Homeschool Weekly Wrap-Up

I haven't done one of these in a while. Oops.

Nothing much to report, really.

Both boys have started a new Life of Fred book. Luke is on Edgewood and Gabe is on Dogs. Since it takes about a month for them to do a book, I know they won't get super far into the series, but I'm okay with that. LoF takes such a different approach to math that I wanted them to start with a good foundation instead of just dropping them into it mid-series. So far they still like it and seem to be learning well.

I'm in the market for new Language Arts books for both boys because they'll be done with theirs soon - probably mid Feb. That's too early! I need something else even if we don't get all the way through it this year. I need to get going on this.

Science is still on nutrition. We're slowly plugging away. There's just so much good stuff out there! So many videos and documentaries. We watched 2 videos from Crash Course on nutrition and metabolism and while some of it was over their heads, it was still good. They got to see how hard our body has to work when we consume sugar. Well, how hard our body has to work, period. So informative.

We're moving steadily through the U.S. Presidents in History. We watch a handful of videos, fill out a fact sheet, complete some type of word search or other fun game, read 4 pages out of a book (see below), and occasionally watch other videos to supplement. For every President.

Crash Course U.S. History has some good videos. We just watched the one about the Progressive Presidents and Women's Suffrage.

We get through 1 President per week, which may seem absurdly slow, but there's so much for the boys to learn not only about each President, but about what was going on in the U.S. and the world at that particular point in history. We should be able to get through the remaining Presidents by the end of this school year!

The boys complain about their Bible curriculum from time to time, but I think it's good for them to have some work that's more involved and difficult. I don't want them to be bogged down every minute of every school day, but I also don't want them to be lazy and think that everything should be fun and easy. I'm really happy with this curriculum and will definitely be using it next year.

We were supposed to go on a field trip to the local Christian radio station this past week, but couldn't make it out of our driveway due to snow. I was really bummed. Field trips have slowly ground to a halt in the past 6ish weeks and we need to get out and about. February will be better.

We're also working hard to make some more friends. One family that we adore is moving to Atlanta. Another is looking at a possible relocation to Colorado Springs. Luke would like more friends and I would love it if they were close to home. For some reason we have a history of making friends with people who live 30+ minutes away.

So that's our weekly, er, should I say monthly, homeschool wrap up. We're just plugging away and sort of dazed by the fact that another year will be done before we know it!


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