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Friday, August 14, 2009

Weekly Wrap-Up: Aug 14

Highlights from the school week:

Right now Mathematics for my elder daughter (7) consists of playing the game "Countdown" and practicing telling time. We'll get back to the textbook when she gets her addition and subtraction facts a bit more cemented. (Countdown is helping her with that.)

Our verse for the week: Be devoted to one another in brotherly love, Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10

Trying to muddle out iambic meters with eldest son and having the discussion, "Why do we need to know about poetry anyway?" "Because it is beautiful and expresses in language what prose cannot. And, if you can't appreciate it on a basic level, at least, you aren't quite a truly educated person!"

"In the embracing light and warmth, warm and dry at last, with weary legs propped up in front of them, and a suggestive clink of plates being arranged on the table behind, it seemed to the storm-driven animals, now in safe anchorage, that the cold and trackless Wild Wood just left outside was miles and miles away, and all that they had suffered in it a half-forgotten dream." p. 57, Chapter 4, The Wind in the Willows

About my post-it note schedule: it has worked so well for us, that I've made it a bit more permanent. I cut 3x5 index cards in half and use each one for a half-hour slot. On these I've written a basic activity (Meet with S, Read with H&E, Morning Time, Break, etc) and have them in a display that I purchased last year from a teacher supply store. It has transparent plastic slots in which I place the cards in whatever order I need them for that day. When needed I can even re-arrange the schedule in a jiffy without missing something important. It works beautifully for us! Sometimes we do Morning Time first. Other days I meet with my eldest son while the three younger kids play together.

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Weird Unsocialized Mom said...

Ah, poetry. Something I need to add, more frequently, to our school day. I do have one that we're going to begin working on next week, but I need to be more purposeful with it.

I'm glad you've found a scheduling routine that works for you. That's definitely always a step in the right direction for making the days flow more smoothly.

Cheryl said...

We did a little bit with poetry last year and will continue with more this year...but we haven't really gotten into the meat of it. My guy isn't into it but I tell him it's important.

I like your scheduling idea!

Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

I had to laugh at the idea of a "more permanent" post-it-note schedule. :)

Paige said...

We just read poetry at this point because I still don't know what iambic pentameter is. Guess I need to start working on that! I like the new scheduling idea.

AF Wife99 said...

I too need to make my oldest practice her subtraction and addition facts. We play Yatzee to work on adding. Thanks for sharing your week.

Amy said...

I like this post-it note idea! It's so hard to find a way to plan/schedule that allows for the flexibility/fluidity we need with all of life's interruptions and toddlers! Good system...