Week in Review ~ 09.21.09 to 09.25.09

Monday morning: Feast of St. Matthew, prayers and collect of his Mass, nice morning basket time; more Thomas Burgess autobiography, Their Hearts Are His Garden, some Cardinal reader stories (very sweet), The Children's Kindergarten Hour poems.

Math for Matthias & Violet- decimal review, comparing fractions and decimals

Violet – Rilla of Ingleside, They Loved to Laugh, Lingua Mater poetry writing, babysat during organ and after for another hour, tennis courts and park with boys and I in afternoon.

Matthias – Edmund Campion, The Castle of Lyr, Baseball stats, Organ lesson, tennis and park,  piano practice in evening after dinner.

Seamus – Math worksheets – fractions, watercolor painting and beeswax clay, read aloud to me from a Magic Tree House, Cello lesson after lunch, tennis and park, outside play with Sean-Paul until dinner.

Tuesday morning: kind of a blur, I know we read the collect for St. Thomas of Villanova, a few poems and some discussions about the Latin Mass (our main focus for religion this year).

Everyone did a little math, reading, writing, playing and more reading and playing :) 

Afternoon – quick trip down to the beach with the bigger two to collect some sea water. Decided it was such a nice afternoon (and hot) that we quickly went home to retrieve the other two boys and headed back for some great beach combing and fort building 🙂 LOVE, love, love these kinds of days :)))

Ballet for Violet and dinner.

Wednesday Morning: Feast of Padre Pio (new calendar), read various stories from our basket including some poetry.

Seamus has cello in the mornings on Wed's so our morning gets a little disjointed, I need to remember this and try not to compatmentalize everyone so much and have the morning be a little more free form. Also the grandparents came over in between cello and lunch to hear Matthias' concert recording from Friday night, so the whole day was really a wash.

Violet and I did manage to get some more book reveiws loaded on to her new 2009-10 book list page, so that was nice. She's really crankin' through her list already, so it's nice to keep on top of it.

Afternoon – Matthias piano lesson and babysitting for Violet, then I took the three boys to the gym for basketball time before I needed to get Violet to ballet.

Dinner was yummy "Big Fat Greek Stuffed Peppers"! (Saving Dinner)

Thursday Morning:  Our Lady of Mercy (Ransom) readings and prayers.  More on Latin Mass focus on the Confeitior, nice discussion about examinination of conscience.

Math for Violet & Matthias – ratio, rate, proportionality and equivelency, word problems and cross multiplication.

Seamus – Math – mixed fractions, whole to parts, definitions of numerator/denominator
Geography – began state geography pages beginning with Washington (our home state).  He really enjoyed doing this and I did too 🙂
Cello – almost a 1/2 hour practice this morning!!

Snack and read new 2009 Sylvan Dell picture books for review, will write up kids reactions and post my review at Sweetness and Light soon.

Marine Biology experiments for all performed after lunch. "Salinity and Density" test.

Three separated waters

More here at Nature's Sweetness!

Ballet for Violet, daddy took boys to the park, I got some solo shopping in 🙂

Dinner – Curry Chicken and Rice Soup with a yummy Multi-grain cibatta. Getting back to my Saving Dinner recipes, so easy and good 🙂

Piano for Matthias and the Sammantha movie for all!

Friday morning: more on the Latin Mass, discussion about the Kyrie, Introit and norms of the rite.

Everyone tidied up their cubbies and we decluttered from a busy week of learning fun!

Busy afternoon including Cello lesson, Sean-Paul's very first Soccer class, ballet stuff (pointe shoe fitting) and an incredible Latin Mass with the Archibishop (history in the making here in our Diocese!!!) 

Have a great weekend friends! 

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Rest of Week ~ 09.15.09 – 09.18.09

Weekly recap, since I never posted after Monday 🙂

Tuesday Morning ~

Christina Rosetti "The Wind"
Baltimore Catechism "The First Sins"
Ch 2: Thomas Burgess autobiography
Seven Sorrows of Our Lady, discussion

Matthias: finished fractions review
Violet: Confirmation Baltimore questions t/f
Seamus: lesson on mixed fractions with me
Sean-Paul: tracing dinosaurs

other stuff, Matthias: hour of piano
Seamus: 20 of cello and lesson after lunch
Big boys had tennis, Violet ballet, Sean-Paul park play with me.

Wednesday morning ~ our Artsy time with music! Also a little math was completed by everyone and plenty of reading.

lunch: Swallows and Amazons
piano lesson for Matthias
Violet babysat
boys played around her and made a huge mess for me to clean up
burned the granola bars I started just before piano teacher arrived, sigh… 
more reading
outside play for all during which I discovered this site (thanks to Christine) and downloaded all sorts of delightful FREE goodies!! Sean-Paul had a great time working on the bumblebee in the I is for Insects pack, too cute!

Thursday morning ~ more watercolor postcards during which I read aloud: Stigmata of St. Francis followed by great discussion on the five wounds of Christ
Burgess finished Ch 2
The Magic Flute from The Children's Kindergarten Hour (a library gem)

Violet: confirmation catechism ?'s, writing assignment for Lingua Mater, "Anne" copywork and discussed some favorite sections

Matthias: Math – order of operations review, Edmund Campion (affectionately refered to now as "Eddy Camp") grammar lesson 2 in Lingua Mater, 1/2 hour of piano

Seamus: math worksheets on measurement, number word search, used his protractor for several different things, read aloud to me, 20 min of cello

Sean-Paul: colored pictures, stories with me

afternoon: outside, last tennis, park, ballet, library

Friday morning ~ Anniversary day! St. Jospeh of Cupertino, morning collect

Busy morning before Violet's confirmation prep class.  Read aloud from Story of Mankind about the beginning's of WWI. Then it was time for her to leave with daddy.

Boys~ music practices, reading, snacks, time to prep for Mass and go!

Seamus: cello lesson after Mass & lunch (yummy baguette sammy's) beautiful day, lots of outside play, Sean-Paul in pool for a bit, then tea party with V & M 🙂

Anniversary night concert!! Pure bliss 🙂

Monday ~ Triumph of the Holy Cross 09.14.09

Fairly productive day:

morning basket ~ Tale of the Three Trees (everyone loves this one) Catechism questions "Who God Made"

Violet ~ marine biology – wrote up summary of wave measurement from friday night, shell identification; created a little partitioned holding box from an unused tackle box
~ math – writing equations from word sentences and solving
~ copywork – Anne of Green Gables
~ lingua mater – finishing lesson on interrogatives; who/whom
~played bingo dice game with Sean-Paul based on brown bear, brown bear what do you see? (very cute)
~lots of reading (Rilla)

Matthias ~ math – fraction review A+ notes algebra worked several problems
~marine biology – a couple of ocean games on computer, wave measurement summary/lab report
~harpsicord lesson + 45 minutes piano after dinner
~ reading (The Singing Tree)
~ tennis w/ Seamus, Sean-Paul and I (fun, fun fun!)

Seamus ~ math – finished fraction worksheet with metal fraction insets
~ read aloud to me several pages of The Cat and the Hat Comes back; made words with moveable alphabet; this, that, there, then and copied into a small blank book
~marine biology – ocean games and marine animal word search
~ watercolor painting (St. Paschal)
~ cello 20 minutes practice before lunch
~ sketched a black kitty and colored in with colored pencils and created a gallery of his artwork above his table in the learning room 🙂
~ tennis with us

Sean-Paul ~ many various coloring and collage projects today using lots of gold glitter glue 🙂
~ dice game with sissy (brown bear, brown bear…)
~ outside for basketball
~ a few read louds included Amelia Bedelia, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, many others
~ tennis with boys & I

We headed to the park again after dinner just before it got too dark, our weather has been delightfully warm and pleasant in the evenings! Good start to the week 🙂