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Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday Musings...

Ideas for the week....

~ We started reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as I misplaced The Time Garden. I think we'll continue with the Wizard for a bit!

~ Cyrus asked if he could fill out multiplication tables again, so I'll print some of those, and Cricket can do a couple of 100's charts. Some Life of Fred, and a little Math Mammoth to be done as well.

~ I'd like to start reading from The Story Book of Science again. And do a project or two from one of our experiment books.

~ I think we'll finish Abel's Island (with Cyrus), All of a Kind Family (with Cassia), and Little House in the Big Woods (both kids) this week. Debating what to start with next for individual-with-the-kids reading. I think for history, we'll either go with Little House on the Prairie or Ben and Me next.

~ The kids started week one of the Couch Potato to 5k program yesterday. We'll be jogging three times a week with this, in the early evenings. We're lucky because we have loads of creekside biking/walking trails near home.

~ I'd like to finish weeding the front yard, and get the backyard rototilling done this week. I did plant two kinds of mint, some cilantro, and basil out front yesterday. Garden therapy! (Works every time, though I did get a funny stripe of sunburn right across my lower back from bending over to weed!)

~ Cassia will move into the second section of Phonics Pathways this week. Toward the end of last week I dictated two-letter blends to her to write, and she did very well with them. I'm a bit afraid to say we're making real progress... perhaps I'll jinx myself if I do! But I will say I am truly hopeful!

~ Cyrus has been writing in his journal a lot lately, but I'd like him to start working on an essay as well... maybe. I am thinking something like Writing Skills--nice, simple, uncluttered and very straightforward--might be good for the fall. Any thoughts?

~ I'm ready to start massive decluttering. First to go are all my "fat" clothes!

What is on your agenda for the week?


  1. Looks like a full week for you guys! That reminds me...I need to get to some yard work too. It snowed today so I'm off the hook for now, though.

    We have the day off today for oldest's birthday, but for the rest of the week we'll be enjoying some work in Life of Fred, reading about Gothic architecture, starting The Hidden Treasure of Glaston as our read aloud, and at the end of the week, for earth day, we'll tour our local recycling center, and take part in activities there.

  2. We've put SOTW and BFSU on hold 'til the Fall--and we're focused on "breaking the code" and learning to read fluently. I'm using Orton-Gillingham approaches.

    We brought home a male & female toad and we're looking forward to toadie tadpoles in our pond.

    We've been listening to Redwall and now, watching the animated series on Netflix (love it!).

    Enjoy decluttering!!! :)

  3. I'm trying to do that same running program! I got one day in and came down with a nasty cold:(. Good luck with it!

  4. Just wanted to say I love All of a Kind Family! :)
    PS Your next year plans look great!


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