Well, here we go. I’m not going to promise to be consistent in cranking out my weekly reports. I know from experience that, as Mary Poppins says, “That’s a pie crust promise–easily made and easily broken.” I’m on top of things this week, though!

Before I delve into this week,  I want to mention some highlights of the past several months. In March we headed to Mississippi to spend Doodlebug’s first birthday with my family.  We hit the zoo, children’s museum, and the agriculture museum. It’s nice being a tourist in your own hometown! 🙂

 

In April the kids participated in Field Day through our local homeschool group. Sassafras and the Z-man both placed second in the sack race. Little Man even participated in a 3-yr old dash. There were free sno-cones and inflatables for the kids. It was a really great time and I’m looking forward to next year.

 

In May we visited the Lazy 5 Ranch and became pals with emus, llamas, water buffalo, and other four-footed creatures. I’ve never laughed so hard as when I had emus and llamas sticking their heads in my car! It was hilarious!!

  

In early July we headed to Michigan to visit my husband’s family. We spent some time at the beach flying kites, visited Windmill Island where we toured a 200 yr old working windmill brought over from the Netherlands, and, most importantly, ate some really good pizza. 🙂

    

Now we finally arrive at this week. My plan was to start school the second week of August. However, Sassafras started begging to start school early. I think the heat and humidity were starting to get to her! So I caved and we started school this week on a light schedule. We’ll get into the full swing of things in a couple of weeks. This week has given me an opportunity to test out my daily schedule to see if it’s going to work.  Juggling 2nd grade, kindergarten, preschool, and a toddler is definitely going to be a challenge, but I’m hopeful. 🙂 I can at least have hope, right?

Sassafras (2nd Grade):

Sassafras had a great first week of 2nd grade with some math, history, Latin and art. We started year 2 of Tapestry of Grace with the Barbarian invasion of the Roman empire. In geography she started a salt dough map of an imaginary place with various landforms. (I think she also came up with some imaginary landforms!) For art and music we started the Harmony Fine Arts program for the Medieval & Renaissance period. This was our first week studying the artist Cimabue and the composer Vivaldi. Sassafras did a watercolor picture of our house.

Our current read-aloud is the The Wheel on the School, which is a book set in the Netherlands. My husband’s family is from the Netherlands, so that has made this book extra special.

 

Z-man (Kindergarten):

I started the Z-man full-swing in Kindergarten this week. The only other thing I plan to add in a couple of weeks is some beginning geography. We started Sonlight’s Core K (or whatever it’s called now), Sonlight’s Science K, math, handwriting, and Explode the Code. We’re slowly pushing through the Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading. We’ve made it through the section on silent e, but it’s still a challenge for him. I’ve decided to go back and review before we move forward.

I’m learning very quickly that this boy is going to be my visual learner. For science, we played with a globe and a flashlight in the bathroom for him to understand night & day. I also had him make a poster of the seasons. The Z-man also participated in his sister’s art lessons. His watercolor picture is of our backyard.  He’s a very eager learner, and he’s so excited about school!

 

Little Man (3 yrs old):

Little Man is doing a little bit of preschool. He collapses into a pitiful heap in the floor if I tell him he doesn’t have to do school. So, we’re doing a couple of Kumon workbooks and some counting. He calls all of it his “math”, even his coloring. We’re also reading through the books in Sonlight’s p3/4 core.

We’re doing the potty-training thing. I hate it and he could take it or leave it. In many ways, he’s just like his brother. He’ll use the potty if I take him, but then he doesn’t care if he wets all over himself. Sigh. I have hope. I can at least have hope, right? 🙂

Little Man is doing better with his speech. His therapy will start  back in a month or so. He speaks in 4-5 word sentences and can sing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star all the way through. That’s pretty much his only song, so I’m hoping that for my sanity’s sake, he’ll expand his repertoire soon!

Doodlebug (16 months):

This is my wild child! Having hip surgery hasn’t slowed her down! She started walking at 14 months, which is a full month ahead of her siblings. She loves to climb and will make stairs out of whatever she can find. She likes to dance while standing on the Lego bin. She can put her clothes in the hamper, stuff her socks in her shoes, throw things in the trash (not always things she should), pull things out of the trash (none of which she should), walk up and down stairs, steal things that belong to her siblings (and laugh about it), and sneak a chip out of the bag when no one’s looking. She’s trying to say a few words, and she can do a bit of sign language. She’s recently started loving books, especially Ten Little Ladybugs. 

And what are we going to do with this feisty girl?! Well for the past two weeks and for at least the next six months, she has to go back to wearing her hip brace at night. I really thought it was going to be a struggle when we found out that her hips had gone downhill during the past six months. But believe it or not, she has been a real trooper and hasn’t complained about the brace. She can roll over, sit up, and stand in the brace. Lately, she’s even been trying to put her leg up on the side of the crib! Heaven help me! I hope she doesn’t figure out how to take the brace off and then subsequently climb out of her crib! A lot can happen in six months! But I have hope! I can at least have hope, right? 🙂

Me:

I’m burning the candle at both ends. A few months ago I put my guitar lessons on hold in order to tinker on the piano. It’s been slow going because I’m just so busy with everything. Even though I can read music, I’m learning how to play using chord theory. I have all this information in my head and I want it to exit through my fingers!! It’s a lot of fun and very rewarding!

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