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We worked through the first three full days in My Father's World: Exploring Countries and Cultures, deluxe package. MFW includes everything except English and Math which we also completed. We had a day of appointments which included dental cleanings for all three, vet appointments, and a trip to a local aquarium fish supplier, and a field trip day in Atlanta. Our first week back is always at slower pace.
Changing it up a bit...
As far as our normal lessons go, I did something new this year. I followed MFW's suggested outline for the order in which we complete each subject. The children loved having this structure. Before, I would list what needed to be accomplished for the day and have each little one complete their individual activities (English, Math, Spelling, Handwriting, Reading) in whatever order they chose and do our group activities when the timing seemed like a good fit. I thought it worked well this way, but this new structure might be working better.
Below is a picture from Day 1. In the top two pictures you'll find the kids filling out passport applications, writing out checks for their passports and labeling their envelops for "mailing." We will be traveling the world this year.
Also pictured is Jonathan cutting out a spiral. He adores Kumon cutting workbooks and worked through quite a few pages this week. We also found a few breaks in the rain for a little PE and nature study, too. We have four blue bird eggs ready to hatch any day now! (I'll try to make a special post about how a typical day looks for us soon...I do have a Pinterest board with most of our curriculum choices.)
Daddy taught a Geography lesson this week. I don't have a picture, but he read from Maps and Globes, a book you can find on Amazon and demonstrated with an orange how map makers have a tough job making accurately proportioned maps of a round Earth. As suggested in MFW, he used an orange, with continents somewhat outlined by me with a Sharpie, to represent the Earth. He divided the peel into four sections, peeled it and laid the sections flat. He did an excellent job explaining! On another day, he gave Caraline a spelling test. I hope he continues to want to teach what's in my teaching plans, (He already teaches other valuable lessons everyday.) when he's available; he's an excellent teacher!
We felt lost with the dogs gone. Caraline commented on how empty our house and backyard felt without them. It was so good to have our girls healthy and back home. We have medicine to give to both twice a day for the next week. Then we will just have Betsy's eye drops for cataracts to give twice a day.
I just love this mama, baby and teepee Caraline made out of a paper towel she colored brown with a marker, tape and writing paper. Her creativity amazes me.
Mommy, Daughter Time
Caraline and I had a mother daughter date one evening. We went to the movies and watched Despicable Me, 2. It was a cute movie. Caraline would tell you there is too much love in it, as in all sequels...The time together though is what we valued most. It's special and so important to make individual time with our little ones.
Friday we spent the day in Atlanta. We had originally planned to start our day at the zoo, but it was extremely crowded. We couldn't find a reasonable parking place so we continued on to the aquarium. Jonathan LOVES the tomato frog, and they just happen to have one. I got a map of the aquarium and had the little ones practice their map reading skills in between exhibits.
We spent the majority of the rest of our stay in the Sensing Nature Exhibit. One could easily spend hours playing with all the cool experiments.
The first picture is just outside the museum. This is a ritual for the kids. They must step on the dino feet. They've been doing this since our very first visit - Caraline was four, Ryan two and Jonathan a tiny baby being carried in a sling. The rest are from the Sensing Nature exhibit.
Once back home, we picked up the fish we ordered earlier in the week. We hope to have baby guppies and Mickey Mouse platys soon! They are live bearers and having these little guys as part of our schoolroom makes for many wonderful teaching moments.
This picture from the back of the local fish supplier's store warms my heart. I love my children.
We are linking our Weekly Highlights with our friends at Homegrown Learners' Collage Friday and Weird,Unsocialized Homeschoolers' Weekly Wrap-Up and Great Peace Academy's This Week and Teach Beside Me's Share It Saturday