I know, I know, I haven’t been posting these every week, but what can I say, I am a bit random…
This week was our second full week using our binder method for school. This system is what we used BEFORE we started the workbox system. Now I feel the need to explain WHY we are trying something different…
It’s totally and completely MY fault. The Workbox System works best if you are consistent, organized, plan ahead, and disciplined. Meaning you can’t be a last minute planner and procrastinate filling the boxes until a couple of hours before you expect the boxes to be worked on by your children. If you have learned anything about me by now, it probably isn’t much of a shock to you to learn that:
1. I’m great at organizing, but not at staying organized,
2. I procrastinate – a LOT
3. I have consistency issues.
So, the binders are working for us right now, and we did change some things from the way we used them the first time, incorporating some of the things we really liked about workboxes. I will hopefully get a chance soon to share with you exactly how we use our binders, but I am still tweaking…
The main thing is, I get everything ready for the entire week, place everything in each boy’s binder in the proper days divider, and then we just get up and go through each days work. It takes less time overall this way, and we are not having our usual issues of not getting things done as planned.
So back the fun stuff, what have we been up to this week? Let’s change it up, keep things interesting and just do a random list!
- Monday we started our next basic physics study – Forces & Motion (see my list of great links and resources here)
- We had quite a bit of snow over the last week, so the boys got to go out and play in it. And of course that meant they got Hot Chocolate when they were done playing.
- Joey can reach the first few inches of the counters in the kitchen, and my kids tend to leave drinks in his reach. This means I have had to do several impromptu baths and moppings of my kitchen floor lately.
- Joey has also figured out he can climb onto the tabletop, which makes me a nervous wreck. The kid’s a daredevil and scares me daily.
- Isaiah started learning to do addition with renaming today.
- Drew also started a new chapter in math – fractions (which he loves) and decimals (which is brand new).
- Last week we wrote a short skit based on the Biblical account of the Tower of Babel. We were going to tape it over the weekend, but we just have not had time! Maybe we will get it done this weekend?
- This week in TOG, we are learning about the Patriarchs. Drew really enjoyed doing a notebooking page about Jacob and Esau because he drew Esau to look like bigfoot (hey, the Bible describes him as a pretty hairy guy after all)!
- Thursday was Daddy’s 34th Birthday!! We had friends and family over, and I made him a red velvet cake w/ cream cheese icing. It is already gone!
So how was your week? I hope you had an awesome week full of love, laughter, and learning!
: ) Cassie