Sunday, August 28, 2016

Dance! (44/180)

J had her Parent Observation dance class this week on Monday!


We also had a rather traumatic time when we lost my dad's dog for several hours.  D had hold of the dog's collar right before she ran away, so she was beside herself with fear that the dog would get run over by a car and it would be her fault.  All's well that ends well, though.

W played Dungeons and Dragons three times again.

We went swimming (with friends!) and visited those friends' bunnies and chickens.

W helped reorganize all of our books, including some basic alphabetization and lots of categorization.  
R & D had their last circus classes of the summer.

All the kids attended their religious education classes (on dancing!) and sang at church.

W read independently and wrote some stuff for his D&D groups.  R wrote sentences AND VOLUNTARILY READ TO THE END OF A CHAPTER in this book:


This is a huge milestone for him - keeping reading just because he wanted to find out what happened next, and not because he was required to!  D kept working her way through the first box of Bob Books and J started using the Bob Books Alphabet books.

I read to them:
The Shelf ElfThe Shelf Elf by Jackie Mims Hopkins


It's Only StanleyIt's Only Stanley by Jon Agee


I Love You Because You're YouI Love You Because You're You by Liza Baker


Meet Mr. and Mrs. GreenMeet Mr. and Mrs. Green by Keith Baker


The Mushroom Center DisasterThe Mushroom Center Disaster by N.M. Bodecker


Backyard Pets: Activities for Exploring Wildlife Close to HomeBackyard Pets: Activities for Exploring Wildlife Close to Home by Carol A. Amato


I'm Not Reading!I'm Not Reading! by Jonathan Allen



W is making good progress on a) actually understanding and b) remembering how to calculate long division.  And he worked with LOF: Fractions.  R worked with LOF: Honey, and D with LOF: Apples.

R & D experimented with reflection, and did some mechanical engineering:



W is listening to a podcast about the Supreme Court (plus other various podcasts).

They watched science documentaries and W used Scratch.

D did lots of drawing and creating.

This week included six "days of instruction".

Sunday, August 21, 2016

D&D x3 (38/180)

J went to her dance class.





W went to a training session for aspiring Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Masters.  He's been DMing for quite a while, but this was a more formal opportunity.  He also played with a multi-age group and then he and R both played in a kid's group.  Lots of D&D!

D had chipped one of her adult teeth, so she went to have it repaired this week.  J observed and asked questions throughout the process.











R went to his Circus class.

W went to an all-day LARP event.

All the kids attended their religious education classes (science as a spiritual practice) and sang in church.

W read independently.  

Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Little Sisters of EluriaDark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Little Sisters of Eluria by Robin Furth


R worked on reading Bob Books and Hi Fly Guy!  He copied sentences.  D worked on reading Bob Books.  I read to them:

We're Going on a Lion HuntWe're Going on a Lion Hunt by David Axtell


Good Night, FireflyGood Night, Firefly by Gabriel Alborozo


The Stupids Take Off (The Stupids, #4)The Stupids Take Off by Harry Allard


Olive's First SleepoverOlive's First Sleepover by Roberta Baker


The Loathsome DragonThe Loathsome Dragon by David Wiesner




W worked with LOF: Fractions and on comprehending both the concept and notation for long division.  R worked with LOF: Honey and D worked with LOF: Apples.

They watched several science documentaries.

R watched a history documentary.

W & R took several long walks/bike rides.  We went swimming!





This week included 6 "days of instruction."

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ramps (32/180)

J took her dance class.
We went to the library.
R built several different ramp setups to do scooter and bike tricks on:


We went swimming.
R and D went to their circus classes.
All the kids attended their religious education classes and sang in church.
W read independently: Epic (Epic #1)Epic by Conor Kostick


Seeing Redd (The Looking Glass Wars, #2)Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor


R kept reading Bob Books and The Fly Guy, and writing sentences. D worked on reading Bob Books. I read to them all:
Going to the Sea ParkGoing to the Sea Park by Mercer Mayer


Move!Move! by Robin Page


Splat the Cat: Twice the MiceSplat the Cat: Twice the Mice by Rob Scotton


My New Friend Is So Fun! (Elephant & Piggie, #21)My New Friend Is So Fun! by Mo Willems


Are All the Giants Dead?Are All the Giants Dead? by Mary Norton


W worked with LOF: Fractions, R started LOF: Honey, and D worked with LOF: Apples.
We talked about what rotates around what in the planetary system.
This week included 6 "days of instruction".

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Ordinary Time (26/180)

Juniper went to her dance lesson.

We went swimming a few times.

Robin went to Circus School.

All the kids attended their Religious Education class and sang in church.

W read independently. R worked on reading the Bob Books and an Easy Reader. He also copied sentences. D worked on reading the Bob Books. Even J insists that I help her 'read' by reading out each word in the easiest Bob Book and letting her repeat it after me.

I read to them:

I Want to Be a BallerinaI Want to Be a Ballerina by Annabel Blackledge


Freedom RiverFreedom River by Doreen Rappaport


Get Well, Good KnightGet Well, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas


This Little Piggy with CD: Lap Songs, Finger Plays, Clapping Games and Pantomime RhymesThis Little Piggy with CD: Lap Songs, Finger Plays, Clapping Games and Pantomime Rhymes by Jane Yolen


Little Ballerina Dancing Book With CdLittle Ballerina Dancing Book With Cd by Fiona Watt


How to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal PartnershipsHow to Clean a Hippopotamus: A Look at Unusual Animal Partnerships by Steve Jenkins


The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Saved Jews During the HolocaustThe Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Saved Jews During the Holocaust by Karen Gray Ruelle


The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed FamiliesThe Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families by Susan L. Roth


W is working with LOF:Fractions, R is finishing LOF:Goldfish, and D is beginning LOF:Apples.

They watched some documentaries (both scientific and historical).

J had a doctor's visit, which D observed.

W and R did their exercises daily. We went for some walks.

This week included 5 "days of instruction".

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Graves Mountain Lodge (21/180)

We spent most of the week at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia with Matt's extended family. There was LARPing, fire-building, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, visiting farm animals, and cooking:
Some of the pictures were taken by D! R and D attended their Circus classes. We all went to see Two Gentlemen of Verona produced by Shakespeare in Clark Park. The kids attended their religious education class and sang in church. W read independently: The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars, #1)The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor


R and D did a little reading of Bob Books (but not much). We finished listening to Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)Eragon by Christopher Paolini


This week included 4 "days of instruction".