Week in Review 11.16 – 11.20.09

Monday ~ Seamus' turn for not feeling well, stuffy nose sore throat thing šŸ˜¦ Thankfully no fever is involved in this one and we're hoping he'll be back to normal before week's end!

The older two and I rearranged the Geography area and the Reading area in the school room, it's much nicer and will potentially produce less clutter than before (at least that is my prayer). We had been using the wooden arch for a "store/kitchen" but it was constantly in disarray and truly not being used to it's full potential. Here's how the new reading corner looks now:

Violet displayed some inviting picture books for now ~

Readingcorner 
I have now re-purposed all of the wooden food and accessories to some kitchen shelves and a new playdough station downstairs for better accessibility and hope to see some little "Iron Chef" action more frequently šŸ™‚ (They LOVE doing this!)

Violet: Back in full force from last week intense activities and her not feeling well. Lots of reading, Marine Bio work on Ocean Geography, Math and some organizing projects in her room šŸ™‚

Matthias: Reading Camp X (it's a page turner, he can't put it down!), Math w/Violet, Piano practice (no Organ today)

SP: messed around in the new reading corner, but then settled in and read a few stories with Violet.  Played off and on with Seamus as he was in bed listening to Ramona's World (a classic and favorite especially when you're feeling a bit poohey).

Rest of the day was quiet, I started and re-started a hat for Matthias for Xmas.

Tuesday ~ Seamus feeling a bit better, but not much for doing too much school work, he and Sean-Paul watched the Aristocats. Matthias and SP also a little sniffly, guess it's going to hit us all. Read a chapter of Winged Watchman.

Math for V & M – cont. Rev of Ch6 A+ Notes Algebra

Violet: Worked straight away on her LAST Lingua Mater lesson, she's very excited to be finishing this up!! Other – lots of reading, knitting on her leg warmers and watching season 5 of the original Little House on the Prairie episodes. More Marine Bio tidbits.

Matthias: Grammar – He and I did a lesson from Writing With Ease by Susan Wise Bauer (I like this, very nicely laid out), Reading – Camp X (couldn't pull him away from this one šŸ™‚

Seamus listened during read aloud and then buzzed around w/SP and later in the day did a lovely cello practice, definately feeling better šŸ™‚

SP: worked on some trays from his Dinosaur shelves šŸ™‚ (see below)

Wednesday ~ Finished The Winged Watchman during Morning Basket time!! What a great book, sad last page though šŸ˜¦

Math – Violet and Matthias still working through Ch 6 Review exercises from A+ Notes Algebra.

Matthias: Copywork from Winged Watchman and review of Proper Nouns in ILL.

Seamus had Cello lesson in the morning, great lesson as he had missed Monday. Narrated George Washington for me to keyboard.

Thursday ~ late start, Violet didn't get up until after 9:00 (ooh, those ballet nights are catching up and it's not even Nutcracker yet!) I finished Kilmeny of the Orchard last night, good ending, and only a "tad" predictable. Lovely writing!

Zoology Research and Presentations – Seamus: Bush Viper, Matthias: Hammerhead Shark, Violet: Nile Crocodile, SP: Chipmunk

Violet: a few math problems, helped SP with his Dino work, more grammar, confirmation reading/?'s,

Matthias: a few math problems, Religion FYC read and narrated/?'s with me, piano practice 30 minutes before lunch, Reading – On the Wings of Heroes (WWII historical fiction find at 1/2 Price books)

Seamus: Copywork from his D'Auliare's George Washington narration, very nice! Also coloring a picture copied from the book, such delightful drawings by the D'Aulaires! Math – a Mammoth Math worksheet on Divisors, nice example of patterning with Multiplication and Division. Identified all the squares and square roots too šŸ™‚

SP: Dinosaur fun pages with Violet, he's really enjoying his Dinosaur shelves this week!

 DinoShelvesNov09

After lunch, SP and I read Bones, Bones Dinosaur Bones and Dinosaurs Dinosaurs by Byron Barton (we love him) and he worked on tracing some letters. Then he sat and worked a Ravensberger Dinosaur puzzle with me for over a 1/2 hour, tons of fun!

V & M made Oatmeal Scotchie Bars, YUM!!! These won't last long around here šŸ˜‰

Friday ~ Quick morning before Violet's confirmation class, met up with her for Mass and lunch before Matthias' piano and Seamus' cello lessons this afternoon.

Boys played many card games. I showed SP how to do the Dinosaur template rubbings with the flat crayons and then he tried some on his own. Animal matching Mothers and Babies cards w/me.

Violet reviewed all of her work in her Lingua Mater writing portfolio and has chosen her favorites. Yesterday she polished her final draft from Unit 4 and typed it out on the computer. Now she wants to type ALL of them as well šŸ™‚ (That should keep her busy for a while:)

I was very happy when all said and done yesterday afternoon and we had a lovely quiet evening and now it's the weekend, sigh!!! Looking forward to celebrating the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday!

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