Friday, August 12, 2011

The Homeschool Mother's Journal - 22

In my life this week:
A week of "blah". Our short stint of warm weather was over, and we had plenty of rain.



Sick hubby (see my video link below - too funny!), sick kids, me feeling as though I might get sick, but my super-human immune system (or excessive use of vitamins) fended it off!

In our homeschool this week:
Given the low energy levels and high snot levels, we took things very easy this week...very "unschool".

We read...

We played Mastermind...


We played Bananagrams....

This is Whitey - he was my teddy (I got him at one month old)
and now Wombat Girl loves him)

We played Forbidden Island...(and watched Poirot - multi-taskers!)


Wombat Girl practised piano...


The kids designed a new level for a video game and then drew a map...


We also listened to the audiobook of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer...


and started reading One Day in the Tropical Rainforest by Jean Craighead George.

I am inspired by:
I really enjoyed Ordinary Life Magic's Rainbow Snowcones post about unschooling and the video in it about homeschooling in general and how to approach mathematics in particular. Food for thought.


My favourite thing this week:
Taking it easy and approaching our learning in a different way (for a short while, at least!).

I'm reading:
Stinging Trees and Wait-a-Whiles - Confessions of a Rainforest Biologist by William Laurance. Engaging tales of an American mammal ecologist who studies the rainforest near Cairns, Australia. Leeches, mud, the weird and wonderful ways of regional Australia are all presented in a broader context of rainforest conservation.

I'm cooking:
Praise for the slow cooker! Roast chicken, best-ever spagetti bolognaise, BBQ beef ribs with asian greens. 

A video giggle to share:


6 comments:

  1. Hope everyone starts feeling better soon. have a good weekend =)

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  2. I'm so happy there are other families where 'designing a new level for a video game' is part of the learning day!

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  3. It's amazing that this all happened in your Down Time, Ingi! Everything you did is everything we do, too—the books (which we love), the games (which we play and love) and all that inventing and creating. Looks like a perfect week—which is funny because then I have to remind myself that everyone was sick!

    Hope you're all feeling better very soon :)

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  4. Hope they are feeling better! And I agree with Helena...all in "down time"?? :)

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  5. Hello,

    Found your blog through Simple Homeschool and wanted to say hey from another Mama who is learning to say "Yes" more :).

    I do hope everyone does get feeling better,
    Kim

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  6. We did have a pretty good week, didn't we?? I think maybe we need to be sick more often :-)

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