"Thought breeds thought; children familiar with great thoughts take as naturally to thinking for themselves as the well-nourished body takes to growing; and we must bear in mind that growth, physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual, is the sole end of education." ~ Charlotte Mason

Friday, April 13, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up: Nature Outing/Swimming/Sight Word Bingo

This week we've been working at a relaxed yet steady pace. We've had a few sniffles at the beginning of the week but by week's end we are all clearing up nicely. We played some games: math and reading games. We played Sight Word Bingo several times! All the kids love this game. I have the youngest one (5 years) play along with her Alphabet Bingo, she is quite content to do her own version. :)

We've concentrated on blending this week for Graham. It appears to be helping him gain some more fluency. My hubby told me, that he is watching him translate the skill more to the real world. That was fantastic to hear from him! We didn't touch the eye tracking yet, I decided to keep the week at a lighter pace and pick it up next week. Monday, was Easter, and we had a full activity day today.

All three of the kiddo's took part in a Nature Program this morning with a local Nature Reserve. This week's session was Pond Study. The kids had a fantastic time! I heard all about it on the way home and throughout the day. They tromped through the muck in rain boots, drew water life from the pond, talked about the life cycle of bugs, investigated frogs, looked at the snakes at the reserve, saw a couple of deer, a skunk (yikes!) and did some bird watching (they saw a wood pecker). All three of them were in separate classes, which I believe is a first for my eldest two. They have traditionally been grouped together! My eldest girl met some homeschooled girls she connected with, which was great! I sat around with a couple of Homeschooling Moms and had a great chat! Mom's need that.

We also went back to swimming this session! I haven't done it the last three sessions. I had dislocated my shoulder bone last year and bruised it so badly that it took months to heal. I landed on it wrong while getting down on the floor with the kids. I had an MRI done a while ago and it's healing up nicely now but it literally took months. So I took a respite for a while to give me some much needed time to heal and relax. The kids were beyond excited to get back at it. It was so good to see them in lessons again. And it was good to socialize with lots of Homeschooled families.

This was a great week. But I am looking forward to getting on what I call our 'Summer Schedule'. We do a lot of biking with the summer schedule and this year I will be taking the kids to parks to do some of our homeschooling outside. They specifically requested bird watching and botany. So we'll dig into some nature sketching. I'll do some read a louds on a picnic blanket with some snacks, pull out some sand toys and enjoy afternoons or mornings outside in the fresh air while we learn. I homeschool all year round. I find the kids get bored when we don't. How I do it changes throughout the seasons. Really spring, summer and early fall are our favorite times to HS. Lots of hands on, out in nature, and physical exercise. :) We do take breaks but they fall into into a nice Rhythm that works around all of us - Dad included.

We have a full week next week, so it was really nice to take it easy this week.

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  1. The nature program sounds really cool!

  2. Sounds like you had a really good week. I can't wait to see your summer schedule in action!

    1. Phyllis - I love your blog. :) I finally figured out how to comment on it. lol We are Charlotte Mason Educators here as well. I read "For the Children's Sake" and was hooked. :) I have the Charlotte Mason Companion and all the Charlotte Mason's volumes which I like to read through. I try to do most things in her style of education. :)


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