Friday, August 27, 2010

Weekly Wrap-Up: August 23-27

This was our first full week back. We started out slow, but are almost up to a full schedule now. I think it went pretty well especially considering we were out of the house for part of the day three times this week.

We finished up a map unit study that we started last week. I wanted to help the girls understand more about maps. We discussed globes, maps, directions, continents, and oceans. We started to make a paper mache globe, but if you read my day in the life post you know that the kids got a little wild with the paste and the globe is still unfinished.

We started doing a quick overview of ancient history. For Colin, it's review, but the girls didn't listen in to much of our history last year so I'm hoping it will give them a better idea of what's going on before we move on to the Middle Ages. We started by reading about what history and archaeology are and reading some books on archaeology. Then we began an ancient Egypt unit study, which I will write more about next week.

Colin had been doing review sheets for math because he stopped in the middle of a book. He has now finished that and started into new lessons (working on decimals right now). The girls both started new math books so they've been doing lessons for a week now. We use RightStart Math and my kids have always loved the games, but it's something I dread. When Molly had a memory game in her lesson this week, I had Caleigh play it with her. I hope this is something that will continue to work so I can skip some of these games.

Colin reviewed all Spell to Write and Read phonograms and rules and took a placement test. Next week he'll start on new lists. Caleigh reviewed the single letter phonograms and started multi-letter phonograms. We also went through the cards to see which ones Molly knew.

On Tuesday, we met with Colin's First Lego League team. We moms discussed expectations, ideas, and plans while the boys played Legos and got to know each other. One of the other moms has a 7 year old girl so that gives my girls someone else to play with during the meetings.

On Wednesday morning, we went to a park day for a new to us homeschool group. It was a nice, friendly group. There were quite a few boys around Colin's age so he was very happy.

Today we went to our homeschool group's kickoff at a park. It was great to see so many other homeschoolers. I think that must be especially good for new homeschoolers to let them know they're not alone. We had a potluck lunch and played at the playground. We were there for almost 4 hours, but Colin still didn't want to leave. He got to play with 3 of the friends he's made so he had a great time. 
Unfortunately, I don't any pictures to share because one of my kids threw something and hit my camera knocking it to the floor and now it won't work. Hopefully, I can find the cord for my old one soon.

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See Jamie blog said...

When it gets a teeny bit cooler, I hope to have some fun trips the park, too. :)

Glad you had a good week!

Sarah said...

It was hot today, but Wednesday was nice. I'm really looking forward to cooler weather too.