Work and Play 2/21

I've decided to rename our Homeschool Highlight Reel as simply Work and Play.  Especially with Caleb in school, I don't want to exclude him from our updates and the truth is we do a lot of other neat stuff every week that has nothing to do with homeschool!!  Of course, I'm sure that homeschool stuff will still factor in heavily to our updates, but I want to try my hand at being a little less singularly focused :)  I am going to start with a daily entry but may go back to my categories if I like that better.

Monday
Monday was our first snow day since Caleb started school.  We of course didn't realize this until Tim was half way to the school to drop him off.  I decided to give Aidan a "basics" day and had him just do a little bit of math and language.  I worked with Kylee and Logan for about an hour just for good measure.  They have both been moving along quite nicely with things and I didn't want to interrupt their rhythm.  Kylee and I worked on more sound sorts and moveable alphabet and then some short chain counting.  She is really coming along with her advanced counting sequence, but still has trouble "turning corners" at the 9s and I don't want to go too much further into the basic operations until she has that down a bit better.  Her reading is just better and better every day.  Logan is working on his beginning counting series so we did some more work with the number rods and cards.  I double duty my small number cards quite a bit including here.

After lunch and some normal household living stuff (aka chores) we spent our afternoon playing with friends.  Kids outside in the snow and moms inside with their knitting.  Later a couple of little girls joined us.

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Tuesday
On Tuesday this happened....

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Needless to say outside time was a big time priority for the two and four legged critters residing under our roof.   The homeschool part of our day has gotten much more fluid in the past weeks.  Before we needed to start at very strict, military-precision timing and work for prescribed periods and then be done.  No exceptions.  Now I am seeing more of a rhythm of work and rest throughout the day.  I'm seeing Aidan naturally adjust his harder works to the times of day he feels more focused (which is evenings...yikes I'm not a night owl!) and the younger monkeys are working more when inspiration strikes, consistently throughout the day.

The biggest news of the day, other than weather, is that our bulb grown in blue water bloomed today as white as can be!  Everyone was a little surprised by this outcome, especially since we had tested the same cut flower in blue water and it did turn.  It did take longer to bloom than other bulbs planted the same time, but since it wasn't in the same place in the house that might have been unrelated to the colored water!

Kylee wrote a story:  "I am pig meet cat.  cat slips on miten.  she sees hr kitten."  I am told this story is to be continued at a later date.  Who needs phonetic readers when you can write your own?  Aidan is reading the Young Samurai Series by Chris Bradford.  As a little ninja himself, he quite enjoys them.  I admit I haven't read them because I can't keep up with everything the boys read anymore.  My super huge language organization project has now taken on new life as I have hired help to feed things through the laminator....

Tim is collecting data for a research project this week.  He left before any of us got out of bed and we hope to see him before too many kids find their way back there.

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Wednesday
On Wednesday, I went outside on the back deck to tie up the dog and I didn't put on shoes....or socks. My feet weren't even a little cold and I may or may not have opened a south facing window or two to air things out inside just a little bit.  It was a balmy 44 according the the display in my truck.

Schoolwise we had a busy morning.  Logan has reached some self determined level of mastery of the vertebrate puzzles and ventured into the plants for the first time today.  Kylee wanted a big challenge so I set her up with the sensorial presentation of the decanomial which turned out to be not much of a challenge at all.  Aidan finished the first Young Samurai book last night and the second this morning and is onto the third now.  Apparently they are really interesting.

Tomorrow we are under a blizzard warning.  Yippee skippy.....

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Thursday
Thursday we woke up to another snow day.  Woo.... hoo.... Can you feel my excitement?  In five years of homeschooling I have never worried about snow days.  I mean, heck yeah its cold and snowy...lets get some extra work in so we can play when it's springtime.  Except now we have one child who does NOT have to do schoolwork (just ask him....he'll tell you all about the injustice of being made to practice the piano and work on some religion).  Turned out the blizzard that was supposed to hit around 9:00/10:00 AM didn't show up until closer to 2:00 PM so we had a day of lots of playing outside and some school work for Aidan.  Aidan is making a series of American History charts.  Last week he did a timeline of American Flags and this week he's making a chart for the Great Migration (Oregon Trail).  I like how they are turning out and am thinking more and more about how to integrate this.

Daddy organized a Portuguese cooking project/snack to celebrate the feast of blesseds Jacinta and Francisco Marto.  Our family did some reading aloud about Our Lady of Fatima earlier this year and my kids fell in love.  Our dog even acquired an Our Lady of Fatima medal for her dog collar...seriously.  They were quite excited when Holy Heroes published the Children of Fatima Glory Story late last year!

I may have read a book while watching it snow....

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Friday
Well data collection for Tim's dissertation project took a serious hit this week with back to back snow days.  There will be some scrambling from the office and next week and some talking to advisors in Utah but we are looking at a bit of a shuffle now to get this thing finished.  I cancelled my trip to Utah for a tae kwon do testing so hopefully I can be more supportive here and have one less thing on the calendar.  Otherwise, more lazy somewhat unproductive (except shoveling) days are expected around these parts today.

Aidan made pancakes for breakfast in his pajamas and Kylee did her own hair.

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