05 November 2011

The Weekly Wrap-Up: Pumpkins, Botany & Superman

It's been a few weeks since I've done a *weekly wrap-up*, it has been crazy-busy here! But school is still clicking right along.

We are loving these beautiful Fall days here in Kentucky and have also enjoyed a couple of visits from family. My sister has been here twice from Arkansas to visit lately, once on her own and this last time she also brought my mom. We had a great time together, antiquing, sightseeing, shopping, eating out, playing games (those Northstar games were a big hit!) and just hanging out together.

With Aunt Kari

Mr. B reading to Nana and his sister

There has also been lots of dress-up play around here, too. My kids don't just dress-up for Halloween, any time of the year will do for them. They're very imaginative;)

recreating The Mayflower (if not quite historically accurate)

We also had fun decorating and carving pumpkins and roasting pumpkin seeds. You can read more about that in this post.

In school things have been progressing nicely.

We just wrapped up our Character Sketch on *Orderliness* for the month of October and have begun studying *Initiative* for the month of November.

The kiddos learned Psalm 1 for their Scripture memory for October. It is such a blessing to hear my children hiding God's Word in their hearts!

Both of the kiddos finished their first workbooks for the year with Singapore Math. I thought the book was for the whole semester, but it barely lasted them 8 weeks. I guess that's a good thing since they seem to be doing so well with it. They will start their second set of books in a couple of weeks (when the one on backorder comes in!). In the meantime, we'll be using some products that we are reviewing for math. That worked out very well!

Language Arts are also going very well. The Princess is right on track with her Charlotte's Web unit study. I just love reading the short stories she writes for each section--I'm glad she enjoys writing!

Mr. B is doing great with First Language Lessons and has just taken off with reading. He's nearly finished with his first reader (I am using different ones I already had that are on his grade level) and spends the rest of the time reading and re-reading his Fly Guy books. He LOVES those and they are just perfect for a little boy:) He has also been enjoying an online reading program that I recently reviewed, Ooka Island.

We have begun our newest study with Apologia's Discovering Creation series: Botany! The kiddos are very excited about it! This year, rather than buying the notebooking journal that goes with this series, I made them their own journals using plain notebooks using this technique.

They're already busy filling up their journals, whether on the ground...

...or in a tree.

We also enjoyed doing a little experiment in taxonomy (the classification of plants) using shoes. I couldn't believe the delight on their little faces when I told them to drag all of their shoes out for this..."ALL of our shoes?! OK!!!" ha!

We have been studying ancient India this week in History. I'm even planning an Indian-style dinner for one night next week (thanks to some recipes from a friend!). We'll see how that goes. I haven't had Indian food in a very long time.

We wrapped up our week with Family Fun Friday and headed to Metropolis to visit Superman! More on that soon;)

And that's a wrap on our week!

You can read more about other homeschoolers' weeks here at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.


Ellen said...

What a great week! Family visits are always fun, and so are field trips. Love the Mayflower re-enactment with "the law" strongly represented! Fall's a great time for botany. Happy weekend!

Mama Bird said...

What a great week, we loved first Lang lessons. I love your journals

Chef Penny said...

Sounds like a great week! We are also doing botany. you will love it!

Anonymous said...

The Mayflower Re-Enactment was great!!!

Erika@RaisingLeafs said...

What a fun week!

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