Rain, rain go away! We spent most of this week expecting Hurricane Joaquin to pay us a visit, but thankfully he went elsewhere. Nonetheless, we’ve had rain for days and it’s not letting up anytime soon. Sigh…
We are grateful that eastern NC is no longer in the danger zone, but we’re still experiencing flash flooding all around. We are safe and all is well, but it’s yucky out there!
Our focus on Thursday and Friday was preparing for the possibility of Joaquin’s landfall and we honestly didn’t do much in the way of homeschooling the last part of the week. What can I say? Sometimes life happens. (For what it’s worth, there’s plenty of educational value in storm preparation, too!) We’re playing catch-up today, though, so it’s all good.
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We’re already seeing that 5th Grade has opened the door for a good bit of independent work for The Boy. I’m around while he’s working for the most part, but he is able to jump in and do his work without much help from me. It’s definitely a new thing, but it comes at a good time since my youngest requires lots of one on one time with me.
He’s been a busy guy this week! Spanish, atomic bonding, worldview, and language arts all made appearances this week, but history and math stole the spotlight for him. He’s loving his move to Math U See and is working his way through Gamma. (While he’s familiar with the majority of the material in this level, we decided the review would be helpful and he’d be better prepared for Delta after mastering all of the Gamma concepts.) He told me earlier this week that he thinks we’ve finally found the right math curriculum. This is the sixth math curriculum we’ve tried since second grade. Let that sink in for a moment. I can’t be sure, but I think I heard a chorus of angels when he said that we’ve found the one.
As for history, his second quarter of Mystery of History started this week. He loved the introduction to early medieval times and, because he’s a boy, he enjoyed the bathroom-related facts that came along with that intro. I’ll omit the details here and let you research on your own, if you’re so inclined.
He also started another project from The Art of Fall. He’s been really excited to tackle watercolor again and was anxious to sketch his picture for it. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
Prissy’s week in God’s Little Explorers was all about Letter C and the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. She loved this story and creating her own coat. (The Boy even jumped in on this activity and had fun with it!)
We had a good time with our Co-op group this week before the Joaquin preparations started. This week the kids learned a little bit about Van Gogh and created their versions of his famous sunflowers. Our STEM time and Prissy’s Tot School time were also great, but I was a slacker and didn’t snap any photos of them.
Lots of rain means that I’ve had to get creative and find new ways to keep the kiddos from getting bored during our school days. We don’t have the luxury of taking a nature walk right now so we’re putting a creative spin on our game collection. For example, we used our Quelf board and pieces to help with spelling and letter review this week. He had to correctly spell words from his spelling list as he made his way through the game board. Meanwhile, Prissy reviewed letter sounds according to her landings. It was fun and it served the purpose!
We’ve had so much rain and lots of cloud cover this week so you can imagine how excited we were to be able to watch the Super Moon eclipse. We weren’t expecting to see it, but we found ourselves watching the entire thing from our back porch. It was truly a sight to behold! Dad was even kind enough to grab some props and demonstrate so that the kids could get a better understanding of what we were witnessing.
– Around the Table –
Philly Cheesesteak Crescent Ring
I stumbled across a recipe for a Philly Cheesesteak Crescent Ring a while back and can’t believe I forgot about it. I found it again this week and decided it was time to make it happen. All of the goodness of a Philly Cheesesteak stuffed inside crescent rolls? Yes, please!
That’s it around here… we’re looking forward to a new week, but hopefully a much dryer one! Have a wonderful week!