Thursday, November 29, 2012

It's a Wrap! Session 2 Week 4 - A Regular Ol' Week

In My Life This Week
The usual. You know - laundry and sweeping and vacuuming and mopping and taxiing and cooking and school. I did finish up one book, Valley of  Ashes, and started another, Born Blue. That's it. But isn't the usual the best kind of week?

L. to R. Speckles, Onyx, Roadrunner, Mustard, Rhodie, and Sassy

What We're Cooking
I've been slowly phasing myself out of the kitchen. I seem to do a lot of cooking since most of our food is prepared from scratch, but it isn't something I enjoy. It's nice to have 3 kitchen-savvy Saplings to help out! This week they prepared for dinner Homeschoolin' Mama's Burrito BakeOur Best Bites' Catalina Chicken (which was cooked in the crock instead), I Heart Naptimes' Sugar Cookie Bars, and Allrecipes' Eclair Ice Box Cake. Now, to work on getting them to clean up afterward! ::wink::

Top L. to R.: Ice Box Cake and Burrito Bake. Bottom L. to R.: Catalina Chicken and Sugar Cookie

Homeschool High School
White Pine (finally) wrapped up his Animal and Plant Cell lab this week. It was from 2-3 chapters ago, but his 2 other labs went for 2-4 weeks, slowing this one up. He still has 3 more labs to catch up on. (Sweet Pepperbush needs to gather lab supplies from the store. Soon. No, no, that's not me! Ahem.) But he's moved onto Genetics. (And fortunately those labs are paper demonstrations of DNA strands. Phew!)

He finished reading The Count of Monte Cristo and wrote his Author's Profile and an Approach Paper for Excellence in Literature II.  If you're looking for something heavy on reading and writing for high school, but easy to implement and inexpensive here you go.

He set aside World History, Geography and Cultures for Saxon Algebra this week. He'd much rather do the history of course, but those equations with LETTERS don't solve themselves. ::wink:: 

And White Pine joined his buddy as "Assistant Coaches" for Sugar Maple's basketball team. His buddy's Dad's the coach and his buddy's sister is also on the team. But I think they spent more time "hanging out" then coaching.

L.: Biology Lab Book sample on cells. R. Top: Typing up an English paper. R. Bottom: Stripe helping
White Pine with school.

The Count of Monte Cristo, Author Profile, Creative Essay, Persuasive Essay, Equations with Parenthesis, Word Problems, Products of Prime Factors, Population and Cell Labs, Genetics, Parts of a Microscope

Homeschool Elementary
Well, let's see...We read lots of Ancient Egypt books (from the library) but I returned them before writing them down. Oops! Then we moved onto the Phoenicians. Now, the Phoenicians are pretty interesting. I can't say as I really knew much about them before SOTW, but they were some of the first glass blowers. The Saplings did some mapwork, writing down notes and highlighting Phoenician areas around the Mediterranean, and then we studied about the first librarian ever, Ashurbanipal, who was also a cruel Assyrian king that conquered Egypt and Canaan back when.

How about our volcano study? It's been a blast! Ha! Ha! Anyway...we studied the different types of volcanoes and how they erupt, filling out a couple of Homeschool Share mini books,  built and watched volcanoes erupt on Volcano Explorer, and learned what type they were, watched videos and played games at neoK12 to reinforce our learning, and watched "Krakotoa: Volcano of Destruction".

Sugar Maple read D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths. Again. I'm guessing she may have parts of it memorized by now. There's just something about myths that she really enjoys. 

L. Using a Magnifying Glass to find spelling words in the dictionary. R. Top: Reading under a
snuggly fleece blanket that she made. R. Bottom: A crystal garden made from ice pulled from
the brook

And Balsam Fir built a rocket out of a styrofoam bowl and TP rolls. It even dropped "engines" as it "shot into space", leaving the nose with the astronauts. Unfortunately, there are no photos as his rocket had a disastrous landing. ::wink::

L. to R.: Wearing MY hat, sample of  handwriting, working on a puzzle.

Sugar Maple's Accomplishments
Writing - Letter to Pen Pal, Vocabulary Building, Sequential Spelling - Day 18-23, Cursive, Decimal Place Value Through 100ths, Naming Points on a Number Line, Volcanoes, Phoenicians, Assyrians

Balsam Fir's Accomplishments
Henry and Mudge in the Sparkly Days, Sight Words and Spelling with Samson, Handwriting, Addition with Carrying, Calendar, Volcanoes, Phoenicians, Assyrians, 100 Piece Puzzle

Places We Went and People We Saw
★ Scouts (BF/WP) ★ Basketball (SM/WP) ★ Clarinet/Band (SM) ★ 

Helpful Homeschool Hint and Resource
I spent some time this week updating my Helpful Edu-sites page. Would you check it out? There's lots and lots of stuff there! And everything is free (if you don't count printing costs). Do you have any great sites I should add? Comment below please!

Something Silly to Share
It's not our cat Stripe, but it could be. I'm sure she'll gets lots of enjoyment out of the Christmas tree in the days ahead. 

Well, that's a wrap! I don't know about you, but it's hard to believe that tomorrow is DECEMBER and in a few weeks it'll be 2013. Wowzers! We're linking up to these great blogs. Have a wonderful week!

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  1. I enjoyed your wrap up. (I think I always say that.) Anyway, I wanted to ask why your daughter has to use a magnifier. The food looks wonderful! Yummy. I cook from scratch as well.

    Just to let you know, my public blog is back up. Not much updated yet, but it's up.

    1. Because she was showing me that there were just too many little words on the dictionary page to expect her to look up the correct spellings of words she missed in her writing. ::wink:: She's a funny one! LOL

    2. I see. I just thought I would ask because I have two daughters who are legally blind. :)

  2. I so enjoy your weekly wrap ups and I TOO cannot believe that Saturday is already DECEMBER! WOW! We are happily counting down till christmas but enjoying every moment! Tomorrow Is a FREE day from school! :) gonna do some fun crafts and what not! :) He completed all his work today! :) for today and tomorrow! :) Love those fun days! <3 LOVE YOUR older kids "work" photos! :)

  3. I love the chicken photo! So cute. And the cat photo is hilarious!

  4. It's been awhile since I have been blogging and visiting your blog. I always enjoy reading about your week. Thanks for the suggestion on Excellence in Writing we may have to check that out for my oldest. Loved reading about your week.

  5. My 8YO loves D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths, too, and rereads it often. Cracks me up. Happy to hear you guys are enjoying SOTW.

  6. Amber loves D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths as well and pulls it out when she has nothing else assigned. It often goes in the car with us on any drive longer than 10 minutes. She is going to love history next year - Greek and Roman times.

    Oh how I wish I had kitchen help like you. Unfortunately, I only have eaters. ;-)

    We bought Cat-B-Gone... actually it's called Boundary, but I call it the other. It keeps Biscotti away from the Christmas tree, for now.

    I'll have to make time to go check out your revised links. Thanks for noting it. Oh, and love the chicken photo.

    Have a great weekend!

  7. I really love the format of this post. I love how you broke it down according to age/level. I love your photos, too. The chickens are great! The food is SO yummy looking! I don't know how you get so much crammed into one week!!

  8. I love the format too... and the framed pictures. One day I'll have time to figure all those neat things out! I love reading your blog!


  9. I love that my daughter is getting old enough to cook real food for all of us! Let me know if you figure out the cleaning up issue...

  10. My kind of week, Jessy ... nice and normal!!

  11. You had a wonderful week! Such a wonderful blog!

  12. Fabulous week! Love the cat on the desk :)

  13. It's great that your kids are taking over so much of the girls love to be in the kitchen, too. I know what you mean about the cleaning up, though!
    My girls are also into Greek mythology.
    Hopping over next to take a look at your edu-sites page...thanks for sharing at Favorite Resources!

  14. I started a brand new blog linky today and would love to have you stop by and share some of your great ideas! Thanks so much!

  15. thanks for linking with Kids in the Kitchen! and I love the chicken pic!


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