all worked on some independent work.  When I got out, I helped as I was needed.

950: We jumped in the car to head out for class.

1030: Parks went to his writing class for an hour.

1140: Sawyer went to her writing class while Parks and I went to get lunch.

1230: Parks went into his science class while I sat with Sawyer as she ate lunch.

145: We headed home from classes and over to feed our friend’s cats.

315: We arrived home.  Sims had worked on Chemistry, Geometry, reading for history, Reading Horizons and built a volume for his climbing wall while we were gone.  At this time, everyone did their own thing for a bit.  One of them hit a wall (figuratively)and the whole afternoon dynamic changed.  Luckily, Nick was able to come home early and help out.

550: Three of us got in the car to go to practice and two stayed home. The two who stayed home, hung out and cooked dinner.

810:Practice was over and we went to get something to eat.  We got home at 9,  Watched a show and got ready for bed-dishes, showers, etc.

*not a typical day Tuesday for us.  Usually Tuesdays go fairly smoothly, but today there was a change in the schedule and change is tough for some people.  We have a family member who has a very difficult time with change and we are working very diligently as a family to work on strategies to help.