thursday 11.12.09

Violet still feeling poorly, sore throat and snuffy nose, darn it all!! She has a big weekend of ballet performances to boot starting with on stage rehearsals today, sigh…hoping heavy doses of tea will suffice for my sweet girl. UPDATED: Power outages at the school and performance hall cancelled ALL classes and rehearsals! (Thank you guardian angels 🙂

Matthias – 15 minutes of piano right after breakfast, little boys playing star wars guys 🙂

Sean-Paul having cocoa w/a Caillou (what is it with the no hair on a 4yo??)

Morning Basket ~ prayers, holy souls devotions, singing; RA – from 50 Famous Rides and Riders by James Baldwin "How Dick Turpin Rode to York".

Matthias: Math – cont. word problems solving with two variables, geometric equations; Zoology – Strawberry Poison Dart Arrow Frog; after lunch worked on his baseball science and timeline;

Seamus: Math – Division work; Zoology – Grizzly Bear research/charades; Reading – he andI alternated reading Billy and Blaze together out loud; building traintracks w/SP after lunch;

Sean-Paul: Rainforest block puzzle – Gorilla; Zoology – Common Garter Snake; building trains w/Seamus after lunch; picked out several cute books and a dog video at the library with me.

Cello lesson for Seamus. Library run.

Park play with three boys after cello! Glorious autumn afternoon 🙂

Some knitting time for me, Violet feeling markedly better, Hallelujah!!! Thanking God and his angels for watching over her today!

Violet in her down time read some chapters of The Family Manager, read and then watch National Velvet, did some scrapbooking, knitted on her leg warmers, and listened to Keeping Cool

Penne and Meatballs, homemade Naan bread and spinach salad for dinner. Super yum!


wednesday 11/11/09

Martinmas Day!! Various stories about St. Martin, coloring pages were painted and colored with various medium, prayers, collect, singing.  An excerpt from Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill "The Summer Queen"; poem in Edwardian Lady "November" from the German.

Violet: Math – A+ Notes cont. from yesterday; Geography – Scandinavian Countries research; St. Gertrude's prayer for the Holy souls;

Matthias: Math – A+ Notes cont. from yesterday; Geography – Russia research questions; Copywork – creating his own Latin Missal book 🙂

Seamus: Math – cont. division lesson from yesterday; Geography – South America puzzle map arrows, toob animal identification w/SP; Cello practice – 25 minutes; Copywork – St. Martin's Day worksheet created at Handwriting for Kids H/T: Jessica

Sean-Paul: Geography - Three part animal cards for Africa continent box, identified all the South American Rainforest Toob animals w/Seamus;

Lunch -  RA 1 ch of Winged Watchman, Violet not feeling 100%, sent her down to rest and try to feel better. She's knitting and watching original episodes of Little House on the Prairie 🙂

Matthias working on a WWII Submarine model in his Lego digital creator site (this is a very cool site for boys). Lots of engineering and architectural analysis going on 😉 So far he's done a Latin Altar for the Extrodinary Mass Form, a WWII troop transport vehicle, a Cathedral, and others still in the works!!

Seamus and SP outside for a while, it's a beautiful Autumn day, need to go on a nature walk before it gets dark!!

Baking some shortbead Horses for Saint Martin, will have tea, and perhaps a skit and some singing with everyone 🙂

Roasted Lemon Chicken, roasted carrots, cauliflower and broccoli, salad and artisan bread for dinner.

Ballet rehearsal for V.

tuesday 11.10.09

Morning Basket ~ daily prayers, final day of Holy souls novena, St. Gertrude prayer for Holy Souls, good morning song (SP's favorite besides Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above), "November" in CD of an Edwardian Lady, RA – Apples Ripe and Rosy from CHC's 1st Communion prep lesson plans, always a good one 🙂

Violet: worked w/SP during basket time; Math – A+ Notes Literal equations cont from yesterday's lesson; Lingua Mater – L35/day2 narrative of figurative writing; Reading – The Silver Sword, National Velvet; Knitting – she's already working on Xmas gifts (I should take note 😉

Matthias: worked on a baseball diagram during reading time; Math – A+ Notes Literal equations cont from yesterday's lesson; Grammar; Lingua Mater L5/day2 Verbs; History – reading War Inventons by Charles Gibson (Baldwin project); Other reading – Enemy Brothers; Piano practice 45 minutes;

Seamus: flew a paper airplane towards me during reading time that had "I love u" written on it 🙂 Math – Division lesson 46 Saxon 5/4 review for him, he got it right away and did the practice set quickly with colored bead bars when necessary; building train tracks w/SP; Cello practice – 25 minutes

Sean-Paul: Leaf number cards, arranged in correct order, cut out pictures from Ranger Rick for his ABC book w/ sissy, ate his toast while Seamus RA to him from Seton reader 🙂 Building train tracks w/Seamus;

Lunchtime – RA 2ch's WW, Marine Bio for Violet, worked on her sponges (porifera), watched some sponge videos and look at tons of sponge photos, very cool!

RA's w/SP – The Tale of Two Bad Mice, The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (we watched Miss Potter the night before 🙂

Dinner – Potstickers, Jasmine Rice, and Edamame with salt and olive oil, yum!! (Better than take-out)

1 Ch each of Children of Noisy Village and Dr. Doolittle to Sean-Paul and Semaus at bedtime.

Thursday 11.05.09

Morning Basket ~ Prayers, novena, singing, started Themosticles, read Creation story in SP's newly gifted from Matthias Beginner's Bible, Poems – The Lady of Shallot for Violet to begin for her Ivy Basket – ala Ann w/an "e", read beginning of Horatius, Seamus recited "Where Go the Boats" and immediately SP wanted me to help him say "Rain" which he is determined to learn 🙂

Violet: Lots of reading, I didn't catch it all, but she finished Anne of Windy Poplars! Math – A+ Notes 6-8; Zoology: Marsh Rabbit

Matthias: Math – A+ Notes 6-8; Zoology – Long-tailed Weasel;

Seamus: Clocks, Mixed numbers/fractions worksheets, Zoology – Viperfish;

Sean-Paul: Zoology – Rattlesnake;

Lunch – RA 1 ch of Winged Watchman. I did an animal charade (the Kinkajou) for the kids while they ate, these are fun and can be done with anything 🙂

Afternoon- Violet worked on some confirmation ?'s, Matthias began inputing baseball stats into an Excel program, Seamus working on some knitting and embroidery (a Xmas present, shh) Sean-Paul played.

Later, SP and I read his new (and very first real chapter book) The Children of Noisy Village. We sipped cocoa w/marshmallows and enjoyed about 3 ch's together, sweet boy 🙂

Lots of lego creations/movie making (hysterical!) The boys also got in some of their circuit workout time in the garage (remember the RAIN?)

Cello practice for Seamus 1/2 hour, Matthias got in an hour of piano before dinner.

Seamus picked The Story of Doctor Doolittle for his next bedtime RA, I did my best British accent for him.

Beef Stew w/Leeks and Popovers for dinner.

Power went out for about two hours after dinner, very exciting storm in the middle of the night as well! Hello November!

wednesday 11.04.09

Morning Basket ~ Singing, St. Charles Borromeo: collect, morning prayers, St. Gertrude prayer for the Holy souls, Holy Souls Novena – day 2, St. Pharaildis (More Once Upon a Time Saints), The Garden Tools (A Child's Book of Stories from Many Lands)

Math- A+ Notes 6-7 translating words into variable equations;
Reading – Anne of Windy Poplars, Catholic Girls Guide.
Geography – Located, identified and drew all the Archipelagos of the world land/water forms w/Matthias
Copywork – Quote from Anne of WP;
Grammar – helped Matthias out with his "debate" lesson (she was the affirmative rebutal 😉

Math – A+ Notes 6-8 translating word problems into equations and solving for variable;
Geography – Puzzle map of Europe – named all countries correctly, land/water sandpaper forms w/Violet blindfolded
Copywork – 4th stanza of Casey at Bat, recited all;
Grammar – debate lesson w/Violet from ILL;
Reading – Enemy Bros.

Math – Time worksheet to the minute, Mixed Numbers & Improper fractions worksheet;
Cello lesson;
Copywork – from Home Geog L2;
Listened to Billy and Blaze w/ SP;
narrated last ch of WWatchman at lunch;
PS2 w/SP.

Brown Bear m&m sorting and graph w/me;
Newt coloring page (fact file);
Finger Stamping falling leaves picture w/Violet;
"In the Child's World" lesson on Autumn birds w/me. 

Lunch – RA 2 ch's of The Winged Watchman, kitchen clean-up.

Afternoon – Matthias working on new Baseball stats science project, Lego movie creation work.

Violet and I discussed the end of the Sunflower in Catholic Girls Guide, moving on to Ivy.

Boys doing a workout circuit with the punching bag, stairmaster and calisthenics, hysterical!!! (Gee, I should be doing this too!)

RA w/ SP – Blaze Shows the Way (CW Anderson).

Ballet tonight, Lettuce Wraps and Basmati Rice, pumpkin pie 🙂

Monday/Tuesday 11.02.09 – 11.03.09

Monday ~ Feast of All Souls; Mass at 11:30 with everyone. We accomplished a little Morning basket reading ~ The Winged Watchman, some poetry selections, listened to Mozart's Requiem.

Everyone did some Math and grammar, then we headed out.

After lunch we realized that our day was free as the piano teacher's daughter was ill (poor sweetie). So we read more Winged Watchman (great book)!

Violet polished her Marine bio project 

Boys played intermittently outside and inside, LOTS of lego action going on, there's a new challenge to enter, pieces to create, pictures to take, descriptions to be written ~ all very secretively 😉

Dinner – Provencal Vegetable Soup (Barefoot Contessa in Paris), Homemade Buttery Rolls.

Tuesday ~ Morning Basket: Feast of St. Martin de Porres; read from both Saints for Young Readers and The Children's Book of Saints; talked about being "missionaries of love and mercy" like St. Therese and began our Holy Souls from Purgatory to Heaven poster/Church Militant poster! Finger Play "The Mill" for SP, prayers for the Holy Souls (St. Gertrude prayer) Holy souls novena Day 1.

Violet: Math – A+ Notes 6-7 translating words to equations;

Matthias: Math – finished 6-7; History – Baseball timeline;

Seamus: Math – finished L45, clocks and finished his 9's skip counting; History -we  finished Columbus (D'Aluaire)/discussion; cello practice;

Sean-Paul: a few activities on his "Leaf" shelves, mostly messed around today 😦 Watched St. Nicholas w/his cocoa; listened to our lunchtime RA, then outside after lunch.

Lunch – RA 2ch's of Winged Watchman.

Afternoon – chores, reading, knitting, music time for SP, piano practice for Matthias.

Ballet night for Violet.

Dinner – Chicken Stroganoff (Saving Dinner)

friday 10.30.09

Morning Basket ~ Art Ap – Fresco of the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant by Andrea di Bonauito at the Museo di Santa Maria; then we had a discussion about the Communion of Saints and how we fit into the Universal Church as pilgrims of our faith still living on earth and why it's important to be praying for people on all levels of the Communion of Saints. 

I read aloud several October poems and notes Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady (the fruits and berries she spied in October), "To Autumn" by Keats, "Give to me the Life I Love" by RLStevenson, "That autumn eve was stilled" by R. Browning; then we moved on to Athena and Arachne from D'Aulaires Greek Myths

Free Choice Day, also share some work from the week, and tidy up day: 

Violet: Shared her Horse NB work, some geography work on cities of Italy, and a titch of her Marine bio project, she'll complete and present it on Monday! Worked on Marine Bio project, reading Anne of Windy Poplars.

Matthias: Shared some Latin responses from memory, and his Math accomplishments in his algebra book. Worked on a History of Mariners Baseball team/created timeline; Reading-Enemy Bros.

Seamus: Shared his Columbus drawing, his Leaf rubbings book and his Fractions-to-decimals math page. Math, paper airplanes from Dangerous Book for Boys, listened to ch of Trumet of the Swan.

Sean-Paul: listened to Athena story and then went down for breakfast (he's such a late riser compared to all the others). He brought me a stack of books including: The Book of Virtues and I read "The Sword of Damocles", Christina Rossetti's Sing-Song Nursery Rhymes and I read "Hope is like a harbell trembling in its birth", If You Were My Bunny by Kate McMullan (a reading/singing boardbook he loves).

Lunch- RA 1 1/2 ch's Winged Watchman.

Ballet rehearsal and watch night for Violet and I 🙂

Our little village has commercial candy hand-out this afternoon, so my older boys decided to go down, Matthias with a friend and Seamus w/daddy. Tomorrow we'll have our own All Hallow's Eve carnival, should be a fun weekend, All Saint's Party at our parish as well.

Happy Weekend all!!