Friday, November 9, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday (42): Weekly Wrap-Up Edition

Warning: Cheating blogger ahead. I am totally double using this post by making it seven education-related tidbits so I can link up at both Conversion Diary (for 7 Quick Takes Friday) and Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers (for the Weekly Wrap-Up). Let's call it multitasking instead, okay? Also, technically it's not really a wrap-up of just this week . . . more of an update of how things are going in general. 

1. At the beginning of this homeschooling year I thought we'd stick with a rotation of four-month semesters (three each year for a year-round approach), but now I'm seeing that perhaps four, three-month semesters might work better. Especially at this point (my oldest "student" is six and a half) when most of what we work on is developing a love of learning, an interest in reading, and simply planting seeds for further exploration later on. We're just not getting that in-depth with any particular topic just yet.

2. Although, we'll probably still stretch out our current topics until just before Christmas, as we had planned. We'll also add in some discussion of how our planned travels tie everything together, as well as cover Thanksgiving and Advent and Christmas traditions. And the beginning of winter. We may be wearing shorts and t-shirts in December, but by golly we will have paper snowflakes all over our walls.

Our littlest student
3. So far our top contenders for what we will concentrate on next include space, the human body, dinosaurs, classical music, U.S. presidents, and weather. We'll likely stick with the three-primary-topics-at-a-time method, as that seems to be working. I'd also like to add in more of an emphasis on language arts, as Agent E starts to take more of an interest in sentence structure, writing, punctuation, parts of speech, cursive, etc.

4. Just when I thought we'd likely be giving up on Spanish as a course of study, at least for a while, the Agents showed a renewed interest this week. Go figure. 

5. While our average day still looks pretty much the same as when I wrote about it in August, we have added a bit of a twist: night school. This has not been intentional by any stretch of the imagination. Still, I often find myself discussing states, or sea creatures, or whatever curled up on the couch at 9:00 p.m. Or breaking out a workbook after bath time. We've been known to discuss how to tell what words are nouns as we're tucking into bed. This learning-all-the-time stuff is crazy. (In a good way, of course.)

6. Current library book count: 34. (Five of those are mine.) Eva is really getting excited about chapter books now, after I learned this little trick. (Confession: The Agents like the library a little too much. Sometimes it is seriously exhausting to take all three there by myself, and they all want to be doing different things in different directions, and never want to leave. So we go less frequently. Instead of weekly for 8-10 books, we go monthly—or every third week or so—for 25-30 books.)

7. This week is proving once again how much those unexpected advantages of homeschooling come into play all the time. Especially those days when your job description is even more demanding than usual.

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14 comments :

  1. We don't have any children yet, but plan to homeschool when we do, so I love coming across a good homeschooling blog :).

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Stacy. Have a great weekend.

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  2. AH, we are library junkies - yes, even maxed out the borrowing limit just last month. Our four children are a bit older, and are able to browse the shelves on their own for the most part - hence the many books :-)
    Sounds like a lot of fun learning coming up too!

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    1. We haven't reached our max yet . . . it's 50 (between the 2 cards since E's is linked to mine). 30-ish fills a reusable shopping bag, which I then have to balance on the back of the stroller (which A has to be in for the short walk from the parking lot so I have a free hand for steadying books and keeping track of the other Agents) . . . it's an adventure.

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  3. How wonderful to be able to school whenever something pops up! ::grin:: Day or night - doesn't matter!

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    1. Never imagined I would be here, but it is awfully fun. Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Library trips don't get shorter when they get older. Mine are 14 and 9, and we still take 45 minutes to an hour at the library. :)

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  5. We had to stop going to the library, the children never wanted to take the books back. In the end it was less expensive to buy second hand books from Amazon!!

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    1. Every time we get ready to go back to the library we need to pull up (online) our list of books we have checked out and verify we have everything.
      Our libraries here seem to have lots of book sales . . . we should probably check them out more often.

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  6. I'm glad you linked up with us at Hip Homeschool Moms! I enjoyed your post. :) I remember going to the library with my kiddos when they were little, and it was totally exhausting! Now that they are older (17, 15, and 10), it's not so bad. We, like you mentioned in the comment above, have to check our list to be sure we return everything. We often are missing one or two items, and we occasionally end up paying a fairly hefty library fine! I know the library loves to see us coming! ;)

    Blessings,
    Wendy

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    1. We have been missing ONE of the 34 books for the last week. We're running out of places to look, and they're due Saturday. We'll probably have to turn the play room upside down at some point to find it. :-) And online renewal saves us from fines all the time.

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  7. I loved reading your post. It sounds so much like my day! We can rival your library book count. 39 and counting. :)

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  8. Great post, you are super busy! Visiting from SITS!

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