Sunday, October 16, 2016

Learning Notes: October I

While I did keep up with most of our homeschooling throughout September's renovation project, a couple of things did get neglected, though not to a problematic degree.

One thing that got pushed to the back was Teresa's lessons. She still did some math lessons, but not as often as she had been doing school in August. So once we got back to school in October, I made sure she got back to work. She is past page 40 in her 1st grade math book and completed reading lesson 71.

We had our first Catholic Girls Clubs meeting and the girls were all happy to see their friends again. Teresa was upset she was too young to be in a group but her best friend was there and she didn't mind an hour and a half play date. :)

In history we read from The World's Story about the hundred or so years after Constantine and used Saints: Lives and Illuminations and Once Upon A Time Saints to read about St. Ambrose, St. Augustine and St. Monica and then we watched Restless Heart: The Confessions of St. Augustine.

We finished lesson 3 in Chemistry on molecular bonds. We read St. Felix and the Spider and did chapter 9 in Religion about Moses and the plagues on Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea and the freeing of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, all of which Felicity is very familiar with and Elizabeth is acquainted as well. 

We played Multiplication Bingo and celebrated Our Lady of the Rosary with a M&M/Whoppers rosary. 

The other thing that got pushed to the back was simple maintenance of the main floor, so I spent the rest of the week cleaning and organizing and taking back the living room, dining room, kitchen, and playroom. And then I added shelves and bins and reorganized the playroom. Simply, I'm tired of the toys winning, so I'm trying something new. 

I put up two more shelves in the closet and bought 10 new plastic bins and 5 more small tupperware. I moved everything from the IKEA bins into the clear bins and they went up on the shelves. All the little puzzles that were in dilapidated cardboard boxes went in the tupperware and the IKEA storage units and bins became the ultimate block table with all the Duplo, plain wooden and theme wooden (castle, pirate and farm) blocks in the IKEA bins underneath. The wooden train sets got a new central location too. And I've completely gone through all the toys and puzzles so everything is in the correct place. Take that, toys!

I was rather happy to finally have another catch-up week and the timing couldn't have been better as James had to go on a mission trip and I was solo-parenting for 4 days. I also had a lot still on my list to get done. While I took care of chores around the house, did the laundry and kept the kids fed and clean, Thomas learned what Cortisone 10 tastes like and I had to call poison control for the second time in my life. Fortunately it was only a couple fingertips worth and was no big deal.

Much of the week was spent cleaning and taking care of stuff I wanted done before winter, like mowing/trimming the lawns, cleaning out the garage and cleaning all the backyard toys and storing them in the garage. But I did do a reading lesson with Teresa and a couple pages of math as well. In the spirit of October, I introduced the kids to the film The Witches based on Roald Dahl's book, which they really enjoyed and have asked to watch again since. I also watched a documentary on the Titanic called Titanic's Final Mystery, which I found fascinating and highly recommend (it is free on Netflix streaming). I also re-stained part of the playground to protect the wood before winter and gave both bathrooms a thorough cleaning and sanitizing before my parents arrived for the weekend and re got ready to celebrate two upcoming birthdays!

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