We did start our Tapestry of Grace studies this week. The little ones and I read one book about St. Valentine and another called Brigid’s Cloak. We all began listening to an audio book on King Arthur. My bigger kids started reading in their history spines. My 6th grade son will be reading Our Island Story and my 4th grade daughter is reading The Story of the Middle Ages. We didn’t really complete week 1 to my satisfaction, so I think we’ll carry it over into next week.
My oldest son is really liking Life of Fred for math. However, I see a real weakness in his paper and pencil computation skills. (This is NOT due to Life of Fred.) I am going to have to add daily computation practice. I keep saying that. Maybe eventually I’ll do it!
We’re still working through our first unit of Write with the Best. I am liking the logical lesson plans. My children (sigh) don’t jump at the opportunity to write. My daughter did write a descriptive paragraph on a cardinal last night. It is interesting to say the least. We definitely need to work more on her spelling. My son struggles with coming up with things to write about.
I was supposed to be using the workbox system with my 2nd grade son this week. But, I didn’t do enough pre-planning to make it work. I did pre-plan all his regular work as usual, it’s just finding the extra things to put in the workboxes that I am struggling with. I can find things to put in there, but I question their value. I have never given my kids a lot of "busy work" and frankly, a lot of the worksheets seem to be that to me. Somebody enlighten me please. Most of the things that I find that I do think would be good, he needs help with. If he needs me with him, then the whole workbox idea is kind of pointless. It may be just a manner of teaching an old dog new tricks. I don’t know. I’ll give it a better try this week!
This week my daughter will be preparing her baked entries for the fair. She’s making Molasses Crinkles (cookies) and Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins. She’s also got a weaving project that isn’t quite finished. My older son has a digitally manipulated photograph he’s entering, and my younger son is entering a drawing of a giraffe. I am not entering anything this year. I am feeling just a little overextended already!