Thursday, March 27, 2014

Weekly Wrap-up: Dreaming of Spring


But I'm ready to start planning our garden and buying our seeds. I've been pondering creating another raised bed from concrete blocks. The kids have BIG gardening ambitions, but the 24x16 garden last year was a flop when we got busy with summer; we could only keep up with the 12x6 raised bed. Square Foot Gardening is much more reasonable (and enjoyable) for us.

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I've been knitting up dish cloths all week. They're quick, useful things! (Find instructions here.) I love the earthy colors I chose to knit them up in. I'm still pondering what to create next, but I might try a reusable mesh bag for groceries or library trips or the lake this summer. It requires CROCHETING and I haven't attempted that. You Tube!

Total Bag Count: 6

I'm about 14 bags behind on the Declutter Challenge. In my defense, I did start a year ago throwing out and donating unused items, and it's really just too cold to tackle the garage which REALLY needs a purge-and-organize.

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✿ Scrambled Eggs with Broccoli and Jack Cheese & Blueberry Pancakes with Maple Syrup ✿
✿ Beef Au Jus Sandwiches on Homemade Herbed Bread & Steamed Carrots and Peaches ✿
✿ Cheese Pizza & Fresh Strawberries ✿
✿ Chicken Cordon Bleu & Herbed Biscuits and Peas ✿

Sam has discovered that reading isn't so bad! He's rereading the Flat Stanley series, but I'm just pleased as punch that he seems to be ENJOYING it! He's moving along in Horizons Math 2, working on his understanding of place value, time and regrouping.  We started body systems in Life Science this week.

Cati is reluctantly continuing her Daily Grams. She's finding the whole thing monotonous and boring so I'm tempted to drop it, but she doesn't want to BEGIN anything else. It's too early in the year to discontinue a whole subject! She's already completed her year of Life Science and is almost there with Saxon Math 76. 

They watched vidoes on the 1870-1900s in American History, learning about economic changes and social upheaval during the 'Gilded Age' and Teddy Rooveselt, and solved some mysteries in Art Fraud Detective: Spot the Difference, Solve the Crime!, studying paintings by Pieter de Hooch, Hendrick ter Brugghen and Marinus van Reymerswaele.

In STEM school, Jake printed out his finished 3D plans for a steam-powered 'power plant' (to run a Lego train set), solved quadratic equations, learned quantum physics, and continued his (mostly) winning streak in Chess.

Mom - The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin & Seeing a Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters
Cati - The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Sam - Flat Stanley & Invisible Stanley by Jeff Brown

✿ Concert Band & Clarinet Lesson (Cati) ✿ 
✿ Boy, Girl & Cub Scouts (All) ✿  
✿  Garage & Dunkin Donuts ✿ 

I have this big, old TV in my bedroom. Would you believe that with the proper connections the XBOX will connect to it and play my "Big Bang Theory" DVDs? The kiddos aren't thrilled with my 'borrowing' the XBOX though.

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  1. I LOVE your "Bored?" board! I want one! I sympathise with you and Cati about Daily Grams. We've never tried it but have had very similar experiences with other programmes. I've learned that while these steady programmes work great for some kids, they don't for mine! Well done Sam on his reading! I always do a little jig when I see my son reading anything new.
    Have a great weekend - I hope spring makes it to Maine soon!

  2. Gonna have to put up my own Bored poster!!! Great idea!

  3. I saw that BORED picture and read it aloud to Keilee. It is GREAT!!! I am ready for summer too. We haven't had snow lately but it hasn't been warm. :/ I wonder if we could do that small garden? I have always wanted to but with just Keilee and I it is hard. It took Keilee forever to learn to love to read. It still isn't her favorite thing but she does enjoy it. We have done that Science program before and loved it!! Hope you have a great weekend Jessy!

  4. That poem for Maine is also used here in Michigan LOL and it's one of my favorites. I love the BORED board as well and am thinking of putting one up in our home. We're doing container gardening this year and perhaps one small raised bed, next year I have grander schemes LOL

  5. I like your cinder block garden!! We need to redo our SFG frame and that would work well. Spring hasn't quite made it to Ohio yet either but it's thinking about it. This week we had snow one day, hail one day, and rain one day. I think the clouds are confused!

  6. I LOVE that you list not only the books you've read, but the ones that your kiddos have read recently, too! That is a great message to ALL of us! I have pinned you "Bored" to my PARENTING board on Pinterest...I see many repins in your future!

  7. We don't garden anything but flowers here, and many perennials died this winter, but I just haven't felt like darling with the plants yet. Maybe if I read more about your gardening excitement it will be contagious. If you can knit then you've can crochet, easy peasy. Give it a try :-)

  8. I was cracking up at the poem. I love the bored board! Yay for finding enjoyment in reading!!

  9. We have yet to find a grammar program that just "works" for us. I'm still looking, I found one that mostly does, but wasn't thrilled having to buy 3 more workbooks for the kids.

  10. I love your BORED sign. I may need to borrow that.
    Blessings, Dawn

  11. We are having a wintry mix storm as I type this comment. You probably are too! I am glad that my husband loves gardening because I do not at all! I do love fresh veggies though! Sounds like the kids a progressing right along in their studies! I must say that I'm quite impressed with the charter school your son attends! Art Fraud Detective sounds similar to our Spot the Difference art books. They are a short, sweet, and fun way to introduce kids to the masterpieces!

  12. Gosh STEM school sounds exciting. I'm going to have to find away to integrate that into my kid's learning although the similar program where I live at makes it extremely difficult to get into those schools. I'm visiting from Weekly Wrapup.

    1. The STEM school that my oldest son goes to is actually a charter (public) school. He chose to attend high school instead of continuing to homeschool. It's been a GREAT experience for him!

  13. I’ve copied the BORED board on to my whiteboard. My wife wants to make a bigger garden for this year and is enlisting the kids help. They have plans as well for what they want to grow. Turning over the garden counts as PE right?


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