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Friday, January 13, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up: January 13, 2012

Joining the Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers  once again...

This was our first week back to a full schedule with all subjects since before Christmas break.  Since we have not yet returned to co-op though, it did not feel very different from the previous weeks.  

TS 1 and I finished our review of the work he has completed in grammar so far this week as I'd hoped.  I think we will review each lesson as he completes them from now on, adding notes to the notebook we started and information to the Mini Office.  He will have a quiz on Monday and then a Chapter Test the following week.  I'm hoping our review has helped him and that will be reflected on these assessments.

Last week, TS 1 completed his Bible curriculum, Starting Strong.  It was a great little book and I highly recommend it!  It required that he read passages from the Bible and answer a series of questions about the passage and how it applied to his life.  I wish the author had written more of these books.  Unfortunately, I could not find anything similar.  

My goals for Bible Time for both test subjects is to be exposed to God's Word, to learn how to read and understand it with increasing independence, and to think about how it applies to their lives.  I am not so concerned with their learning facts and Bible history at this point.  With all this in mind, I decided to have him start a curriculum I had purchased at a homeschool conference last year.  It is called Who is God? and is the first book in the Biblical Worldview series from Apologia.  We are not following the suggested lesson plan, as I think it would be too rigorous and wind up being a discouragement to TS 1.  We are taking a slower pace and we are both pleased with the book so far.

We should be finished with Unit 1 of TOG, Year Two by the middle of next week.  This is TS 2's lapbook so far.  

They work on their lapbooks every week and we plan on displaying the completed work at our Medieval Feast.  Speaking of which, we really need to set a date, work on invitations, a plan for the event and our castle model.  We may do that on Monday since RA is home from school and it is hard to get the test subjects to focus for a full day when they know the rest of the world is off for a holiday :)

We wrapped up Friday with our monthly ice skating meet up with other local homeschoolers.  Our weekend looks busy but fun- playdate tonight, homeschool gym day tomorrow morning and then dinner with friends and all our kids in the evening, and church and baseball clinics for the boys on Sunday.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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