In my life this week…
It has been a busy, crazy, messy week!!! Busy and crazy because of three choir performances, two drama dress rehearsals, a piano and violin recital, a Christmas dinner, and a going away party. WOW!!! All of this on top of all the other homeschool, work, and family things that we do every week. Thankful for all the opportunities! Messy because the weather this week has been messy. Rainy, cold, and windy!
In our homeschool this week…
Our adventures actually started Sunday night with a choir performance at a Chinese church. The children did a great job. I love the multicultural lessons. The hymnals were in Chinese and English.
Monday – Independent study day! I worked at the hospital so the girls and the Man did school work together.
I did find some great math videos from Math Vids to help Big Sis. She really finds that the ones from YourMathGal are helpful. She is working on integers now so I am having to re-learn as I go. I am finding the videos helpful also 🙂
Tuesday – We have misplaced our “Drive Thru History” DVD which really upsets me. I am praying that we find it to supplement the little bit of history that we actually accomplish each week. We really enjoyed the first (and only) section that we watched and were looking forward to continuing it. I went searching for some fun things to make it more interesting for all of us. I found a fun, short video called American History: Growth of a Nation. We watched it and started our own American History timeline. In addition, each of the girls is working on a historical person report. The only instructions given were that the person had to be from the time period were we discussing. Big Sis is researching Phillis Wheatley. Middle Sis is working on information on Alexander Hamilton. And Little Sis is studying Pocahontas. It should be interesting to see what they come up with.
The girls had their second choir performance of the week on Tuesday night. All the seminary groups sang. It was a great night for worship through music. Rachel van Voohrees, the principal harpist of the Louisiana Philharmonic, was a special guest. Beautiful music!
Wednesday – Writing, Latin, and Science Lab for the older two girls. Lil Sis and I had a language arts, math, and history date. Science lab continued with our nature study. The kids researched whatever nature object that they choose and brought ten fun facts to lab. We learned lots of interesting things. Did you know that pinecones are male or female? And that the largest pine cone is about 24 inches long. If you are reading this and live in an area with pinecones that large, we would love for you to send us one 🙂
The rain stopped several hours before our science lab. But it brought the cold with it. It was 40 degrees while we were traipsing around outside. It was beautiful – but oh so cold!!
Thursday – The third and final choir performance of the season was Thursday. Christmas in the Atrium is an annual event that the kids love. I don’t know it they enjoy with singing or the free drinks from the President (of the seminary, not the US 🙂 ). Either way it was a great time!
I also found a silly little game for Big Sis to play to help with learning integers. She had to play until the guy walked off the plank. Click here to see the game. She even ASKED to play one day. Of course, it was to avoid doing the next lesson. However, I had already planned to work on the adding and subtracting integers one more day – so I will chalk it us as a WIN!!!!
Thursday evening was spent down at Global Maritime Ministries (or see our facebook page at Global facebook page). The girls got to interact with seafarers from Sri Lanka and Poland. We even got a history/geography lesson. I love when we do missions together as a family!
Middle Sis continues to work on her artistic abilities. She has found some videos online that are teaching her to draw different things.
Friday evening concluded with a piano/violin recital at a local nursing home and the Christmas dinner with the staff from Global Maritime.
I am inspired by…
Our Jesse Tree Advent devotion time. See Ann at A Holy Experience to get a free Advent devotion. You will not be disappointed.
My favorite thing this week was and I am grateful for…
All the musical gifted people who are willing to invest in my children. Since I have no musical talent, the girls are so beyond my ability. I am thankful for all those that are willing to teach – choir, piano, violin, flute, guitar…….
/not working for us…
Slowing down with Big Sis’ math and not worrying about deadlines that do not exist.
I am re-reading Jesus Freaks: Stories of those who stood for Jesus. Middle Sis is reading it also and sharing stories. I read the book years ago but am re-reading it to help with her story telling.
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