Friday, April 22, 2011

This week has been off beat, off schedule, full of surprises, and lots of fun.

- We were expecting friends from out of town to stay the night. We ran around all day preparing their sleeping spaces, pulling out the best towels and wash cloths, and buying food to host them. DD9 couldn't understand why all the fuss so she got an impromptu lesson on what it means to be hospitable. Two other mutual friends stopped by during the visit and all in all we had 12 kids between us. So much fun! So this day we will call all day PE.

Great women! Can you tell I was trying to hide?

Kids were asked to give the craziest pose:

Tuesday & Wednesday
were a blur as we were sleeping late and recovering from Monday. I think I went over some math problems, there was a piano lesson and we are attempting to make it through the 5 hour BBC movie Elizabeth R. Great story of the life of Elizabeth I as we are at this place in History. I wouldn't recommend looking at this without screening it first (which is difficult because it is 5 hours long). There is brief back nudity and some mild sexual inuendo. I have a 13, 11, and 9 year old so if they don't know by now that we are all naked without clothes I'm not sure if I've properly done my job. The nudity is in context and not vulgar so you will have to make a call on that. We are about 1/2 way through it so I'm not sure what else awaits me. I think this movie was put out in 1971.

- I purchased a jewelry beginner's set to get the girls' creative juices flowing. DD11 is really into accessories so she really enjoyed this activity. Needless to say I have to buy more items so they can continue creating.

Friday - I was soooooo excited when the door bell rang and I received this delivery:
{Box Closed}
{Box Open}

I will try to resist the temptation to go through every single piece of literature for the rest of the weekend in anticipation of what awaits us for 9th grade using My Father's World.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Well we are almost at the end of our school year. We have about 3 more chapters in SOTW and we will be finished with History. There is one more lesson to complete in Wordly Wise and one more writing assignment in IEW SICC-A. DD13 is finished with Challenge A at the end of April and we will be finished right along with her. I didn't even plan it that way. We will continue to work in our Math curriculum throughout the summer.

Tomorrow is the MACHE curriculum fair. Hopefully I wont get sidetracked by bells and whistles but go straight to the MFW table to get my high school curriculum.

Speaking of next school year, I went through the lesson plans of MFW Explorers to 1850 (I'll be using this for DD11 & DD9) to organize each week by topic to include the materials I need for each week. I also included which IEW American History writing assignments correspond to each week's lesson. It's nice to see what the entire year will look like in one document and pull resources to reinforce concepts ahead of time. It's all in an effort to homeschool in a more organized intentional manner. I guess it seems a little redundant since this information is in the lesson book that comes with MFW but I have to flip through so many pages to look ahead at the coming weeks. The way I did it helps me to see the "big picture" and to pencil in other resources week by week. It's just the way my brain works :) Here is the first draft of that plan (this is the first page one covering the first few weeks:

Other highlights of our week:

DD9 - Getting her first debut in a musical drama production! Absolutely fabulous. This activity will be a keeper.

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