MFW- ECC, AHL… Weeks 2-3

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School takes many different forms.

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We do a lot of bookwork. But we also realized that hard work and exercise help with school.

This includes painting the storage shed.

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As well as picking plums for jam.

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Balancing on the roof without spilling the paint, really takes skill. He had fun with it though! He has been working to earn money to go to Parkour classes and this fit the bill!

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Our “Global Art” Hands around the world paper dolls. There were a lot of laughs while doing that one, but we got it done!

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Monopoly Game with friends!

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Our very sorry, around the world cake from the end of Week 2.

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We find that working on the floor helps with some grounding and paying attention. It does not always work, but this time, he was working away.

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Labeling all the states names

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Book Basket reading time!

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L. has been writing a daily newspaper for his writing assignments until Language arts co-op classes start next week. It needs some work, but is cute!

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It is easy to see pictures and think that things always go smoothly. We finished our third week of school and have had days where I want to throw my hands up and wonder if they learned anything. It helps me to take pictures and see that we did actually work.  On one of the days last week, we were struggling to find cohesiveness. After reading the D.L Moody story about the Great Chicago Fire in Hero Tales, we ended up watching a few videos and learned more.

We had a great talk about some of the history of Chicago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhiRFATge4c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3Q3wwRAGiw

Chicago World Expo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBpBl1Nqjyc

It is helpful to learn to investigate more into history as we are in this unit and figure out how they learn while we are reading.

On the harder days, I realize that my goals are to help them to learn. It doesn’t always mean it looks conventional. I just need to work to get that knowledge into them.

We were working on AHL- my son is reading through Job as well as all the other assignments. Our writing looks a little different, but things are going smoothly.

This is the first year they are all using Teaching Textbooks and I have to say that is my favorite part of school so far. I stay highly involved so to make it work. Many people complain about it, but most of the time, it is often because it is not used in the way it was intended with an involved teacher and math drills. At least, I hope I am right about that! They seem to be learning!

We also did a little “Beginning of school celebration” by letting the boys go to a nearby amusement park with their cousins and relatives. My oldest son went on his first college visit as well, checking out a college in Seattle.

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Another lesson we learned in the last few weeks was about air quality. This was a picture of one of the smoke filled days during that time. That is not fog.

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Thankfully, it finally decided to rain and drive the smoke away, keeping the fires at bay. We hope it stays that way.

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