Sunday, September 5, 2010

Homeschool Hightlights: Week 1 (Exp-1850)

We have completed our first full week of school.

For whatever reason, we didn't "ease" into it.  We were able to complete all the work for each day in one day.

I am curious when the full "load" of work will happen.  The first week was very light.

For Bible, we are studying the Book of James and completed the first week of our study,
Boy, Have I Got Problems.

I can already tell it is going to be an interesting year-- not just with the study, but for all of us personally.

The Lord is going to be "fleshing" out those verses that have words like "bond-servant, trials, and affliction" in them.

I have a feeling this is going to be a very good, but very challenging, year for us.

Our first year was the year that hearts came home.
Our second year was the year that school was FUN!
Our third year was the year we really did it all (or very close to it).

But this year, at least for the moment, is the year that "homeschool honeymoon" is over.


But, all that to say, there is plenty of room for the Lord to show Himself faithful to us and for Him to be strong in our weakness-- of which we have plenty.

There were some highlights-- we are enjoying our first hymn study.  We are singing, "This Is My Father's World" each morning.

And we illustrated God's rule over all.

I thought Elijah's was very sweet...

And Charlotte's, because her drawing captured His greatness, actually took my breath away...

In History, we did a bit of review of explorers we covered last year.
This week we studied Leif Ericsson, Christopher Columbus, Cabot, Ponce de Leon, Balboa, and De Soto.

We are not using our single, family timeline.  This year each child has accordian-fold paper and is responsible for adding their own timeline piece.

 They notebooked their explorers...

We also made foil boats--Santa Maria, Niña, & Pinta.  I planned on having boat races but by the end of the week-- honestly, it was just enough already. :P

Math is going very well for everyone.

Abby has done an almost perfect job so far in Algebra 1-- though it is just review at this point.
Charlotte is cruising along in 5A.  Some word problems did hang her up this week, but we pushed through and she "got it."  It was very satisfying for both of us.

Elijah is doing well in 3A.  I can tell he has matured and his eyes are doing well.

We haven't started spelling (Spelling Power) for Charlotte yet.
(Abby completed Spelling Power a couple of years ago.)

But I did start All About Spelling with Elijah.
Can I just tell you how much I love it and that it seems to be a great fit for him??!!


Abby is "on her own" for science and we did record her first experiment.

Science for the other two was mainly review and establishing a creation worldview, which our children already have.  It was definitely light on the science this week, but I looked ahead and next week we'll start classifications which should be fun.


We did listen to the first part of Schubert's story and will be finishing that up this week.


The girls don't start back to dance until next week.  They are ready-- they keep dancing around the house :)

Charlotte showed great initiative this week by learning how to put her own hair in a bun.  No small feat with waist-length hair.

And The Boy is now a soccer player...

so that would make me...


Soccer Mom

Besides needing a haircut something fierce, he is ready and raring to go.

Sooooo, that is our first week.  I wasn't the only one that thought it was a shock to the old system.
Yet, we survived... barely...

She slept like this for at least two hours in the afternoon.


Abby said...

Looks like a great week! We started back in the beginning of August. I made it through that first week w/a coffee first thing in the morning. The morning I forgot I ended up taking a 3 hour nap in the middle of the afternoon. Yikes!

This is our fourth year & I definitely feel that the honeymoon is over. However, I'm definitely more comfortable & feel like I'm finally finding my grove. :) I love how you gave each year a theme. I've done the same thing in my mind & was planning on blogging about it later this week. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Tina Hollenbeck said...

What a great synopsis of what looks like a great week!


Wow, you are now one of my homeschooling heroes. We just started kindergarten with our oldest and I'm already wondering what in the world I will do when all four of them are at different levels. Looks like you are doing it and succeeding! Congratulations!

Lainie said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone... keep cheering us on. We're gonna need it this year :D

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