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Weekly Wrap-up

Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 in Art, Getting Started After a Break, Lego School, Sketch Tuesday

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The Gift of Snow

We had a surprisingly slow start back to school this past week.  I usually love a soft start to school, but since joining a new homeschool co-op this year, many aspects of our day have been out of my hands.

Our first day back to our homeschool co-op  was canceled due to winter weather, along with the first day back to choir and the first day back to Boy Scouts.  From my perspective, it was a beautiful thing and gave us the chance to ease back into school and experience the relaxed learning of our old days (before getting so busy).

Sketch Tuesday

For the first time this year, we participated in Sketch Tuesday together (the assignment was to draw hot cocoa or tea, we added in the cookies):

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LEGO School

My eight-year-old son jumped into Lego-themed Language Arts Worksheets. He liked them as much as the Lego Writing Prompts from last semester.

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 After he designed the Alien Minifig, he had to write ten adjectives to describe the creature.  I pulled out a handy source for interesting word choices and this is what he came up with (remember, he’s an eight-year old boy, what did I expect?)

My alien is(has):

  • gross

  • bloody

  • giant

  • powerful

  • fast

  • clever

  • green

  • leathery skin

  • evil

  • putrefied

The next worksheet was about verbs and he had to write five things his Alien could do and then draw a picture.  This week he’s supposed to write a short story about the Minifig.

Our four-year old enjoyed Signing Time while I taught her brother math, and when we ran into a deaf gentleman working at the grocery store, she remembered a few signs from the videos.

Extra Time for our Favorite Part

Along with adding in a bit of daily math, grammar, and copywork, we enjoyed the luxury of not having a destination to rush off to after lunch and instead I read Little Women while the kids made Rainbow Loom bracelets, created with beads, and built with Legos.  They were quite spoiled this week since their Dad read an hour of the first Harry Potter every night, too.

The week was not without challenges.  And next week the hectic schedule will more than make-up for the slower start this week, but I’m still thankful for how one snow day changed the course of our week.

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