Just thought I’d give a glimpse at what life has ACTUALLY been like for Week #1 of Classical Conversations (which is Week #2 of our school year). This is just to prove that we don’t actually do all the stuff we plan because sometimes… life just is not so utopian.
On Monday I was wildly racing to prepare for my first day of tutoring (which was Tuesday). To add a little spice to my already frantic pace, a drilling rig showed up to drill three holes about 10 feet from the house for the installation of a geothermal unit.
That thing has been, by far, the loudest thing I have EVER tried to teach through….
By Wednesday we not only had a drilling rig and huge trench in our front yard…
but we also had a backhoe loader tearing apart our patio and digging a huge hole in our backyard.
For some reason, my plans didn’t happen exactly as scheduled.
So, what did we ACTUALLY do?
- Completed Saxon Math Lessons 4-7 (Saxon Math 5/4 & Saxon Math 1)
- Memorize Week 1 memory work & practice tracing USA border
- Memorize EEL Chart 1
- Start memorizing “banned words” list
- Write IEW “America” poem using quality adjectives
- Practice IEW week 1 vocabulary cards
- Spelling lesson (Rod & Staff)
- Complete State coloring & notebooking pages (partially – will finish up on Monday, which is our last day of the week for CC material). We also have several Highlights Which Way USA books that we’ve been using as we study the states.
- Placed Columbus on our timeline notebook, as well as statehood add-ons. (We will likely also post these on our wall timeline, but because we’ve had to take some of it down, we haven’t tackled it just yet.)
- Go West with Columbus Game (You can find this on Pedro’s Journal Unit Study)
- Passport to America Game
- Christopher Columbus paper puppet with movable parts
|Notice how only one child seems to be working on this stuff…|
- Created a ship mosaic (I highly recommend never spending $10 on a foam mosaic that contains 10,000 pieces. Please, for your own sanity, DO NOT DO THIS.)
|This thing calls for three layers, but we stopped
as soon as it resembled a ship.
|And here are the left over pieces…|
Now, the funniest thing about that project? It’s now glued to the table. I can’t get it off without all the pieces popping back off. AAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHH!!!
- Finished some activities from the Christopher Columbus Activity Book that we purchased when we visited The Nina last year
- Played the Columbian Exchange game
- A Columbus Mini-Book that provides room for children to illustrate.
- From The Children’s Treasury of Virtues, “Sail On! Sail On!” by Joaquin Miller (pg 148). You can also listen to this at Librivox.
- Compare Christopher Columbus maps to present day.
- Santa Maria cut-and-paste activity from Evan-Moor
- Reviewed the Columbus Lapbook we completed last year.
- Intro to cursive using Learningpage.com- A-G (Stephen)
- Copywork pages of name and address (David)
- Started Attitude of Gratitude Unit study – Lessons 1-4 (because we are not ready just yet for BOV project). I am also reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and creating my own gratitude journal.
- Listen to American History Stories through Exploration.
- Stephen is learning to type with Dancemat Typing. It is going VERY WELL! Did I mention this is a free program that he ASKS to do?
- Create Human Body Lapbook from templates on CC Connected. We finished the entire lapbook on Monday because we had family presentations this week, where we demonstrated how to create a lapbook because we enjoy them so much as a family.
|Human Body Lapbook using templates from CC Connected|
And Gary, of course, taught them all they wanted to know about drilling rigs, bentonite mud,drill bits, mud pumps, and derricks.
The rest of the time we stared out the window.
So what did we NOT get around to doing?
- Starting Book of Virtue Project (we had a change of plans and are now completing Attitude of Gratitude unit study by Janelle Parham)
- Reading Pedro’s Journal and completing complementary unit study activities found on Homeschoolshare.
- Starting Johnny Tremain & American Revolution Lapbook
- Starting Phonics Road to Reading (with David)
- Starting Elementary Life Science Curriculum
- Creating Math Multiple Blessings Game
- Listen to Old Time Radio (OTR) Show Cavalcade of America You Were There Columbus Discovers America program. (Download mp3 here.)
- Listen to OTR Cavalcade of America’s Admiral of the Ocean Sea. (Download mp3 here.)
- Read excerpts from Discoverers and Explorers By Edward Shaw from Brandenburg Studies, or listen to the audios at Librivox.
- Starting Inside My Body Lapbook (Homeschoolshare & A Journey Through Learning)
- Starting 17th Century Lapbook (A Journey Through Learning)
- Drawing practice (though we practiced drawing A LOT this summer. And, by the way, just now I used a word that’s on our banned word list.)
What happens when we don’t finish what we planned?
We first re-evaluate if it was necessary or beneficial to begin with. (BP called it “Value-added.”) If it is, and, if it doesn’t work in well with any other point in the school year, we save it back for either:
- the break between semester 1 and 2 of Classical Conversations (November/December)
- the end of the year when Classical Conversations is not in session (April/May)
- summer school
So, there you have it. No, we didn’t complete all we planned to accomplish. But that doesn’t bother me. The cool thing is, we accomplished something this week in the midst of chaos. If I hadn’t planned for all of this, I think all we would have done this week was stare out the window…
By the way, if you’re wondering how I even REMEMBER to do this stuff, go to our previous post on how we organize our file system. Without my folder system, I really would forget EVERYTHING (because that’s REALITY for us!).