WUTW :: A Full Week In 8/19/2011

Around the House :: We started school and then last week ended up taking the whole week off.  Last Monday morning 5 of 6 kids needed well-child visits at the pediatrician.  That took all morning!  Then Wednesday we left for our Cincinnati Baseball trip.  This week we got back into things with our first full week of school.  So far so good.  I’m liking our daily schedule.
Fine Motor/Sorting activity

Levi has fun lining up/organizing dominoes
Five in a Row ::  This week we read The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco
The Bee Tree
I wanted to read this before it got cold and we forgot what a Michigan summer felt like.
random summer photo

random summer photo

random summer photo
We have a bit of family interest in bees, as we all love honey! so that’s what we talked about for most of the week.  We used these bee coloring pages, colored a map of Michigan, and read a go-along book called The Honeymakers
On Wednesday we made baking powder biscuits, and ate them with honey and fresh brewed (iced) tea.  We used the recipes from the FIAR cookbook.
Patricia Polacco almost always has characters from Eastern Europe in her books too, which make them especially fun to read for our family.
Our bible verse this week was 1 Peter 4:9.  “Hospitable” can be a challenging word to say!
Paths of Exploration :: We have had a great week with Paths of Exploration.  I’m really enjoying being able to work with the 3 older kids on the same things.  This week we talked about syllables in words and how to recognize them.
Sarah and Jonah had a great time working together on the word search that was in their notebooks for the week.  Shouts of joy and high fives every time a new word was found, fun stuff.  Jacob and I worked on his together.
Later in the week I had to leave what we were working on to take care of an issue with the younger kids, when I came back the three of them were still pouring over the map and globe talking about the different routes Christopher Columbus might have taken.
I implemented a new little administrative item this week.  Over the weekend I took out all the notebook pages from their large binders that we were going to need for the week and put them in a smaller, inexpensive paper folder.  I can easily fit that small folder in their workboxes.  The new notebook pages are on the left side of the folder and the completed work can be placed in the right hand side.  At the end of the week I can take out the completed pages, put them back in the larger binder, and take out the new pages needed for the next week.

Housekeeping Note: I’ve decided to end my weekly linky.  I’m planning to continue with my posts, just not have the link up here.  I’m going to link up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.  Thanks to all who linked up, it was fun and I appreciate your participation!

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Daily Routine


While we were researching the option of home education for our family,  I was always curious about what a “typical” day looked like.  Even after almost four years of home education, I am still curious about how other moms manage their day.  It is almost always a topic that comes up when you get a […]