Home School Life Journal

Home School Life Journal
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales
painting by Katie Bergenholtz

February 19-25, 2016, Our Homeschool Weekly Report, days 80-84



days 80-84

Friday (day 80)

We are not morning people are are slow moving in the morning, so we don't really get down to doing schoolwork until 10:00 and even then we start off with me reading to the younger two boys. Sam completes his schoolwork on his own timetable and it is variable, so I won't be including his work in this write-up, but sometime during the day he completes his Japanese, English Composition and math work. Steven has to take our van in the shop to get the transmission rebuilt. He will work from the library today, which is in walking distance from the garage.
10:00 Read about Mayans from Incans, Aztecs and Mayans by John Holtzman, and about the Immune system from Apologia's Human Anatomy and Physiology.
11:00 Morning Chores. Katie begins making lunch, Peanut Butter and Jelly sanwiches, cheese cubes and pretzels. Sam washes the dishes. James takes out the trash. Quentin cleans the sideboard and table. Quentin and James also take turns putting away the dishes that have been washed. I do whatever chores that remain and help the kids if they have some difficulty completing their chores. After chores are complete, I work with Alex in his history workbook. After he is finished, he gets some time to play Language exercises on his iPad. Meanwhile, the people who are doing our house renovation arrive and begin repairing and replacing the roof. The noise and the interruptions from time to time as we answer questions that the workers have makes schooling a bit of a challenge, but we are happy that the work is finally getting done.
12:00 Lunch and then practice lines of the play we are doing with our co-op. Performance will be in May.
1:00 Afternoon chores, same as above, except Katie sweeps and mops a room of the house, each day it is a different room.
2:00 Latin lesson and then our Old Testament Bible Lesson.  I meet with Sam to go over what schoolwork he had completed during the week and we discuss any problems he might be having. Meanwhile, Quentin completes a Teaching Textbooks math lesson.
3:00 If there is time, we have a teatime and read poetry or Shakespeare. Today I finish reading from Hamlet.
4:00 Evening chores. (Same as above, except Katie now makes dinner, Grilled chicken ceasar wraps.) The garage needs to keep the van over the weekend so they can finish the work on it, so I ask Hope to take Sam to Driver's Ed. She also swings by and picks up Steven from the library (it is on the way) and brings him home. Hope and I decide to go out to dinner together and go grocery shopping while Sam is at driver's ed. Meanwhile everyone else has dinner at home. 
8:30 Read Alouds for youngest two. We are currently reading The Ghost at the Tokaido Inn by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler and The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood. I read one chapter of each while they enjoy their dessert. Steven reads to Alex and then brushes his teeth and puts him to bed. He is currently reading to him from the Little House series. The youngest two go to their rooms and play on their computers before going to bed.
10:00 Steven and I go to bed. The older two go to bed when they want to.

Monday  (day 81)

10:00 Read about Mayans from Incans, Aztecs and Mayans by John Holtzman, and about the Immune system from Apologia's Human Anatomy and Physiology.
11:00 Morning Chores. After chores are complete, I work on an Art Project with Alex. Today it is a lesson in figure drawing and he draws a picture of an astronaut. After he is finished, he gets some time to play Language exercises on his iPad. Sam works with James on his Algebra I lesson. They only do math once a week together, so they have to do a week's worth of lessons. The renovators are back.
12:00 Lunch and then practice lines of play.
1:00 Afternoon chores. The garage says that the van will be ready by end of day so Steven gets a ride from a neighbor to the garage so he can be ready to pick it up when it is ready. 
2:00 Latin lesson. Lesson on Haiku. (During the Renaissance, a form of poetry called haiku was popular in Japan. Write your own haiku based on one of the Japanese folktales you have read. This form of poetry reflected Shinto and Zen Buddhist beliefs. A haiku does not rhyme but has a specific form: three lines, the first line names the subject, the second and third lines are generally one sentence cut into two. Deals with nature, written in present tense, often hints of sadness, has layers of meaning.) I work with James on his writing assignment (an essay on his best friend) while Quentin completes a Teaching Textbooks math lesson.
4:00 Evening chores. 
5:00 Dinner. 
5:30 Steven takes Sam to Driver's Ed class and waits for him at a nearby cafe. 
8:30 Read Alouds for youngest two. By this time Steven and Sam are home and Steven reads to Alex and then brushes his teeth and puts him to bed. The youngest two go to their rooms and play on their computers before going to bed.
10:00 Steven and I go to bed. The older two go to bed when they want to.


Tuesday (day 82)


10:00 We read about Japan and China in the Renaissance (Read Kingfisher History Encyclopedia p. 232-233. They made notes of key words as we read.) and about the lymphatic system.
11:00 Morning Chores and then I do some Geometry exercises with Alex from the Key to Geometry series. Time on his iPad afterwards. It is raining so the people working on the roof are not working today.
12:00 Lunch and play practice.
1:00 Afternoon chores.
2:00 Latin lesson. James and Quentin work in their history notebooks (They write a few sentences about what they have learned in their history notebook, including the Battle of Nagashino. I give them the option of using the Medieval History Portfolio, Homeschool Journey for their history page). I also have them mark significant dates on their timeline, specifically noting what Chinese Dynasty this period covers. and then I work with them on their The Logic of English lesson.
4:00 Evening chores.
5:00 Dinner
5:30 Steven takes Sam to Driver's Ed class and waits for him at a nearby cafe. Meanwhile, at home James practices a piano lesson and Quentin practices a song he is working on for his voice lessons.
8:30 Read Alouds for youngest two. By this time Steven and Sam are home and Steven reads to Alex and then brushes his teeth and puts him to bed. The youngest two go to their rooms and play on their computers before going to bed.
10:00 Steven and I go to bed. The older two go to bed when they want to.


Wednesday (day 83)
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10:00 Read about Mayans and Lymphatic system.
11:00 Morning Chores and then get ready to go to our co-op.
12:00 They have a play rehearsal and then socialize by playing games with friends. I have a brief meeting about this year's graduation ceremony, as Sam, Alex, Eddie and another girl, Megan are graduating. We decide on cap and gown colors.
4:30 We expected to have to quickly fix dinner together so that Sam and Steven can can eat before leaving for driver's ed, but the class is cancelled for the night because the teacher is sick. We invite Hope over instead and we enjoy an evening of playing Dixit after a dinner of chicken alfredo/stirfry chicken, salad and watermelon. Hope brought a chocolate cream pie for dessert. Eddie couldn't come because he had bronchitis. There is a bit of a violent storm. I am guessing it is the tail-end of the storms coming up from the south combined with the tornadoes coming down from the north.



Thursday (day 84)
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10:00 Read about The Lymphatic system and The Khmer Empire (The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. They make notes of key words as we read. They include appropriate dates on their timelines.) This fits in perfectly with the fact that we just received the Thai box from Try the World, which we will probably make this weekend.
11:00 Morning Chores and then I work with Alex in his science workbook.
12:00 Lunch and play practice.
1:00 Afternoon chores.
2:00 Latin lesson. James and Quentin work in the history notebooks They write a few sentences about what you have learned in your history notebook. and then in their science notebooks. I then work with James on Midsummer Night's Dream while Quentin completes a math lesson on the computer. 
5:30 Steven and I take Sam to his final Driver's Ed class and  have dinner together at a nearby cafe as we wait for him. Meanwhile the kids have take-out pizza at home.
8:30 Read Alouds for youngest two. By this time Steven and Sam are home and Steven reads to Alex and then brushes his teeth and puts him to bed. The youngest two go to their rooms and play on their computers before going to bed.
10:00 Steven and I go to bed. The older two go to bed when they want to.

How was your week?


sources and resources: 
  • 123 I Can Draw!, Irene Luxbacher
  • History Odyssey, Pandia Press, Level 2

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10 comments:

  1. Our week was good, I forget have you said what you're using for Japanese? I'm trying to find a language program I like, and haven't found one yet.

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    1. I have found that it is sometimes difficult to find the right foreign language curriculum because learning style has a large impact on its success. Sam is using Rosetta Stone Japanese, which he loves and is doing well at. I couldn't get past lesson one, however. Not my learning style.

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  2. Wow Phyllis, you guys have done so much this week! It must be quite hard when you have the renovators in. I hope it's not too noisy :)

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    1. Sometimes it really is! Most of the time it is not too bad.

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  3. Sounds like a great week. Dixit is A's favorite game!

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  4. You guys have very full and productive days! Having Katie cook and clean must be an enormous help! Does your husband work at home?

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    1. Oh, yes. He does. I guess I forgot to mention that. We works via internet.

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    2. And yes, Katie is a big help.

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  5. It's pretty neat to see what other's accomplished during their days homeschooling. I don't think I have ever read or seen 2 families do it the same (or even close to the same). I haven't done a Day in the Life post this year yet, perhaps some week soon. LOL How're you getting schooling done with renovations going on around you? It's great to see that Steven helps with the teaching too. In my 12 years of homeschooling I have done 95% of it alone (and the last 3 years 100%). It can be exhausting handling it all!

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