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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