I’m back with a wrap-up! In case you are just joining me, I have just finished a big writing project with my 31 Days of Classical Education Lite series. That was the most writing that I have ever done on a consistent basis, and I’m a little shocked that I made it. I rewarded myself by taking a week off and catching up on the neglected things like eating and laundry. There are only so many hours in a day people! If you notice that I am blogging a lot, it probably means that I am not doing something else, like showering.
Now, let’s get back to our regularly scheduled program. Here is what we did last week.
Our town has a new store, Aldi, which I checked out. It was pretty awesome, and I love sacking my own groceries. It brings back fond memories of shopping with my mom at Buy for Less, which she always called Buy Less (and Payless, Pay for Less). I can’t wait to bring Alex. It will blow his mind.
So I’m not really sure if this happened this weekend or last, but my family chipped in and bought us a new crib. (Thank You!!) We set it up in the nursery for Cooper and gave Josh the old crib. Now both babies are in the same room. That is working out about as well as you imagine it would. I’m pretty sure at least once this week I went in there at 2AM and picked up the wrong baby. It’s hard to tell which is crying when I’m in a sleep-deprived fog.
After taking off last Sunday for fall break (I know. Don’t get me started on why we have random Sunday school breaks. It drives me nuts.), we are now back to almost a whole month of Sundays in a row before a break for Thanksgiving. We learned about Moses today. I had one class session to teach the Moses stories. I skipped the baby in the basket and went right on to the plagues and the crossing of the Red Sea. After the story, the kids took turns making this burning bush craft and coloring this map of the Exodus.
I will probably tack on the ten commandments lesson to next Sunday right before we learn about Joshua and Jericho.
Monday started out pretty typical with a bit of school and then PE. I was in charge of keeping an eye on my friend’s son at PE since she couldn’t stay. It was all going well until her son attempted to pick up my son and body slam him to the floor. Why do boys insist on wrestling? I have never once thought that my friends might like to be picked up and thrown on the floor. Keep in mind these boys are four years old. I had to abandon the babies for a few minutes to talk them down from fighting. Good grief.
Hubby raced home from work this night to take Alex to a pack meeting. It was out at the lake so they could have a Dutch oven cook-off and work on astronomy belt loops. It was too cloudy to look at the stars, but they had a trivia contest. They both came back smelling of camp fire and grinning ear to ear.
We try to get a good amount of school done on Tuesdays through Thursdays. I have been having a challenging time this quarter though. I would love to sit down with Alex from 9 to 11 and just do everything, but with three younger brothers, that is just not an option. Everything I try to do with the littles just distracts Alex so much that there is no point trying to teach him. I am going to have to go back to what I did last year which was to send Alex to another room to work independently for thirty minutes. He strongly dislikes being separated from the group, so this is a big deal for him. I just don’t see any other way around it though. He isn’t getting his work done if he waits until quiet time to get started. By then he is tired and unfocused and getting him to do anything that he isn’t super dooper excited about is like pulling teeth.
Alex doing math in his office. Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery.
Hubby and I employed the services of Aunt Caren this night so that we could go on a date…to a meeting at church. (In case you are curious, Aunt Caren is paid in food and quality time with her nephews.) Plans on the new church building are moving right along. Next weekend we have a get together to bless the building site. Pray for good weather!
We stayed home and Cooper decided to act like a two-year old six months ahead of time.
This was a pretty big day considering we didn’t go anywhere. First thing in the morning, Ryan decided that he wanted to practice his letters in his journal. Sure, buddy, you can practice writing. In the front cover of the journal, I have a chart where we had been counting the first 100 days of school We left off on 46, but are actually on 77. Clearly this is not a top priority. Anyway, I filled in the chart and then asked Ryan to count by tens, fully expecting him to get to about forty and then stop. To my amazement he went all the way to 100. I said, “How did you know how to do that?” He says, “Starfall.” I love it when they teach themselves stuff.
Then he hightailed it outside to play where he discovered that the ladybugs are breeding. It’s like the eleventh plague out there – a plague of cuteness.
I decided on a whim to see how Josh would do with eating solid food. I planned on starting with veggies, but since I had none, I tried oatmeal banana baby cereal instead. He did fine, but clearly indicated that it was the grossest thing he has ever tasted.
And finally, Alex received in the mail his equivalent of the giant, Christmas toy catalog. It is the Mindware advertisement for the year. I’m pretty sure he has read it cover to cover no less then four times already.
Alex had his dress rehearsal this morning so after dropping him off, we made banana bread. Then after quiet time we had a visit from three family members. I love when they come over, but why do the boys have to freak out and be so loud. For cryin’ out loud, we see them every few weeks.
We wrapped up the day with a den meeting for Alex, a basketball game for Hubby and Ryan, and a few precious moments of silence in my own home for me.
The weekend should be fun and eventful. We have tailgate, Mass, Sunday school, and a party to bless the new church site. Then it is on to plenty of activities to keep the crew hopping all week. I’ll be glad when things slow down after the holidays. Everyone have a great week!
This post is linked up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.