The First Week of School

 a weekly wrap-up

{These weekly wrap-up themes have always been fun to read, and I am enjoying the creative and reflective process.  Though I am not sure if I'll be able to do it every week, I hope I am able to do it most.  It certainly was a beautiful way to document our very first week of school this year!}

1. What's working/not working for us...a moth trap inspired by DK Nature Explorer, built by my youngest with help from my husband and I.  We allowed him to stay up an extra hour or so to check the trap as the night darkened and the bugs emerged.  Alas, no moths went into the trap.

When our son went to bed, my husband and I decided to put on the porch light and try to capture one with our hands for our little guy.  We did, and our son was delighted to observe the moth the next morning. 

Overall, he still liked the activity of building the trap even if it didn't work for us.  I even found the book a few days later with another activity marked.  Apparently, our son wants to try "Seeing Spots," which is an activity where you can safely search for sunspots.  I hope it works better than our moth capturing attempts.

2. My favorite thing this week fresh vegetables.  Years ago, we started our garden for fresh, organic produce at a cheaper price than the local stores, but along the way, we've found it to be a place of many hands on learning lessons as well.

3. I'm cooking...My oldest son is cooking his own breakfast!

4 - 8 In our homeschool this week...
{4} We 'officially' started our school year on Monday, and celebrated with a few new supplies.
{5} Free evenings, since the Olympics are over, have been spent watching episodes of Drive Thru History.  The American History Series has served as an excellent review for last year's history lessons.
{6} Our jaunt to the local Mexican restaurant on Tuesday had more to do with all-you-can-eat Taco Tuesday, and very little to do with this week's history lesson on the Mexican American War.  We didn't quite finish The Story of the World, Volume 3 last year, and are completing the final few chapters before beginning Volume 4.
{7} We studied a few pieces by Georgia O'Keeffe, and completed an art project.
{8} My oldest daughter fixed her own hair with a few different styles this week.

9 - 10. Places we're going and people we're seeing...
{9} Upward flag football evaluations were last weekend.  Our boys will both be playing again this year.  It is fun to see their improvement from year to year, and I love how their enthusiasm for playing grows.  However, I really appreciate how our league always gives glory to the Lord.
{10} We spent several lovely afternoons, including today, at the pool soaking in the final days of summer.

5 days done...175 more to go...and I, for one, am looking forward to it!

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  1. Congratulations! Sounds like you all had a fun 1st week.

  2. It looks like your first week went well! I love your daughter's hairstyle. I have one who loves to play with new 'dos. :)

  3. I loved looking at your Georgia O'Keefe post, Dorie. We studied O'Keefe last year and it was very meaningful. There is just something about her work that is so inspiring.

    Yay for your oldest making breakfast!!!

    Thanks for linking!

  4. Sounds like a great start to the week! Loved the creative problem solving in catching your own moth!

  5. I am glad to see that you are enjoying the Drive Thru History series. That is on my plan for our History semester. I think I am going to do the Drive Thru America. Thanks for sharing! I love how the week is captured in pictures. I need a camera! LOL
    Learning 4 Keeps

  6. Looks like a great 1st week! We love Georgia O'Keefe! And your daughter's bun is so cute!

  7. What a great first week. I love your collage.
    Blessings, Dawn


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