Homeschooling Journal 1/31/2012

Samantha had ballet, and she danced the whole class and looked like she was having a great time. Girls and Craig visited Nana and Papa. Lucy likes to play with the calculator. Veggie Tales puzzle.

Homeschooling Journal 1/30/2012

Lucy had ballet, and she is doing very well for a beginner. A little awkward, but she’s getting the hang of it. She’s tying her shoes with no trouble now.
“Hail Mary” copywork for Lucy, working on lower case letters. She is refusing to try to make them so far, wants to stay with all caps.
Clare can go backwards down the stairs, which is a relief. She’s taking a few steps on her own now.
Samantha is all about the pretend play. We had “tea” this morning.

Homeschooling Journal 1/25/2012

Lucy can tie her tap shoes! They’re not quite tight enough usually, but she’s doing it without help already. That puts me to shame. I couldn’t tie my shoes in kindergarten.
We went to daily Mass at SJV and survived it. I’m hoping to make that a Wednesday tradition.
Clare stood up without anything – stood on her hands and feet, put her bottom up in the air, and then straightened right up!
What a busy week!

Homeschooling Journal 1/24/2012

Samantha started ballet today. (Lucy started yesterday – walked right in and did very well. The teacher called her “a very smart little girl”.) Samantha was more shy. Lucy did her whole class for her, while Sam sat with me and Clare. She finally got up to put on dress-up clothes, and then did the last 5 or 10 minutes of dancing. Hopefully next week will be better.
Clare figured out how to go down stairs backwards on her stomach today. Finally!
Lucy worked on how to tie her tap shoes.
We baked a “war cake” (as in using ingredients left when there are rations). I called it an “anti-war” cake, instead.
Have been reading The Weight of the Mass often.
Nightly prayer is going well (Craig added guitar tonight) and morning prayer is going pretty well.

New things

We have had a lot going on, so I thought it was past time for an update. We moved,finally, just before New Year’s. So we’re in an apartment in Baton Rouge and friends of ours are renting the house in Marrero. Not as good as sellng, but much better than living in two different cities. We have not gotten a washing machine yet, though, so we’re still imposing on Craig’s parent’s hospitality for that. The girls are starting ballet. Lucy’s first class was lastnightand Samantha starts later this morning. Lucy really enjoyed it and did very well, I thought. We’ll see how Samantha does. She im not as eager to follow directions as Lucy is. 🙂
Clare has been busy. She signed her first word at dinner yesterday, “more”. She wants to eat everything. She is also making a lot of progress standing on her own – and she likes to throw her head back and wave her arms around and roar, “Look at me!” And she wants to help put her clothes on, so she spends half the day trying toput different things on her head – socks, hats, hair ties, blankets, you get the idea. And she’awake now, so I guess I’m done.

go fish!

The scene: Lucy andSamantha sittiginthenew prayer space with fans of saint cards in hand.
Lucy: “Do you have a Saint Rose?”
Samantha: “Go fish!”

Homeschool journal 1/6/2012

Lucy:

Samantha:

Both: helped with laundry; went for bike ride/walk; played gofish with saint cards
Clare: practicing standing up without holding on (preferably on a chair!)

Homeschool Journal 1/5/2012

Lucy: copywork – Hail Mary, “do people still think it’s ok to kill people” discussion
Samantha: copywork – “Jesus, I trust in you.” (she’s not ready for copywork)

Both: magnet dolls, Plants vs. Zombies, bread making, yoga

Night and morning prayer at the new prayer space is going really well!

Homeschool journal 1/3/2012

Lucy: copywork-Hail Mary; made video of Clare
Sam: polishing silver candle stick

Both: floor puzzle, magnet dolls, helping unpack, candy land

Reinstated family night prayer