Friday, December 10, 2010

Weekly Wrap-Up: A Touch of Christmas. . .

 . . .always livens things up, don't you think?

This week, we decorated our Christmas tree, made our lists and checked them twice, put up our outside lights (we go for the tacky look), watched Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown, made and froze some cookie dough, and read The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry, which brought me to tears, seriously impeding my read-aloud voice.  We also went to the barn twice, had our last piano lessons for a few weeks, went to tumbling, attended choir practice, and visited both the orthodontist and the dentist.  Oh, and we managed to find time for our lessons.

In history, we studied Louis XIV, the Sun King, who was responsible for the Palace of Versailles.  Both girls read and enjoyed Cecile: Gates of Gold, a title in the Girls of Many Lands series, which takes place at the Sun King's court.  We also spent time perusing the Versailles website, oohing and ahhing over the photos, and trying to imagine actually living in a place like that.

The digestive system was our focus in science this week.  We used the books Uncover the Human Body and An Illustrated Adventure in Human Anatomy (actually a much more fun and interesting book than it sounds) in our discoveries.  I'd forgotten some of this stuff, so it was fun to re-learn it.

We completed the Mind Benders A2 book in logic, and attacked plural and possessive nouns in grammar.  In our Plutarch studies, Caesar has just declared himself dictator of Rome, but only for 11 days.  In our Keys for Kids devotion and Bible study, we discussed how we often take the Scriptures for granted, believing in Jesus even though we can't see Him, and the sin of disobedience.  In spelling, both girls have almost wrapped up their individual levels.  Copywork, math, and French are going along as they should.

However, all is not rosy.  Every week, I schedule Latin for Miss Priss and me, and every week it gets shoved aside.  Also, we've fallen behind in our timeline book.    I know I need to address these slights, but I'm not sure what to do to get back in the groove.  Something to think about over our break.

I'm planning a light week next week and adding in some more Christmas activities.  Then we'll take two weeks off, although we'll still take time to read.

How was your week?  To read more Wrap-Ups, pop over the Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

Happy Advent!


  1. It sounds like you had a very good week :)

    Great idea about adding in Christmas activities. I had intended on doing that this week and next but some how missed doing it with trying to get our core subjects done.

    What are you using for Julius Caesar, might I ask? This is one that gets pushed to the side more often than anything I think in our school week.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Hi Blossom! We're using _Plutarch's Lives for Boys and Girls_, by W.H. Weston, which was one recommended on the AO site.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog!

  3. I'll be doing some reevaluating of our schedule over our break, too. Just too much not getting done, which means we need to refocus, and I need to make sure we're not focusing on less important stuff.


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