This past week was a really good illustration of what happens to well-laid plans when life gets in the way. For various reasons, it was hard for us to find our groove.
However, I will say that the flexibility of homeschooling is something to love. Even though we still tried our best to do some learning during the girlsâ€™ naptime, I loved that when it didnâ€™t happen, I could do it whenever it worked best. Sometimes it meant doing math with the boys while the girls were in the tub and couldnâ€™t steal the manipulatives. Sometimes it meant working on our art project with all four kids at 8:00 in the morning. Whatever, you know? Itâ€™s working.
Henry made some great progress with Hooked on Phonics this week. He read his second story, â€œDan Ran,â€ and his first book, â€œCat.â€ He was so thrilled to be reading an actual book (term used loosely) that he called Nanny and Poppa to read it to them. Iâ€™m sure they understood every word of the six page plot, no problem.
Our two math lessons were pretty basic. I think both boys will be happy to move onto more challenging things. Still, they did hands-on exercises with patterning, matching, and sorting, and learned about parallel and perpendicular planes.
This week the boys joined Joe at the convention center for a morning to go see and play with the robots during the companyâ€™s yearly conference. Daddy was happy to fill in for me on science this week! Here are some pictures of the boys before the camera conked:
Operating a robot with a joy stick
The boys in front of â€œThe Bear,â€ a rescue robot
So yeah, science this week was a raging success. The boys couldnâ€™t stop talking about all of the robots they had seen and I think gratitude for being part of the event was even expressed in their evening prayers.
I am still loving Storybook Art. This week, we checked out Donald Crewsâ€™ Ten Black Dots from the library and had fun with stickers. All four kids gave this one a thumbs up. The question is posed at the beginning of the book: â€œWhat can you do with ten black dots?â€ The author/illustrator used various numbers of dots as a starting point and then created a picture around the dots (Storybook Art, page 46). Henry jumped right in and had created this before I had finished passing paper and sticker dots out to the crew:
Itâ€™s an alligator, folks. A five-legged alligator with menacing eyebrows. I love it.
Hereâ€™s Samuelâ€™s creation, a water slide, complete with splashes:
Henry did two more pictures, one was a spaceship and the other a train. Here, heâ€™s working on the train:
Not to be outdone, hereâ€™s Beccaâ€™s creation. Once she saw the boys drawing on and around their dots, she followed suite. The boys and I thought this looked like a bunch of lightning bugs.