Wrap-Up: Weeks 2 and 3

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ByDeb

Week Two

We moved from St. Louis to Michigan, so no school was done. That’s how I like to do it – one week of solid schoolwork, and then, you know, I need a break. Plus also, it ensures that no one will ever be envious of what a Super! Homeschooler! I am.

I slack off so you feel better.

We did visit the Cahokia Mounds on the way out of St. Louis, thanks to a suggestion from Melanie at Fairly Square. They were very interesting. If Mel hadn’t said something to me about it, we would have driven right past.

There was construction traffic all the way from Missouri to Michigan, so it took FOREVER to get here. I amused myself by cranking an oldies radio station. Jim and I were able to not only sing all of Stayin’ Alive, but dance as well. Big refused to dance and buried his head in his book. I viewed this as a sign that I had succeeded in embarrassing him. Mom for the win!

Also, we listened to Geography Songs for 125 miles in Illinois.

On Saturday, I chucked the makings for a potato clock at Jim and the kids and they put that together. Mostly I did it in an effort to get the three of them to quit pecking at me for 5 minutes, but I’m counting it because the box said “science kit.”

Week Three

I know I am taking a semi-cop-out on Science and Geography this year by using Evan-Moor Daily Workbooks, but they needn’t rub it in by embarrassing me with nonsense like question 2 –


answer the question. here is the answer to the question. 
no, don’t look further up the page! the answer is right here. here —->
right there. copy that word. nevermind, i’ll just write it in for you. GOOD JOB!

We bought Big one of those Choose-Your-Adventure books (remember those?), and before he even got two chapters into it, he decided to write his own. I showed him how to make a story outline, and he spent all week painstakingly writing the story; asking me how to spell things every 5 seconds, and even illustrating it. I was very proud of him.

We did do a tiny bit of the never-ending math, but due to too many moments of “just chuck it in a box and I’ll deal with it later,” I had to sort through every. single. thing. we own. It sucked about as much as you imagine it did.

In summation: We killed it in Week One. We did nothing in Week 2. And very little in Week 3.

See? Don’t you feel better?

6 Responses to “Wrap-Up: Weeks 2 and 3”

  1. Kevin Says:

    Those letter boxes also bear a strong resemblance to an insulting hand gesture I once read about. Are you sure this isn’t a joke book you are reading?

    Yay for writing your own Adventure! Self-motivation is what it is all about.

  2. Lily Says:

    Haha, I love how you slack off. I do feel better too. Our 1st two weeks were super, last week was torched by my meltdown over the mess in the office, and my inability to get some sleep. Efforts to clean and reorganize said office carried over into this week, plus unexpected company = very little school work, and certainly no artwork. But we listed to music and watched Octonauts!

  3. Felicia Says:

    So do you like that Geography Songs CD or is it totally annoying? Also I saw from the link that they have a bunch of others as well – can you recommend any of them? We do a fair bit of driving to activities etc and this sounds like something I should get.

  4. Deb Says:

    Oh yes, I like it a lot. I find children’s music annoying after a while, but this stuff is actually pretty pleasant. We have the Geography Songs and the States and Capitals. I like the passive learning thing. My daughter is very musical and has learned a lot just by having it play in the background. We also have Totally Math by Dr. Jean, which I think I got at a school supply store; and the Leapfrog Learning songs.

  5. Tina H. Says:

    Well, I’m gonna join the slacker club with you! We typically do 6 weeks on, one week off – and we officially started back on August 7 so we were due for our first week off. That also coincided with an art seminar I was coordinating so I figured it would be a good time for a break in that way, too. SO…we were supposed to be off of regular stuff from Wed., the 19th through Tues. the 25th. Yeah, uh-huh. We were so exhausted from the art seminar that our “week” off has become 12 days by the time we start back up on Oct. 1…and don’t tell our piano teacher, who expects 6 days of practice a week, but the last two weeks will include 3 – maybe 4 – cursory practice sessions and rushing through theory pages just so she doesn’t yell at the kids. Great mom I am, huh? :^)
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  6. Melanie Says:

    Okay, that workbook is just funny.

    I win the slacker contest this time. We haven’t even started our school year yet. And I have teenagers, so that probably matters a little bit.

    Glad you stopped by Cahokia. Did you count the steps on the big mound? We counted the steps, and we all ended up with different numbers. So we counted again on the way down, and we all ended up with different numbers (which didn’t match up with our first set of numbers). Homeschooling. It works.
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