At any rate, this week was a review of sorts. A review of what it's like to be a military family. Kevin retired back in June so he's been home. All the time. That is sort of weird. But he had his first civilian trip for work so off he went to Germany. Mackenzie didn't take it well.
Being the kind and loving mother that I am, I asked, "What are you crying for? Is it because we don't get to tag along? He's only going to be gone a month. That barely counts as a nusiance." On the bright side, I got this picture with my phone for my Project Life album. =o)
In other news of the school variety...
We got around to doing some art via I Can Do All Things. We were working on dip painting. We have a bit more trouble with it than our instructor but it was still fun. We're not certain how his painting came out so colorful and ours came out...brownish/blackish/grayish. LOL
She's plugging along in Math-U-See Delta . She's bigger and better division problems. She does great when she writes neatly and pays attention. Sadly, sometimes it's too messy to be read or she forgets to write down remainders. LOL Only 7 lessons left for the year!
History is just wonderful. We've been studying the Great Depression. I'm not saying that was wonderful but the books we've been reading have been. We just finished A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt and it was just fabulous! It really gave you a feel for what it was like to live during that time. And it was based on the a true story. We got some more background on the period from The Story of the U.S.A. Book 3 and The Landmark History of the American People.
Mackenzie is reading Gone-Away Lake and rereading Meet Kit: An American Girl 1934 and of course we had to watch the movie, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. Even though it varies from the books somewhat. we never get tired of that movie. Definitely the best of all the AG movies.
Our current read aloud is Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Talk about a book that evokes emotion. Shew! Not surprising that Sonlight picked this book. It's the story of a struggling African American family living in the deep south during the 1930s. It's hard to put down. If only my voice could hold out longer we'd already be finished with it.
Language Arts still consists of Spelling Power, First Language Lessons Level 4 , and Writing with Ease Level 3. We're spelling more difficult words, diagramming more complicated sentences, and finally making some progress with narration. She tends to give too much detail while managing to not get to the point/main idea/summary of the selection. It's a gift. LOL
She received her piece for her piano recital two weeks ago. A miniature Sonatina by Joseph Kuffner. I don't know exactly what a sonatina is, miniature or full-sized, but she has mastered it and memorized it. I was hoping that she'd come out of class this week with something different to play, because I like a variety, but no luck. LOL So I ordered her Alfred's Basic Piano Library: Recital Book because I really do need to listen to something else once in a while. And it only has songs that use skills she knows so there shouldn't be any "it's too hard."
She did a little home ec in the form of baking some treats for my friends and I who were having a movie night. =o)
Oh, I almost forgot...I started ordering next year's curriculum and it's started arriving. We're using Exploring Creation Human Anatomy for science. It arrived. We're excited to make an edible cell. I'll do a more in depth post about next year's choices one of these days.
And that was our week. Be sure to pop over to Weird, Unsocialized Homeschooler's blog to see other write ups.