Monday got off to a bit of a slow start but we made some good progress and should be set for History for the next two weeks, which is a break. The girls focused on Handwriting and Geography with a bit of Math. Every day after lunch I focus on unpacking or organizing something. I got a bit of order in my office but not much. We all headed out around 4pm to head out for a simple Burger King dinner and then attend our first Wisconsin AHG meeting.
There are two possible troops "near" us - one is 35 minutes west and one is 45 minutes south. Despite the greater distance, I really think the southern troop would suit us better. First of all, of the two, it is the only one planning on doing any camping, which my girls love. Second, the farther troop is meeting twice a month while the other is meeting only once. The other's second gathering each month will be a service activity, which is fine, but it will be by joining with a local school's service club. Since we homeschool, joining up with a school's club doesn't help us as much towards the girls making new friends as a second monthly AHG meeting does.
|The church where the AHG troop meets has a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium. Teresa saw this figure of The Last Supper, got very excited and said, "Oooooo! Happy Birthday!!!"|
Now that I have 1 Pathfinder, 1 Tenderheart and 1 Explorer, meetings can be a bit busy. Elizabeth loved being a Pathfinder but who wouldn't enjoy decorating and eating cupcakes. She was only bummed she didn't have her own Pathfinder book since those didn't exist when I last ordered supplies in the Spring but one is now on the way. Felicity shocked me... she was either so excited or so desperate for other kids to be with my usually quiet and shy girls chattered nonstop. I had to speak to her twice about not interrupting others, particularly her leaders, and not bragging about all the badges she already has. I don't think she meant to brag but she was clearly over the moon to be there. Cecilia struggled a bit. She was uncomfortable not knowing anyone and a little disoriented that her unit didn't focus so much on getting to know each other as going over details of the flag ceremony and requirements for the joining award, both of which she already knows. She did make a new friend though, a Tenderheart, who she looks forward to seeing again. And we met another homeschooling family from just over the Illinois border with kids similar in age to ours and also expecting.
Tuesday was a bit of a down day. We did get more work done in the morning but I had a check up with my midwife in the afternoon and I just needed a day to not do much. In fact, the school part of the day is a bit of a blur. I need to start typing these posts throughout the week. Check up went well though and I am measuring about 10 days ahead. He is definitely losing space in there.
Wednesday we made better progress and did two chapters in Religion to be completely caught up. It was easy though considering the book split the story of the Old Testament Joseph into two chapters, so basically we just did the entire story of Joseph, complete with Scripture passages, coloring pages and an animated video.
|The desk has paper, magnetic words and letters and on top is the toy laptop. The pink and red bins on top are the only items left to find a home, but that is where a lamp will go as there are no artificial lights in the room.|
|The bookcases which are just about out of room. I will have some kids books overflow in my office but most fit in here and certainly all the board and picture books. My office just has some of the extra chapter books.|
The rest of Friday was spent cleaning the dog's mess, cleaning the patio and setting up the kids' table, play table and toy box and trimming some of the bushes around the patio that wanted to take over the walkways. Then James and I finally finished unpacking all our clothes into our drawers and closet. Strange, but nice, to not need to get my clothes out of a suitcase for the first time in the past month. Then we began organizing part of the basement so we can finally get the girls' Lego table set up so they can get back to building again.
|Under the window is the toddler area with the play piano and little toys. The slide takes center stage and is a favorite of Brigid.|
|The basket holds the musical instruments.|
I will try to blog next week as the week progresses so I have more details and a better account of the week.
Much thanks to Melanie for hosting such a great Learning Linkup!