"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

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up: Catch Up and Snow Play!

We've been catching up on a lot of seat work this week as last week was such a short week!  Despite catching up on everything, we had a nice relaxing week.  In addition to their regular readings, the kids pulled out tons of books throughout the day and looked through them.  The maze books from Usborne captured Graham's attention so he made several mazes on his own.  He features one of them below.

Esther has been doing well with her beginning reading program from Sonlight: beginning letters and sounds along with the primer for Explode the Code Series: Get Set for the Code book A.  My eldest, Heather, has taken it upon herself to teach her a little extra at night before they go to bed and most nights Esther is happy to oblige!  She loves to look at books before she drifts off to sleep, taking a huge stack of them with her on her bed.  I often find a couple books right beside her after she has fallen asleep.  

The kids all received mail this week from their cousins.  Their cousins are homeschooled and as part of their grammar program they wrote letters to us and the kids were more then happy to write back! :)  It was great practice for them.

Piano lessons this week included Christmas Carols.  This is one of the highlights of their piano experiences for the year.  They love to help pick out the music and practice their carols for us and others to enjoy. Graham has shown an interest in stringed instruments, specifically the violin.  I'm not sure yet when or if we will switch him from piano to violin but I am mulling it over for him.

This year we are delving into Canadian History using Donna Wards All Inclusive Canadian History Bundle.  We finished up our unit on the Natives of Canada and will be moving on to Vikings this coming week using the Discovering Canada Series.  After the unit on Vikings we'll make a 'news paper' about vikings and Canada as part of their history program.  It will be similar to the Usborne Newspaper books.  We have a few of those on hand and will use them as examples of how to create a newspaper.

We started a new book for book club this week:  Jason's Gold.  We just finished up Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing.  I will blog about that on Monday when I combine my book sharing Monday post with Book Club.  The kids are looking forward to Book Club, this will be our forth one and it is nice to see them eagerly awaiting it!

We are starting the advent reading today using Blessed Beyond a Doubt's advent reading schedule.  We will do it during our first fruits devotional time.  I love to do the advent readings with the kids come December. :)

The kids enjoyed some snow up north while having our Christmas with my parents.  They were sad to leave all the beautiful white, winter wonderland behind.  I can't say I blame them, snow is so much fun to play in and we don't see nearly enough of it where we live.  
My parents back yard up north.

The girls before they head out for a now ball fight and fort building.  I didn't catch a picture of Graham in the snow but he was there alright! lol

This post is linked back to Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers Weekly Wrap Up!

1 comment:

  1. Great week and look at all that snow at your parents' house!


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