Monday, November 17, 2014

Five in Five - November 14th

Yes, I know it's not Friday, but let's pretend it is.  I meant to post this last week and decided I wouldn't let a little thing like the calendar stand in my way.

Unfortunately, this is fairly typical for a Monday here.  I'm not sure what it is about Mondays, but we all seem to have a hard time getting back into the groove after a weekend of playing.  Corner standing is a fairly typical punishment in our home and everyone gets their turn.

Just keeping it real.

One of my favorite things about our school room is the wire strung along one wall where we get to display every one's completed artwork and projects.  We got off to a slow start, but it's finally filled.  We'll rotate out the oldest for the newly finished the rest of the school year.

I've been reading a great book called "Cleaning House" by Kay Wills Wyma.  In it she details a twelve month experiment to get her kids off the enable train by teaching them life skills, also known as chores.  I have a few notebooks I take notes in while I'm reading, but if I don't have one with me I often take pictures of quotes I like.  This one is a gem.

Josh in deep thought.  If only the ceiling really did have all the answers.

This is how my area of our school room table often looks.  Just in case you can't tell what these are, they're multiple stacks of Spanish flashcards.  Why?  Well, I decided it would be a great idea to complete Makenna's Spanish course with her.  Not surprisingly, it's been challenging and, unexpectedly, fun. 

I'm pretty competitive (it's in my genes, I blame my dad) and it turns out my daughter is too (probably something to do with that whole gene thing).  We compete to see who can get the best grades on chapter tests, with the winner getting taken out to ice cream by the loser.  We both really like ice cream.  A lot.  Which of course leads to better learning, and better grades, from both of us.


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