Weekly Wrap-up

I love the tidy feeling of conclusion and beginning anew each Sunday.  I know I’m not alone in Sunday being a big planning day.  In fact, as I’m getting into the years of home education, I fully expect my Sunday plans to become even more vital. For now, though it’s enough that it makes me feel organized and sane throughout the week.

This was a good, productive week.  I accomplished most of what I wanted too, and  all of what I needed to. My biggest goal for the week was getting into more of a routine with the kids, and I think we definitely accomplished that.  We had a good week for reading and plenty of outside play too.

I also stuck to my workout goal.  Finished up a Fitness Blender 30 minutes or less program with 5 workouts this week, though I didn’t do any of the fitness tests this time around.  I’m going to start the Fitness Blender Fit, Round 2 Program on Monday.  Anybody else use Fitness Blender?  I love that their workouts are completely free on youtube or their website, but you can go ahead and buy a program if you want to take the guesswork out of your routine.  I’ve only bought two programs so far, but am eyeballing this Abs Program and their new Sweat program for when we have a budget for that again.  The great thing is that after you buy these programs you can just keep reusing them!  I alternate between FB30 and FBfit, although to be honest, FBFit is harder for me to get done just because of the time constraints.  I’m going to give it another try though.  New year and all that…

In the Bookish scheme of things, I finished up 3 books this week.

  1. A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille (SO, so good)
  2. A Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan (meh, but I finished it)
  3. The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn (Historical and mysterious; good!)

I’ve set aside a goodreads account just for their books so I can keep track of what I’ve read to them, and which kids I read it with.

  1. The Snow Queen by Amy Ehrlich
  2. Tractor Mac Builds a Barn by Billy Steers
  3. Washday by Eve Bunting
  4. Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosoars by Sandra Boynton
  5. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess
  6. Classifying Amphibians by Richard Spilsbury
  7. Animals by the Numbers by Steve Jenkins
  8. Sugar Snow by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  9. Amphibians: Water to Land Animals by Laura Purdie Salas
  10. Shiver Me Timbers: Pirate Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian
  11. Avalanche Annie by Lisa Wheeler
  12. Salamander, Frog, and Polliwog: What is an Amphibian by Brian Cleary
  13. Planes and Helicopters by Clive Gifford
  14. The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant.

And that was Monday… haha I am not even kidding. We go to the library on Tuesdays though, so we took most of those back and then some, and got a mess of new ones.  The exception is the Amphibian books.  I did keep one of those to continue studying until we memorize a few characteristics.

15. One Mole Digging A Hole by Julia Donaldson

16. If I Wrote A Book About You by Stephany Aulenbach

17. Hero Copter by Annie Auerbach
18. What will you be, Sara Mee by Kate Aver Avraham
19. Leaves from a Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
20. Children’s book of Music by Deborah Lock
21. The Fearsome Footprints – Thomas and Friends
22. No Teasing Allowed by Louise Gikow
23. Picture Action Rhymes by Felicity Brooks
24. Frogs by Valerie Bodden
25. 20 ways to draw a tree
26. Rapunzel by Megan E Bryant
27. Hooray for Bread by Allan Ahlberg
28. The United States of America by Millie Miller and Cyndi Nelso
29. Hoot by Jonathon Litton

We reread most books quite a bit, and generally work our way through the big ones more slowly.

We basically accomplished what I wanted to for our homeschool too.  Lots of playdough, coloring, writing, and a few science projects with this awesome science kit I found on Amazon.

I personally worked on some organizational stuff for the business and the job search continues.  One more read-through down on my novel, and I’m ready to do the final steps of formatting.  It took much longer than I expected or meant for it to… Here’s hoping this last step doesn’t take quite so long.  On that note though, I’m going to finish this post up and go work on that for a bit.  Have a great week!