Weekly Wrap-Up:

How can it be Friday already?!?   We’ve covered a lot of information this past week.  We have been busy writing about Charlemagne, practicing scripture, painting stained glass ornaments, learning about knights and castles, studying feudalism, and lots of other fun things.  We went to guitar, church, the orthodontist, and the boys even got to  have a pool noodle “joust”  with their buddies during PE (I’m so sad that I didn’t get any pictures).   Isn’t it great when God lines up specific activities to match up with the lesson plans 🙂 ?

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Working hard on a key word outline!

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Ryan has a real gift for writing!!!

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Wow, Brendan…this is great!!!

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Still learning about castles!

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Brendan had fun making sentences using different verb tenses 🙂 !

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Ryan has finished his last week of learning about human anatomy…now we’re moving on to astronomy!

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More Latin roots!

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I was excited to use the stained glass art kit that I found at the used curriculum sale last year at the HEAV convention!

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Looking good so far!

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The meals that we helped pack went to Cambodia and Haiti!

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I got my “baby fix” for the week too – LOVED my snuggle time with Brook 🙂 !!!


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Another Version of Workboxes:

Last week I shared a post about how we use workboxes to organize our school days.  On most days, we use large plastic drawer “towers” that are located in the schoolroom.  However, on days when we have outside activities and need to be finished with work earlier, we use more of a work “file” system.  For example, on Tuesdays we have P.E. and private guitar lessons, so I pack the boys’ file boxes on Monday nights.  Here are some pictures and descriptions of Ryan’s (5th grade) assignments for tomorrow:

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Each file box holds hanging file folders. There are also several compartments in the top of the box where I keep school supplies that the kids may need.

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Each file folder is numbered and as Ryan works through his assignments, he will place them in the “completed work” folder.

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Workbox #1 – Reading assignment about Feudalism and then a notebooking activity to reinforce comprehension.

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Workbox #2 – Art assignment about drawing castles.

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Workbox #3 – Reading/Progeny Press assignment.

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Workbox #4 – A Valentine activity…just something fun!

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Workbox #5 – A grammar activity on verbs.

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Workbox #6 – Book basket reading.

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Workbox #7 – Spelling assignment (already uploaded on Ryan’s laptop). I laminated cards that are “everyday” activities and just put those in the boxes daily.

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Workbox #8 – Math assignment (we use Teaching Textbooks).

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Workbox #9 – Guitar practice

The file boxes that we use are normally around $10 and I’ve seen them at Walmart and Target recently if anyone is interested in trying the work “file” system 🙂 .

Highlight: Workboxes

It has been a while since I’ve talked about how we use workboxes, so I figured now was as good a time as any. We have used workboxes from the beginning of our homeschool journey and they are a lifesaver!  It helps the students and the teacher to stay organized!  This is Brendan’s tower.  As he works through each box, he places his completed assigment in the bottom drawer and moves the number from that box to the “completed workboxes” sign.  I’ll share a day of Ryan’s assignments next week.IMG_0505

Fridays tend to be “light” days for us, but here are the assignments that Brendan had today (just to help give you an idea of how we use our workboxes):

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Box #1: A quick art lesson on how to draw castles.

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Box #2: Reading assignment from Story of the World and a grammar activity on prepositions.

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Box #3: After brainstorming topics for his report yesterday, today’s assignment is to begin researching and collecting information.

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Box #4: A small reading assignment and activity from Medieval Times.

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Box #5: Grammar review

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Box #6: Assigned reading (Brendan also reads novels of his own choice at night and is currently reading the Left Behind series)

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Box #7: Today’s spelling assignment – we use Spelling Power and Spellingcity.com

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Box #8: A math assignment using Teaching Textbooks

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Box #9: Guitar practice

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Here are a few pictures of our castle activities for the week – FUN!!! 

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