Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Long Vacation

We ended up taking a long vacation from "school" these last few weeks. Getting ready for a Christmas party, and Christmas... well, we took a lot more time off than I'd planned. But we continue to read - the "Swallows and Amazons" books (we are on book 8 of 12), and A Christmas Carol (Dickens) and other Christmas books. Yesterday E read one of her Christmas books (Miranda the Great) all at once. J read a Tintin (gift from his grandparents, my request) and at least browsed A City Through Time. Today he will mess around with one of his science experiment kits.

My big failure has been to keep a pen in J's hand to keep his writing skills going. Today is thank you card day and I fear a rebellion. He has only 3 to write. I had vowed he'd write something every day but did not enforce this. So we will have lost some ground.

Also our break from workbook math turned into a break from all math. I'd planned on continuing with flash cards and games, but the only math we've done is doubling and halving recipes.

Oh, and I dropped the catechism review that was going on; I'm sure E has lost some of that.

But today is a new day and Daddy is home all week, so we can pick a few things back up.

I have to admit it has been nice to be on vacation so completely. I have been getting more sleep and just feel more relaxed all around. That can't be a bad thing.

Monday, December 18, 2006


The kids are filling up a cleared space in the dining room with their playmobil figures. My ears perked up when E asked J, "Are your pirates Christian?" I didn't hear the exact response but suddenly they both broke into song: "What Wondrous Love is This." Not exactly your typical sea chanty. But it works for me.

(This kind of entry is supposed to go to my homeschoolblogger.com site. But with the problems there...)

Sunday, December 03, 2006

11/15 - 12/3

I don't know why it always amazes me when I check in here and find I haven't logged any work for a few weeks.

Maybe that's because we don't do any work.

No, not true. Close, sometimes.

Bible - we are continuing to read a psalm a day, and are now on the book of Isaiah. I just read a chapter, or part of a chapter, and we discuss it, and off we go. Isaiah is perfect for this time of year because of the prophecies. Is it ok to be proud that when we read Isaiah 6 and the kids break into the song "Sanctus," or when we read ch. 9 they can't help but start singing "For unto us a child is born..." Reminds me that last year I saw a unit study on Messiah. Time to find that, or at least put on the cd.

Catechism - we are on q. 31 but are taking a week review and then having a treat at the end of the week if on Friday they can recite all 31 for Dad. No problem for J. E... we'll see.

Writing - had a bit of a breakthrough with J. He is working on a story which he had been dictating to me. I was tired of sitting here typing while he thought up what to say (and the story stinks, but that's beside the point), so I told him he had to start writing it himself. He moaned and complained but finally we agreed that I would stay close to help with spelling. He did great, enjoyed it, and has been writing a little more ever since. Both kids are still working on cursive and copywork.

Reading - everyone is reading fine; I suspect J is at grade level, maybe a little lower, and E is at or above.

Math - still struggling. We are almost done with MUS Alpha - only 2 tests and the unit on time. Then no workbook math till January. We should be finished this week. I have to let the math facts go and have faith they will get it someday.

Grammar - continuing with Daily Grams and doing well. I can tell by the test prep exercises they do that they are getting it.

Spelling - I give E a test now and then, but she can spell most anything. J gets a list of words to copy.

Latin - On lesson 9, still enjoying it.

History - progressing through SOTW.

Science - progressing ever so slowly through BF History of Science. J still unschooling in that area.

Phyical activities - J continues with PE and swimming; E is taking a break from swimming but is continuing gymnastics dance, and wants me to find a real gymnastics class for her. Very happy about that. The dance is OK but the music isn't to my taste, particularly. Too hip-hoppy.

Starting the next Ransome novel, Secret Water. C is reading A Christmas Carol to them at night (just started). Also reading a book about various wonders of the world (name and author escape me but I'll catch it up later). So lots of learning/reading/exploring the world going on...