Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Weeks in Review - October 3 - 14

I could never join the circus; I'm simply not a very good juggler. Since the beginning of this school year, I've been trying to juggle schooling the small people, being a wife and mom, keeping the house clean, and getting small people to their extra curricular activities. I've yet to figure out how to keep all of those in the air at the same time. So, if any of you have any tips for how to manage everything successfully, please share them with me.

History - We finished the life of Augustus Caesar. I found it fascinating to study the people who were alive during the time Jesus was born. I hope it made the Bible facts a little more tangible to my children, that they could see that the Bible talks about real people who are a part of history and that it isn't just a group of stories.

Science - The Boy was studying simple machines and completed an experiment to determine how to use a lever in the most effective way.
The girls began studying the circulatory system, learning about the various components of blood. I love using Apologia for science; the chapter on blood began by discussing the importance of sacrificial blood in the Bible and how Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

Read-Aloud - To go along with our study of the Roman Empire, we have been reading The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare. What a fabulous book! This story of a young Jewish man who wants to avenge the crucifixion death of his father and how hearing Jesus teach touched his life captivated my children.
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1st Grade - Little Red was very excited to begin reading in her Bible Reader. Marie Hazell from My Father's World has retold the Bible stories in easy to read words.
Preschool - Sassy Pants has mastered number recognition, so we are now working on simple addition using number pegs.

Extra-Curricular - The Boy's and Soccer Girl's soccer teams competed in a tournament at the beach. While Soccer Girl's team wasn't successful, they showed a lot of growth that weekend. They learned to play hard in spite of the score, in one game they came back from a 3-0 deficit to lose 4-3. The Boy's team had an amazing weekend, ending with a 1-0 victory in the championship game! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, both teams wore pink socks that weekend. This meant a lot to me since I lost my mom to breast cancer 6 1/2 years ago. The girls even sprayed their hair pink for the first day. Here are some highlights from that weekend:









The Boy and his coach
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