Week 1 Recap!


It was a success! We loved our first full week of school. The books are begged for, the notebooks are producing some great conversations, English (from Essentials and my lessons for Gideon) is anticipated, and Greek and Latin are like learning two secret codes. Saxon math is the only thing we try to rush through, but just so we can start playing the math games.

The kids loved doing the nature walk for their nature journals. Gideon dug up a huge beetle (thankfully easy to draw!), and they drew it outside in the yard. When we brought the notebooks in, we identified and classified it. We also read the first chapter in our science book, and after it got past the evolutionary talk, we enjoyed the connections we're seeing to our history and reading studies.
Our history notebooks were so fun too! We added a quick page about Mesopatamia and Gilgamesh before we turned our attention to the Egyptians. The kids loved making their own "cartouche!" We've also been watching Mankind: The Story of Us from the History channel this weekend, and we all love it. (Warning: It does get rough, there is fighting and bloodshed, but it lines up wonderfully with our history studies.)
I love when the books I pick out are so good that we can't wait to get back to them. They bring me the books when we aren't doing school. We finished Gilgamesh, and will begin Adam and his Kin on Monday.

And morning meeting is such a nice time! I've been intentional about singing "This the Day that the Lord has Made" as boisterously as I can. It helps change my attitude, and gives us all energy and excitement to start the day. And I LOVE seeing Esmond sing it. The kids love Julius Caesar. I mean, they beg for more every single day. After one of the chapters, Gideon sang out "dun dun DUN!" It was such a cliff hanger.

Eowyn has been loving Essentials. During class I worry that she's not paying attention, but I think it's just because the first two weeks are SO much information. When she gets home though it's one of her favorite subjects. She loves writing (mostly because she always has something to say).

Saxon math is giving us a firm foundation, I believe, but we sure do have a lot more fun doing math in the math games. This week we've been playing Board Slam, and they learned how to do squares just so they could get more numbers off the board.
I am very pleased. It wasn't a perfect week, but it was good. We're learning, which is the point. And we're enjoying it, which is the other point! So tell me, if you've started back, are you pleased? Do you need to tweak? Nothing wrong with tweaking, but there are things wrong when we're teaching from stress!

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  1. Sounds like you all had a great week! We have all had a good first week too, and only a slight lack of enthusiasm for maths this week! Thank you for sharing the books you are reading- I always like to get recommendations for new read louds for us :-)

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    1. Thanks Gwen! I love finding new books to read too. I'm hoping someone soon finds the secret to math and shares it with the rest of us!

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  2. It sounds like you all had a wonderful week! We had our first week of Foundations last week too and my daughter loved it!

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  3. Good to read about your first week, Jennifer. Your nature study looks like it went well!

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    1. Thanks Carol, I loved the nature study! We all did!

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  4. Sounds like a great week! I love that the beetle was dug up and then the kids drew it. That's just awesome. Thanks so much for sharing at the Hip Homeschool Blog Hop! :-)

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  5. It sounds like you had an awesome 1st week! We spend the summer finishing up a few loose ends, but we're officially starting our first week of school today complete with a new schedule. Hopefully we'll have as good of a week as you did. :-)

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