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Friday, June 22, 2012

Weekly Report... A Very Quiet Week...

On Monday, I posted that we would have a far more peaceful, and less busy, week than the one before, and indeed we did! Not much going on outside the home, which has left me feeling a bit less harried. Although we did go to a beach on Sunday with my mom and sister, which was lovely. M went out fishing with a friend... probably the easiest Father's Day yet!

What We Did Do
Reading: We finished listening to Peter Pan on audio book. Tomorrow, I will pick up Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief to start listening to--this is The Boy's recommendation, and The Girl is very excited about it!

The Girl and I are down to the last few pages of The Ordinary Princess. We'll finish that up today or tomorrow, and move right into something else. Eventually, I think I may read Magic for Marigold to her, or perhaps The Light Princess.

We are also down to the last pages of The Children of Green Knowe, then we'll start Ginger Pye. I finally tracked down a copy of Smoky House--had to order it from England to get a reasonable price!!--so we'll read that a little later this summer.

I need to get back into reading Treasure Island, since we haven't made any progress with that this week.

I finished reading through Teach a Child to Read with Children's Books, and tried it yesterday with The Girl. She was so much more receptive to it than to phonics instruction books! Having a story line to follow seems to make an immense difference.

Other: What else did we do? Well, there were several episodes of Mythbusters and The Waltons. Swimming/splashing around in our little pool. Eggs to be collected from our chickens. M's birthday to celebrate, quietly at home, with homemade presents from the kids. Roller derby practice. Art projects and water balloons. Some computer animation. Lots of teddy bear and American Girl doll play. Today's still anticipated Summer Solstice celebration at park day, if it doesn't rain!

A General Note: A while ago, I bought a second hand copy of Further Up and Further In, a Narnia-based unit study program. I looked through it, and promptly resold it because it did not resonate with me. Too many plans for some weeks, not enough for others. The premise is delightful... a year of study based off some of my all-time favorite books! So I started considering other options for next fall, then circled around to the idea of putting together my own Narnia study. Maybe. I haven't decided yet, but I love the idea. I could work in mythology, particularly Greek and Norse; poetry; Shakespeare; Sherlock Holmes; E. Nesbit's books; fairy tales; and much more--all the works that helped inspire the Chronicles of Narnia. It is still very much a vague, floating-around-in-my-head idea.

On the whole, a laid-back week. Next week will be more of the same. When July hits though, I'll be a stay-at-home mom, at least for a while. I plan to finally finish cleaning and decluttering the whole house, and to start a Morning Basket of sorts. I think I may try reading An Everyday History of Somewhere to the children, to aid us in our summer study of California. I think it might be easier to read from one book on this subject, rather than many historical fiction titles! I do have it on hand too, so I'll have to give it a try.

Hope you all had a good week! Drop by Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers for more weekly wrap-ups (link in my sidebar).


  1. Anonymous1:23 PM

    I love the original "Peter Pan". Every time Tink says to Peter, "You silly ass!", Gavin and I both laughed.

  2. Sounds like a great week with lots of reading. My ds loved Peter Pan.

  3. I love those weeks when I can just relax and be home. Glad you were allowed to slow down a bit. Hs famalies can be so busy. Love the pictures you used for your post. Good luck putting together your own Narnia study. I think we can all relate to purchasing something thinking it will work and then after closer inspection realizing nope this will not do. Great week.


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