Friday, April 1, 2011

Weekly Wrap Up : April 1st

homeschool journal

In my life this week...

We tried to get back to some semblance of normal – and we were able to get 2 weeks of school completed – which is always great!

We had J’s eyes checked since he is not shooting so well on the rifle team, wanted to rule out vision issues.  The result : he has his father’s eyes – perfect vision!  So now we need to refine his shooting skills!

Robert did take 3 of our broiler chickens (meat birds) to get processed and they are huge!  Much bigger than the last batch!   A good thing since one chicken at dinner is no longer enough for this brood of growing kids!  But if the chickens are bigger we may be okay!!  Next week we take the rest!  yeah!

In our homeschool this week...

We finished the last half of last weeks “week” of school and completed another.  So we are going to get caught up and finish about on time for us I suspect.  I love that I can make school work – get it done a little faster if I need to, or slow it down in we want. 

We are learning so much more than our curriculum will ever show with the chickens and the garden especially.  I know they kids are learning things that they will take with them forever!  So it is fine is we skip a day here or there – real life is a much better teacher than a book most days!!

Places we're going and people we're seeing...

We said goodbye to Robert’s folks Sunday night, they left Monday morning before we were all up.  Then my dad made a quick trip out here to drop off a lawn-mower and that was fun to show him our place!  The kids loved showing off their chickens, cats, dogs and everything else! 

Then, my uncle arrived Thursday night for a few days to bring us a tractor!! We are so excited about this too!  The kids have been playing on this tractor in his yard for years and now we are thrilled to be able to use it here on our property!!  Visiting with Uncle Ed and his friend Tony has been so much fun, the kids are loving it as much as we are!!

My favorite thing this week was...

making the most everything.  Instead of getting upset when things did not go according to the way I thought they should, we just went with the flow – not my nature!

I enjoy getting school done mostly when Robert is working, and taking the days he is home to be together.  We still do get school done many days he is home (especially when he is reversed out) but we thoroughly enjoy this schedule and having so much more time together to work in the garden, yard or something else! 

In general we are loving our Junior Master Gardener Program we are involved with!!  That has been great to add to our school work!!

What's working/not working for us...

Handwriting is not working for my oldest!  So since he does not want to do the small amount I am asking him to do well, I am giving him more to do.  This week I told him everyday he will do some form of creative writing in addition to copy-work.  Of course there were terrible tears!    But the second day he was good with it.  This resulted in getting his blog updated a bit, and getting him journaling a bit more.  All good stuff – just work!!

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more malakoff farm life and a tractor 021

My girl with one of our kittens – they tolerate her love so well! 


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