A Glimpse of Our Week
HOD Preparing Week 15
This was an interesting week. We studied more of Ancient Greece and the Greek and Persian Wars. The kids enjoyed it but they especially loved the boats they created that were supposed to be like the trireme ships that were used during these battles. Surprisingly, our little homemade versions actually float!
While we love, HOD Preparing, the kids also started using another history program from Veritas Press called VP Self Paced History 1815-Present. So, while they are working through ancient history with me in Heart of Dakota Preparing Hearts for His Glory, they will also be working with this internet based program to learn about modern history. They have been enjoying it. I tried to make this a relaxed time – they work on it after we are done with the rest of our school work. They do this together, as well. I will do a full review on this in the next few weeks!
So, our schedule held strong and the kids (and I) continued working through our daily checklist. They like that I’ve built in some free time to the schedule as well as play time. Their free time happens when all the school work gets done, when they have extra time to play with some educational puzzles and draw pictures in their sketch book. We try to keep the kids away from TV and other types of screen-time during the school day, so having extra fun activities waiting for them after school is finished really helps with this. I’m still allowing screen time once the entire day is over at 4pm.
I started using one of my (affiliate link) file bins to keep track of work for each student. I use these bins a lot in our homeschool for organizing books but this is the first time I’ve used it as it was intended! My goal is each term or each quarter, switch out the files to their binder at the end of each term so that all their work fits in the hanging files. I have 3 files hanging in this bin and keep all their tests, quizzes, and stray papers in it.
The little ones had a great week playing with Playdoh which has suddenly become one of the favorite activities amongst the littles. They also enjoyed making a fort and playing with train tracks. It is amazing how the toys they go crazy over comes in waves.
My 8 year old made these delicious cupcakes on Wednesday afternoon with a little help from me. They were yummy and fun.
Thursday was kind of a grumpy day for our home. I’m not sure why, but many of us must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed. There were lots of crazy thunderstorms on Wednesday night and maybe some of the kids had a restless night sleep. I’m not sure, but to make matters worse, our internet went down on Thursday morning. A few of the older kid’s morning school is done with help from websites and the iPad so I decided to use that morning to do some grocery shopping with the kiddos. We all felt much better by the time we got home. 🙂
I’ve been using cloth diapers part time on this baby because we were gifted so many disposables when she was born. However, a few weeks ago I made the decision that we would be using cloth full-time from here on out. I found this Sugar Peas fleece diaper cover hidden away in her closet. I had bought this years ago for one of her siblings. I’m not even sure which child this was originally for. I know that I used these same covers back in 2004 with her brother – so it might have been his. I’ve got to say – I love using fleece and prefolds in addition to some other cloth diapers on her!
I hope you enjoyed your glimpse of our week! I want to let you know that for any of my friends on Periscope – I’ll be doing my first “scope” on Monday afternoon at 2:30 (EST). (If you’ve never used Periscope, it is an app that allows me to live broadcast and answer questions at the same time! Just download the app on your phone and find me @suchatimeblog) My topic for Monday will be Heart of Dakota Preparing. Please join me!
How are you using HOD Preparing?
Oh, periscope! I have not been brave enough to give that a try yet. Hope it goes well! Thanks for sharing your time in Preparing at the HOD link up!
Ha! That was my first thought when I thought of using it … but it seems like such a fun medium, as well. 🙂
Melissa @ Grace-Filled Homeschooling says
I love that you have a picture of you! My daughter took some pictures of me this week because she said I needed to be on my blog 🙂 Love your update!
Thanks, Melissa! I know – it is hard to get pictures of “mom”! 🙂