Author: Kendra
• 12:30 PM
After pulling all the books off our shelf for Anzac day I opted to whip up a few plans for our family. Nothing super fancy, after all we tend to keep things relatively simple around here.

I thought I'd share them here because I know I'm always on the lookout for things to use with our Australian studies, & I'm sure others are as well.

Inside is a preplanned schedule that we'll be using, but also a blank schedule page to come up with your own plans if you'd prefer. I've scheduled research questions, geographical locations to be found around Gallipoli, vocabulary words to define, a couple of simple science projects {our garden needs sprucing up after all}, & of course the making of Anzac Biscuits.

I've also included links to art projects, a few simple videos, & our Anzac Pintrest boards, just incase the imbedded links don't work. I've also tucked in a few notebooking pages based on the activities inside that I've scheduled.

I've included a couple of vocabulary papers, one with HWOT lines & one without. 2 Nature Journaling pages if you choose to plant some poppies &/or sprout some Rosemary. There's also a comic book style timeline starting with the announcement of WWI & ending with the 100th Anniversary of the landing at Anzac Cove. It's nothing fancy, but it goes along with the activity of making an illustrated timeline. My boys are very into writing & drawing their own comic books so I knew they'd love this project.

In the very back of the little study are some extra resource links if you're interested. Someone has put together a lovely little pack on Teacher's pay Teachers for the younger crowd as well as some of the middle students too. Links to the books we'll be using & so on.

If you're interested in downloading it feel free to snag it here. I'll be sharing goodies on & off throughout the week ahead on Facebook & will post a few of the lovelier ones here as well.
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Author: Kendra
• 4:26 PM

Anzac is fast approaching, & as it races ever nearer I find myself looking over our bookshelves to see what titles I can pull out to read in the coming week ahead. We've slowly been building our Anzac Library, as well as the rest of our Aussie History library. Many books were acquired because of Jayden's fascination with the army & his love for all things surrounding it.

Anzac is only 11 days away, & as the new term speeds towards us accompanied by Anzac I find myself pouring over the Australian History shelves in our home library, scouring it for books on the topic. We’ve been building this particular section of our Aussie History library for a while, thanks to a little boy who cannot get enough of history, especially the portions which involve the army or branches thereof.

From a little boy’s perspective he looks over the endless books & sees courage & victory, action, & adventure; and it hits me that many of the young men who lied about their own ages to enlist in the Great War probably saw the very same things in their own imaginations. We have the advantage of knowing the end, the horrors & the glory, & while many tales of Anzac are filled with grief & sadness our little boy looks upon them & asks the simplest of questions, “.. but why?”

And so we open the books & we read. We watch the same tale open before us & we know the ending this time. The good, the bad, the horrible. We read it anyway, & we try to make sense of what happened. We listen to the speeches, & we recite the poems. We answer in unison, “Lest we forget!” & above all we want to shout, “Never again.” 

This little boy sees the ribbons & medals. He reads the stories & is drawn into them, imagining the goodness, the heroism, the victors. He watches the men parade up the street while we cheer them on, & he asks if any of them really did fight on that fateful day. It’s then that I always fall apart, the moment he asks about his Uncle & if he’ll ever have to go fight like that. I stand & ponder the same question. I have no answer, but then, he didn’t really expect one.

If you’re looking for some lovely reads to share with your family for Anzac here are a few of our favourites:

The Donkey Who Carried The Wounded — Written in the normal journal entry style the rest of the Animal Star books are written in, this book takes turns with narration from both human & animal as we see the story unfold from the eyes of both. A winner for the animal lover in our home. The book has a section in the back about the facts that the book is based on from the meaning of Anzac to the true Aussie slang used throughout the book.

History Of Australia — Chapter 21 is about The Great War & does a great job telling a non-fiction view of Australia’s roll. The pictures are all pen & ink, but for some you may wish to preview the picture on page 130 {fallen soldier bleeding} prior to letting littles peek inside. Author: Manning Clark, Meredith Hooper, Susanne Ferrier

Anzac Day — Each page within shares information about one particular battle or division of the military service. It covers Anzac through the Middle East controversy of the 90’s, as well as war memorials, military uniforms, & more. Author: Jill Bruce

Meet The Anzacs — This beautiful picture book tells how the Australian & New Zealand armies were formed & works it’s way through that fateful night.. Included in the back of the book is a timeline of events starting with the assassination & ending with the ceasefire. Author: Claire Saxby

An Anzac Tale — This book starts with the declaration of war & finishes with the the retreat of the few who survived. The book is written in comic book fashion with native Australian animals in full garb who happen to be the heroes & heroines of the story. It includes many true facts in the back of the book explaining where in the main text you will find the information in the story. There is also a small timeline in the back of the book. This is  one of the most red Anzac books in our home. Author: Ruth Starke & Greg Hofeld

Gallipoli — A simple little picture book with beautiful watercolour drawing inside. The book covers, in a more gentle fashion the unfolding of what happened from the leaving of the soldiers to their return back home. A note for the more sensitive: one of the young soldiers in the book loses his leg. You see him upon a stretcher with a bandage upon his leg that has red upon it. The next time he’s seen he’s home on crutches. Author: Kerry Greenwood & Annie White


See inside The First World War — A typical Usborne Flap Book that gets a lot of love & use around our home. The pages are thick & cover small tidbits of information & factoids. All pictures are tactful & gentle for the young, but for the more sensitive I’d urge you to preview the book first as there are a few pages with fallen soldiers, some with blood some without. Author: Rob Lloyd Jones 
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Author: Kendra
• 11:21 PM
Week 8 at long last! It's actually more like our 11th or 12th week to be honest based on our slow stars back, so it's a relief to be here knowing we have one week left to wrap up our schedule for the term.

It's been an incredibly pleasant term, despite a harried week here or there, so we'll be prayerful that our final week of Term is lovely & calm too despite being a short week.

This week we had a lot of reading happening around our home & at one point I simply could not read another word aloud my throat was so incredibly sore! Maybe it was a cold attempting to latch on, all I know is it brought a quick end to our day.



We should wrap up this lovely poetry book next term at some point! We had some tongue twisters inside this week which caused a bit of a stir. One child disagreed about their appearance in our poetry book while the other didn't really care as long as I'd read them again as fast as I possibly could. We're in Matthew 10 with our 90 Day Devotional. Despite it missing from the photo, we wrapped up Genesis & moved into Exodus this week with the boys reading from the OT.


William Bradford & Planning were in our Christian Character Traits for Kids this week. I didn't look for a match-up in Portraits Of Integrity this week, & I rather missed having that addition. This was an interesting Character Trait to look at because I have one who's a planner {to some minor degree} & one who flies by the seat of his pants.


Forward progress in grammar this week, the boys are still enjoying their grammar programme, & I have to say so am I. I love that it's simple but to the point & that after we go over the expectations on the page they set about the work on their own. I bring up the page they are doing on my computer incase anyone needs help with something. Generally, though, they don't need help.


I went to grab the next book to read with Jayde for science & discovered it wasn't on the shelf. Whoops! We decided we'd order it in time to use next term & in the mean time, as the book was about elements, I pulled one off our shelf. We've really enjoyed this lovely book, all though it's had a few quips here & there about evolution. The graphics are alluring & the rest of the information is straight forward. I pulled out the magnet Periodic Table & as we read about the elements we put them in order on the board! 


Morgan & I are still making our way through this book. Our objective is to finish this book prior to term break. We may have to read a chapter or two on the coming weekend in order to accomplish that goal though as we missed a day this week due to that crazy wild sore throat I had!


Morgan continued forward with his one step outlines via Writing With Skill, I was really hoping to find this as an audio book via Learning Ally; at this time, though, it's not. For now I read the lesson to him & he goes off & uses Dragon to complete the work. The notes & plans he makes are jotted on blue paper so he can copy it over without any issue.


Both boys continued with their geography. It's a slow & steady progress for them. Jayden prefers the days when he's only got one state to do vs the days when he has 3, but when he has more then one it generally makes sense based on the way they are linked together on the map.


Jayde & I finished The Adventurous Life Of Myles Standish. Such a lovely read! We really enjoyed adding that book in & hearing about the Pilgrims from another perspective. We also added in Life In A Longhouse Village this past week & read that whole book as well. Jayden's favourite Native Americans are still the Pueblos with the Aztec coming in a close second. He was so excited when we were able to see some Hopi artefacts on tv this very same week. We're crossed the halfway point with The Story Book Of The USA Book 1 which was a bit of a surprise considering we are only in our first term, but we do have the second volume to accomplish in the year as well.


We'd read, a while back, about Joan's stand against the English, in Our Island Story. This week we read about it in SOTW & Kingfisher. Knowing it was coming up I wanted to expaned on it a little more, but our library was lacking. I ended up purchasing both of the books above which we read this week. We read You Wouldn't Want... first as it takes more of a light approach in regards to depth, & then we read the second book. It was interesting to hear her tale told from the variety of perspectives, & we were astounded to learn that the trial she went under can still be read! As in, the notes that were taken {every word spoken just like a court clerk now} are how the author of the second book was able to gather the information for her book.


Morgan wrapped up week 27 in Bookshark 6 this week. That puts him through Chapter 27 in SOTW, which was lovely & exciting for us considering how long we feel we've been at it. We've added in a lot of extras to this study so it's taken a while to get us here! We still have a few books in there to finish up as well as the remainder of SOTW Vol. 2, all of which we'll finish up next term, or so goes the plan!


Morgan finally tested out of Lesson 17 in his math book. Hoorah! He's ready for the Unit Test this week prior to our upcoming break. His lessons after that should be reasonably downhill for him in regards to finishing the book, all though his eyes can play up on him if he has to work with too many digits without enough aids to help him out.


I divided up a lot of what was left of Lesson 19 for Jayden in the week having him do fronts or backs of pages, odds or evens in regards to problems. I'm planning to have him start back to math in our second week of Term Break just with a couple of problems a day to be sure he stays fresh as it took him a while to build up this confidence!


We repeated the spelling lesson that managed to get chopped up over the past 2 weeks. I just felt it was best to repeat it due to the lack of retention which hadn't happened in any other lesson. The boys were a bit surprised by the repeat of words, & when one mentioned something about it I pointed out he should have no issue getting all his words correct then. 

We had an outing at a museum up the coast from us, but I ran off without my phone or a camera & opted to keep going once I realised my mistake. Poor Mr S was distressed all day that I didn't answer a single one of his messages & was hitting panic mode when we got home 6 hours later & reported we were all safe & sound. The exhibit we saw is headed to other areas around Australia before hitting Canada & the USA. While we didn't dislike it, we were disappointed it how it was set up compared to how it was portrayed on the website. Basically it was an interactive town/railroad display. The kids enjoyed themselves & certainly didn't complain about the opportunity to play for a couple of hours in the park with friends.

No science lab this week {again} as Morgan's book doesn't have experiments with it & neither did Jayden's stand in book. 
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Author: Kendra
• 10:35 AM
The end of our Term is officially in sight at this point. We wrapped up Week 7 last week & have 2 official weeks of work to do, & then we should begin our first break of the year. Very exciting to say the least!

This was a rough week for us, too, with a lot of dreary days that seemed to zap the energy out of a person. We've also had very dark mornings & that always lends itself to sleeping in. We have a time change coming up the first weekend of April, which is exciting when you gain an hour, but semi-depressing as you realise the dark & dreary days will soon be upon us more so then they are now!

On the flip side some lovely new books have been rolling up to our doorstep so we'll have plenty to keep us occupied & busy over the darker months this year. In fact, Audible was having one of their ever present sales, & I snagged the entire works of Sherlock Holmes for $7. There's close to 60 hours of listening in that lovely little bundle. That should keep us set for the winter, once we get through the other lovely books we'd hoped to spend some time listening to!


Our Bible hasn't changed this term, so we're still making our ways through all of these. I think we'll be dropping Through The Bible Devotions however, as I've been sadly unimpressed with a few of the latest devotions. The author's take on particular passages & stories in the Bible seems to greatly differ from that of ours & I found it odd to hear him condemn Joseph for showing off. I don't know, but in all the years I've read the story of Joseph's life I've never once thought of Joseph as showing off, how about you? We are, however, very much enjoying our trip through Matthew with the AIO Devotional.


We're continuing to read Chemical Chaos throughout the week, the kids are still totally in love with it. Jayde realised we were nearly done with it & he audibly gasped & said, "What will we do when it's done?" My response of, "Put it back on the shelf." wasn't exactly soothing for him. I know we have a few others that will lend themselves well to our science studies, but we might hold off for a term or two.

We're reading through Exploring The World Of Chemistry together. It's really a Level 3 Chem book with Noeo that is assigned to Morgan. He's enjoying it & does fantastic on all the quizzes. Jayden picks up bits & pieces & tends to confuse the information on the quizzes making him extra excited when he answers one correctly. I think he tends to flake out during the drier bits & tunes back in when it's interesting to him again, thus the confusion of information.

While it's not in the photo we also read from the Usborne Science Encyclopaedia this week as per the Level 2 Noeo Chem guide. We only had 4 pages to read in there, but a plethora of words to define. Mr S loves peeking at the definitions because the kids also illustrate them & he's usually got tears of laughter streaming down his face from one or the others comic strip illustrations.


Morgan's timeline is coming along with scientists. That's just one page of many he's been filling in as he goes along. I'll have to share later about how he's making the figures. The last one we added was a bit bigger then he'd wanted, but we didn't think about it until he slipped it in & asked me to scribble some information he had on his mind.


One of my favourite poems showed up in our poetry book this week. The kids have memorised a stanza or two of this in the past so they are well familiar with it too. I think we might all be a bit sad when we wrap up this book of awesome poetry. I will say that the schedule we are using has us skipping a few sections of the books, mostly ones that might have to do with particular holidays some might not be very keen to read about. All up though, the book is lovely.


We had more mapping again this week, Morgan's usually has several things to map each week. He uses the littler map to transfer info to the bigger map. This week we covered some of Russia's early history, as in how they became Russia. Very interesting! He also enjoyed learning about Ivan the Great & Ivan the Terrible. Amazing, isn't it, how many great leaders go crazy for one reason or another & remembered for their insane tyranny which really was because they were insane!


Still moving along in LA book C. We won't finish C & D prior to Term break, which I wasn't so sure we would as it seemed a rather lofty goal the kids had set, but I was happy to try & help them reach it. There's really no rush with it & we'll slip right into the next level when we wrap this one up.


Mogan's swimming along with Writing With Skill, he's still on Level 1 outlines with it. He opted to start the book over due to the length of break he'd had between using it previously & starting it back up this year. I need to consider moving him through a few lessons a bit more quickly because these early lessons are incredibly easy for him right now. He outlines his points with Dragon which is lovely for him. Spilling Ink landed in our picture, but we didn't get to it on Friday as I declared an official "outing" day followed by "clean the house before Dad gets home" day. 


Jayden & I worked through these boosk this week. Jayden does some on his own, others we do together. We're every so nearly done with our Myles Standish book, which is rather exciting! He's really loved that book, he's most certainly our biggest Non-Fiction lover in the house. He's laughed so much through his Rush Revere book that we've all had to listen to countless retellings of the things Rush's horse, Liberty, is constantly getting up to. I thought we were going to have to pinch poor Jayde the other day when the horse started dancing! We've made it through the Spanish Conquest in The Story Of The USA, Book 1, & we started The Witch Of Blackbird Pond earlier then intended & changed it from an assigned audio book to a read aloud as he really wanted a few more books this week. 


Morgan's stack only looks bigger because some of these books are thick! Jayde listens in on Our Island Story, but it's in Morgan's stack for one reason or another. We wrapped up A Proud Taste Of Scarlet & Miniver which was a lovely read, we seriously enjoyed the book! The beginning of this study we had some hit & miss books all though we read them all anyway, but as we move farther along the books are becoming much more delightful. Story of The World covered the historical information about Russia I mentioned earlier.


I plunked Jayden back in Writing With Ease & put him in level 3. He was disappointed, but only because the workload was greater then that of Writing & Rhetoric which I wasn't entirely pleased with. He writes summaries & does dictation. He'll cover some poetry in a week or two as well. He was quite okay the first day, but very put out the second day. We had a long chat about learning to write means you actually have to put the pencil on the paper, & he buckled down to work. Yes, he's still in a pj shirt, but I can assure you his pants were normal. I've given up asking why I bother to buy matching sets of jammies a long time ago.. 

Math was review this week & both have tests for lessons & units coming up prior to term break. We didn't have any social outings this week either as our group was off camping in the bush this week down by Mr S's childhood home. 

This is the first year we've been unable to attend due to it not being a long weekend, so instead we met Mr S for lunch & gave him quite the surprise, which was returned when a rat scurried across the rocks on the shore front & I screamed loud enough to make the nearby cafe go quiet. 

No Science Labs this week either, all though they should have 1 more or so prior to term break. In Term 2 they get to crack open the chemistry kit & the excitement abounds from all 3 of them over that one!
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Author: Kendra
• 3:24 PM
I'm behind in keeping up with blogging our weeks this term. I've been down, to some degree, with a migraine for the past two & a half weeks. There is/was supposedly a virus going around that had the side effect of horrible migraine/headache & dizziness. I'm not normally too dizzy with a migraine, but I was in pretty bad shape that first week & a half!

Despite the craziness school was still on last week & we carried on to the best of our abilities. We've reached that point in our term, especially with the vast amount of half weeks that we had, where we're all longing for term break!

We had our first official Lego Club meet-up of the new year this particular week too. The kids were pretty excited, but I felt a little underprepared! No one seemed to mind and all the items made were as lovely as ever.

We had some horribly chilly temps during week 6, which had some of us laughing at how horribly hot we'd been only 2 weeks ago & now here we were debating turning on the heat or getting out another quilt to wrap up in for the day. The heat won out, for a little while anyway.


The boys are still reading aloud from Genesis to me each day, while I read from Matthew to them. They are up to Joseph's life & won't be long until we cross into Exodus, they are pretty excited about that! We won't finish our 90 days of Matthew prior to Easter, which is okay. The devotional is lovely, but we'll have to make note to start it sooner next year! 


Still enjoying using the lovely Character Traits for Children each week. We break it up over 2-3 days reading the character trait story & verse the first day, reading the correlating scriptures the second day & discussing ways we can apply that to our own personal lives. While the book does provide room for journaling, we're just doing things orally at this point.


I absolutely love Portraits of Integrity, all though we don't always do it each week. We generally do a story if it contains a trait we can match up to the trait we're doing in the book listed above. We have the ebook version that we picked up free a few years back, & I really need to print it all out or move it to the ipad for ease of use. This week's story was about Roger Williams & his stand for the Native Americans.


Morgan opted to stay put in math so he could continue to review the concepts he learned. I don't know if it was nerves over the test or true lack of confidence, but I respected his choice & he worked onward. He really does have the concepts & theory of the lesson down so he should be moving forward very soon.


Jayden moved forward in his own math book, at long last! It was a long time coming considering how much time we spent on the previous lesson. I don't think we'll meet our objective of finishing this book prior to Term 2, but that's okay. We've moved very slowly in the new lesson & will continue with it next week. While he understands the concept, again he lacks confidence & I want to be sure he's got both before moving forward.


Our poetry this week was a whole lot of craziness & goofiness. I finished reading one & the kids sat there staring at me thinking I'd made the whole thing up on the spot. Not that I'm prone to do that or anything.. okay, actually I am, but... There were several that caused us great gales of laughter too. We're nearing the end of this book, which is rather exciting because our new poetry book has all ready arrived & is sitting on the shelf awaiting us.


Morgan had a ton to map this particular week thanks to King Louis & Queen Eleanor's crusade. Our map is getting crazy full & we're only in Term 1, we may have to add some additional paper to keep track of what we're doing there!


Jayden's mapping is still meagre, which disappoints him a little bit. He sees how much Morgan has & really wants his own map to fill in. It should pick up the pace soon, & will most certainly fill in when we hit the Revolutionary War & the Western Expansion. In the mean time he's settling for the smaller amounts.


Jayde's book schedule was rather light this week with only Life In A Pueblo & The Adventurous life of Myles Standish. We read the entirety of the first book over the course of the week & reached the point in Myle's book where the pilgrims have finally landed. We read about the Mayflower compact & heard about the scouting party that was going to be sent out to find a place for the group to settle.


Morgan read about the Magna Carta, Richard The Lion Heart, & The Legend Of Robin Hood last week, & continued to hear about the various rules of England in Our Island Story. All of it tied in so well with our read aloud A Proud Taste Of Scarlet & Miniver. As a forewarning, while our read aloud is fantastic there is the occasional choice word in it that I've been known to jump over.


Science, this week, was from Exploring The World Of Chemistry & Chemical Chaos. We've added the later into our studies, & I'm really glad we did. It's interesting how if we hit a deep topic in one of our other science books we'll hit it in a more light hearted approach in Chemical Chaos making a bit of a deeper connection. No lab this particular week as we had no experiments! It's the first time all year we didn't have experiments to indulge in.


Morgan's been adding people from our readings to his timeline. As Noeo didn't provide timeline figures & suggests adding them to it, he's making his own as we go along. Sometimes we just slap them down with basic info & a date, other times there's a bit more detail added to the sticker when we put it down.


Morgan did Chapters 1-3 in Spilling Ink. Truthfully we'd read the first chapters a while back during summer holidays, but we reread them & then read an extra one as well. The objective being that we'll use this book for creative writing purposes throughout the year.


The kids wrapped up the current mystery in their LA programme & practices a few grammar skills while they were at it. Oh, it's always a hoot when they do things like sentence fragments or run-on sentences because you can hear wails of, "This sentence doesn't make sense & it's hurting my head!" 


Friday was our first Lego Club meet of the year. We meet 1x a month & our date for meeting changed this year based on personal schedule{s}. The first theme for this year was Game, with the objective being that each participant create a game out of lego. There were a wide variety of games made! The one above was made by Morgan & came from a game book. His inspiration was the fact that he'd played it over the weekend with Jayden. Don't ask me how to say it, it's an old Viking game. 


Jayden also did writing himself last week. I'm really not that in love with his new writing curriculum. I can be quite picky when it comes to writing, & I don't like the contradictions in his current book based on his previous learning. We'll most likely lay the book aside for a while & return to what we were formerly using. In the mean time Olga joined us for a few lessons this week & there were squeals of, "She peed on the table, I can't believe she peed on the table!!" I promise, it wasn't the kitchen table, but still.. ew!

That was about it for us last week.
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Author: Kendra
• 5:20 PM
Last week we had a shorter week & I managed to end it with an amazing 4 day migraine that just would not let up. In fact, I'm still fighting bits of it as I'm writing this, oh the joy! School wise we accomplished nearly everything we set before ourselves last week.

Just to clarify, the highlighter on my planner isn't for anything special other then to say we accomplished stuff. Each child's page is highlighter in their designated colours. Yes, sadly each person in our home has a designated colour. Other then that though it's just for ticking things off as we go along.

Both boys are enjoying their studies thus far, all though I'm sure the younger one would inform us all, given the chance, that he's not at all enjoying math because there's nothing at all to enjoy about long division. That's usually why we don't give him the chance to make comments about it, we just find sneaky ways of having him use division in everyday life to prove he really does know how to do it & needs to continue forward with his practice. Ha!

Other then math though he really is enjoying himself so far this year, & as a general rule he doesn't despise math, but he's really not at all enjoying long division. In fact he's disliking it enough we decided to rouse his spirits by informing him he only had another 5 math books to go & then he could be done with math. I didn't mention that they might be a wee bit harder then the one he's all ready in..


We start our days with this lovely stack of goodies. The boys read the OT to me, all though not actually from the Adventure Bible despite it being in the stack. We obtained a larger print copy of the Discovery Bible which Morgan is totally in love with due to the larger font. I read from Matthew to them while before we read the devotion from the 90 Days book. I was half out of it last week & managed to read the complete wrong set of verses! I read through the whole thing & the boys finally said, "Um, that's odd because it feels like we missed half of what was going on." Yeah.. migraine weeks can be rough!


We completed another section in our poetry book. This lovely book is broken down by themes & we wrapped up the current section of poems we were reading. The next section has longer selections including a few old favourites I'm excited to get into. 


We've been plucking away since mid-year last year on Sequential Spelling. Morgan's had so much of a better time with it since getting his glasses then pre-tint days. I love that & he loves it too. I won't say he LOVES spelling, but he loves that he's making progress. I tend to sneak in words that trip him up the most via bonus words worth 4 points at the end of any lesson. If you happen to visit our home & find words written on bathroom mirrors or shower stalls, chances are it's a spelling word someone was struggling with. Yes, the screen is blue above. Instead of writing words on a white board {not allowed for our boy & the glare kills him} I put the spelling lessons together via the computer. I had many all ready on there from our last attempt with SS, & I just quickly changed the background to the perfect shade of blue for him. Win-win. He was so excited to hit Lesson 50 last week.


A bit of review with LA last week with suffixes & prefixes. They had to locate them one day within a paragraph of information in order to hunt down clues for the mystery they were working on. Another item we started mid to late of last year & they are pretty excited to see they are now beyond the halfway mark or more with it. I hope they won't be too disappointed when they find the next level isn't a mystery to solve!


Science continued forward & the new science books for Level 3 Chem showed up too, so exciting! I'm behind on Science Lab Sundays, but we've been doing those for our experiments as well. I wasn't present for the most current one, & have no idea if Mr S snapped photos, but I heard plenty about it & found the mess all over the place when I surfaced. As for last week's science we picked back up Chemical Chaos which the kids absolutely love. It's fantastic for adding to our Chemist/Science timeline, giving small bios on various chemists & adding a whole lot of laughter to our lessons. Level 2 Chem had us reading Mysteries & Marvels last week as we explored molecules. Level 3 has us reading The World Of Chemistry where we read about various alloys. 


Tuesday we joined friends for Art In The Park put on by another home educating Mumma. While my boys tend to be the oldest present they really really enjoy the experience. I've been seeking an Art Teacher for them for a while, but despite living in a rather arty community you'd be shocked by how unwilling to teach children people are! Either way they learned a brief bit about John Miso & then created their own personal masterpieces. I'll share how they created them in another post.


Jaydie finished up his reader. He was torn on this book, part of him wanted to be annoyed with the book because I think it lacked the depth he's use to considering the books we've been reading together for the past many years. At the same time the book wasn't horrible & so, despite it's predictability, he enjoyed it. He's been required to answer retention questions &/or give some form of an oral narration after each reading to be sure he's on track. 

I seem to be lacking photos of the children at work this week, but Morgan finished up his reader too. He fell behind with it because I attempted to copy the book, as is, on our home copier, but the results were less then stellar & he had issues with the copy. Upon looking at it I wasn't surprised & had to go the route of getting an ebook & turning it into a PDF, cleaning that up, & finally printing it out for him. He was delighted to be able to just read through it in the end.


He's been loving his new audio book Rush Revere & The Brave Pilgrims. We own a hard copy of the book that Mom sent the boys a while back, which he's more then capable of reading, but I snuck some intentional audio books into his schooling this year. We had a hard time prying him away from this book throughout the week in order to get other things done. 

We officially started the Story Book Of The USA as well. I'm not a typical textbook person, but I do enjoy that these books have quizzes in them simply for the sake of practice. I do find it interesting to see which types of questions my kids thrive on compared to others. Jayde will often try to answer questions on his brother's test, & he's always right, where as on his own test he was much much more hesitant. It made me chuckle.

He's still loving Myles Standish & The Amazing But True Survival Story Of Plymouth Colony, ironically this book will be part of Morgan's studies laster this year too. I don't know how I missed that! We haven't actually reached the departure of the trip yet, we've only read about the various people in hiding & those who made it safely to Holland in an effort to worship God as they chose. 


Morgan's lovely stack of book this week.. He & I have been listening to Story Of The World, the narrator has grown on us over the course of the year we've been using it. Since we've begun using the tests for the book it's amazing how many more finer details he pays attention too as well. Then again, a lot of the material now surfacing in SOTW is starting to repeat much of what we've been hearing in Our Island Story which really helps him. He enjoys hearing the same things a few times over to grasp it more.

Kingfisher is still a favoured read each week, even if it's nothing more then checking out all the amazing things we've read about. Don't get me wrong, we do read the information each week, but we also really love oogling over the pictures of the things we've read about!

Our new read aloud is A Proud Taste Of Scarlet & Miniver & tells the story of King Henry & Eleanor of Acquitaine. The book has an interesting note in our guide because the book starts out in heaven where Eleanor is waiting her husband's arrival. I honestly didn't mind the setting or reference, but Morgan was thrown a little askew by it so I read the note to him reminding him that when it comes to fictional work people have the ability to make a book unfold in anyplace they wish. The majority of the book is about Eleanor's life though & we quickly settled into the story. We're both really enjoying it!


Despite my earlier comments about math hatred I finally let him take the test for Lesson 18 in his book. He was more then ready & did fine with it, don't ask about the tweezers, I'm pretty sure he was picking his nose with them. Don't ask about the eye either, it's my purple highlighter he got ahold of. Seriously, this kid coloured less on himself as a toddler then he does now!!

Morgan stayed put in math, with a vision set back the week before last we only tackled half his lesson  at that time & tackled the remainder of it this week. Next week we'll spend time reviewing it & previously learned information &, baring no issues, we'll move forward there after. It really works out well like that with 2 shorter weeks in a row.


Morgan & I both spent a good deal of time with DuoLingo's French options this past week. Let's just say French brings out the worst in my boy. I think DuoLingo really compliments Rosetta Stone because it explains a bit more of what & why in regards to the verbs & even some of the words. Rosetta Stone shows pictures & in some instances I've misunderstood the item in the picture vs what I was saying.

The upside, for our boy, is that with Rosetta Stone is that you spend more time clicking, speaking, & dragging things around then worrying about spelling. For a person who struggles with English spelling adding French to that is rough on him. At the same time he's determined to keep going, which I deeply admire.


Thursday we met up with our home ed group for the annual stuff swap they have & wouldn't' you know my youngest child came home with a guinea pig. Mr S called me a sucker, while he was pulling the new addition to the family out of the cage & offering her vegetables while letting her scurry around his lap. I informed him I have on problems telling my child "No." It was the 6 other children standing around him holding hands & whispering, "Do you think she'll say yes?" that was more off putting! So, Olga came home with us, was named before we pulled in the driveway, & quickly settled in. She's successfully freaked out the birds, gotten lost in the maze of halls, & prefers to be petted precisely on the bridge of her nose so she can still detect scents of incoming vegetables should anyone be so generous.


Morgan baked up some cookies too, much to his brother's delight. He's been itching to do this weekly for a while now, but was worried about making them "safe" for everyone. I told him to only use the normal dairy subs we use & not fuss over making them "safe" for me. He was a little put out by that, but I assured him he could eat an extra one for me. Jayden deemed them, "So delicious next time you make them make a Warrior Bean Bun sized portion so they last forever." 
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