Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Peak at Our Week: Going with the Flow

In My Life This Week
A swaying hammock on a sunny, warm spring day with a pleasure book and a sleepy lil' Welly on my belly. :sigh: Doesn't that sound good? Oh, a Welly? Welsummer, one of our 7-week-old chicks. Nutmeg seems to REALLY enjoy our quiet time. I've found that it's VERY IMPORTANT for me to have these moments. Oh, the kids are around of course, playing in the tree house or scootering around the driveway, but 30 minutes in the afternoon of quiet relaxation is just plain ol' WONDERFUL.

On the Dinner Menu
• Turkey Kielbasa with Long Grain Rice and Steamed Peas and Carrots • Homemade Deep Dish Pizza • Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Steamed Beans • Baked Chicken with Rice Pilaf and Steamed Carrots 

Homeschool Happenings
What school? Just kidding. (Sort of.) :wink: It never fails that this time of year our focus just isn't there. (I've already posted this, haven't I? :laugh:) With only 25 days left in our year, subjects wrapping up, and the spring weather, well, we've got other things on our mind. You know, more important things, like searching for earthworms in the garden or jumping  pot-holes with bikes or rounding up the ducks as they stroll down the dirt road. (Yes! Suddenly our quackers like to take walks!

But Cati and Sam DID work on their Math and Reading. Cate's getting close to finishing Saxon 65. She's counting down the tests! :laugh: I'm sticking with easier readers for Sam to work on some missing phonetics and blends. And hopefully building his reading confidence. Together we're reading about and mapping the Bubonic Plague in Europe and Joan of Arc in Story of the World.

And Jake? He delved into his first ever English term paper comparing Union and Confederate Civil War battles! There's been a pile of library books and an open notebook on the sectional all week. But he did manage to get some Algebra, World History and Biology in. Who am I to stop him from spending hours learning about the Civil War? Go, Delight-Directed Learning!

Oh, and speaking of delight-directed learning, I downloaded How to Draw 1-12 Collection onto my Kindle Fire when it was offered for FREE...and she's really delved into it. This week she focused on cartoon birds. Aren't they cute?

Places We Went, People We Saw
• Softball (C) • Scouts (J/S) • Clarinet/Band (C) •

Something to Share
When I saw this on Facebook I had to laugh. :grin: That's TOTALLY like my Sam - shoveling snow in shorts and a t-shirt! I don't think he can feel cold! :shakes head:  And the quote is so true too, don't you think?

As always, linking up to these WONDERFUL blog hops! And come back on Monday to see my Question-of-the-Week. 

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  1. I am not sure I would hang with my hens, but you know? I think you should do it. :) Glad to hear things are going well with the kids' learning.

  2. Love the interest in the Civil War! That is awesome! Delight-directed is the way we roll, too. I really think that is research that will stick with our kids, too - the research they did about something they were really interested in knowing more about! Have another great week! Blessings!

  3. I like your new home. Looks like a great week. I always like looking at the variety of subjects you cover in your weeks.

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog. I loved taking a peek into your week! The first paragraph is my idea of heaven. Thankfully we do a lot of hammock reading around here. I love the birdies!! I downloaded that same book and I need to let Keilee take a look at it. Happy weekend!

  5. Love the cartoon birds. Thanks for sharing at HammockTracks. -Savannah

  6. My boys love Civil War studies too. Enjoyed reading about your week. visiting my ihomeschool

  7. Quiet time with Welly sounds wonderful! I love to end my day with watching my chickens free range :) It's so calming and peaceful to hang out with them!

    1. Isn't it? The fresh air, birds singing, the chickens doing their thing. It's like TV, but more interesting (most of the time).

  8. HUZZAH on the new blog! Love it! Looks like the kids were busy this week! Enjoy the weeks - end! Melissa

  9. Love the new look :) It's very pretty. Chilling with your chickens sounds awesome. Can't talk my hubby into any but we live kind of in the city so don't know it would work anyway LOL. Thanks for coming by the blog today and have a wonderful weekend!!!

  10. That sounds like a great topic for a research paper.

  11. Did you have this polka-dot wallpaper with your first post? It really popped at me today, and I LOVE it!

    I think we're all doing the same song-and-dance this time of year...almost done...losing our concentration.... :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. I know what you mean about having a hard time focusing this time of year! We have so many other things keeping us busy that I am ready for school to be over:) Hang in there!

  13. Thanks for linking up to Friendship Friday. I appreciate your support and love seeing what you guys are up to every week! Always something cute and interesting! I know how you feel. Every year when April rolls around I just can't wait to be done!

  14. I like the snow shovelling poster. I did have to shovel a number of times while it was still snowing or it would have gotten too deep. I guess the same is true for kids and cleaning.

    We are doing one final push to finish our last portfolio then he has to concentrate on his Rosetta Stone. We lose access to that at the end of June.

  15. Hi Jessy! Thanks for visiting my blog. You were right, we are all having a hard time focusing this time of the year, aren't we? :-) I love it when my kiddos take a subject and go with it like yours did. It's a pretty cool thing to watch. :-)


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