Disturbed homeschooling: Weekly Report

This week had a number of unusual disturbances rock our quiet (ha!) little homeschooling world.

First, Callie was sick Saturday through Sunday, and I have found that toddlers are notoriously cranky during the recovery period.

Second, we attended Tintswalo’s lovola party on Monday.

Third, this was my setting on Thursday and Friday, as Seth had 2-3 guys over tiling two rooms in our house—his office and the bathroom.

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Study tile down, not grouted yet.

Study tile down, not grouted yet.

Books and dust everywhere!

Books and dust everywhere!

Fourth, I came down with Callie’s illness Thursday afternoon.

Fifth, Christmas is next week. 🙂

I am happy to report that we did manage a full week of homeschooling though, with the exception of any of the content subjects on Monday (just language arts and math got done before leaving for the party—I count the party as social studies ;)) and drawing on Friday. I was not feeling well enough to figure out the next lesson, and when I did skim it, it included such things as “experimenting with supplies,” and we have no special art supplies yet. So I didn’t read beyond that point. Christmas being next week actually helped me to persevere this week, because I knew I had planned to take all next week off. Yay!

Caleb sailed through three math lessons this week, as they reviewed things he’d learned in ABeka kindergarten math—counting to 100, skip counting by 10, adding +0, and adding +1. We read about the “first writing” in history, and Caleb enjoyed trying to write his name in cuneiform and hieroglyphics. We also read a book on Pyramids; even my eyes were glazing over about halfway through. 😛 We “met” the cello this week (as we learn different instruments) and watched this funny string quartet.

We finished our lessons on light in science (the first day of creation), and Caleb marked shadows at different times of the day on our homemade sundial. The only pot I had that had a hole in the bottom for our sundial was our African pottery the Africans gave us for our wedding, so that struck my funny bone to see it used that way. I don’t think I put it in the right place in the yard, though. The shadow was in almost the same place from 8-10 AM, and then jumped quite a bit at 11, 12, and 1. Then the sun went behind the clouds after 2:00. Oh well, I think we got the idea! We also experimented with color, making a rainbow with water paints.

Our sundial

Our sundial

For every tooth his brother loses, this adorable little guy gets one! He got two upper teeth this week. And he was a gem as usual.

Sweet baby!

Sweet baby!

Seth has been busy trying to visit every church member individually to check up on them in a more in-depth way—an annual check he likes to do; and he’s going to try to do it for our teammate’s church members as well. He’s planning to go to town (30 minutes away) tomorrow with several of our youth to sell Bibles in an attempt to catch the Christmas crowds and raise some money for our church building project. We have paid off our land now and are raising money for a fence next.

Next week promises to be busy with getting our rooms cleaned and organized after the tiling job, a Sunday and Christmas service with our churches, plus preparations for our own family traditions. Maybe in my spare time, I’ll get over this virus too. 😉

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas, worshiping our great God for sending His only beloved son to die for our sins!

About Amy

I'm Amy, a missionary wife and mother of four children, blogging about our lives and perspectives on culture in South Africa.
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3 Responses to Disturbed homeschooling: Weekly Report

  1. Are you using MFW curriculum? Some of the things you are doing sound familiar. Enjoyed reading about your week… sorry for the sickness… YEAH for the enduring and doing school. 🙂

    • Amy says:

      No, but similar–Story of the World vol 1 and 106 Days of Creation Science from Simply Charlotte Mason. I already bought MFW to use forAdventures next year when Caleb’s in 2nd grade and then their 5-year cycle. Really excited! Itsounds like a great curriculum! Did you use it?

  2. zebranay says:

    I so enjoy your blog. It is really nice to see an upclose view of your lives and what you are doing!

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