Week 2–August 10-14 2009

One of our bee activity for the letter Bb bible lesson.Gabriel’s bee.
A sample of this week’s books.
Astronomy activity. Burning a hole in a leaf with a magnifying glass. See the two holes in the middle just below the main vein?
Outside with the leaf burning activity.
Studying in Creation and Adam and Eve in MOH. This is Kaleb’s animal activity. A worm. =)
Nathan’s was a little more complicated. He had to create his own unique creature and give it a unique name. He calls this little guy….firehalk.
Kaleb working hard on those Bb’s.
Nathan relaxing with some Puzzlemaina games.
Gabriel loving his sticker math book.

The leftovers from Nathan’s YUMMY cranberry orange muffins!! Workboxes and materials all ready to go for the week!! (minus art projects)
Kaleb working on a phonics file folder game.
Drawing in his journal.

You can read about Gabriel and Drake’s Tot school here.

What’s in the workboxes this week?

Nathan-
Monday’s box–
1. Journal
2. copywork
3. Saxon 65
4. Captians Courageous-30 min
5. narration
6. Puzzlemania
7. R&S English
8. Cranberry Orange muffin mix (to make for snack)
9. SOTW 1 reading
10. R&S spelling
11. cursive handwriting practice (his is horrible!)
12. memory verse work

Tuesday–
1. Journal
2. copywork
3. Saxon 65
4. Captians Courageous-30 min
5. narration
6. Puzzlemania
7. R&S English
8. Keys for Kids
9. SOTW 1 reading
10. R&S spelling
11. FREEBIE (because those are fun sometimes!!)
12. memory verse work

Wednesday–
No workboxes today. We set up for a big community yard sale today. In Astronomy yesterday, we started the sun chapter and read about using a magnifying glass to burn leaves. Nathan gave it a try today with success. lol He loved it!! Kaleb tried it too on an already dead leaf. Now I may have to confiscate the magnifying glass as Nathan keeps going out to burn more leaves.

Thursday–
Another no workboxes day!! We did have a lot of outside time with the yard sale, and Nathan got some good *retail* experience as he ran the yard sale today! =)

Friday–
No workboxes today! We had an awesome back to school party at our house with the boys’ cousins and friends. My husband couldn’t make it home so I grilled over 2 dozen hamburgers and a dozen sausages for hot dogs. We played outside and ate watermelon until the bugs were biting. The younger group (K’s age) and I played Candyland and ABC Bingo. The older crowd (N’s age) hung out in his room, playing various games and just being boys. The cousins spent the night and we were up well past midnight! =) It was a FUN night. I am ready for next week, though. No crazy interruptions, truly back to school.

Kaleb-
Monday–
1. LOTW copy activity
2. journal
3. handwriting practice
4. OPGTR
5. phonics file folder game
6. ETC 1
7. MEP math
8. fun worksheets
9. addition place mat work
10. read from a phonics book
11. fun handwriting practice
12. coloring book with crayons

Tuesday-
1. LOTW copy activity
2. journal
3. FREEBIE (because those are fun sometimes!!)
4. OPGTR
5. phonics flash card
6. ETC 1
7. MEP math
8. fun worksheets
9. addition place mat work
10. read from a phonics book
11. homemade book puzzle craft made from OPG words (see pic)
12. coloring page

Wednesday-
same as above. We did do our circle time/morning board activities…not in the morning, but I felt it necessary to at least do this for a couple reasons. Kaleb and Gabriel are doing so well with learning the days of the week, months of the year, and so on. They are so proud to be able to tell me what the day and date are every morning. We are keeping track of our school days with a straw chart and a money chart. They all three are looking forward to reaching 100. Also all three olders are doing so well with memory verse work which we do during circle time and then again in the afternoon.
Kaleb and I snuck in a OPG lesson before bedtime.

Thursday-
No workbox day! Yard sale day! =)

Friday-
No workboxes! We did finish one of our crafts and will finish the other one sometime this weekend. We also finished reading all of this week’s library books on bees, the sun, and space in general.

Both completed together:
MOH-lessons
Apologia-lessons

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The older two have their daily schedule posted on their bulletin boards. I decided to make individual cards for history and science so I could use the extra two folders in each workbox for fun stuff. I found the activity cards on the workboxes yahoo group. Since they were larger and I don’t think the strips are the best idea for my boys, I decided to use the bulletin boards to hold the order of the cards for us. I think it will work perfectly!! We’re using this week to experiment with times in between folders. My perfect plan would be to line up each of their folders so while I’m working with one, the other has independent work. Plus I’m working on putting together some Tot School things for my younger two to have during those times I’m working with one or the other olders.

The boys enjoyed finally being able to use their workboxes in the way they were intended this week. They progressed nicely through each folder and loved having those little number tags moved from each folder to the grid! I loved having everything organized and ready each day!!

This was kind of a weird week with the yard sale and everything going on, but we did what we could when we could. It worked out! We accomplished a lot.

Sorry for being so wordy. I think this is the perfect way for me to keep track of what each child does every week. It helps keep us (me) accountable and on track!!

Tot School post HERE.

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