19 weeks under our belt!

   Posted by: liz   in homeschooling

monday…we celebrated martin luther king, jr and during the course of the week, i’ve heard adam yelling, “i have a dream!” and then he goes off in a poetic nature about mountains and stars. he remembers, as a four-and-a-half year old can. swimming at the Y after dinner. we all fell into bed tired and invigorated!

tuesday… after morning classes i got to enjoy a mama date! ┬áthe boys and i spent the afternoon with our friends down in the city. i got to hang with another mama friend who encouraged and inspired me. our seven boys ran circles around us (well, the month-old baby didn’t do much running…i monopolized snuggle-time with him!) and we left shortly before dinner.

wednesday… art and drama field trip at the library. always so good (so fun!) to hang out with other local families. my friend jill led the students in a read-aloud story, some drama, and sculpting with clay (snowmen!).

thursday… ’twas baking day here. i decided that buying pre-sliced bread in a plastic bag just isn’t me. it may be fine for you, and that is totally fine. but it’s not how i want to nourish my family. so…i made six loaves this week. one and a half loaves is left. i let them eat more bread when it comes from the oven. afterall, they eat the crust and enjoy the bread when they can smell it baking.

friday… we ate our ages, and a bunch of other numbers, in roman numeral cookies. i first saw the idea here last week, and since i knew that we’d be covering roman numerals in math this week.

it was a great way to review the lessons we covered this week introducing roman numerals. rowan gets it, he even used the cookies to teach his brothers. i love watching them teach each other.

in other subjects, we are learning the words of the first verse and chorus of America, The Beautiful for history class, action verbs in grammar, the 10 commandments in bible, and we’re halfway through Prince Caspian (we’re slow read-aloud readers here…as I long to savor a book, and our youngest is a bit wiggly during reading-time. lots and lots of questions happen during our read-alouds which also slow us down. i hope to finish it this semester and get one more book started before summer vacation. what can i say? i have three boys who would rather act out scenes, make up stories in action than sit and listen to me read any more. i have mixed feelings on this, but am going with it for now).

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6 comments so far


You are 19 weeks into your schooling and I am exactly 19 weeks into my pregnancy! Funny!

What kind of bread did you make? Every time I try to make bread, it just doesn’t turn into good sandwich bread that can be sliced well. Do you have a good recipe to share?

January 21st, 2011 at 7:54 pm

bonnie – i use this recipe:
we all love the texture (i made it with molasses this time around) and it’s great for sandwiches.

January 22nd, 2011 at 7:06 am

by the way, a big congrats on your 4th girl!!! :)

January 22nd, 2011 at 7:06 am

Thanks Liz!!! We figured we didn’t want to leave the newborn you keep referring to without a date :)

And thanks for the recipe! I might try it out with my new stand mixer I got for Christmas. It has a dough hook!

January 22nd, 2011 at 10:21 am

Hi Liz! I am a friend of the Blakes and have followed your blog for some time! Just wanted to let you know that your posts about homeschooling are an inspiration to me! They always get me so excited to homeschool, even though our daughter is only 17 months old (our second daughter is due in February)! You are doing a great job! Have a blessed day!

January 24th, 2011 at 10:12 am

hi ashley…welcome and thanks for your comment! when we began our homeschooling journey, other homeschooling blogs were my source for inspiration. i am humbled that you find my blog encouraging to you.

January 25th, 2011 at 7:23 am

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