Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Weekly Report and ...The Dog

We had a family hike to a waterfall last weekend, and that served as nature study for the week.





We did all the usual things, and then some.
I decided to stretch chapter 4 of SOTW vol 3 over 2 -3 weeks. Nutmeg is reading a book from the Vision series about Kateri Tekakwitha, and I am reading Madeleine Takes Command aloud to both girls. We covered Champlain this week, and plan on Henry Hudson for next week. We are also reading other books about Canada. We are concentrating on the French missionary work in Canada, and the differences in the French relations with the Native Americans and those of the English. Nutmeg is doing Canada map drills while Buttercup is doing drills on oceans and continents.

I think I have finally figured out how to incorporate Lingua Latina into Nutmeg's latin studies. I spread the Latina Christiana II work over the week, and added short readings and workbook exercises from Lingua Latina on two days. Nutmeg loved LL last year, but I just could not work it in. This year she does not like it a bit, but I am focused on "eating the elephant one bite at a time!"

We do Saxon math. We do Saxon math. We do Saxon math. We do Saxon math.
There is really no way to make that exciting. I just have to believe that it covers all the bases! I can throw together history with a good spine, and I can choose and discuss literature, but I just don't get math! I need something to rely on, and that is Saxon. Buttercup is breezing through Saxon 2 which is a review year. Nutmeg is still using 5/6. I ordered Life of Fred Decimals and
Percents
to see if we can break some plateaus. I'll let you know how that goes.

We finished reading aloud 101 Dalmatians to Buttercup and began Wind in the Willows. She is a bit worried about the Wild Wood, but otherwise seems to be enjoying it.

Then there was yesterday...
Nutmeg performed with her dance studio's Ensemble at a local fair.

And somehow, this happened.

I don't really know what to say. ;)


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2 comments:

~Angela (mommylawyer) said...

Hector is very cute. Small. I "like" small dogs. (The like is in quotations because it is a qualified like. Liking a dog means I will tolerate it - sans breathing on me, licking me, jumping on me, touching me. I think I could like your dog. Maybe. ;)

By the way, I've been pondering some Life of Fred books. Time will tell.

Jennifer Spencer said...

Hi! I stumbled on your blog today and, since you mentioned that you are not comfortable with math, I thought I would share the greatest gift to mathematics instruction a la CM that I have found to date: Right Start. It is conceptual and uses many types of manipulatives. The lessons are scripted for homeschoolers and really teach kids (and parents!) to think like mathematicians. It stands up to what education research tells us about best practices, and my students LOVE it. It comes with games for practicing facts and concepts rather than lots of practice worksheets.

Thank you for sharing, and keep up the good work!

Jen Spencer
Willow Tree Community School
Boiling Springs, NC