I can't figure-out which week this is for us. Our fall classes started tapering off long before the schools let out in December, and our new classes are only just starting to ramp up. We've been keeping busy with lots of great stuff, but I've been terrible about documenting it. Our biggest news is we've moved(!) and for some dumb reason, we did it two days before Christmas. We literally wrapped cellophane around our fully decorate tree, unplugged it, and loaded it into the truck. The dust has finally begun to settle, we are 80% unpacked and organized, but I'm obsessing about paint colors and wallpaper which keeps me from exercise, housework and blogging. Here is how our last week looked:
9:30 – 3:00 Homeschool in the Forest Today was our first week back in four weeks. The kids were so excited! The weather was perfect for January and so I dropped them off in the forest and took a hike with the puppy. Here is a view I catch of them playing a game, while walking the ridge. It's like summer camp all year long.
3:30 - 5:00 Trying to keep up our routine, we jump right back into picking-up our old neighbor/friend's kid/friend for life, after middle school dismissal, and bring her back to our house for fun time. No one wanted to go to the library this week. She shared with us her personal project of selling origami to raise money to buy her friend a new hamster after his had died. I sit back and watch in aw as she teaches my kids - with great enthusiasm - how to fold, calculate value, raise money, keep a secret, sell door-to-door, etc. I snap this picture and send it to her parents asking them if I shouldn't be paying them for the privilege of having her for a few hours each week. :)
After Dinner We've been playing a lot of games lately - homemade, card and board. Here we are playing poker, which our math tutor ASSURES me counts as quality math practice. Thank GAWD!!! ;)
8:00 I wake up and make the kids breakfast. I catch Beanie helping Tiny Buns to read some new pages in his Dick and Jane reader. I love to see them teach each other without even realizing it. Before I even get breakfast on the table I can cross off *reading* for the day. ;)
8:30 - 10:30 Math tutoring for all three kids. Here, our tutor includes me in a card game that I can play with them during the week.
10:30 - 12:00 Language arts tutor for big kids while Tiny Buns and I work on an Amazing Science kit he got for Christmas.
Our language arts tutor is great. She completely gets down on the kids levels. Above, she helps the 10yo craft a report on what he wants - The Hunger Games, a book he just devoured.
2:15 - 3:15 Music for 10yo while I grab a cookie with the little kids and walk down to an antique store for some poking around. (Tiny Buns home sick from prek)
More card games this morning. Also some math pages, reading, etc. We've put our Spanish tutor on hold for a bit as I accidentally signed the kids up for Wednesday morning classes without remembering that Wednesdays are the day we do Spanish. Typical me maneuver. It's a partial blessing in that our Spanish lessons were not feeling great for me. Affordable but very stressful. I need a teacher who can strike a balance between teaching my kids through games, while successfully managing their combined energy.
12:30 - 2:30 The big kids first day of Shakespeare! Eleven kids ages 7-13, taught out of the house of a homeschool family DOWN THE STREET!! 17 weeks with the incredible Kate who will get them performance ready. She is incredible to watch in action and I've yet to meet a single student of hers who does not claim to LOVE Shakespeare! Their first day is spent watching the movie Much Ado About Nothing, where she stops and starts the whole way through, breaking it down, discussing it and clarifying. The kids come out enthusiastic and looking forward to their second session.
1:00 - 4:00 Tiny Buns does PreK
2:45 - 5:15 Beanie is at her grandma's house. They bake cookies and work on needlepoint.
9:00 - 10:30 Beanie has her art instruction with MF. He introduces her to oil paints and painting a bowl of fruit. Hers is on the left, his is on the right.
10:30 - 11:00 Karate for Tiny Buns while Beanie and I listen to French storytime at the library down the street. (Note: all these activities are just a few blocks from our new house. We walk everywhere now! :)
9:30 – 3:00 Homeschool 4-wheel drive
Notes from leader:
1:00 - 4:00 PreK for Tiny Buns
1:15 - 2:15 French immersion for Beanie. A group of just three girls and their teacher, they begin constructing a 3D map of Paris after illustrating it.
3:30 - 5:15 Beanie takes art instruction in a group setting. This week's project is painting an animal portrait. Looks like cats in suits on canvas is the call. ;)
I've called off our Spanish tutor for a bit. Scheduling conflicts played a big roll but not sure our tutor is the right fit. Great guy, solid language skills - my kids rule the hour and he doesn't know how to control them. I'm looking for someone with more experience with little kids. Until then, we will be listening to our Spanish language discs in the car.
11:00 I walk the boys down the street to get their hair cut and leave Beanie at home with E. who works with her on math. I've been carrying around card games in my bag so we can play anywhere we go. Tiny Buns is a junky for games and yik-yaking about numbers. Here he is at the salon playing Old Maid with me.
1:00 - 4:00 Tiny Buns to preK and the 10yo begs me to go antiquing. How did I get so lucky as to have kids as interested in perusing old stuff as I am??