Saturday, May 16, 2015

Week 50 - Wrapping up the Year, bird watching and Dogsitting

This was a week that I started out thinking that I was ahead of the game.  Everyday I struggled to stay on top of things.  Frustration was the feeling I had most evenings when I saw the things that didn't get done.  I understand I can't handle this way of thinking, because the stress doesn't help me at all.  But it was little things and also business things that didn't get finished.  I am hoping to finish up the weekly list today.  There's a couple outside activities that I need to get finished today.  And then lots of office work.

I sorted their work into boxes earlier in the week, and now I just need to create their portfolios for the assessor in a couple weeks.

I did manage to stay on top of my exercise schedule.  Last week I started doing a slow morning workout using the IOS Daily workout app.  I added extra activities each day.  I only skipped Sunday and Tuesday this week.  (But trust me, I got a workout Tuesday ripping out the garage cabinets with my sister-in-law.)  I have been wanting to get back to jogging.  I miss running.  So I tried this morning and ended up doing 3/4 of a mile in a walking and some running.  I am sore now, but I plan to start adding that in with my IOS workout 2-3 days a week while I get my body back on track after being so sick for so long.  I haven't run since September, so this was a big deal for me.

We had a storm one day earlier in the week and lost power for about 2 hours.  I thought Brayden was going to die.  They kept asking when we were going to start the generator.  Caty got out a puzzle and worked on it.

In school this week,   Caty continued learning about Knights/Castles and the Middle Ages this week.  We worked on a few projects this week.

We learned about what a Coat of Arms was and what they symbols meant.  We visited this website to study the symbols on a Coat of Arms.  Then we watched a short video on how to create a coat of arms also.

This is her finished coat of arms.  She put on an elephant (for strength and endurance), an acorn (for independence and strength), a horse (for speed and intelligence), and a cat (for courage).  They all happen to be items she loves  
 She made a stain glass window.  We laminated a window design and she used sharpies to color in her design.

This was a suggested activity in her Homeschool Legacy lesson plan (watch for our review next week).  We made a catapult out of doll rods.  
She and dad had fun with this one.
 We learned more about weapons used by knights.  We didn't have a lance or battle axe, but we did have a Nerf bow and we practiced being Robin Hood.
She also watched Disney's Three Musketeers, Sword and the Stone and Robin Hood this week.  Mentally she needed more cartoon style movies.  She enjoyed all three movies.  We have one more week of the Middle Ages.

She is continuing to work on her addition and subtraction facts.  She's doing really well.  In Science she continued her Garden Sleuths class and this week it was about plant parts.  She did the celery experiment again and had fun.  Her bean is also growing wildly.  So we will be working on planting that this weekend.

Her beans are double that size now.  We are transplanting them to the garden tomorrow.
 One of the books we read to go with our Science on Living vs. Non-living.
Playing outside...Caty strongly believes in dandelions.  She decided to spread seeds around the backyard to help our bees.

On Monday, the girls and I went briefly to the local park to work on identifying birds.  We downloaded the Cornell Labs identification app on my phone, grabbed the camera and set off.

This week we identified several birds and even got to see a juvenile eagle on our way to horse riding.

Lydia is working hard on her multiplication.  She hates math, so I haven't been forcing this too much but she knows the facts.  So I told her in order to get into her 4th grade math, she needs to finish it up what she had left.

She continued working on her Horseless Horse 4H project.  She is working on breeds right now.  She is doing really well in her grammar and writing programs.  I was worried about her writing program.  She is doing well on the keywords, but still struggling a bit with making sentences.  So we'll keep chugging along.  I just keep an eye on the amount of handwriting she is doing.  There is a direct correlation between her frustration with her hand tremors and the handwriting.  So she is learning how to use Word more.

Lydia was very brave this week.  She rode the tallest horse that she has ever been on this week.  Charlie is 20 hands tall.  She did a great job controlling him.  (Figuring the height of a horse was one of her 4H projects this week.)

Lydia also was dog sitting.  Mack was with us a few days and so loved by all the kiddos.
 He was very spoiled.

The boys are still working on their 4H projects.  It is my fault that they got behind this week. So we will be spending next week catching them back and up making their posters.  Judging isn't too far away, so I want them to be ready.

Joey read a book on Robert Ripley this week.  He said he was an interesting person. He is reading about the Roaring 20s in History.  Both boys watched an episode of Aerial America on Wisconsin, which they recognized a few landmarks that we have been too.  I will be working hard with him next week on 4H projects so that we can start posters next week with Joey. 

Joey has been enjoying the new patio furniture.  I will have to get a picture and post it next week.  He's been going out on the deck and doing his work.  I don't blame him.  It was a little chilly for me a couple days, so I didn't sit out there as much as he did.  But whatever works for him, I'm ok with that.

Brayden went through another Magic Tree House book.  I am switching things up next week and he's going to read a Magic School Bus Science Chapter book.  He whipped through most of his schoolwork fairly easy this week.  I am still checking him out because I already found where Joey skipped some assignments.  If Joey done it, I'm sure Brayden did too.  His excuse would be, well you didn't remind

We had a busy, but decent week.  Lydia has been providing a big challenge to me daily.  More like driving me absolutely batty on a daily basis.  I threatened to send her to boarding school at one point this week.  She been an emotional roller coaster, more than usual.  So just taking lots and lots of deep breaths.  

Hope everyone had a great week and see you next week.

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