Weekly Update: In Pictures.

We have a GREAT week! We went to eastern AR this week to spend time with Daddy.  We had a few field trips planned but we did manage to get some schoolwork done too.
Monday was spent driving, shopping at Mardel {one of my FAVE stores!}, and driving some more.  We made it in time for dinner with Daddy.
Tuesday was spent grocery shopping for the week and doing schoolwork.  I mistakingly thought Tuesday was Pi Day (3/14) so we had donuts as a breakfast treat before I realized the real date. 🙂
Wednesday we had pizza and carrot circles for our Pi Day lunch.  I had planned on doing some easy Pi Day activities but Daddy came home early so we spent the rest of the day outside.
On Thursday, we drove up to Wynne, AR to visit the Cross County Museum. Daddy is working in Wynne so he was able to take a couple of hours off to spend with us. A sweet older lady showed us around the museum.

This is a telegraph set, similar to the one Grandpa used for Morse Code while in the Navy.

We also had plans to visit the Veteran’s Museum in Cross County but it was closed.  However, this super cool helicopter was outside on the courthouse lawn.  The only one of its kind in Arkansas.

Dad doesn’t think he is a very good teacher, but he proves himself wrong everytime we go on an outing like this.  He told the boys all kinds of awesome info about the helicopter and military history.

Drake and Gabriel in front of the Cross County Veterans Memorial.
Our 3rd museum stop for the day was the Caboose Museum.  Unfortunately we found out it is only open by appointment only.  We took a peek inside through the doors though. 🙂

On our way to and from Wynne, we saw a crop-duster flying SUPER low over the highway…back and forth as he sprayed something on the fields that run alongside the highway.  The little boys especially LOVED watching it.

On the way to eastern AR, we stopped so Nathan could get a spring hair cut. 🙂  He didn’t really want it…he loves his long hair, but it was a little too shaggy.  He has since decided maybe it isn’t so bad. He didn’t realize all that hair was weighing on his neck! 🙂 Plus it was much cooler for him during this warm week. Look at all that hair on the floor!
Drake and I have been playing some fun games.  This one helped him get the hang of colors which for some reason has been giving him some trouble.  He now knows all of his colors AND all of the ends and outs of this game! He loves to play it everyday with anyone who is willing!

The three little boys have enjoyed playing these two games as well.  I had actually forgotten I had all these games until I was digging around for some preschool games to take to my co-op games classes.
Gabriel was SO cute while doing this ETC sheet.  The instructions are simple…”X” the picture whose name begins with r. Write r below those pictures.” Well he took one look at the 2nd picture and started to x it.  I asked why and he said “rrrrrrr-romance.” What?! Cracked me up! It’s suppose to be kiss but my romantic boy made it work with the letter R. 🙂

Gabriel wanted to read a “real” book so we started reading these Phonics Readers this week.  He is doing a FANTASTIC job! He also still loves reading through the BOB books as well as OPG.

Kaleb read this book aloud this week.  Actually in one day.  It was a bit too easy for him but we didn’t make it to the library in time to get some that he really wanted.

Since I’ve remembered ETC for Gabriel, he has loved it! He actually brought the workbook to me this week and asked if he could do extra pages.

Drake and worked hard on recognizing the ABCs.

Gabriel LOVED learning the *squ* sound. 🙂  He spent the whole rest of the day saying “squ-squ-squ-squish.” 

 We accomplished a lot more schoolwork than shown in pictures. 

Gabriel is moving along in MM 1 at his one-page-a-day pace. He did four phonics lessons, several ETC pages, and practiced some handwriting on his own while Kaleb was working on his cursive.

Kaleb did two lessons, one review, and one test in MM2 this week.  Also he skipped ahead to the end of MM2B to check out multiplication.  He asked me to help him with the first two problems on the page and then he completed two lessons on his own.  He says he LOVES multiplication. 🙂  He also completed three FLL lessons and three cursive handwriting lessons (first time using A Reason for Handwriting book C).

Nathan completed four math lessons, three English lessons, completely finished his WW workbook, and two science lessons. 

Together we read several sections in the SOTW.  We’ll do the activities for those sections in the upcoming week.  We started Lesson 2 in Who Is God? and we’re still LOVING it.  I picked up the activity book and coloring book at Mardel this week so we’ll do those activties next week as well.  We didn’t do any science as I am currently pulling together a geology study for the rest of this year from the WTM recs.

Our last field trip of the week was on Thursday.  We went with a homeschool group from the eastern AR area to The Children’s Museum of Memphis.  It was an AWESOME trip, and we made some super new friends.  I only got one picture of Nathan….then he split to hang out with the other teenagers who went on the trip with us.  He had a blast and they are all talking about the next time we get to go down to eastern AR. 

The little boys LOVED driving the FedEx jumbo jet. 🙂  There were SO many little buttons, knobs, pulley-things to mess with in the cockpit.

My one picture of Nathan. 🙂  He aced the flight simulation….and thinks he’s ready to fly a real plane. Ha!

The boys played in the supermarket, shopping for yummy food (see the waffles), and playing cashier with a working cash register.  They have their own receipts from each transaction. 🙂

Of course my monkeys LOVED the rock wall!

Working a teeth puzzle.

That’s Gabriel all the way at the top next to the light. 🙂  I lost him in this maze for a little bit….he assured me later that he was just fine on his own and made some friends along the way.

Playing police officer.  None of them wanted to climb into the back of the car.

Unloading packages from the FedEx plane.

*Fishing* in the *Mississippi river*
This is where our field trip came to an abrupt end.  It was actually time to leave but when I said “let’s go boys”, Drake stepped off the little staircase and slipped on some water.  His little head bounced TWICE off the concrete floor.  It was horrible! He had two huge knots on his forehead.  Thankfully the knots when down after a few hours of icing and some Tylenol. Now he is left with a pretty good size strawberry and bruising.

We came home Thursday night so we could attend our co-op classes on Friday.  The boys are still loving their classes of course.  Drake is having a hard time with his so he is getting some serious one-on-one time with his mom. 🙂  You can kind of see the bruises and strawberry on his forehead in this picture…above his right eye. Poor baby!

Daddy also came home Thursday night so we’ve been enjoying the extra time with him. 🙂

Hope you all had an equally awesome week!

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