Happy Friday! What a week we’ve had in our homeschool. We’ve been in relaxed Christmas mode – enjoying the fun parts of the holidays, and doing a little school work, too. 🙂
Ginger (6) and Violet (4) painted a lot this week with watercolors. Violet has become SO artistic – she is always crafting and creating things around the house. She will announce proudly, “I am an artist!” for everyone to hear…
This is the Rapunzel Painting she made today – I quite like it! I like all her art, in fact. 🙂
We’ve had many tea parties both indoors and in the backyard. Today’s tea party was very fancy – the girls got dressed up for it, and made it QUITE the to-do.
All dressed up for Tea:
In front of our Christmas Tree, which they decorated all on their own:
We were back at Piano Lessons this week, and also back to Gymnastics twice this week. This is Paprika (9) and Ellie (10 months) in the lobby at gymnastics. We always have the best time hanging out – and the time goes by so fast!
I wish I could get better pictures inside the gym, but parents are not allowed on the floor! So, I watch through the glass like it’s a fishbowl. Ginger and Violet have so much fun with their coach, Debbie.
This week has been pretty mellow at gymnastics. The Korean National Team is practicing at our gym for the month, so that’s been fun to watch (they are tiny!) Also, a few of the girls at the gym are Elite gymnasts and went to the World Championships in Scotland – and might be going to the Olympics. I love watching them, too – even in practice, they are just incredible. Very inspiring!
I signed Paprika (9) back up for Time For Learning- which is a secular computer-based homeschool curriculum. We had a membership a year ago, and then stopped because Paprika completed all the curriculum they had up through 6th grade. I told Paprika I would sign her back up, and she was so excited!
So – Paprika started Time for Learning 7th Grade this week! She’s also doing Teaching Textbooks Math (7th Grade) – but we have slowed down with that because of being sick, and now the holidays. She’s on track to finish 7th Grade Teaching Textbooks by February and move on to Algebra – but we’ll see! I am definitely not in a rush, and now she is doing 7th Grade Math on Time For Learning – so it’s fine however long she takes to do the work. I am just glad she’s enjoying it so much!
Ginger (6) has been watching over Paprika’s shoulder when she does her school work, and she can mostly keep up with it. I will post more about Ginger soon in a separate post because today is her half birthday! 🙂 I want to write down everything she’s up to, since it will be great for her to look back on when she’s older.
One AMAZING thing that happened this week is that I discovered E-Books through the Library. I can borrow Ebooks and have them sent directly to my Amazon account, which I can then deliver to any of our devices. Then, in 14 days, the books magically disappear. No late fees if I don’t return them! I know I’m probably the last person to get with the program – it’s just been super exciting for me!
I usually have Paprika read at least one full classic, quality novel/week as part of her Language Arts study. This week, I was able to download several titles from the library directly to her iPad for her to read. Yay! Here she is at gymnastics reading The Tail of Emily Windsnap. Not exactly a “classic” – but great reading, nonetheless!
So, that’s a little of what we’ve been up to this week in our homeschool! I can’t believe Christmas is one week from today. This year I just want to focus on how grateful I am for my family…these years are intense, and also so very sweet! Christmas seems magical with little kids – and I really cherish that about this season of our lives.
In closing, I’ll leave you with a picture of Ellie asleep in the Ergo. This is what she looks like right now as I’m typing this. I wonder what she’s dreaming about? Sugarplum fairies, perhaps?
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