Friday, September 16, 2011

Weekly Wrap-up: Back to (Home)School!

That's right, we are officially back to school work this week.  We had such a great summer I'm a little sad to see it go.  But we are riding that wave of new school excitement.  Nothing like the feeling of new books, new pencils, and new notebooks.  Ms. Q misses school clothes shopping but I promised to take her to get a few things when the weather actually cools off.  Who needs sweaters and jeans when it's still 75 degrees out?

Here is what we've been up to this week:

Monday Ms. Q started 4th grade and Little M started Pre-school.  I'm working on some pages to post at the top of my blog with all the curriculum materials we are using this year.  Just putting on some final touches and some links and they will be ready to go.  We went out for lunch on Monday (well the drivethru anyway) to celebrate being back to school.

Ms. Q was really disappointed that she was not able to start French this week.  She's been looking forward to learning French all summer.  Our computer has been acting up and the Rosetta Stone software kept making the computer freeze.  Hopefully everything will be a go for French for next week.  She was able to start her unit on South America for Geography.  She's not totally excited for this but I have some pretty cools things planned that she doesn't know about yet.

Little M is continuing with the Letter of the Week that we started last year.  This week we did a review of the letters A-E and a literature unit using Blueberries for Sal.  He enjoyed counting and eating blueberries and he made up this cute little song: "Kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk, I love blueberries. Kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk [insert person's name] loves blueberries."  It's been stuck in my head for days.  He also made some new play dough.

Friday we explored a new (to us) trail in the area for our nature walk.  This week's topic was milkweed.  We were not successful in our hunt for milkweed but we did see some other interesting plants, a funny little salamander, and we all enjoyed our walk.  We will be following the Outdoor Hour Challenges as best we can again this year.

I would say that we can call our first week back a success.


Eddie said...

I love the "kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk". That was one of our favourite reads.

Our Homeschool Reviews said...

We actually went to look for milkweed yesterday at the store but only found Butterfly Weed so we ended up planting that. Looks like you guys had a good week. Thanks for linking up to the NOBH.

Chef Penny said...

Sounds like a really fun week! We have milkweed planted in our butterfly garden so we only need to walk out the door to investigate it. We are looking forward to getting some giant milkweed at the Boktoberfest at Bok Tower next month.

Grandma Bonnie said...

I just love the start of a new school year that and fall make this my favorite season. I will be back to check out your preschool curriculum.
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rumpydog said...

How cool! You teach math, science and music all with a simple activity. Isn't it a shame that all children don't get such a wonderful learning opportunity.

Tracy said...

Great fun and activities! Thanks for sharing on NOBH! :)