Friday, June 30, 2017

Dog Sitting, Fitting in School and History Review



We started our week off with the return of our runaway bunny.  Our neighbors spotted her and helped us chase her back into the fence so we could catch her.  Lydia was a happy little girl.


The kids wanted to see two of the new blockbusters out this week.  Well with all the jobs and sports schedules,  school time is at a premium.  So after they were swimming Sunday (and had a picnic with the family), I made them all do math.  The boys are starting pre-Algebra this week.  Lydia has been continuing using Unlock Algebra (check out my review from last week), and Caty is working on her Math review starting with Life of Fred.  She's loving this.  I just ordered the next three books.





The weather was warm, but nice, so the girls, Joe and I went for a walk.  The girls are supposed to be working on leaf collections for Science Club and we are way behind.

Exploring a little area in our town I had never showed them before.


Monday brought work for the boys at the library.  But first Lydia made lunch, soft tacos (cooking project).

When the boys and I got home from the library we quickly started dinner.  Brayden make baked fries (no one liked them).

And he made BBQ meatball subs.  Those were a hit.


Then the girls and I rushed back to Napoleon for swim practice.  The triathlon is getting closer and closer.  This was a real workout for the girls.  1 lap in this pool is 50 m.  Not what they are used to.  So after swimming 400 m.... they were exhausted.



I decided with the fact we are so busy that instead of starting World History as I planned, the girls and Brayden would review US History with movies and various activities this summer.  We will be working on a timeline as they watch these videos.  We'll start World History back up in September when all jobs are finished for the season (at least most of them...Lydia will still be working but only 1 day a week).

This week we covered Columbus, Jamestown and the Pilgrims.  Caty enjoyed watching the Charlie Brown America about the Pilgrims.  We also refreshed ourselves about the Lost Colony, John Rolfe, Squanto, John Smith and Pocahontas.



On Tuesday, Joey had to work at Core.  Lydia had work at the library.  It was a balancing act for me all day.  But we managed to get all of their work done that I had down for us.  We have discovered that Joey cannot have tomato sauce (like spaghetti sauce), it causes him major acid reflux.  So I will be developing a creamy lasagna recipe for him.  I just never made it because of his dairy allergy.  Ugh...now he can have dairy, but not tomatoes.  Poor kid has no idea why his body does this.  I can barely understand when my own body attacks itself, so it's really hard for him.



Tuesday was the only day this week where we really had a bit of downtime, or so I thought.  I wanted to get the chicken coop fixed and the storage shed cleaned out.  Guess what didn't happen...lol.  But the kids got to go and see the new Transformers movie the day before the official release.  They were super excited, well Caty wasn't.  I really wanted to see it, but she didn't.  So I will wait patiently for the release and we spent the evening together getting to know her new bunny.  We were struggling with her and the size of her rabbit.  She was actually afraid of it.  So she and I went shopping and found a new bunny.


Meet her new bunny, Peter


Lydia is working on walking Snowball.  She seems to be handling the harness well.


Lydia worked on her miniature garden.



In Science Club this week we studied how you can tell a tree by leaf shape and looked at the internal structure of leaves.  They built leaf models.  This is the source I used.  They looked at leaf and stem slides under the microscope also.  There was also some information on why trees have rings.







The garden was overrun with weeds.  So Caty, Brayden and I worked on cleaning it up.



Wednesday both girls had golf.  They won't get to go next week because of camps.  They both LOVED it.


On Wednesday night, Brayden was excited to attend Cook Night with our local Special needs Support Group.  They were able to sit and socialize with a kid they knew from Special Olympics.  They both had fun, though Joey won't admit it.  This is a new thing for Brayden wanting to go and socialize at outside events.  So we are trying to fit in things that Brayden wants to do, and what he asks about.



When we got home, we saw quite a fire down the road.  A gas tanker overturned.  The flames were higher than the trees at one point.  I couldn't get my camera on my phone to work.  The smoke had actually cleared up quite a bit.  As we were traveling home, we thought it was field fire.  I could see the smoke about 10 miles away.  I started seeing flames about 5 miles away.  Then when we got home we found out what it was.  It was scary looking.  We did find out that the driver got out ok.  We heard there were 4 fire departments on the scene at one point.


Lydia is trying hard to see if Snowball will walk with her on a leash.  She had read that Beatrix Potter used to walk her rabbit.  Snowball isn't having it so far.


Their cousin spent the night and Caty made an emoji cake.  Caty LOVES anything emoji right now.


Friday I spent most of the day making cereal treats for our first flea market that weekend.  Every time I thought I was ahead, I was behind again.  Watch for our adventures at the flea market next week.

Hope everyone had a great week!!

Linking up with other homeschool moms at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

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