Saturday, November 12, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up: The One With A Video

 Ahhh, a blessed week without a lot of happenings.  We were able to hit the books full force.  I was happy about that even if Mackenzie wasn't.

This week we were studying New Zealand.  I was this close to going there while we were in Guam but we never made it. Bummer!  My uncle lives there though so we get to see some beautiful pictures.

White Island off the coast of NZ.  How lucky is my uncle? He took took it from a helicopter.
For Mackenzie's Choose Your Own Adventure she is supposed to be making a dessert called Pavlova, named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova.  There is some dispute as to whether is was created by the Aussies or the Kiwi's but most formal research gives it to New Zealand.

Unfortunately she hasn't made it yet because it isn't the best season for fresh fruit so we're waiting for our kiwi to ripen so she can make it..

She finished her reader, Red Sands, Blue Sky, a week early so I told her to grab one of the books from winter promise core off the shelf and read that.  She choose Real Kids, Real Change and it was pretty good. (Naturally it was NOT written by WP. lol)   It is about 30 children who faced some extraordinary obstacles and accomplished amazing things.  Mackenzie highly recommends it.  

For our read aloud we started The Puppet Master.  Mackenzie freaked out a bit because "we're not studying Japan right now."  A winter promise flashback it seems. LOL  I told her that we're starting our study on Japan next week.  It's not like WP, who schedules books about Africa while studying Switzerland and then, 20 weeks later, schedules books about Switzerland while studying Africa.  Overlap is fine with me.  Utter nonsense, not so much.  

We finished out last week of Math Mammoth.  You can read my review HERE.  Mackenzie is very glad to be going back to Math-U-See.  I might get 3 minutes with no math complaints next week. Woo-hoo!!!

In science, we finished out study on the digestive system.  We are plugging in language arts as well.  Writing is definitely not her favorite subject but Writing With Skill is helping her improve despite her lack of love for the subject.   Spelling Workout is also working out well for us.  It's nice and simple and gets the job done.

I finally got to see the art project she's been working on since September.  Her instructor hung them up for all of us to admire.  There she is with her coat-of-arms.  I loved what she chose to represent her: ice cream, music notes, artist's paints, cross, peace signs and field hockey sticks.  Last time I asked her about playing field hockey she said no thanks. lol

It was a great day at Young Musicians of Virginia that day.  Not only did I get to see her art, I got to come to her piano class for a little show.  Her she is playing Let's Sing Praise with her teacher.  She LOVES when she gets to play duets.

We ended the week with lunch with our favorite veteran, my honey, and our friends.  Then we let daddy go home and nap while we went to the local children's museum.  Note to self: Never again go to a museum when the public schools are out.  Never again!  What were we thinking? lol

And that was our week. Pop over to Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers to see more homeschool happenings.

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Our Side of the Mountain said...

A Mom's got to do what a Mom's got to do...even feeling blah! LOL (And when they're busy and tired, life is easier! LOL)

Great piano duet!

You do seem to have a lot of interesting places to explore there!

Melissa said...

Gorgeous photo! Looks like a great week. Love the art and piano duet!!

Jennifer said...

New Zealand does look like a dream place to visit.

Mama Bird said...

What a great week

Erika said...

Sounds like a good week and a great duet! :)

Our Homeschool Reviews said...

Oh, visiting New Zealand would be wonderful!! We also worked on MM but I haven't gotten my review done...I got behind last week on some things, uggg. Sounds like it wasn't Mackenzie's favorite!

Natalie said...

Wow, you sure had a full week! I love seeing and hearing the art and music. These are not my gifts so I love to see how other homeschoolers are teaching these subjects!

Paige said...

Looks like you had a great week :). We made Pavlov once, but we put peaches and strawberries on it. None of us were impressed, so hopefully yours is better!

Blossom said...

LOL I thought you wrote that she was making a 'desert' but kiwis aren't in season- I could NOT figure out what you were talking about. I was stuck on that sentence for quite a while :D LOL I did get it figured out ;) Dessert, Blossom...DESSERT!

Love the coat of arms :)


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