This week we researched (a little more) for things we'd like to do on our vacation to the Smoky Mountains. We leave next week! We also sampled a few pages in our new curriculum for the coming year. Since warm weather finally decided to appear and the pool isn't ice cold anymore- we spent the week week enjoying the sunshine in our backyard and splashing in the water, too.
Jonathan really likes Reading Eggs....and dirt. His laid back position playing Reading Eggs sent me into silent hysterics. I just had to snap a few pictures. If you'll notice his pants are covered in red clay. That's because he's been busy making pottery pieces and displaying them rather creatively, too ~ in an upturned leg of our water table.
Writing With Ease and First Language Lessons. We've decided to veer away from the Language Arts curriculum (BJUP) we've used for years. It's a great curriculum, but it takes up a lot of our time. I'm interested to see how this new approach works out.
I'm still undecided on a Spelling curriculum. I may stick with BJUP or I might switch to All About Spelling. We reviewed Level 1 with PAL last fall. We liked it a lot, and it is a solid program, too. Decisions.
Saxon Math is something we've used since Kindergarten and will most likely stick with it through highschool. Now that Caraline is in Saxon 5/4, we can take advantage of the DIVE Cd-Rom!
(Below is a link from where we purchased it if you've never heard of DIVE before.)
|Saxon Math 54, 2nd Edition DIVE CD-Rom|
I did search for a second edition, hardcover book. I have three little ones, and I've heard that the new edition just doesn't stand up to wear and tear like the older one. I found the full homeschool set used for $8 - two of the tests are missing, but for $8 it won't be a big deal to make up two of my own tests.
One of our best decisions this week: we filled the sandbox with fresh sand. The kids have had a ball playing for hours in the sandbox. And yes, I have found sand in the house, too -- but it's totally worth it!
~ I'm eating! Over the past several weeks I've lost a total of 12 lbs. (eight of it in the first week and a half and four more by the end of the second week, maybe the beginning of the third) but I seem to be staying steady at this new weight. We bought an ice chest to take with us to the mountains. This way, I'll be able to carry along specific sandwich meat and a few other things that I am confident eating. I never knew how tough and exhausting food allergies could be. I know a lot of friends and little ones children with allergies, but I never truly understood... until now. I'm praying for those friends and also for a few close relatives and friends with serious health issues, too.
I had lunch this week with a special friend, too. It was so good to catch up with her and talk about our homeschool plans and just life in general. I really admire this sweet lady and I'm thankful for our friendship.
I started picking up other old "friends" this week, too. These are books that I read each summer to remind me of my purpose in homeschooling and to refresh my soul.
- When Children Love to Learn
- For the Children's Sake
- Educating the WholeHearted Child
- The Well-Trained Mind
- The Mission of Motherhood
I will leave you with this:
I'm posting on 6/6 which happens to be the 69th anniversary of D-Day. Here's a video of Ronald Regan's speech 29 years ago and one more from him regarding our heroes and our freedom. I am so thankful my husband shared these inspiring and moving words with me tonight.
We are linking our Weekly Highlights with our friends at Homegrown Learners' Collage Friday and Weird,Unsocialized Homeschoolers' Weekly Wrap-Up:
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