Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wrapping it Up - Week 3

We've had a roller coaster of a week this week.  All of our friends went back to school Tuesday.  This is the first year we didn't join them so I had a very emotional 9 year old on my hands (Michael couldn't have cared less).  We made it through though and celebrated not having to get up early and run out the door by making homemade chocolate chip waffles for breakfast and staying in our PJ's all day today!

In math we continued to review as well as began to introduce some new ideas like basic algebraic equations. (n+15=42)  Shawn also taught Michael the Associative Property of Addition and explained to him that he already knew the Communicative and Identity Properties but just didn't know that that's what they were called.

In LA we learned about adjectives and adverbs, started a new list of spelling and vocabulary words, practiced our reading comprehension, and worked on our writing skills by summarizing short stories.

Shawn has almost finished reading them  The Magician's Nephew and will start on The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe sometime next week.

In history we continued our study of Ancient Egypt, learning about the Pyramids and the Middle Kingdom of Egypt.  We built our own pyramids out of sugar cubes and made scented oil like the egyptians used in the mummy making process.  We were also very excited to see grass beginning to grow on the banks of our Nile river!!

In science we learned about Newton's first and second laws of motion and conducted experiments to prove them.

At Shawn's suggestion we also started Home Ec lessons.  Our task this week was learning how to make a cake from scratch. (this was a first for me too!)

Everybody got a turn, even Allie
One very important thing that my amazingly brilliant husband pointed out to me this week is that we don't have to do everything for every subject everyday.  While I realize that this is just basic common sense for some reason it was eluding me and I was stressing about not getting enough done.  I can't tell you what a relief this realization has been to me.  I am now able to be happy with the things we did accomplish rather than worrying about the ones we didn't.  

Finally I wanted to show off my new words of wisdom that came in the mail this week.  :)  This is one of my favorite sayings and I love having it by our bookshelf.
We are taking a much needed day off tomorrow to enjoy the start of the holiday weekend.  It is my last Friday to work and then we are headed to MamMom & Granddaddy's for an afternoon of relaxing and swimming before the weather turns cool.  :)

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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  1. Love the home ec lessons! We have foods class at that hallway always smells soooooo good!

  2. Your youngest sitting on top of the table is great! I love it! I thought that only happened in my home! My mom used to sigh at those types of photos... a kid on the table with bare feet! That was years ago... Enjoy blogging! I found you from twtm. Visit me at

  3. Yah, for PJ day! May I ask where you got your quote? Is it a decal? I would love something like that for my wall. Sounds like a good solid week. Thanks for sharing.

  4. You are doing a wonderful job! I love the sugar cube pyramids and the Dr. Seuss quote.

  5. Looks like you had just a great week! Love the projects you did! I'm trying to get better at that! Wow, your first cake from scratch! We deal with celiac here so **everything** I make is from scratch! :-)

  6. Home ec lessons sound like a great idea! They look very intent on their cake making. ;-) And I love that quote!

  7. 'twas the week for "home ec" I guess! Daisy made an apple pie for Daddy's birthday Wednesday---I cut up the apples and transferred the rolled crust to the pie plate, but she did everything else!

  8. The wisdom of Suess! Pancakes and PJ's sounds like a great start to the school year!

  9. Looks like fun. I remember making the sugar cube pyramids with my kids... :-)

  10. The quote is a decal. I got it here -

    It took a while to get here but it was worth the wait. :)

  11. Looks like a great week! Love the pictures! I also had the epiphany this week about scheduling. I cut spelling down to two days a week, and I made sure we didn't do science on those days. Things were much calmer this week as a result!

  12. What a great week! And those home ec classes will come in handy one day - I have my kids cooking dinner once a week each (at least I try). When we studied Egypt a few years ago, we mummified an apple. My kids still remember that one!

  13. We did the sugar cube pyramids last year!! How fun!! ;)

    Thanks for sharing your week! Hope you've had a great weekend!