Life Without School!
Life Without School!
Two roads diverged in a wood and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. -Robert Frost
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Week 19 of 36 of the Oak Meadow Curriculum
This morning, Shawn got Melissa up and off to school. I got up shortly thereafter, showered, woke the other two and had them get dressed and ready, we made coffee and so on, spent a little time at our computers, and by around 9:45, we were out the door.
After a brief stop at the library to drop off and pick up books, we headed over to our TOPS meeting (weight loss support group). This week, I lost 2 more lbs, for a total of 28 ½ lbs gone. :) (See my “Weight Loss Stats” page under the “Just For Fun” section on the sidebar to the left for more stats and fun picture updates).
After our meeting, we made two short stops at two different stores and then came home to eat lunch.
After lunch, Shawn went to work, and Alexa and I started school.
We began by doing science. Today we just read a short section about the Grasslands Biome (prairie) in the syllabus, and Alexa made a list of five plants and five animals found on the prairie.
She did vocabulary next, using this week’s vocabulary words in sentences.
We orally reviewed spelling, chanting the letters of each word while tossing a throw pillow back and forth.
We did a lesson from “Sentence Composing for Elementary School: A Worktext to Build Better Sentences.” This involved reading a model sentence from children’s literature, unscrambling and combining a list of sentences to imitate the model, and then involved Alexa writing her own imitation sentence. She did four of these, and she did it with much more independence than she had the last time.
My favorite was this one:
Model Sentence: “Outside, the lights of towns and villages flickered in the distance as the Polar Express raced northward.”
Alexa’s Sentence: “Far off, the snowy tops of hills and mountains gleamed like crystals as the full moon hit them.”
Alexa read a chapter of “Ben and Me” aloud. We paused to discuss unfamiliar vocabulary words and to continue taking notes on “characteristics that made Ben Franklin great” for use in a report next week.
At this point, Melissa was home and reminded me that I had to take her over to the DMV to replace her non-driver photo ID card which somehow got lost. As she’s going on a plane next month, she’s going to need it, so I had to take her over to get a replacement. The DMV is probably about 15 minutes away, so I packed all three kids into the car in the freezing weather and drove over there…
…only to find that I have to show up on either a Tuesday, a Wednesday or a Saturday to do what I needed to do.
Ugh. This place has the stupidest hours ever!
So, I put all the kids back into the car and drove back home. A half hour or so of my life wasted. Blah.
Continuing with school, Alexa and I sat on the couch and took turns reading aloud from “Skellig,” reading six chapters to each other.
She then had silent reading time, reading a chapter of “Wright On Time, Wyoming” while I prepared today’s math lesson.
I had her watch the lecture and do the practice problems while I made dinner (and she got as far as doing two problems of the actual lesson), and then it was time to eat. And after we ate, it was time to take her over to Girl Scouts and drop her off.
At Girl Scouts, the girls learned about different cameras, while I came home and took pictures at Ben’s request of the various structures he was building with his blocks.
He was pretty cute, every time he finished one, he’d put his little hands on my face, turn my head to look at it, and he’d say, “Do you like that one, Mommy? Do you want to take a picture of it?”
Anyway, when Shawn came home, he got Ben tucked into bed, and when Alexa came home, she finished up today’s math lesson before going up herself.
I read my book for a while, and that pretty much summed up today.