WUTW – Columbus Sets Sail 9/2/2011

Around the House ::  Levi decided he was done with training wheels.  Bob took them off, and off he went!

Sarah and Jacob did a Tae Kwon Do demonstration last weekend at our local Relay for Life event.  I didn’t capture any great photos of them doing their thing, but I did get a shot of my BIL breaking cement.

In the Kitchen ::  Meal planning is back.  Last weekend my parents were kind enough to watch the kids for a few hours while we went out for breakfast and did some power grocery shopping.  I loved having my shopping out of the way for the week, and it’s been so much better having a plan for each meal.

Faith ::  I’m thinking about the new mass translations changes that are going to take place starting November 27th, the first Sunday of Advent.  I have been looking at some resources so we can begin talking about these changes at home and be ready for them when they happen.

Little Kid Learning ::

Levi wanted me to take a picture of his Lego Creation.  Not sure why he has the headphones on.

More number work this week.

Letter practice too.

FIAR ::  This week we rowed Truman’s Aunt Farm.  I must admit this wasn’t my favorite Five in a Row book.  I didn’t really get it, I mean I get the aunt/ant play on words, but didn’t really get it.  The kids enjoyed the story and were eager to read it each day.  Even the big kids liked to listen.

We made rice pudding, I’ll take any excuse to make rice pudding, and the kids had jelly sandwiches for lunch.  No craft this week, we couldn’t even find a good ant hill to observe, maybe we will find one today.

Paths of Exploration ::  Columbus finally got the okay from Queen Isabella to set sail.  This week we talked about compound words, hurricanes, islands, and navigational devices.  Paths of Exploration uses copywork several times a week, and in just the few weeks we have been back to school I have noticed a great improvement in their copywork.  They are more attentive to punctuation, using capitals where appropriate etc.  Jacob has been doing all of his copywork in cursive and fairly neat cursive to boot!  I will take these small successes.

We are taking the day off today and Monday to enjoy the long weekend.  Today it’s supposed to be a high of 96 and 90% humidity, Monday it’s not supposed to reach 70.  Here comes Fall.

Have a great weekend!

linking up today at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers


  1. Tifflynene says

    Great wrap up Jen! And I see I’m behind on a couple of other posts too:-) Congrats to Levi and the big boy bike. It’s always a land mark day when those training wheels go off. The rice pudding looks delish and looks like you had a great helper! Have a blessed long weekend:)

  2. Living Waters by LeAnn says

    I can tell there is lots of fun at your house. Loved the pictures and thoughts.
    Blessings to you and keep on enjoying those moments.

  3. Nikki Tibbetts says

    Oh, I love seeing all the fun activities. I love that number “game” with the clothespins! I’m Nikki, stopping by from the link you left over at the weekly wrap up post. Nice to “meet” you! Enjoy the long weekend!

  4. Mary says

    Go Levi! I love it when they finally ditch the training wheels and have that freedom! The mass translation interests me — translating to English? (sorry if this is a dumb question!) We were talking a lot about the mass this week in our Latin study — as Lutherans we sing the full liturgy each week, but it is in English. My kids were fascinated by learning the Sanctus in Latin.

    Looks like you had a good week!

  5. Jessy Gaffen says

    Wow! Ouchie! I guess your BIL is trained in cement cracking!

    Way to go on the no training wheels! Love the Lego (and headphones LOL)!

  6. Kimberly Eddy says

    Jen, I loved the idea of counting with the clothespins. What a cool idea! Levi did a great job with the legos! My kids are all older, and they still love legos.

  7. Jen4Ever4Always says

    Mary, not a dumb question at all! They are changing some of the words that we use to better reflect a more pure translation from Latin to English.

  8. April Huggler says

    We rowed Three names this week and loved it! I am sorry Turman’s Ant Farm wasn’t the best. I haven’t rowed it yet so I am no help. I really need to start doing copy work. Looks like you all had a great week all in all! :) Love the headphones by the way. He is rocking those! :)

  9. Jen4Ever4Always says

    April- We loved Three Names! I think Truman’s Ant Farm is the first FIAR book we haven’t loved. I can’t say enough good things about copywork!

  10. Gardenia says

    I love rice pudding. yours like delicious, jen. How old is Levi — wow no more training wheels. My husband wants to take Flower’s training wheels off. At 4, she may be a little young?? Hope you have a great weekend.

  11. Jen4Ever4Always says

    Levi just turned 4 in July. None of our other kids learned that young. We recently purchased a balance bike and I really believe that helped him to learn faster.

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