This week began with illness, a peculiar one with very high temperatures and a sore throat, nothing else. B4’s travelled through to her ear and she spent all of Monday night screaming with pain. Of course we took her to the doctors the next day and she is now on ‘yummy banana juice’ (antibiotics).
I posted my hopeful schedule on Saturday and to be honest I was pleased of its guidance. The older ones finished pretty much everything on it whilst the Littles took it pretty easy, playing with playdough for most of the week:
Making dinosaur scenes with their new dinosaur cutters:
Monday afternoon the three older children worked hard in the garden, whilst B and I stayed indoors 🙂 Here they are before the work began:
The children began clearing away the mess of the bonfire from the week before as well as doing a quick rake over the area cleared previously. Here is L sorting through for rubbish to bin:
Her sister did the raking:
And T cleared the fire area:
The main goal this week was to dig the soil where the new building will be:
and move it to the side of the garden:
The flattened area will then be covered with a cement base ready for the building to reside on top.
Afterwards, Gary cut both his and T’s hair:
Whilst the Littles watched a film:
I completely don’t know why she is watching it inside a box. I mean, we do have chairs…
Wednesday afternoon we continued to learn about the reproductive system with K and B. This week I had them write and perform a Uterine Rap (post to come):
Thursday the older ones continued with their Mesopotamian projects. Project based learning works so well in our homeschool, and I really, really enjoy watching them come up against problems and discussing options to solve the problems. It really doesn’t feel like work and yet they are learning so much:
Here is L making her Mesopotamia jewellery:
whilst C works away on her incredible essay comparing and contrasting Gilgamesh and the Bible:
I didn’t get any photos of T but his project is taking form slowly but surely and has required some high thinking from him and he is feeling suitably stretched. He loves problem solving so this has been a great project for him as well.
I grabbed a few photos of the older ones messing around behind me whilst I was working on the computer:
I love the fun they have together:
As I was snapping away, first A came in asking for a photo with her in:
and then L followed:
For the first few days of the week I was struggling with a sore throat and whilst it hadn’t affected my voice in any way, it was still sore to speak or read. Our morning meetings require a lot of reading so the older children took over:
We were learning about Japan and there was lots of fun had trying to pronounce the Japanese words:
L13 has a new hobby! Actually it is just an extension of jewellery making. She has discovered polymer clay:
She literally only started on Saturday but I think is showing a real flare for it. Above are some fried egg ear rings and some M’n’M cookie ear rings.
She has made some owl pendant charms and iced doughnut ear rings:
And she even tried her hand at a model of a mermaid:
This is a very common sight at the moment. Basically if she has two seconds to create, she will use them to do just that:
Creating is in her blood and it drives her every day. It has been wonderful seeing her blossom in this area over the past few years:
T is spending most of his spare time either playing his guitar or building his bass guitar. Here he is sanding down the body of it in readiness to paint:
He’s so proud of it and I can not wait to see the final product. It will be so cool to play a guitar he made himself:
Wednesday evening C begged to give a presentation of everything she had learnt in her music theory. She has been diligently working through level 1 which she had finished. I didn’t want her to move on to level 2 until she could demonstrate she understood the first level. She chose a presentation to show her understanding:
And C doesn’t just do a boring presentation. Oh no, she has to physically demonstrate the notes or Latin words. This girl cracks me up:
It was clear she understood though, even when T tried his best to catch her out with his ‘extensive musical knowledge’:
Next week she will be working towards level two. If she finishes we will be gifting her with piano lessons to accompany her singing lessons.
C has also begun the course which will help her write a six chaptered book and publish it. She totally surprised me this week. She was asked to jot down notes about the kind of book she would like to write and she chose to write a book which would encourage young people in their faith with God.
L asked if she too could do an impromptu presentation about polymer clay, which of course we agreed to:
She did it completely without notes, her enthusiasm for her subject evident in each excited sentence. Then she showed off her new creation- a cute lil’ elephant holding an ice cream and some cheese burger ear rings:
I realise I’m biased, but for a girl who has been doing this for less than week, she’s pretty good, isn’t she?
Well, that’s it for now. I hope you have all had a wonderful week full of friends, family, fun and lots and lots of love <3