Thursday, October 30, 2014

Exam Prep & Pumpkins

Wonder what the boys look like when I'm not around?
A friend was with them last week during their co-op class.
 
Speaking of their co-op, they have their final exams next week.
They are busy with studying for it.
 
Not so busy that they couldn't take a break to carve some pumpkins.
 
Well done family.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Brace Yourself

It's been several days of soft food since A got his braces put on.
Poor guy has had quite a lot of discomfort. Hoping it passes soon.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

It Was a Thrill

Three classes of this .....

... a little imaginative make up like this ....
... and Voila!
Thriller Flash Mob
It was a new experience for them and I think they really enjoyed it.
We certainly enjoyed watching it, twice actually as the crowd called for an encore.
The boys were tickled to see some friends had come to see the event.
I think they had the biggest cheering section there ....

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Snapshots

When I get my next phone I am looking for one that has a really good camera in it. So often when we are out I use my phone to capture the moment. Like .....
When they're grabbing a bite to eat after a class.
During their piano lesson.
At church.
Or at their cousin's house.
Week 8-Oct20-24
Book Study-
Math- E-week off, A-week off
History- American Civil War
Extra-Curricular
Kung-Fu
Piano
Co-Op
Conversational French
Flash Mob

Saturday, October 18, 2014

My Knight

Date night plans for me on Friday meant I had to get all fancy.
And then when it was time to leave it was raining .... hard!!
So I was whining .... as I'm prone to do.
But when I went to walk out the door ... this sweetheart was there.
He had loaded the stuff into the van, opened the door for me and was standing there with an umbrella to escort me to the van.
Seriously. How awesome is this kid!!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Musicians

Hope you enjoy.
Please excuse the singing ... just another thing I would never normally do but do for my kids.
I will work on getting a musical performance out of this one.
 
Week 7- Oct14-18
Unit Study- No time this week
Book Study- The Golden Bow (finish reading)
Math- E-Distributive Property, A-Place Value(>,<)
History- No time this week
Co-op- Finish Project#1, Finish Project#2
Extra-Curricular Kung-Fu
Piano
Co-Op
Conversational French

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekend Thanks

Thanksgiving is one of our quieter holidays around here.
I don't mean there's not a lot of noise ... because there's noise. But it's a relaxing day.
 
Just the three Fs.
Food, fun and family.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

E's Project


A's Project



Week 6-Oct6-10
Unit Study- Journalism (Sports Writing/Ads)
Book Study- The Golden Bow (con't reading)
Math- E-Algebra in Perimeter and Area, A-PlaceValue
History- David Livingstone
Co-op- Finish Project#1, Start Project#2
Extra-Curricular
Kung-Fux2
Piano
Co-Op
Conversational French

Sunday, October 05, 2014

School Year Plan (first 6 months)

It's about time I got this information on here. Usually I'm a little more on the ball. This school year we are trying a couple of different things.
Note that E's activities are green. A's activities are blue. Joint activities are orange.
 
For one, our math program. This is the first year we have used Mammoth Math. For the first couple of weeks I wasn't really loving it. But I have to admit I'm seeing the value now ... and the kids seem to like it.
 
We are in our final year of four using Story of the World. Last year I had them try a method of note-taking that didn't require a timeline and I didn't feel they got as much out of it as previous years. So they're back to time-lining.
 
I am pleasantly surprised at how much they are enjoying the first of the book studies. The Bronze Bow has captured their imaginations. We've been using the trampoline for our story space but it's getting pretty chilly out there now so we'll have to move it inside.
 
The boys are doing a co-op class currently covering topics in Canadian Prehistory and the Human Body. Their history project involves researching and writing on various aspects of a First Nations group. E is doing the Haida and A is doing the Iroquois.
For their Human Body class they need to create a project board presentation about one of the five senses. E is doing hearing and A is doing smell.
 
As a result of the time required for their co-op classes and the book study we are doing we haven't done much in their Language books. But we'll get to it.
 
Our first unit study is Journalism. I have included the lesson by lesson break down for that unit. The final project will include a small newspaper/newsletter from each of the kids and also a short(!) newscast on video. When those are completed I'll put them up here. They should be done around the end of October.
 
They are enjoying their new piano teacher. They love their Kung Fu class. We'll see how Conversational French goes as this week will be their first class.
 
I think that just about covers it.

Climb and Stretch

The boys were invited to a Clip'nClimb activity yesterday.
It's very safe and a great chance to push your comfort levels with heights.
Which if you're our oldest son ... means working your way from ground level
.... all the way to five feet off the ground.
  
If you're a little more adventurous ... and a little less afraid of heights ... there are quite a few other structures to climb. And when you get to the top of each climb there's a button to push.
  

Christmas Flurry....of Pictures