Saturday, March 07, 2009

Our Week in Review

Our-Week-In-Review-3 Not only did we have a rather productive week this week, but I didn’t have any knock-down drag-out migraines.  I think we still could be a little more “productive” with our time, but we are making progress.  I made dinner from scratch three times this week (and will be doing so again today) which is good for the tummies, budget, and general all-around well-being.  So, what did happen this week?  I’ll break it down by subject this week.

Bible/AWANA – Wild Man is working diligently on Discovery 6 in his AWANA book.  His goal is to finish this book this year.  We also reviewed the books of the Bible.  He just about has them down pat.  (Unfortunately, my meds are making me forgetful, so I’m not as on top of things as I’d like to be.  But, I just check his AWANA book if I need to.  It’s good to be the parent.)  As a family, we are reading in Exodus.  We’re now into the laws that God gave Moses which get a little tedious at times.  The kids are really hanging with it, though.

History – We learned about the French and Indian War and the Seven Years’ War.  The excitement level is low right now, but we’re about to get to Marie Antoinette, which at least interests Ga’hoole Girl.

Math – Both kids are working well in ALEKS.  I have Wild Man now doing three pie pieces each day in order to help him move a little more quickly.  His last assessment went quite well.

Foreign Languages – Wild Man is doing PowerSpeak Spanish and Ga’hoole Girl is doing PowerSpeak Latin.  Since Ga’hoole Girl is doing High School level Latin, she is really paying attention to her grade.  Her 8th grade Spanish grade wasn’t great, but this one goes on her transcript.  So far, she has an A.  (We are pretty relaxed about grading most things, but grades from an outside source like PowerSpeak go on the transcript “as is”.)

Language Arts – Wild Man – Spelling took some serious effort this week.  We only did one new lesson, but did lots of spelling work.  Wild Man’s dyslexia really affects his spelling.  His reading is improving, but he still skips or misreads small words quite frequently.  I’m also having him work on pronouncing things more clearly.

Language Arts – Ga’hoole Girl – I had Ga’hoole Girl do a new Spelling assessment and she got to move ahead two levels.  I’m about ready to be done with spelling with her.  Her spelling isn’t great, but it’s OK.  I think she can learn the rest of the spelling she needs with a vocabulary program that will also get her prepped for the ACT.  Her usable vocabulary is quite large, but I would like to have her do some formal vocabulary work to learn word roots, prefixes, suffixes, etc.

Science – We’re getting ready for the Science Fair!!  Wild Man did his trebuchet measurements today (pictures later).  Ga’hoole Girl has been gradually working on collecting data for her “How Much Did Solomon’s Temple Cost?” project.  The Science Fair is next Saturday, so we will have a busy week coming up.

Music and dance – Ga’hoole Girl is working hard on her pieces for piano competition.  She and her teacher chose some tough pieces this time around, but I’m confident she can do it – with some work.  Both kids are enjoying dance class.  Wild Man signed up for the “Dance Team” part of the Children’s Worship Team at church.  They will do some motions to worship music at the big Easter Egg-stravaganza later this spring.  The leader sounded a little surprised that a boy had signed up, but I assured her that he knew what was involved and was excited about it.  The homeschool talent show is in about 6 weeks.  The kids are now planning to sing and dance to “Moses Supposes His Toeses are Roses” from “Singin’ In The Rain”.  It’s going to be a wild several weeks around here.  We also had a lovely evening last night at the Point Dance Ensemble spring performance.  If you are in the Stevens Point area, they are performing again tonight, and the performance is well worth your time.

So, how was your week?  Check out Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers for more weekly reviews!!


Nekey said...

Wow! That was a productive week!

~Mary~ 4boys4me said...

You got a lot done this week! And cooked dinner from scratch, too! very impressive. :)

Shannon and Alex said...

I'm really interested in the kids learning Latin. I may come to you for advice!