Here at our casa we have been busy schooling, writing, cooking, crafting, working outside the home and trying not to freeze! We have been getting a lot of snow in the last few weeks, and I feel the need for a good thaw! I’m only going to highlight some of the more interesting aspects of our schooling. Its just to much to go over sice we have missed reporting so much!
So let me begin......
Tapestry of Grace: We have learned about William Careys life and other Christian missions to India. We revisited India, Hinduism and Buddhism. Reviewed British involvement in India before 1800's. They worked on student activity pages, maps and a timeline of William Careys life. Rylee made some lap book folds for Carey and India.
We also have been learning about President Adams, the creation of the Erie and began studying about the life of Charles Finney. We have done a lot of reading, but have student activity pages to cover and map work along with timelines. RyLee has been working on her president cards and lap book folds too. The cards are turning out great!
Spanish is moving slow but they are enjoying it. RyLee just loves her Spanish and both girls make a game out of learning it. They are practicing phrases and vocabulary regularly. RyLee is probably better at speaking Spanish out of us 3. *Ü* She stumps us all the time! We play "what am I saying" *Ü*
Science is moving slow too, but getting it done. We finally finished the moon and moved into Mars the rusty planet! We began, but will not finish Space Rocks till next week! Woohoo!
Christian is beginning to feel more comfortable in her science. She really doesn’t like it, in fact comments a lot that she doesn’t see the point to biology and why "she" has to learn it... hmmm good question... So the last few weeks this has been a point of discussion. The best part about this though is on the way home from work one evening (she cam with me and helped) I was sharing with her how I read an article online that scientists believe those who have blue eyes are mutants. Oh! How I wish I could play back how she shared and with confidence how she could see how that might be possible! She even backed up her thoughts. I let her speak, I asked a few more questions and when she was done explaining her knowledge.... hahaha... I asked her where she learned that?? *Ü* Can you see where this went? *Ü* yes... connection made... she may not grow up to be a scientist, nurse what have you.... but she was able to participate in a conversation confidently and hold a discussion. Oh I loved it! She also realized her flawed way of looking at it. I know I hate the because you have to lecture... its your job.... this discussion was a wonderful example of how it can at least be beneficial, even when she wasn’t understanding the whys..... she got it...
I love those types of moments don’t you?
RyLee has been cooking and crafting up a storm. In the last few weeks she has been playing with sculpy clay. She made flowers and a pineapple crown.
she made a no sew blanket..... made a pot roast stew with my mom and learned how to make doughnuts!
She has made pizza all by herself, seriously no help at all and made the best crust! Even better than I can make it! Go figure! Even melted some candy to make these Valentine candy suckers.
Bible study has been good too. The first subject of the day is not a regular one. I set the timer for them and they go where they want to pray and read their bible. 30 minutes. Then we have our regular bible study. This has been the biggest change, but it’s a habit I want them to develop. Not just "study" but to read and have a prayer life. This was our first week with the quiet time and it went wonderful.
Grammar is review, math is moving along and daily, writing has been an issue as I have not had time to invest in our CW studies. They have been using WA and student activity pages for the most part, keeping it simple for them and me. I have been busy outside the home and had affected my 1 on 1 time and prep time. I only have so much time and energy.
Work is another area that has been an issue, having to work. I’m not on a schedule, I work when a job is open. This has thrown a wrench in my plans twice so far in the last 3 weeks. I’m in the process of finding balance in it all. It can be done. I’m just re learning to be flexible and in another way. Re prioritizing when I work and when I don’t. I’m finding a new schedule for when I do need to work and our regular one for when I don’t. Its the going back and forth that’s been tiring.
I took RyLee to work one of the 4 days last week (not this last the other last week *Ü*) Look what she got to do for a bit....
I always joke when I enter a book store that I hear angels singing....can you hear it… listen…..lol When RyLee saw the size of that TV.... guess what she said? *Ü* sigh... silly kid....
Our getting up on time has been going well. I am still at 6:00 but I’m working on it. *Ü* RyLee is getting better too. My quiet time before others are up set my day off right. Dan gets up at 6:00/6:10 and I would like to use that time to be on the treadmill. I just want to get to a point where I can get up, have my quiet time and walk/run on the treadmill before Dan leaves for work at 7:15 or so. We must keep going in this direction. To much good has come from it. The days we don’t get up early feel almost wasted....when we are all up early the day runs better… its just how its been working out..
One last thing before I go. The girls are going to go and get manicures and pedicures today. Both girls have a date with dad to the yearly father daughter dance this weekend. They have never gone before, this is the first. We either heard about it to late and tickets sell fast or Dan was working. We heard about it in plenty of time and Dan made sure not to let work interfere. They will meet up with other dads and daughters from church to have dinner at a local restaurant and then go to the dance together. I will post about that night, or maybe I will have Dan post about it??? Hmm… I bet he will… we shall see. Either way, we will share the special night with ya!
I hope you made it.... it wasnt a short post was it? *Ü* Im glad to back posting again though. I love seeing what we have been doing. It helps keep me going. Im just sorry I have not taken the time to do it. Its better I tell ya... just better when I do it.
Till next time.... this is Koinonia Academy... *Ü*