Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A mid-week recap.

Well this week has been going along much better than last week.  Thank goodness!

Our lessons about Egypt have been very interesting.  I've found a pretty cool unit study that we'll do next week that will go over everything we've learned.  Fortunately, we've done several of the projects Time4Learning suggests.  That's probably why he's enjoyed this study so much!  We spent some time this afternoon watching a few documentaries that we recorded on the DVR.  They were neat, but it was hard to pay attention to them while the little boys were wrestling in the living room.  I suppose that's how it goes with three boys running around.  

Science has been interesting, but almost a little difficult to understand.  We've been talking about many different kinds of energy.  He's been doing ok with them, does well on his quizzes, answers my questions ok, but it's not nearly as much fun as doing cool experiments.  Fortunately, his friend is coming over on Friday to discuss plans for their big Science Fair project.  We have to submit paperwork and have our project reviewed and approved before we can even get the boys started on it.  I'm not sure what I'd say to them if we were told that it wasn't approved??

Language Arts has been rather uneventful.  How exciting can it be to learn more about nouns and verbs?  But he does well in that area and it goes by rather quickly.  If only I could convince him to write without whining.  You'd think I was forcing manual labor on him with the protesting I get when I suggest that he write slower/neater/nicer, etc.  Goodness.  I guess it's somewhat comforting to know that I'm not the only mom of a 9 year old who hates to write.  I will say, he will sit in front of a computer screen and type out a whole story to his heart's content, though.  

I need to get us started on his art lessons and music study.  Right now, though, it feels like we're just trying to keep up with the rest of school lessons without adding anything.  With the house being built, my husband getting ready to leave, and my health issues, I'm not sure there is time for anything else.  Yet.  We'll get there!

Zander has been working on a literature based unit study this week.  He really enjoys his computer time but was hoping for some more one on one time with me.  I turned to something that has worked for us in the past.  So this week, we are reading The Story About Ping.  It's been as lovely as it was when Adisson and I read this story a few years ago.  It's still not as easy to fit everything in as I was hoping it would be,  but I'm trying so hard to find the balance.  If only I wasn't also designing our new house at the same time...as that definitely eats up every extra minute I have.  

Anyway, there's more to say but even more to do and I've got to wrap this up.  I'll be back at the end of the week...don't hold your breath! :)

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