Friday, March 8, 2013

Weekly Highlights: PJ Day, Fun with Art and a Fabulous FREE App!

March 4-8, 2013
The kids are enjoying ARTistic Pursuits. Our review of K-3, Book 3 posted last night. I can tell you, we will continue using this curriculum! It's so simple, yet so powerful! Ryan painted a fabulous banana and Caraline mixed her own colors to make a beautiful cupcake. Jonathan has so much fun working on his abstract art, too! He's learning the process of art just like the older two.


I just love his truck drawings for this enrichment activity in Math U See!
Ryan is enjoying Math U See - Alpha. And, I am beginning to better understand their method of teaching math. We still haven't touched on math facts that are unfamiliar to Ryan. Hopefully Lesson 8 will challenge him a little bit more. I still don't want to skip ahead, because the method of using Cuisenaire type rods for addition is different for us.


We watched a couple of Supercharged Science online videos and then pulled out the microscope for science class.We prepared slides and looked at microorganisms from our mouth! We are beginning our review period of Supercharged Science, and I can't tell you how impressed I am with this online video, text and project based program!

*I let Caraline choose which unit to study first and she chose to learn a unit about Prokaryotes, Plants, Protists & Fungi! This is going to be so much FUN!! I love science and microbiology is fascinating!

Jonathan received patches for completing sections (memorizing verses) in his Awana Cubbies handbook this past Wednesday night. He memorizes verses just like his big sister and big brother do.  He's almost finished with his book! Caraline has just a few more verses to memorize and Ryan, too! They've worked diligently and will complete their handbooks (Sparks and T&T) well before the last class! I am super proud of them. I don't even have to ask them to study at home. They do so on their own! Ryan has gone from needing help to read his verses at the beginning of the year, to reading them independently and taking joy in being able to read and study on his own!

Our homeschool co-op is a lot of fun for the little ones- and mommy, too! In this picture, Caraline (in the middle- with the non-blurred face!) is reciting one of our pledges. We recite three: to the American Flag, to the Christian Flag and to the Bible during assembly.

We have Spirit Days (dress-up days) sprinkled throughout each semester, too. This week was Pajama Day! Even I went to class in my PJ's. Later that night, Daddy took us out to eat. Ryan was the only one that changed into regular clothes. Caraline, Jonathan and I enjoyed our meal in our PJ's. I wonder what that says about the three of us that didn't bother with changing...

And here is Jonathan in his Pre-K class. When I peeked in they were celebrating all of the March birthdays. Jonathan is in the center with one of his teachers behind him. The kids were threading beads onto string. He also learned about Dr. Seuss and came home with a cute Thing 1 and Thing 2 craft. They also get indoor playground time, too. He always has the best time in his classes!

I didn't get any pictures of Ryan at co-op. He has one class that's all about Australia. They do the cutest craft projects in his class! This week he made a sponge painting of the Great Barrier Reef. He also has a cooking class. This week they made homemade cookies. Ryan proudly shared that he only ate one, because he wants to be healthy! Even Caraline was impressed. She knows how hard it is to eat just one fresh out of the oven cookie!

I have a PBS Kids video app on my iPhone. It's FREE! It plays episodes of PBS Kids' shows. Ryan's favorite is Professor Fizzy's Lunch Lab. It has been fabulous for teaching healthy eating habits.

Read alouds:
And, we finished The Princess and the Goblin this week! Caraline immediately began writing her own fairy tale. Good books are wonderful for sparking creativity. She's already on page 15!

We began a short story, Little Sir Galahad (Rare Collector's Series), from Lamplighter. It is such a great story, too. We should finish it today! Our sweet friends at Homegrown Learners are letting us borrow a couple of their Tomie dePaola books. We plan to start those today, too!

We've had a couple of beautiful days here in GA. It's been a wonderful change from all of the cold and rain. We've taken ample opportunity this week to go outside and explore God's wonderful creation. I LOVE sunshine and nature. =)

This week I am linking with:

Homegrown Learners


  1. Hi, from a fellow Georgia home school Mom. Love the drawing! I hope you'll consider adding this to my end of the week link up, Its a Wrap. -Savannah

    1. Thanks, Savannah! I just added your button and linked up with It's a Wrap. Thanks for the invitation. I love all of your pictures!

  2. It looks like a great week. Your co-op looks like lots of fun.
    Blessings, Dawn

  3. We've enjoyed Artistic Pursuits k-3 book 1 last year. I got a good deal on book 2 and thought we might do it this year, but it is one of those "extras" we haven't quite gotten too. My kids to art and co-op and quite a bit on their we've been trying to make it to a monthly family day at the art I guess they are probably getting enough art in even without it! We can always save the book for another year. :-)


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