Friday, September 14, 2018

Monk Life, Microscopes, US Regions, and Co-op Begins

Lots of changes for us this week.   This week was our first week of Science Club.  We took the summer off.  So I was prepping for that....AND...Minecraft classes for both the co-op and our online learning center, Homeschool With Minecraft.  With gymnastics added back in and getting used to Joey's "full-time" schedule, it's been a true balancing act.  I'm literally working at all hours and cramming in work whenever I can.  I'm hoping to be caught up soon, but we all know that will never happen. 

In our School this week....


History took a turn...We decided to start back with Story of the World.  I didn't like the direction the other program was using.  I decided to start them with Volume 2.  This meant we are going to do review the next couple weeks.  But that's ok.  This week we learned about Monks, Christianity being introduced in Britain and Illuminated Manuscript.

Working together they made a Monk's lunch of split pea soup and bread.  We added turkey ham, because we could.  Caty reminded me though that "Ham" is from a 4-legged animal which the Monks would not have eaten.  I said, well it's a good thing we have turkey ham and not pork.  Turkey's walk on two legs!  They ate lunch with pear slices, since monks ate apples with lunch usually.  This is going to be a Thursday tradition for the girls almost every week.  Both the boys are at work on Thursdays.  So they can make themselves a unique lunch.

Making biscuits to go with their lunch. 


In Science Club we continued work with microscopes.  We attempted to build one with small magnifying glasses.  It was an experiment in our book.  But it didn't work out very well.  Plus everyone was having a blast using the new one.

We learned about convex and concave lens used in microscopes.

We got way off the plan, because the kids were having a blast looking at just about everything they could with the microscope....including fresh chicken poop.  They looked at eyelashes, hair, and learned how to use the microscope and prepare slides.  So even though we didn't finish big deal.  They had a blast!!


Our country this week for Geography was the United States.  We learned about the five regions and made a poster to represent each section.  We had cheeseburgers and fries and chocolate chip cookies to go with our studies.


Working on her unfinished book work at gymnastics.

This was our last week of softball.  It's a short, but busy season.  I got the nicest card from Lydia's softball team!  They are such great kids (and adults), so I'll say athletes.  I love that I get to volunteer and work with them throughout various sports year around!

I'm sad to see softball over, but ready for tennis and swimming...and bowling to start up.

Joe got to keep the score at the game.  He had fun with that one!

Warming up at the batting cages.

Minecraft Classes

My newest endeavor...not only teaching classes online, but at a local co-op.  I'm teaching two classes using Minecraft.  It was a rough technology week...but I think we'll make it!  The girls are each taking a class.  Caty is taking a beginning sewing class and Lydia is taking piano.

The girls have a little time to kill before their first classes, so they sit in the corner of my classroom and work on their bookwork at a table.

I'm teaching two classes this semester, since NO ONE signed up for any of the 9 am classes!!  Homeschoolers do not like early wake up  I'm teaching Explorers (World Geography) and Ancient Minecraft (Heroes of History).

Joey is helping me assist all the kids building.

This guy was hanging out the front of our house all week.


So for health this year.  I have 3 different curriculums going.  Caty's is actually being made up as we go along.  We will be using the American Girl girls health book and we also started in Vintage Remedies with her.  I've used it before with the boys, but she was so tiny when we did it, I decided to use it one more time with her.  It's a lot on healthy eating, but whole food healthy eating!!  I'm not even sure if you can buy this book anymore, I have had it 8 years now.  These books below were her reading this week.

Lydia is using Total Health Middle school level.  This is going to be a challenge program for her.  With all the attention issues she has been facing, she is being forced to keep herself organized.  I had to make adjustments for her this week, and will experiment more next week.

Brayden is using the new Apologia Exploring Health and Nutrition program.


Nothing exciting in Math class.  The girls are still working their way through their review levels of Teaching Textbooks.  

Online Classes

So I've been using more often this year.  I discovered a series of classes that incorporate Art and Poetry.  Caty wasn't interested, but it's something Lydia would love.  She took her first class a couple weeks ago, and I just keep signing her up as new ones are posted.  This week her class was on Edgar Allen Poe - The Raven.  I found these really cool watercolor paint pens, and she is loving them.

This is her finished project.  They concentrated on the head of the raven.

Project Learning

Caty is working on a Create Your Own Taco Truck project.  Another Homeschool Mom introduced me to this project.  So this week, I took Caty to a location in our town that WAS a taco truck.  They have been working at this location for several months out of a trailer.  They finally were able to prep the building enough and get approval to move in.  So She was able to see their set up.  Next week she'll be working on her menu and recipes.

Of course we took take-out home.  They all said it was really good.

Brayden is taking a Video Game development project and Lydia is doing one on how to start an animal shelter.  Nothing big going with either of those this week.  More info on their projects next week!

It's an annual tradition for my brother and his family to hold a formal dance for the members of our Kingdom Hall.  It was this weekend.  We had so much fun, just like we did last year!

The boys didn't go this year.  They DO NOT like dances in any form.  We decided that they could skip this year.  They had fun gaming all evening, and we were able to enjoy ourselves also at the dance.  So everyone was happy!

Well that is our week in a nutshell.  Stay tuned for more fun and adventures next week!

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