I've really desired to be more consistent with writing about our educational pursuits but is has been tough to find the time on the weekends! Ugh. I'll try better... I promise!
I recently switched up our schedule so that I can alternate the days I spend one-on-one with Jonathan and Elizabeth. I really drug my feet about making this decision- I longed so much to have that time with every child every day but you know what happened? LIFE and LOTS of interruptions! Eric encouraged me to try alternating days & spend a longer set of time with the younger children. He said I could drop it if it didn't work. Oh, yeah. I had forgotten about that flexibility. ;) Well, it has worked BEAUTIFULLY! I spend 1 hour in the mornings 2 days a week with Jonathan and then 2 days with Elizabeth. I bumped up my one-on-one time with Matthias to 1 full hour each day. The older children's schedules didn't change.
Elizabeth: One-on-one time with mama was spent shopping. :) What a great time we had together! Boy, can she talk! Wonder where she gets that from? ;)
Jonathan: We started working on the letter M this week. (Go here to see about that.) Jonathan also made a page in his letter book for the letter B- we covered the page with buttons, baseball stickers and pictures of a bear, butterflys and a bird. We moved on to the number 4 and color white this week- yahoo!
Circle Time: Didn't happen this week. We all really missed this and it showed in attitudes! I'm reminded why I "never" let this drop from our schedule!
History: We caught up (or almost) on lapbooks this week. We've been studying this for geography and this week we focused on learning North, South, East & West. The children really enjoy going through this book and workbook!
Science: No formal lessons. Big sigh. But we did do this which was totally FUN! AND we learned so much that day! Eric and I were impressed at how much information the various people shared about the animals. They also seemed to enjoy interacting with the children. We're hoping to go back next week & do a page for our nature journals!
Latin: Patricia completed lesson 5 & the review lesson. She covered adjectives. Her vocabulary is SO MUCH better than mine. Sigh. Benjamin worked on reviewing vocabulary this week.
Math: Matthias worked on adding by 5s, Patricia continued to practice mulitplying & dividing by 6s and Benjamin worked on adding 2 digit numbers. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our math curr! It has a great balance of drill & word problems!
Language Arts: I combined Matthias' grammar & copywork this week- names of the months. He started reading his first "real" chapter book this week- "The Boxcar Children" by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Matthias is so excited to read this with me- so cute!
Patricia and Benjamin completed 2 weeks of writing & 2 lessons of grammar. Benjamin has started dictation and he is enjoying it. I am so thankful to have boys who enjoy writing! :) Both Patricia and Benjamin copied the poem we are memorizing, The Captain's Daughter.
Pre-Logic: Patricia completed several Mind Benders puzzles- she is more than ready for the next level but that will have to wait till I get back from the homeschool convention in April.
Music: No formal instruction this week but lots of practicing for their upcoming recital!
Art: No formal lessons. Sigh.
Miscellanious: Patricia finished knitting a toy for Jonathan's birthday gift. This book has been very helpful and fun to work through! We enjoyed getting OUTSIDE this week, as the weather is finally warming up. We are making some changes to fit in time to walk more during the week!
Phew! It was a busy, delightful week!
(Again, you can go here to see some of the resources we use.)