Saturday, January 16, 2010

Weekly Wrap-Up

Math, math, math.

So this week we started by cozily reading by the fireplace, wrapped in blankets and laughing at the antics of the family in Cheaper by the Dozen

and ended up at the dining room table doing math sheet, after math sheet, after math sheet.

I declared this "refresh your math memories" week. The kids seemed to have forgotten everything related to math over our lengthy Christmas break. I felt a sense of desperation creeping in. I even felt something I rarely experience: holy cow! I'm a crappy teacher! It was just a fleeting moment of panic, and I'm back on stable ground. Amazing what a week's worth of drilling can do.

The vast majority of the week was spent doing drill sheets from this free math worksheets site. We also played some simple card games that I turned into math drills, like the old stand-by, War.

And for an afternoon reward, we'd read a chapter of Cheaper by the Dozen.

Cub Scouts and American Heritage Girls started back this week, as did flute lessons, show choir, and the literature/geography class I teach. Next week in our last week until our co-op classes start back in earnest, so I'll have to start doing my lesson plans more seriously this coming week. I'll be teaching two essay classes and a literature circle focused on black literature.

More weekly wrap-ups at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.


  1. Wow! I though I only had those moments! Oh well, at least you got to read a good book. Great week!

  2. I have never read the book. Might be fun. Don't worry, they are learning even if it doesn't seem like they are learning!

  3. I see math drills in our future too. It's so important to get the basics down pat or the higher levels become even more difficult.

  4. I can totally relate on the math front. Sometimes I think my kids forget intentionally just to see me start twitching!

    I'v never read the book, we may have to look into that. The girls loved the movie. It will be interesting to see how long it takes them to figure out they know the story.

  5. I just came across your blog while working on mine- I am a member of the BHEA and appreciate all the work you do for us there!

    People like you help inspire me to pursue homeschooling!

  6. Thanks for reminding me about Cheaper by the Dozen. I'm going to add it to the list of books I want to read aloud to my daughters. We're currently going through Anne of Windy Poplars and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.


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