Sunday, February 22, 2015

Week Five Wrap-up sort of!

To put it frankly not enough school happened this week.  I am a bit cranky about it.  On Monday I had two children in the middle stage of a cold so feeling miserable - no school day.  Then on Tuesday between getting my eldest to work and then me to a job interview in the middle of the day that was very long (no news yet) there was really very little time for school if I could even consider fitting it in.  On Wednesday our pamphlet delivering job took over, 16 and 11 in two different areas and another day of no school.  Thursday was ok but Friday was a dribble of a day as I am finding I really struggle with irregular meals and I have been having horrible sleep lately too, so the day just petered off.

I want this coming week to be better but it was supposed to be a break week and I am struggling mentally with the amount of work not done.

I need a proper break, a little change of scenery but with so much to do I don't know how to fit it in.

BW
Jen

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Week Three and Four Wrap-up

We had a good two weeks with us gradually building up the expectations of each day's work.  I am finding that my children learn better in small chunks than one big long lesson and then move on. 

I am not sure if I am happy with this as I wonder if it is showing a lack of ability to focus for longer than 5 to 10 minutes on one topic.  I also feel that we are possibly dragging out lessons that could go a lot quicker.  :-(

I have never been very good at lots of photos but we had some great lessons in the last few weeks.  We learned about the orchestra, reviewed nouns, made funny sentences with homophones and read Aboriginal myths.

We also dug out the marrow of a whopping great big bone I got from the butcher and then boiled the bone to see what was left after the marrow dissolved.  We made lots of glove balloons after we cleaned up the marrow and blood.  By the way not all boys are interested in icky gooey stuff.  lol  Harry really didn't want to look too closely at the bone.  But on a good point I found out that he is pretty confident with, and even enjoys, reading comprehension worksheets.  This is great news as I know now he will be able to learn much more in depth material than what I can cover while keeping a 6 year old interested also.

The boys were very enthusiastic about telling me about the Aboriginal myths they knew.  I really will have to go read the one about how the birds got their colours.  Something to do with a dying bird?!

I also worked out that the younger two can work on some hands on critical thinking skill worksheets when Griffin (6) needs someone to pay him some attention and I can spend more focused time with Jackson. 

School is really starting to come together.  I can't wait to show you what my husband and I are making for our school table.  I hope the boys will really enjoy showing off some creativity with these new items.

In the meantime, I am also studying so I can get some part time work.  I will have more to juggle then. :D

Best wishes
Jen
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