Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A new week

I both like and dislike Mondays.

Dislike because usually it's catch up day from busy weekends. As in, the house hasn't really been cleaned much in a few days. Today I did some laundry and managed to keep the kitchen looking decent. The living room...well, it needs the help of a vacuum. I'm putting it off until tomorrow.

I do like moving on to a new week in Ambleside Online. Just to give you an idea of how our weeks go, here's our schedule for Week 18:

The Bible -- We try to remember to start the day with a verse or a story.
An Island Story: chapter 11 "The Story of How the Giant's Dance was Brought to Britain" --we listen to this on CD
Fifty Famous Stories Retold: "Sir Philip Sidney" (1586) and "The Ungrateful Soldier"
Burgess's Bird Book: choose one chapter based on geographic region and season. -- learning about Cambodia
Aesop's Fables: "The Lion, the Bear and the Fox" (pg. 37 in the Milo Winter version) and "The Hares and the Frogs" (pg. 39 in the Milo Winter version)
Trial and Triumph: chapter 5 "Ambrose Bishop of Milan" (339-397 AD) We don't do this...too scary.
A.A. Milne: a poem a day (Reese reads either to herself or aloud to me)
Blue Fairy Book: "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp" (A wicked Magician and his wicked Brother are killed) OR "Why the Sea is Salt" (a greedy man tells his brother to go the Dead; a ship sinks and all perish)
Paddle to the Sea: chapter 14 -- This is our geography, and sometimes science, all about the Great Lakes.

The readings and lessons are spread throughout the week, usually 1 or 2 a day. In addition, every day Reese does a math lesson. We alternate between grammar and spelling. Reese often chooses to paint or draw during her free time. Eli works on various letter and number activities. Today he wanted to work in his kindergarten math book, so we did some together. We read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.

The kids spent about half an hour writing valentines, and played legos. We also went on a fabric hunting adventure with a friend.

It's just about 4pm. Schoolwork is done. Any moment someone is going to ask about the Wii. I'll probably do some sewing, and in a bit I'll work on dinner (stir fry).

It feels like it was a busy day, and it looks like that on paper. Sometimes I struggle with the proof. The house being clean certainly isn't it, haha. However, the kids seem happy and are definitely learning.

No comments:

Post a Comment