Literature, Games, and Hands On Activities

...a weekly wrap up


With eight weeks completed, a rhythm to our days is evident, but there is still great variety in the weeks.  A few thoughts about this week follow.

In our homeschool this week....
Our oldest son finished working through a literature supplement called Forms and Elements of Literature {3a}.  Next week, he will start Figuratively Speaking {3b}.  Together, the two workbooks offer him a quick, independent review of literature terms.

I am reading...
How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. For Your Kids, by Rachael Carman, which I won. {Thank you, Apologia and iHomeschool Network!!!}

My children are reading...
The two oldest children are working through literature guides {1}.  Our oldest son is reading Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse.  He is using a Progeny Press study guide for comprehension and analysis.  Our oldest daughter is currently reading Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne.  Using a Veritas Press comprehension guide, she answers questions and completes projects related to her assigned readings.

My favorite thing this week was...
discovering all the children were late to start school because they were playing a game with their youngest brother {2}.

What's working for us...
Our oldest son just completed 30 Days to Understanding the Bible, by Max Anders {4}.  My husband and I worked through the book years ago and appreciated the outlines and themes presented in an easy to understand manner.  The book allows readers to grasp a great understanding of how the pieces and books of the Bible relate and fit together with an overall message.

Approximately each week, we read and discuss one question and answer from The Westminster Shorter Catechism.  This past week, we tackled question 91 {5}.  We'll finish our four year study sometime next spring. 

Hands on activities help my children learn.  This week, our two younger children had great fun comparing weights of objects with a balance {6}.  Later, our youngest became enthralled with timing every activity.  "Look, Mom, this took only 23 seconds!"  He carried the timer around the house with him, noting how long it took to put on shoes, make beds, etc.  He also learned how to weave {7}, which he decided was "harder than hiking up a hill."

I am grateful for...
carpet picnics of take out pizza during Packers games {8}, and a return of the real refs. 
Go Green Bay!

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  1. It sounds like a great week, Dorie!

  2. Sounds like y'all had a great week. It's so sweet all your kids playing together.

  3. You all did lots of great stuff.
    Blessings, Dawn

  4. So, how do you get the numbers on your collages? LOL

  5. We are using the same two literary elements books. Looks like a great week!


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