Weekly Wrap-Up: The One Where Babydoll Pretends She’s a Butcher

Alright, so that’s not all the week was about, but it’s so random and likely never to happen again so I just had to include it in the title.  To explain:  on our field trip to Publix, the kids were allowed to don hairnets and pack meat in the meat department; one of the highlights I’d say.

The week was rather productive and enjoyable, which is always a super combination.  I’m actually a little sad that we’re slowing down to a crawl when it comes to school this summer.  Sure, we’ll be doing things here and there {finishing up multiplication, working on any Top Secret Adventures or Little Passports that come in the mail, possibly some Amanda Bennett unit studies}, but with all the summer camps, rest time, and summer fun, we just won’t have time for a full schedule.

To kick off our school week we dropped Winston off at the groomer and headed to IHOP for some breakfast.  From there, we went to the library and completed our schoolwork for the day, had lunch in the library’s cafe, and picked out a few books to read.  Babydoll thought it was so much fun to have school in a different place.

Math was pretty straightforward this week:  finding the area of rectangles and squares and solving for the unknown.

We continued reading Pippi Longstocking in literature.  At the end of each chapter Babydoll has questions to write out the answers to.  Her sentences have been improving, but I can tell we really need Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW).  I know in my head how I want her sentences to be, but I can’t explain that to her in a way that she understands.  She just looks at me like “I really want to make these better to make you happy, but I don’t know how.”  I went over a few of her previous sentences with her and discussed how we could change them, and her last sentences of the week were much better

We finished learning about pronouns in grammar, and started a unit on adverbs.

History was a continuation of our study of medieval China.  This has been a particularly interesting unit for us; we’ve learned so many things.

Spelling was a continuation of basic spelling rules; we’re breezing right through this, but I expected that.

In science, we continued learning about various types of rocks.  We studied igneous rock and made our own to eat

Babydoll also worked on handwriting, and we started out first Amanda Bennett unit study on chocolate!  There is quite a bit of information to cover each day, so we split it up amongst two, but it has been a great deal of fun.  I highly recommend the studies. 

How was your week?  You can check out all sorts of awesome weekly wrap-ups over at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers!

Photo credit:  Chocolate Challenge


Curriculum FAIL

Remember the post I made a week or so ago about our curriculum for next year?  Well, I made a noob mistake:  I finalized everything before I read up on the last bit of new curriculum I found and before I went to a homeschool convention. 

Thankfully, this mistake isn’t going to cost us anything since I already had the materials we were going to use {I bought them last year}.  And I guess it’s not a huge change, but it’s a change nonetheless.

Instead of using K12 for literature, grammar, and composition, we will be using Literature Pockets for literature, Voyages in English for grammar, and materials from the Institute for Writing Excellence (IEW) for composition

I forgot that I saved the latter two sites a while ago to research as possible replacements for K12.  When going through my bookmarks the other day, I saw the sites and went to read through.  Long story short, Babydoll and I were very happy with what we saw

For literature, we weren’t necessarily annoyed by K12’s literature, but it wasn’t exactly what we were looking for either.  You know that feeling?  So I set out to see if I could find something that more closely fit with what we wanted to do.

Babydoll loves reading, but prefers longer, more substantial stories than what we read in K12.  Sure, we had the opportunity to pick four novels from a list each year and do lessons associated with those {which we enjoyed}, but other than that it was usually random stories she’d read.  The material being taught was useful {summarizing, plot, theme, etc.}, but the delivery left something to be desired.

It’s very hard {at least in my opinion} to find a stand alone literature curriculum.  Somehow I stumbled upon Literature Pockets and thought it was exactly what we were looking for.  Babydoll can read a variety of literary works, do fun activities akin to lapbooking, and compile it all at the end into her own “book.”

As of right now, we’re still planning on using K12 for science, history, and art.  We’re heading to the AL Homeschool Expo next weekend, and I can’t wait to check out the curriculum fair.  Maybe we’ll find something there; maybe we won’t.  Either way, we continue to be happy with our decisions!

What about you?  Do you find yourself always “finding” new/better curriculum?  Or am I the only one?!

Photo Credits:  Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3

Field Trip Fun: Publix

We recently took a field trip to Publix grocery store for a “behind the scenes” tour.  I didn’t have terribly high expectations for the trip, because, well, it’s a grocery store.

Now, I know grocery stores can be wondrous places {Whole Foods anyone?}, and Publix stores are pretty snazzy {at least the new ones}.  But really, grocery shopping is such a mundane activity that I don’t consider spending extra time in there to be a good thing.

And really, it doesn’t matter what I think; Babydoll and the other kids were excited.  I felt bad that I had lost the child inside.

I was so wrong.  It was actually quite enjoyable.

The tour kicked off with a gift bag filled with a coloring book and some snacks, and a balloon from the florist.  Granted, I thought we could’ve held off on the “manipulatives” till after the tour, but it got the kids super excited.

From the florist we headed to the bakery, where the kids each received a mini cupcake and talked to the bakery ladies.  The deli was our next stop, where each child received a cup full of popcorn chicken.  From the deli we headed through the produce department to the back kitchen.  The seafood department was next, where the children touched a live lobster.

After the seafood department we were allowed to go into the back of the store and see where all of the store’s stock was held.  While back there, the kids got to wrap meat in the meat department and see the dairy fridge.  When we finished up in the back, we walked to the pharmacy where the kids learned that Publix can flavor their medicine for them {they were so excited by this}.

The next stop was the upstairs portion of the store.  The entire U-shaped upstairs had floor-to-ceiling windows to view the store from above {another favorite}, various offices, and managers. Once we were back downstairs, the kids were allowed to go “shopping” and then become a cashier in training.  I think this was their favorite part of the whole tour!

When we were finished with the tour, Babydoll and I went shopping.  This was a treat for us since the Publix is about 30 minutes away from the house and we usually don’t go there to shop.  Next Wednesday, however, our area’s very own Publix will be opening.  Babydoll and I are so there…

Photo credit:  http://www.publix.com/

Party Time!

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

I am so freaking excited to be participating in this year’s Ultimate Blog Party over at 5 Minutes for Mom!  I should give credit to Sue, The Homeschool Chick, for turning me on to the party.

This is my first year participating and I can’t wait!  There are few things more fun than discovering tons of blogs I knew nothing about before.

If you’d like, you can click here to learn about me and my sweet little corner of the blogosphere. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Now pass me a drink…