Friday, May 21, 2010

Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday homeschool friends!

It was a good week here. Not only did we get to do some shopping at the Scholastic Warehouse sale, we finished all of our work for the week, plus some extra. Not bad considering the interruption. Can you tell we're eager to finishe the year?

Let's start with the things that are finished for the year.

We'll start with Stick Starz. It is sponsored by the USA Field Hockey Association and the girls got to play on the official USA field hockey turf because we live down the road from the National Training Center. It's an 8-week clinic that introduces the sport and develops some the skills of the game.

Their main coach, Nick, is on the Men's Olympic team. Yes, men actually play field hockey. Who knew? Not me. I'm from Michigan and I'd never even heard of field hockey until I moved to VA. And even then only because I have a friend who's into it. But, apparently, men's field hockey is the #2 sport in the world. Just not here so much. It was a learning experience for all.

Next thing that we crossed off of our list was Brownies. We are done!!! They bridged this week and it's one less thing I have to drive to during the week. Woot! Actually, we are finished with Girl Scouts forever. I've decided, for a variety of reasons, the GS program is no longer for us. Mackenzie is bummed but they are starting to make changes that are no longer in line with our family values. I heard that there's an American Heritage Girls club somewhere around here so I might look into that. Or not.

Anyhow, here's some shots of the Bridging Ceremony.

In academics...

We learned about the Erie Canal in The Landmark History of the American People and The Story of the Erie Canal. Good book. We finished it in one sitting. Now we're three days ahead which means we're 3 days closer to our end date. Woot!

She learned a bit about Marie Curie in Marie Curie's Search for Radium. Finished that early too. Yay!

In match, she's suddenly stumbling a bit. 3-digit muliplication is suddenly giving her a hard time. Partially because she can be sloppy and partially because she's suddenly forgotten single-digit mulitplication. So I bought Times Tales and we'll be using that to beef up her facts.

We were studying the California tribes this week in The American Indian Prayer Guide. There was a Native American History Pocket on one of the many California tribes, the Maidu. So we worked on that.

Her favorite activities were the Seed Beater and the Bear Rattle.

Well that is our week! Be sure that you pop on over to Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers and check out what everyone else is up to.


wdworkman said...

Sounds like a busy week. I remember playing field hockey a lot in high school (70's), but haven't seen it since. It's definitely fun exercise. I'm sure you'll find something to fill the Girl Scout time.

Janet W

Hodgepodgemom said...

Wow! Lots to celebrate! What fun.

Alicia said...

It is such a great sense of freedom when our activities wrap up for the summer! We made a decision early on not to do Girl Scouts. My 7 year old girl loves GA's at church which has been a good substitute.

Have a great weekend!


Ellen said...

The field hockey clinic sounds like a blast!

theonethingps274 said...

Very cool & busy week!! =0)The native Am study sounds great!

Cara said...

Sounds like a fun and busy week. What changes are GS making?

jlgaffen said...

Congratulations on crossing over the juniors!!!

Chef Penny said...

Sounds like a great week! Kudos to you for the obviously tough GS decision.

Jamie said...

We did that same Native American notebook, and also tried -- but never fell in love with -- the Brownies. My 9yr old actually loves GA's at church, and we're there on Wed nights anyway, and they do all the Brownie-ish things she liked but with missions focus. I have heard good things about Am Heritage Girls, but there wasn't one near us AND we didn't want another day of running around.

Jennifer said...

Hi! Found you from WUHS. . . I'm loving "meeting" everyone.
You look like you had a fun busy week!


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