January 7 – 11th learning notes

We had a good week back into our learning time!  It felt good for everyone to sink into their groove although Matthias would much rather just look at his Space encyclodpedia all day and play legos, but thankfully it’s learning! 

Sean-Paul – He is managing much better during morning learning time.  He has made some good choices and has been able to stick to his work without bothering anyone else, sort of.  His favorites for the week were:

  • Sorting his Colored Bears into six bowls šŸ™‚
  • Colored Bead Stair-placing the incremental beads on the stair board
  • Sitting still on my lap for prayer times
  • Coloring with crayons
  • Paper Cutting, mostly old Ranger Rick magazines
  • Outside play every day with everyone!

Seamus – He was very happy to be back at his work.  Although he managed very well over the break building many different sets of legos independently and with his older brother, he seemed quite content to be back on a schedule.  His favorite work for the week was:

  • Golden Bead Addition, Static and with Exchanging up to 12,000
  • Math worksheets from Learning Pages (he LOVES these)
  • Spelling Pink Word lists with Moveable Alphabet
  • Writing/Copying the words onto paper
  • Listening to LOTS of Read-Alouds including picture books and Son of Charlemagne
  • More lego building
  • Mopping the kitchen floor with his daddy
  • Cleaning bathroom mirrors and sinks
  • Coloring Stained glass Saints from Finestre Fidei (he continues to LOVE these and he’s quite adept at coloring them)
  • Tried many Science Experiments from Discover and Do DVD (Sonlight)
  • Land, Air, Water animal sorting and Beginning Research questions from Montessori for Everyone – this was really fun and everyone joined him!
  • Outside play every day!

Matthias – A little slow to get back into his groove, balked a bit on Tuesday on Math, but overall he was also ready to be on a better schedule.

  • Math daily (except Tues) working quickly through his Saxon 5/4.  He enjoys doing his lesson on the CD and then working some problems, so far so good.
  • Latin daily:  He’s on lesson 8 in Latina Christiana I, this is such a sound program, very doable and enjoyable.
  • Grammar almost every day:  I try to vary his lessons between PLL, Stories with a View and fun pages from Learning Pages, mostly freewrite kind of prompts
  • Lots of Science experiments with Seamus and Violet, in fact he and Violet are video-recording all their own experiments modeling them after the Discover and Do DVD it’s hysterical!
  • Listened to all read-alouds
  • Lots of lego-time and independent reading
  • Piano every day, he desperately needs a lesson, need to get over to see J.
  • Outside play everyday!

Violet – Good for her to be back, as the most organized one in the family she REALLY needs and craves the structure.  She was a HUGE help over the break in getting our house de-cluttered and paired down in the purging we did, I don’t know what I’ll ever do without her, my sweet Violet!

  • Saxon 6/5 daily, doing excellent and almost ready to move on to 7/6 (need to order!)
  • Latina Christiana II doing super on this, lesson 3.  We really like this new format for the second course, so far it has been mostly review, but very in depth!
  • Grammar:  Continuing to work one lesson at 2-week increments on Lingua Mater, this is by far the best grammar program we have found so far, it’s top notch and so beautifully written!  She loves it too which is most certainly a bonus šŸ™‚
  • Science experiments with the boys and the filming thing with Matthias!
  • Botany in a Day, this is just delightful for Botany studies!  She worked on the Pointsettia this week and did a beautiful illustration with labels
  • Listened to all read-Alouds
  • Baking on Friday-cookies for Teatimes, Chocolate Chocolate Chip and Pecan Shortbread – YUM!!
  • Dinner prep three nights this week and clean-up help
  • Many Colonial Teas "Felicity Style" with her AG Dolls, too cute, she even had one with the boys and they all dressed up accordingly, I wish I’d gotten pictures!
  • Loads of independent reading
  • Flower Fairies copywork book
  • Hans Christian Andersen narration
  • Outside playtime everyday this week, Woohoo and back to Ballet classes M, W, Th

Handicraft time this week for everyone included knitting, finger knitting lessons and some embroidery!

We stuck very closely to our Motivated Moms Chore Planner, Violet even has her own copy šŸ™‚ and no one grumbled about chores, fancy that!  I had a really good week on meals too and mosly hot lunches throughout the week which was great for before and after the outdoor times!

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