What a week. We were actually home this week. The kids were missing Daddy though. So we will be off with him again soon. But we got a couple projects done that we needed to finish. We still have a couple on the back burner to catch up on, but we did finish quite a bit this week.
We tried a new activity this week. We went to a Homeschool Hangout that another mom arranged. I was very nervous about going. Joey and Brayden do not handle loud situations well, and we all know that kids get loud when they play in a room. Boy was I caught off guard when the boys actually did really well. Joey found some other kids near his age that love the same stuff he does. Throw a bunch of kids that love Pokemon and Minecraft in a room and they will talk for hours. Oh and Brayden had his DS and he even talked with a few kids. The one that surprised me was Lydia. She was a bit freaked out with all the activity. She actually struggled and didn't even know how to talk to kids she already knew. The one I didn't think would have problems is the one who had problems. Go figure. But the others enjoyed it and can't wait until we can go back in two weeks.
As far as work goes, Caty and I are reviewing a lot of letter sounds. She got one with math and I was working with Lydia so she put in a Leap Frog video to watch. They have the kids do the actions in the sentences, so I walked in to Caty jogging in the living room.
Ndebele dolls. The tribe makes the dolls to represent life changes.
Caty also learned about healthy eating. She modeled the food pyramid from her Spongebob book, but she and I had a talk about the equations that are recommended....lol.DK book, Help your kids with Computer Coding. I am struggling, since this is not an area for me. But I need to let him see me working on it. Just like I need Lydia to see me crocheting so she will work harder on the projects she wants to accomplish. This computer coding thing is so hard for me. I never enjoyed it and have never understood it totally. Even when we owned our first computer when I was Joey's age...you remember those old Comodore 64s??? Yeah, I could write a program, but never understood why it happened. We did pretty good this week though!
Lydia also made an allergen friendly zucchini bread, because this was one of Julie's favorite desserts. I forgot to get a picture of the finished product. It turned out wonderful!!
Brayden is starting his study of our US Presidents. I found a great book for him at Arlington National Cemetery last week. He will look at two presidents a week. Read about them and answer questions. I learned new things already this week preparing his questions for George Washington and John Adams. I also have short videos for him to watch on You Tube for each president. He laid low all week. Drove me crazy. We literally fought all week about schoolwork. Brayden is on his way to learning what life was really like without electricity.
Joey is still working on his History study unit on World War I. He has about two more weeks of reading and videos. And then he'll move on. I started him with Bob Jones History and it seems to be working well for him. I supplement a little (like with World War I) to give him more details about specific events. He is still struggling with Math, it will be an ongoing struggle. We learned a very detail explanation about the Periodic Table this week. It left both of us scratching our heads. So we will be working on a review of the Periodic Table the next two weeks before moving on with our science curriculum.
I am working on the kids wanting to read more. I am not against bribery...lol. So I posted charts on the fridge. Every 20 minutes they read they earn a sticker. When the charts are full, they earn a privilege or money or a fun activity (like going to see a movie). It worked for the others, but not Brayden.
We are off yet again. I will start posting our adventures in our Nation's Capital the next couple weeks. So much to see and do there!!
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