Saturday, November 08, 2008

Our Week in Review - November 8, 2008

Our-Week-In-Review-3 Sometimes, I look back on our weeks and think that we didn't do any "school" for the week.  With Grandma visiting and Ga'hoole Girl being sick, I was tempted to think that this was an educationally useless week.  One of the nice things about writing up the weekly review is that I get reminded that the kids have been learning quite a bit, even if it wasn't part of our curriculum.  Here's what we did this week:

  • Math - Wild Man did some of his math on Friday.
  • Bible - Wild Man went to an AWANA event last Saturday and AWANA on Monday, so he got his Discovery 1 finished.  We started reading Exodus as a family.
  • Science

On Tuesday, we took Grandma to the Bergstrom-Mahler museum.  The museum's permanent exhibitions are paperweights and other glass pieces.  Their current special exhibit is also glass.  They included information about how the different pieces were made in the exhibit.  The museum also has some really old glass, with some pieces dating back to the 1500s.

On Thursday, Wild Man and I had a talk about babies, umbilical cords, and placentas after he asked a question from a commercial he had seen on TV.

The kids watched "How the Earth Was Made" on the DVR on Friday.  Wild Man and I then read in a science book about plate tectonics.

The kids watched Mythbusters and several Food Network shows.

We watched the Disney movie, "Roving Mars" and then watched the Science Network show, "Mars Rover, Five Years Later".

Ga'hoole Girl and I discussed tonsillitis, antibiotics, and mononucleosis on Thursday and Friday.  Ga'hoole Girl's throat was our visual aid!

  • History/Social Science

We looked at pictures Grandma took from Ireland and her cruise around the Baltic sea.

Friday, we read part of a book about William Shakespeare.

The kids stayed up Tuesday to watch election returns, which was accompanied by discussions of the Electoral College and other interesting topics.

  • English/Literature

We finished reading Prince Caspian and started Brisingr by Christopher Paolini.  Both kids have been reading books from the library.

  • Cooking

I made tomato soup on Wednesday, but the kids didn't really help too much.

Ga'hoole Girl and Grandma made candy on Wednesday and Ga'hoole Girl made some pasta and sauce from a new recipe today.

Wild Man and I are making a chocolate pound cake today.

  • Sewing/Fiber work

Ga'hoole Girl has been cutting out quilt squares and sewing her quilt.  She also helped Grandma make my pillows on Wednesday.

Wild Man started on a loom knitting project this week.

  • Physical Education

Grandma took the kids swimming on Monday.

The kids both had dance on Monday.  Ga'hoole Girl, unfortunately, missed her Thursday tap class because of her sore throat.

Now that I've gotten it all written out, it's pretty clear that the kids did learn a good bit this week.  Ga'hoole Girl is feeling better today.  Wild Man is avidly watching LSU play Alabama (Geaux Tigers!).  Next week, we'll start Core 7 as well as watch several Earth Science shows that I recorded on the DVR.  Check out Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers to see what others did in their week!

 

1 comment:

Kris said...

It certainly doesn't sound like an educationally useless week to me. Wow! Y'all did some intersting things.

That's what initially got me blogging -- trying to make myself look at all we DID accomplish, rather than what we didn't.

Sounds like a great week.