Friday, April 29, 2011

Weekly Update April 25-29, 2010

This week was a lovely take it slow kind of week.  My kids had standardized testing this week.  During testing week I don't plan any else besides testing.   We worked on some art and completed a science project that we hadn't gotten to early in the year.  A field trip and dentist appointment also fit into the week. 

Monday we meet with our Education specialist to turn in work samples for portfolios and to look ahead to next year.   In the afternoon the kids each made a catapult from these kits. 

Parts were counted and sorted. 

 Directions were read and reread. A few ah hah moments occurred as things didn't work out quite as expected.

Completed catapult.

I had planned to take the kids to the park to complete some experiments with our catapults, but we didn't feel like going anywhere, so that didn't happen.   The kids did play with them both inside and outside. 

Tuesday we completed an art lesson which covered the feelings that different colors evoke in artwork.  Each of the kids were excited to paint.  So on Thursday I actually found some paint kits at a discount store and the kids have been painting ever since.   Tuesday afternoon was orthodontic appts.  I-E was thrilled to get a large amount appliances taken out.  

Wednesday we visited the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum.   It was a lovely museum--one which we need to visit lots more.   Our visit was primarily to learn about the Chumash Indians, but I-E and E-R were thrilled with all of the animal exhibits.  Next year we are going to focus on nature studies for our science studies and I think this museum will be wonderful to visit.  I-E took a few notes to add to her blog

Thursday was testing for all the kids.   They felt good about their test and we went out to eat after they were done. 

Friday only E had testing which he finished up with-in a few hours.   The rest of us worked in the garden while he tested, After testing he and N helped to make some more garden beds for our garden.   I-E attended her improv class also.

It was quite nice to have a relaxed week with time to just lounge and enjoy some projects. 

Be sure to check out what others have done this week in the


  1. Sounds like a lovely quiet week! Those catapults look like a blast. There is sooo much fun stuff out there to do.

  2. I love these catapults!

    I've also meant to tell you that I really like the idea of your memory work posts. I think those will be a real help to others as they try to decide what they should be doing with their own children.


  3. New follower from weekly wrap-up. Our boys would love that catapult kit. But our youngest boy loves to build little wooden kits like that!

    Have a great week!

  4. Oh my goodness! A catapult! How fun! Even my husband would have fun with that. :)

  5. My kids would love building that catapult! So fun!

  6. I hate testing, but it sounds like you all still had fun. The catapults do look pretty cool!

  7. That looks like so much fun! i will have to keep that in mind for next year.


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