Friday, February 15, 2008

Weekly Report

Not a whole lot to report this week. I have continued researching and making changes to our school days to reflect more of a Charlotte Mason environment. Her gentle approach to learning is a good fit for us. I am excited about having a more relaxed day as far as scheduling goes. I have a strange feeling we will actually be getting more accomplished!

As far as "school" goes, we basically worked on the 3 R's (minus grammar). Oh, and we are starting "Fine Art Friday" now. We are joining others at The Heart Of Harmony for Sketch Tuesday, only we are completing ours on Friday so that we can be sure to have it emailed to her by Monday for the Tuesday post on her site. Be sure to check back on Tuesday to see what the boys drew.

Thane started his Get Ready for the Code phonics workbooks. He is very excited about "doing" school. I also received his Right Start Level A Math book in the mail. He has been begging me to "do" math with him so I think I might start it next week instead of waiting for next year.

Magnus has expressed displeasure with his All About Spelling program. He does not like using the tiles and having to "pull" them down to spell words. I like the program and feel like it is a benefit to him, so I am making changes without it effecting the end result. I have discontinued teaching grammar with FLL. I ordered the Language Lessons books from Queen Homeschooling and am impatiently waiting for their arrival. He has also been doing Memoria Press Copywork and his handwriting is improving.

The boys completed this session of swim lessons. I have seen improvement in both of them as far as being more comfortable in water. Magnus is almost swimming and floats on his back very well. Thane is having a bit more trouble. He is finally able to put his face under water without freaking out, but needs more encouragement to let go of me when we are in the water. We will be participating in the next session and anticipating great things!

I have officially begun my martial arts training. I am learning Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Weapon Art and continuing my kickboxing class. I plan on blogging about this soon so I will not get into it yet. Let me just say that you won't want to mess with me!

I hope you all had a great week and will have an even better weekend!

Oh, and be sure to scroll down to read the wonderful post my husband wrote last night! He is amazing!

7 comments:

Dawne said...

It must be in the air! So many of us are really evaluating our educational philosophies. I love reading posts about this.

I hope your LL books come soon! ;)

my5wolfcubs said...

I just got home from the library with a book that made me think of you! I haven't read it yet, but it is called Magnus at the Fire and is (I think) about a horse who used to pull a fire truck and is now retired. :) It is a tall book and I just saw the word Magnus...and had to get it.
I am in the evaluating stage too -- I can't wait to hear about your new resources when they arrive!
Lee

Zelda said...

Good stuff! Very interested to hear about the CM approach. I'm reading her series now too but I'm not sure how much I'll work in.

Interesting about the martial arts. I just want to take a minute to say that I really really hope you weren't offended by my comment on Colin's post. I meant no offense...it was just a joke...please don't hurt me.

Brittney said...

Zelda...you crazy girl! You make me laugh with your AD quotes! In no way was I offended! Thanks for checking though :o)

Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

Looking forward to seeing your sketches this week!

Glad you are joining us for the Green Hour challenge too!

Barb-Harmony Art Mom

LisaWA said...

Cant wait to hear about your training!

In the air... I think it must be in the water too... it does seem folks are evaluating a lot these days.... and its so good too! We need to stay fresh and get rejuvenated now and again... and learning about other ideas and ways of doing things can do just that...

I’m not big on following one idea.... I am eclectic and blowing through my own path... making it our educational journey.... I’m a rebel w/o a clue hu? lol

Sorry I missed posting yesterday... but I got to spend the day w/ Patricia (momma peep and Tammy evergreen eclectic and Tina Jetihoja at the Woodland park zoo. We didn’t get home till after 9:00 last night! Long day, but fun!


Hugs... Lisa

Lori Carr said...

We just ordered the language lessons from Queen homeschool too. We are going to try them out for next year. My 6year old is getting bored with the FLL and so am I!:) Hope your training goes well. Sounds like a lot of fun.