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Sunday, August 5, 2007

A Full Week Ahead

This is our 3rd week so we're adding French, Spelling and Music Appreciation into our day. We haven't had the best of starts in the last two weeks due to other circumstances such as traveling, stress within our household, etc. It is going to be a fine balance this week of playing catch-up and starting new subjects. I figured I'd give an overview of what we hope to accomplish this week, for my sanity and a reminder that life is filled with surprises!

Monday ~ August 6th

Bible: Finish Lesson 2, Day 5's Questions* and review memory verses. Do Lesson 3, Day 1.
Weather Journal: Record high temperature for August 2-7.*
Daily Memory Work:
Books of the Bible (first five)
Math: Lesson 9, recite math facts
Independent Reading: A Bargain For Frances by Russell Hoban
Handwriting: a page from Classically Cursive
Grammar: FLL -Review writing dates, titles of respect, addressing a letter and lessons 90-92.
French: Watch lesson 1 of Bonjour Les Amis
History: Chapter 2 of SOTW 2
Music Appreciation: Vivaldi Spring from the Four Seasons
Piano Lesson: 3:30 pm

*These items are catch-up, the rest is normal.

Tuesday ~ August 7th
Bible: Lesson 3, Day 2.
Weather Journal: Record high temperature for the day.
Daily Memory Work:
Books of the Bible (first five)
Math: Test 1, Lesson 10
Independent Reading: A Bargain For Frances by Russell Hoban
Handwriting: a page from Classically Cursive
Grammar: FLL -Lessons 93-94
French: Write vocabulary from Lesson 1 Bonjour Les Amis.
History: Finish Chapter 2 of SOTW 2
Music Appreciation: Vivaldi Spring from the Four Seasons
Piano Work: Notespeller book and practice


Wednesday ~ August 8th
Bible: Lesson 3, Day 3.
Weather Journal: Record high temperature for the day.
Daily Memory Work:
Books of the Bible (first five)
Math: Lesson 11
Independent Reading: A Bargain For Frances by Russell Hoban
Handwriting: a page from Classically Cursive
Grammar: FLL -Lesson 95
French: Practice introductions, complete activity from Un Peu De Tout
Science: Lesson 1 of Earth Science & Geography (we're behind one week)
Music Appreciation: Vivaldi Spring from the Four Seasons
Piano Work: Theory book and practice

Thursday ~ August 9th
Bible: Lesson 3, Day 4.
Weather Journal: Record high temperature for the day.
Daily Memory Work:
Books of the Bible (first five)
Math: Lesson 12
Independent Reading: A Bargain For Frances by Russell Hoban
Handwriting: a page from Classically Cursive
Spelling: Spelling Workout C, Lesson 1
French: Bonjour Les Amis Lesson 1 for review, practice introductions
Science: Finish Lesson 1 of Earth Science & Geography
Music Appreciation: Vivaldi Spring from the Four Seasons
Piano Work: Solo book, Lesson book and practice

Friday ~ August 10th
Bible: Lesson 3, Day 5.
Weather Journal: Record high temperature for the day.
Daily Memory Work:
Books of the Bible (first five)
Math: Daily Mental Math Week 3
State Study: About the USA
Science: Lesson 2, if we desire
Music Appreciation: Vivaldi Spring from the Four Seasons
Piano Work: practice

This week I want A Bargain for Frances to be read multiple times, Camille is doing her first book report on it and I want to discuss the book with her. Another reason is to help her pick up the pace a little and gain more confidence.

What I've been a little slack on:

1. Using the Veritas Press Middle Ages history cards and cd. We don't like the singer on the cd so I've procrastinated while I decide what to do- just follow along with the cd and get used to it or just recite the cards aloud. I'm trying to find another solution which is for me to sing the titles of the cards on a cassette tape (or even better onto a cd) but I can't say I'm thrilled to do this. Fortunately it is only for my children's use! Lol.

2. Daily Memory Work
We are awaiting for our Books of the Bible poster to come from BK's Schoolhouse. We've been waiting for over a month, I will make our own poster if it doesn't come in the mail tomorrow (Monday) and call the company to get a refund. In other words, don't order from BK's Schoolhouse even if they have wonderful prices.

3. Grammar.
Sigh. Can I just blame our busy lives of late? No. I've done this myself, we could have accomplished more ground in our FLL book but I let it slide.

Talking about busy lives- this week we need to go grocery shopping after our lessons one day, we hope to visit our homeschooling friend that lives an hour and a half away, and the kids want to go swimming at a nearby lake that has a little beach area after a day's lesson this week. Not to mention catching up with laundry, our dinner menu and other commitments. The weeds in our abandoned flower beds are not getting the hint that they need to move along to someone else's yard. Our dog and car have not washed themselves. I didn't want to say anything but some things just have to get on the same pages as me, you know? Get with the program!

Busy. Busy. Busy. I read a fiction book this past week! Elizabeth Berg's The Art of Mending. She's one of my favorite authors, it was nice visiting with her even if for a short while. I read a 200+ book in 3 hours, in the same day. We have a 4 hour drive to the in-laws, Danny and Camille were very pleasant backseat passengers, dh drove and I read. It was one of those moments in time that you smile to yourself and exhale a little, feeling happily contented.

P.S. We're not going to Maine in September- if MIL passes away I want to be here for my dh. It's only been postponed, not canceled so I'm grateful for that and the fact my mother responded well to the situation. Thank you Lord.

By the way, feel free to comment on the new look of the blog. I didn't want to mention this but really people! There have been over 300 visitors and no comments about the new look! Do you hate it that much? C'mon, give my graphic designer heart something!

 

7 comments:

Jules said...

I want to come to school at your house. Have a fun week!

LisaWA said...

HI Jess! I can relate to the busy busy! Be grateful with me that we only have a 24 hour day!!! Could you imagine what it would be like with more hours! We would fill it with more! Ha!

Many, many warm blessings and prayers go your way today!

Tomorrow is a new day!

Lisawa

Angela said...

Jessica,

Thanks for praying for my cousin and her family, she is still in the hospital. They stopped the magnesium last night. Her blood pressure went down but came back up again. So still waiting so see what happens. Your upcoming week looks great! How wonderful that you can read in the car, only a few minutes of reading and I'm ready to lose my lunch! Hope your week is wonderful.

Angela

cindy said...

Jessica,

I really like the new look, sooo intellectual. And my daughter LOVES the Frances books. They are really fun. Your school days look great. I understand though about the laundry, swimming, cooking, and all the other 'stuff.' DH said tonight that the house has really fallen apart this week, and I told him that I know, we are just 'busy'.

I am sorry about your trip to Maine. God is in control, and maybe the re-scehduled time will work out well with school and such. His ways are perfect, despite what we may be thinking at the time.

Blessings,

Cindy

Jennefer said...

Jessica,

I came to your blog tonight specifically to tell you that I loved the new look! It's great and so many ways to use the nautical/navigation themes! Have fun with it :)

Have a great week, too!
Jennefer

Jennefer said...

Oh, I also forgot to say that I love the Mark Twain quote as well. I am not a risk-taker at all so that one has always been inspiring to me.

my5wolfcubs said...

I'm *trying* to start a Blogger blog (love everything about Mac's, except iWeb's blog!) and it is so hard! I finally appreciate all the effort/hours your beautiful blog has taken you! Keep up the lovely work!
Lee