Saturday, September 1, 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up - September 1, 2012

This was one of those basically "normal" weeks. We did schoolwork all five mornings.

We still haven't added in Fine Arts (including Shakespeare story, piano lessons, art narration) but other than that we're in full swing.

Wednesday night our midweek ministry for children started back. This is the first year we've had three kids in the main program. Sweet Pea is very excited to be in the same program as her older sisters. What about our youngest? Well, Miss Lili helps Gram run the nursery. (Kidding, of course, but that is definitely what Miss Lili thinks!)

Tuesday the girls and I went over to Grandma and Grandpa's house to swim. They swam but I mostly walked around the pool holding Miss Lili who thinks she is too big for her baby float and doesn't understand that one must actually know how to swim before Mom turns you loose in the water. I definitely got a work-out this day even if it wasn't the one I intended. (And she is definitely going to swim lessons next summer!)

Thursday and Friday we made it to the park for a walk and time on the playground. Thursday night a family friend happened to be at the park, so the girls got to play with him too.

Accomplishments for the week after the page break:

Math: Polly did an extra lesson. Voluntarily. Amazing! When we did her corrections she had one lesson where she didn't miss any questions (that pretty much never happens) and missed no more than 2 on any of the others.

Tigger made her own hundred number chart on her mini-office. She figured out how many squares she needed and wrote it in with pencil. I hadn't told her she had to do that, she just wanted to. 

Poetry: Tigger finished memorizing two of her poems this week. (The Land of Nod and A Slash of Blue)

Phonics: Sweet Pea had some good reading lessons this week and last night read this book to me (with only a little help):

Latin: Polly and I struggled a little bit with Lesson 4 of Latina Christiana II. We had to call in our expert (Philip). In the end we discovered a small error in the textbook, which made us feel slightly better.

History: Chapter 4 of The Story of the World 2 (The Byzantine Empire). We did mapwork and added more dates to the timeline we made for this year. (Our Book of Centuries is packed somewhere and we haven't found it yet.) The girls who wanted to colored some related coloring sheets. (Tigger is not a fan of coloring so she usually gives hers to Sweet Pea.)

Science: This week was the chapter on Earth in Apologia Astronomy. We didn't do any experiments but we enjoyed the week anyway. Two books I read to Tigger and Sweet Pea that related to this chapter:
Great illustrations in this one!
This one was a bit drier but still informative. (Side note: this one was published before poor Pluto was downgraded to "dwarf planet" so it mentions nine planets.)

We made our usual trip to the library on Monday.  We picked up books for school and "just for fun". Here are two we enjoyed at bedtime:
What's a friendly, loving little porcupine to do when her hugs are ouchy? Sweet Pea (our "hugger") really liked this one.

I think Tigger liked this one best:
We love books by Don Freeman but somehow we'd missed this one until now.

We also learned that our library will no longer be sending an email on the day books are due. I predict we end up owing a lot more in library fines this year. I'm up to forty cents and Polly owes $1.20. I guess it's worth it to support the library we love but it's still kind of annoying.

But all in all, a satisfactory week. Now we're all looking forward to next week: Holiday on Monday (spent with my grandparents) and a short trip for a Family Reunion Friday & Saturday (spent with my other grandparents). A three day school week will be a nice change. (And we're looking forward to swimming a few more times before summer is really and truly over.)

How was your week? Have a great holiday weekend!
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MacKenzie said...

Oh no, I'm not sure what I would do without my library email reminders. As it is I already owe forty cents too and since we got the new self-checkout machines, I'm too lazy to go through a second line just to pay so it stares at me every week making me feel guilty. Of course, that is silly because even if I do pay a couple dollars a year in fines, I'm still getting a great deal from the library.

Elisabeth said...

I know what you mean about getting your workout during a swim with the littlest. Abigail also thinks she can do it herself and refuses to be in anything. So what's a mom to do?! Let her go, of course! After going under a few times, she realizes she better just hold on to me! =)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

It sounds like a happy and productive week to me! :)

Have a lovely holiday weekend.

Karen@Candid Diversions said...

Our library has self check out too. And you can pay your bills online but I feel ridiculous paying a $0.40 fine with a debit card! ;)

Karen@Candid Diversions said...

Next time Philip is with me we may try that. The thing is, I'd much rather she be in her float. Carrying a baby around the pool is not really my idea of relaxing.

Karen@Candid Diversions said...

Thanks! "Normal" weeks are good weeks. :)

April said...

I am so embarrassed and can't believe I'm about to disclose this you but... I paid $70 in library fines last spring. (Cringe!) Severe 24/7 morning sickness, a husband that works late hours, and one vehicle are my excuses.

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