I'm behind on my weekly posts already, not for lack of things to include... but for a combination of lots of stuff to include (we're busy!) and being sick. Just colds, but we seem to be getting them one after another. This seems to be typical of this time of year for us... hay fever dragging us down and more germs circulating with all the kids going back to school. Now let's see if I can remember all the way back into August...
Oh, and just a note about what I like to include in these weekly review posts. I make notes about the kids' work on a daily basis in my Homeschooler's Journal, and I also keep track of Gareth's hours on Homeschool Tracker. (I have the Plus version, which I am slowly figuring out. I have had various versions of the free Tracker and the not-free Tracker Plus over the years, and I have to say that I think the version I have now is much easier to use than what I had a couple years ago. Also, I don't know why, but I get a lot of enjoyment from playing around with all the reports.) Therefore, when I sit down to compile a "week in review" post, what I'm mainly focusing on are the details that don't fit into a more compressed format: stories, photos, what the little guys are doing. So if you wonder whether my kids ever do math: yes, they do. But I don't always mention it here.
Week 2 (August 24-30)
It was still warm, so we tried to be outside as much as possible. Katydid and Farmerboy wanted to have a picnic, but I was feeling a little frazzle that week since Andy was out of town. I told them I would love for them to have a picnic, but they would have to do all the preparations and cleaning up. So they did, and everyone had fun.
We moved to a chart planning format for Gareth and Katydid. Gareth seemed to think it worked pretty well for this week, but Katydid wasn't so sure. Katydid likes to adjust what she wants to do in the morning when she gets up, and she's usually quite motivated to work. So the weekly planning didn't work as well for her, even when she was the one deciding what to write in each time period.
And then there was this not quite average day in week 2.
The end of Week 2 was mostly involved in everyone sitting around feeling yucky. Oh, and the chickens somehow contracted coccidosis (or something like it). So, really, Andy and I spent the weekend feeling yucky and researching what to do for our chickens, who also felt yucky, and oh, yeah, standing in the pouring rain staring at chicken poop.