With the kind of week we had, it should be no surprise that I'm not posting the weekly report until now. (Even now, I should be headed to bed instead to get a better start to week 21!) Last Sunday a miracle occurred - our entire family was healthy enough to all head to church. This is a rare occurance due to Adam's weak immune system and the time of year. And, true to form, Tuesday morning arrived with no less than three-101 fevers and a strange gurgling of my own g.i tract. Dh stayed home while we all 4 sacked ourselves on the couch and watched tv. Not only is this wretchedly boring (I mean, how many times in a row can a person watch Madagascar?), but in the back of my mind I couldn't stop worrying about how we could possibly get our lessons in for the week.
So since we had to head to my parents house for Sunday and Monday, dh and I turned Sat into school/work day and doubled up some lessons on Friday in order to pull week 20 together! Amazing how short lessons make the days so flexible. We only ended up losing 2 days of reading time and this week's science lesson (although the "Mommy-I think the hermit crab's dead" scare might count)!
We continued steadily in phonics, spelling, copywork, and grammar (pronouns still). Jefferson really enjoyed math this week since we learned a new card game. It's called Connect and requires that you line up 4 cards, edge to edge, in order to make sums for 5, 10, 15, or 20. He had to add his score in his head and then tally his total score in his head or on the abacas. Amazing how playing this game for a few days shows rapid improvement in learning how to add by 15 (i.e. add 10 and then 5)! I am still so happy with the AL Right Start Math (a program recommended on the Charlotte Mason site) and will definitely continue with it as well as starting Reagan with it next year. The manipulatives work wonders and the teacher book really helps me to teach Jefferson to run things through his head in different ways in order to come to the same solution.
So - short and sweet this time. Hopefully this week will be a little more productive and less stressful. Nothing major is planned but it's always the unplanned things, huh? Until next time!
(b.t.w the hermit crab is NOT dead - he just decided to stare at us for a very, very, very long time!)