Saturday, 1 October 2011

Weekly Wrap Up :: Week 7

The month is almost over! This week was very much like last. We completed all the main subjects every day, and also fit in some history, science, and geography. We will be doing our Art and Music Appreciation this weekend because we missed it again this week. I don't want to be too far behind and I find that if we miss a couple of weeks, then we tend to forget about this altogether, so we did catch up on Music Appreciation today (Saturday).

In Science, we continued studying our snail. We even found another snail on Thursday on our way to the library again! It has been interesting to watch them interact with each other. Both snails will be released this weekend. We learned that some snails hibernate through the winter. We also learned about how they lay eggs and reproduce. I had requested a few books from the library, we read several but we were really happy with only one, Snails Up Close by Greg Pyers ,(if you have one to suggest, I would love to hear about it, please leave a comment on this post!).

In Ancient History, we continued learning about Egypt, mummies and pyramids. We are using Story of the World 1 and a few library books. Celeste's attention isn't always all that great, so I have been using the comprehension questions from SOTW Activity Guide. She has been slowly doing better. She was quite interested in how the mummies were made and she played a game online that Andre and Adrienne played when we used SOTW during our first year of homeschooling! It's a fun one: Mummy Maker from BBC History.

We finished our unit on the United Kingdom and started Ireland. We are also still reading Free the Children by Craig Kielburger, an amazing and inspiring book but definitely for teenagers and up.

We spent Wednesday morning at the park with other homeschoolers. We had missed it the week before because of the weather, so it was nice to connect again!

Another nice week for us, but a little bit on the light side. There were a few subjects that didn't get completed as often as they should, so we'll be working on that next week.

On a positive note, Celeste and I enjoyed baking together. She always wants to help me cook dinner or lunch too! She is a big helper and loves to cook.

Another positive thing, and I am not trying to brag. As I told my homeschool friends, I just want to encourage moms with younger children, let them know that they will grow up and in turn help you! Over the years, I haven't been a big fan of assigning chores. My kids always know what is expected of them (picking up after themselves, making their beds, clearing the table..) but I often ask them to help with the laundry or cleaning in general. Over the years, this method has worked for us. This week I was pleasantly surprised when Andre decided to vacuum after tidying up our shoes in the front entrance! He just thought it needed it. The next day, he asked me if he could take over the vacuuming because he really likes it (he also likes to clean bathrooms)!!!

How was your week? If you would like to read more weekly wrap-ups, you can visit Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers for links to other families posts.


  1. Would Andre like to visit here for a bit? ;)

  2. Yah! for sons that like to clean. What was the name of the book you liked about snails? I have a daughter that loves snails and would love to learn more about them.

  3. I am always trying to come up with chore systems, but you are right- my boys know what needs to get done without me telling them. Most days they do pretty well.

    I love your snails. I don't know what the difference is, but our snails are not nearly so pretty.

  4. LOVE your little girl's smile with her cupcakes! Very cute!

    And the snail are really interesting! We haven't found anything like that around here! My kid bring in oak galls (wasps) and caterpillars. LOL

    I'm so fortunate that my kids are GREAT helper around the house! We would have a MESSY MESSY place without them as I never can seem to get to everything every day!

  5. OMG, my 6 yr old loves to clean toilets! I asked the other day if anyone wanted to clean the bathroom with a toothbrush and she came running into the kitchen saying how she loves to scrub with a toothbrush. bless her


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