school recap, week 9: the “all hallow’s eve” edition!

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i hope to recap each or at least every other week of school this year so i have a better record of things we’ve done. pictures at the end of the post!  want to read more weekly wrap-ups of other homeschooling families?  check out Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers every Friday!

we love halloween in our family. i consider it the official kickoff of the holiday season. the boys look forward to trick-or-treating beginning in november. yes, they talk about their costumes for 11 months straight. and their plans change with their interests in toys, stories, movies, cartoons they’ve seen.

kenny and i used to dress up for halloween too, but we spend a lot more time up to the last minute working on the kids’ costumes that we never have time to figure something out for us. the last time i dressed for halloween, it was in a fairy costume (a lovely tutu with fairy wings from my friend nakedjen) when sawyer was a wee 6-week-old babe. eventually, we will make it a whole family event again.

so this week was spent figuring out last minute costumes, making changes after a night of trick-or-treating at a local mall and actually going against my normal refusal to purchase a whole costume and purchasing not one, but two costumes this year (they weren’t the outrageous priced once, but still, way more than we normally spend).

we also did some fun fall and halloween crafting with leaves, pine cones, and paint. i’ve put more an effort into more craft-type fun during the week because my pre-schooler LOVES that part of school. and the older two boys actually really like doing it as well. so we’re all happy at the end of the week if there’s been some art, or crafting.

we are coming to the end of our math lessons this week (left over from last year). we use Right Start Math. Sawyer is in Level A and Rowan is just finishing Level B. both boys started in Level B last year, but halfway through last year we noted that Sawyer was having trouble keeping up with Rowan. we still wanted him to do math, so we got him the lower level and began that level about halfway through the lessons. Rowan slowed down at the end of last year, so we didn’t rush to finish all the lessons. we continued with the latter part of Level B for the past two months, and now we’re ready to move both boys into the next level. this week, I combined one of the Level B lessons for both boys as Sawyer’s been speeding up his learning. we did a lesson on measurement together.

i gave them non-standard measuring tools (erasers and paper clips) to measure their abacus. i was pleasantly surprised at sawyer’s writing of 10 1/2 (since he hasn’t learned fractions yet): that is a 10 with a circle half-way filled in. so then today we started learning actual fractions. he got the concept almost immediately since we built on his picture of “half” on the chalkboard. i love learning “moments.”  and i love it when this adds to the confidence each boy is learning to have in their ability to learn.

our menu was crazy this week, so i’m not sharing (ha ha!). basically, all last minute menus because our plans changed every day. but that’s life…

happy halloween!