Weekly Notes

Monday:  Math 6/5 going well for Violet.  She breezed through her first test with no help so we’ll jump ahead a bit.  Matthias has moved forward rapidly in the 5/4 book as well, and did good on his test too.   He’s not particularly up to par today so I sent him up to his room for some independent reading time.  He’s working through the Just So Stories right now after just finishing the Book of Dragons last week.  He totally loved them!  Seamus worked with me to finish up his Tiger lapbook, what a wonderful job he did!!  He’s getting so good at cutting and pasting.  He also did some "race car" addition with his rod stair and enjoyed that for quite a while.  He also worked a United States puzzle for a good bit of the morning.  We had lunch with daddy at home today, that was a nice treat for us all!  We finished up our afternoon with Our British History read aloud-Britannia, it’s hysterical, we love Geraldine McCaughrean!  Baby had a nice long nap, so Seamus and I read some Thomas the Tank Engine stories and had fun practicing his letter sounds ala Montessori style with the Melissa & Doug wooden alphabet puzzle pieces.  All in all, a good day!  Matthias emerged from his room after reading and we’ve decided to ramp-up his science studies into a full-blown Astronomy study for this year, including all things Space!!  Should be fun!

Tuesday:  Began Autumn Nature study:  Trees!  Matthias and Violet both did Investigations for Math, Matthias has caught on to Squaring and Square Roots right away, and Violet is learning how to dissect story problems.  Seamus mainly played then worked with his chalk and slate to make letters.  Reviewed Latin, had a good RA time during and after lunch, three chapters of Golden Goblet while the kids drew pictures!  Violet is creating a wall of princesses and Matthias has decided to do Kings and knights.  Seamus also drew a knight and lots of weapons to go with it!  We had a scant tea as there was only animal crackers today (I guess I’d better get baking) – but we thoroughly enjoyed our reading of Midsummer’s Night Dream from the Random House Book of Shakespeare Stories, excellent!  I blogged a little while baby finished his nap and then it was off to Ballet for Violet and a quick trip to the library to pick up some holds.  We had our favorite Spicy Honey Chicken and Rice for dinner and then is was time for Rosary and bed, whew!  Some days are packed!!

Wednesday:  Space Day with Matthias today.  Violet wasn’t feeling very good so we started his new Science Notebook – Planets and everything Astronomy related.  He’s very excited.  Seamus joined us in all our Read Aloud’s and Matthias worked fastidiously on his drawings and narration, it was a very good day for both of us.  Matthias was also able to go to his  piano lesson with daddy so I could stay at home with the others which was nice.  Seamus and I read lots of picture books too!

Thursday:  Violet feeling much better, did math and latin review, started to get her back on track, set up her history notebook and science notebook.  Ballet later and a library trip fo me to pick up holds.

Friday:  Art and Music time after lunch – had a good morning of math drills, freewrite time, and Matthias worked on a narration from G is for Googol.  We picked L is for Lightyear, fancy that!  Seamus was so excited to see the UPS truck pull up to deliver his HWT wooden letter peices.  That made for a  lovely afternoon of discovery for him!!

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We’re Off To A Good Start!

It’s hard to believe Fall is upon us as we wrap up our 1st month of learning.  We had a lovely summer settling in to our new neighborhood and home and feel like we’re finally ready to dig in!  I am really enjoying the Mater Amabilis curriculum I chose for the older two and with Seamus and his baby brother we are loving exploring all things Montessori, and then some!  So here is our last week in review to kind of round things up and see where we’ve come in our first month:

Monday:  Started a little late, around 9:30 and managed to whip through some great math for Violet and Matthias using the Base Ten Number Cubes.  They really like using these to work their figures even though it takes a little longer, it makes it more fun and enjoyable, so why not?  Seamus is working with Cuisinaire rods right now and learning how to match snap-cubes to his rod-stair.  This is great for adding or subtracting one to numbers 0-9.  Read-Aloud from The Golden Goblet and had some excellent outdoor time building fairy houses and digging for clay!

Tuesday:  This could have been considered a "perfect day":  First thing in the morning I asked everyone to bring their sketchbooks outside and to notice "What’s special outside this morning?"What  sights, sounds, smells, etc do you notice, and then went back in to finish coloring our pictures and everybody shared theirs!  Then we had more Math Cube fun.  From there we went to the kitchen for some Art Appreciation time, shared some poetry and listened to some of our Lingua Angelica Latin CD (so beautiful).  After lunch we played some grammar games where I had the older two write down all the words they could think of for the acronym W.O.R.D.S. (I know kind of silly) but they had fun doing it and I want them to use their list to write a poem or story this next week!  Seamus worked so well with his HWT chalk slate and is really enjoying making his letters.  I can’t wait for him to use the wood block letters I just ordered from them.  We also reviewed and love a new geography book we got from the library called Material World, recommended by Kim at Starry Sky Ranch, it’s a good one.  Then we worked on our Geography nomenclature sheets for the  boy we read about in Children Just Like Me, he lives in the Altiplano.  Another hat-tip to Kim for the great printout for this activity.  We ended our day by having a nice tea-time with a Shakespeare reading and some animal crackers before heading off to Violet’s ballet class!  Pretty close to pefect, and I had dinner ready by the time daddy came home with the little dancer!

Wednesday:  Matthias has piano at noon on W’s so our morning has to move pretty quick.  Got Matthias set up on the computer to start his new Saxon 5/4 math DVD and Violet worked on her Fraction book with Cuisinaire rods.  Seamus played with Sean-Paul mostly, we zipped through Latin and had to get out the door. Sometimes I don’t know where the morning goes ;o

Thursday:  Feast of the Holy Cross and Mass at 12:15, so another quick morning.  The kids enjoyed doing the art activity from Seton’s Art 2 FYC.  We had nice discussion time about the Feast day and worked through a little Math, Grammar and Religion.  After Mass we had Read aloud from The Golden Goblet and outside time.  Ballet and Golf today and Crock-pot for dinner.

Friday was spent doing what we so enjoy, creating something beautiful for Our Lady as it was the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.  Covered all the basics as well and had a lovely dinner with the HM, cake and all!

Not a bad week and I feel like we’re on  a good rhythm, if only we could start by nine at the latest!  Thanks for stopping in!