Friday, January 25, 2013

Collage Friday - laundry, games, and story tacos

I'm not a strict and rigid scheduler, but I do thrive under a good routine. This was the first week in a long time that I feel like things have been normal around here. I also came to the realization this week just how much more my older two children are working responsibly and independently on much of their school work.  

Collage 1
Kaitlyn had fun playing around on Microsoft Word making a collage with her spelling words this week for a more creative way of studying. Lauren did a great job folding a load of towels while watching something on Netflix. I also made some math notebooking pages for her about some concepts she's been struggling with lately. I am hopeful they will serve as a good study guide and resource for her to get these math concepts down pat. 

Collage 2
Lauren did a story taco for one of her Boxcar Children books this week. It's a cute idea I found on Pinterest and modified it a bit. Each ingredient of the taco represents a story element and she labeled each one and wrote the information about the book on the back of each page.

On Tuesday night our whole family was home and at dinner, Kaitlyn gave each one of us a personal, hand-written invitation to a family game night. We played Uno Tippo, regular Uno, Scrapes and Scabs, Pictionary, and one family wrestling session. It was so much fun!

Our new read aloud is Caddie Woodlawn and Tyler and Kaitlyn have started reading Old Yeller. In history we are reading about several "go-getters" in our nation's history like cattlemen, oilmen, men who sold things by catalogs (Ward and Sears) and men like Thomas Edison. My husband started something new with the older two children this week. Each Friday he is going to have a quiz bowl of five questions prepared for them and the first child to get to 25 points will win a prize. Tyler took the lead this week with three points, but Kaitlyn isn't far behind with one point. 

I know not every week is smooth and uneventful like this week, but I will give thanks for the good and give thanks for the flexibility homeschooling offers when life throws in things that veer us off our routines. How was your week? I'm linking up this week again with Collage Friday, which is hosted by Mary at Homegrown Learners. You should take a minute and check out a few of the link-ups. It's a fun way to take a peek into the lives of other homeschool families. 


Unknown said...

The quiz bowl is such a great idea!

Dawn said...

The story taco is a neat idea. THanks for sharing your week.
Blessings, Dawn

Kirsten @ homeschool discoveries said...

I like the story taco idea too (I just repinned it!). We had a family Uno night last night...Most of our games had been short so we started a final game not too long before bedtime. It was a good thing it was a Friday night, because our last game lasted for over an hour, and we declared the winner to be the child with "dos" cards at 1 hr past bedtime! The kids were so loopy and giggly by the time we were done!

Stefanie said...

Looks like a wonderful week. The story taco looks like a great idea.