Week 18 & more – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Wait, what?!

My family celebrated Christmas together on January 18th.  I tried as much as possible to keep our school week as normal as possible, but we were hosting so inevitably things wobbled some.  I was also plagued by a nasty annoying cold that week.

The first 3 days were pretty much what I planned.  We finished up our Civil War unit [other than some field trips I want to take when the weather is nicer] and started our new units:  Rats of NIMH and Work & Simple Machines.

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We managed to squeeze in some oral logic puzzles on Tuesday from the comfort of my easy chair where I huddled with a heating pad and blanket in my feverish chill.

Wednesday afternoon Grammy arrived.  She had hoped to attend the Showcase at Co-op on Thursday, but that had been rescheduled for the 30th.

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Snuggling with Grammy

Thursday morning I still felt like crud, but I was supposed to teach 2nd period as the lead teacher was already scheduled to be out.  I dragged us out of the class just early enough for me to get there to set up and talk to the other co-teacher about covering for me and find coverage for my 5th period duty.  We then retreated home where I huddled in my chair some more.

Friday I was feeling some better but at this point, we needed to get the house cleaned some for our guests and run a few errands, so no school work got done.  We had a great weekend celebrating with family.

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“Christmas” morning–Santa came!

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Ginger wants to know which gift is for her!

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Reluctantly posing with his gifts

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So much fun!


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“Christmas” dinner: sweet & sour meatballs, rice, roasted brussels sprouts, pepper steak, and a spinach salad.

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Happy Family!


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More snuggling


The next week turned out to be a bit of a flop educationally as well.  Monday my family left and we were getting a fence installed for Ginger, not to mention I hadn’t planned anything.

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Beautiful sunrise Monday morning

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Our yard before FINE Fence

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Our yard WITH a fence!


Tuesday it snowed plus all the school kids were home anyway for an in-service day.  Wednesday was a snow day.  Thursday even co-op got cancelled because of lingering concerns about roads in other areas plus the threat of more snow that afternoon in time for dismissal.  And Friday I just figured we’d already missed the rest of the week.  Also, it was T’s birthday, so the boys and I wrapped presents, made cards, and cleaned up all the Christmas stuff so T wouldn’t have to.

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It’s like Christmas never happened!

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Patchwork wrapping of a large, awkward box.

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Our gifts to Tim

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My card: I stamped, I embossed even!

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50 hearts for 50 years! <3

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We’ll call this art and science for the week [he engineered a pop-up inside].

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Look at that writing! He also counted all 50 hearts I’d put in my card–MATH!

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Happy Birthday, Daddy~Tim!

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A “Neo” coat!

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A curio shadow-box for all his collectibles from around the world.


LOL, oh well, that’s the beauty of home-schooling:  I can adjust my schedule as needed.  I did squeeze in a few semi-educational shows and websites into the week and encouraged the boys to play with their new toys.  And now I’m all prepped for this week to be normal, so we’re good.

I am liking the new Moving Beyond the Page units for their simplicity of planning.  I do add in my own math and some elements from Michael Clay Thompson’s language arts [we're finishing up Paragraph Town at the moment], but otherwise I just plug in the next lesson in the units and we’re golden.  Whoot!

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