Friday, October 3, 2014

Weekly Wrap-up: Week 5 - No Complaints

Summer made it's return this weekend! Days of sunny 80s to enjoy before the cold crashes in for 6 months. How did we enjoy it? By relaxing of course! Errands were done on Saturday, but on Sunday T__ & his kids came for the day. There were lots of laughs over Apples to Apples, movie watching, ball playing, and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over a fire. Definitely no complaints this weekend!

• Hot Dogs, Chips, Watermelon & Marshmallows • Corn and Ham Chowder & Homemade Applesauce • Spaghetti and Meatballs & Baby Carrots • Chicken Noodle Soup • Pepperoni and Ham Pizza •

Would you believe it? I changed Sam's Spelling curriculum again! I know frequent changes aren't good for consistent learning, but Grade Spelling seems so much easier to navigate, and an user-friendly website is conductive to better learning. There's an intro followed by games and a test. (Oh! And those of you with older kids - SAT words!) I decided to start at the beginning, 1st grade, and fill in any missing Spelling rules. He completed 10 weeks in 3 days. So far? Sam doesn't complain...

In fact, the kids have done little complaining about school! Such a turn-around from last year! Cati has been getting up early to complete her work by lunchtime without any prompting from me, and Sam even did a lesson of Math before bed one night to "get ahead". Our school days have been filled with learning rather than redirection!


  • Reviewed Poetry, Title, Outlines and Quotation Capitalization & Irregular Plural Nouns
  • Solved Area of Rectangle, Exponent, Multiplying and Dividing Fractions & Least Common Multiple Problems
  • Learned about Mineral Resources & Types of Rock and Identification
  • Learned about Hammurabi, Hammurabi's Code & the Early Babylonians & Labeled a Map (Mesopotamia)
  • Phys. Ed. - Walking


  • Read Jack Prelutsky Poems & Wrote an Acrostic and Shape Poems
  • Solved Addition and Subtraction Missing Addends Problems, Fact Families, Number Comparison & Added 3 Digit Numbers with Regrouping
  • Learned How Minerals are Formed and Resources & Types of Rock
  • Learned about Hammurabi, Hammurabi's Code & the Early Babylonians & Labeled a Map (Mesopotamia)
  • Phys. Ed. - Walking, Swinging

Skyward (Monroe) (Me) • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Lewis) (Cati) • The Story of Davy Crockett: Frontier Hero (Retan) (Sam) •

• "Turning Points in History: Hammurabi's Code of Laws" (You Tube) • "The Epic of Gilgamesh" (You Tube) • Timed Math Fact Quizzes • Math Fox • Moby Max •

• Played Game with T__ & Family (All) • Jazz & Concert Band (Cati) • Boy & Cub Scouts (Sam & Jake) • Bible Study & Fellowship (Me) • Boy Scout Leadership Training (Jake) •


Happy Homeschooling!

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  1. You all got lots done. Now I am craving homemade applesauce.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. I make it in a 4 quart crockpot, Dawn! I fill it with peeled, cored apple slices, a little sugar, a bigger dash of cinnamon, and some lemon juice (to stop some browning). I cook on high for 3-4 hours until apples are mushy then whisk into applesauce. I don't have time to do the stove top version!

  2. I'm glad school is going better this year. It looks like you are having very productive weeks!

    1. Thanks, Christy! Not a perfect year, but such an improvement in attitude. I'l take it!

  3. Yumm applesauce! Looks like you had quite a great and productive week. Have a wonderful weekend ahead!!!

    1. Some of my best applesauce! Not too sweet, just a tad of cinnamon. Kids are gobbling it up! I should have gotten more apples!

  4. There's no such thing as a perfect year is there?? I know we've never had one! :) Your week looks wonderful Jessy. I have always wanted to make applesauce. Have you ever seen that movie Baby Boom? I can imagine Keilee and I living in her house and just making applesauce all the time. :) We bought Susan Wise Bauer's Ancient History book for teens and adults and it sounds like we are about in the same place in history! Happy weekend!

    1. I'm using Story of the World Volume 1 right now. I bet it's similar to Ancient History! We've gone through it once, but revisiting it again this year. We always learn something new!

  5. No complaining about schoolwork is an awesome accomplishment! It sounds like you guys had a lot of fun last weekend! How did you guys get 80 degree weather up there and we did not! Just a little jealous!

    1. LOL Weather has been awesome really. No complaints! Even on the cooler days!

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