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Monday, January 24, 2011

the week in review 1/17 - 1/21

This week went by in such a blur I can hardly remember what we did! I am trying to get ready for our trip to Florida, on top of all our regular commitments so I most definitely burnt the proverbial candle at both ends this week. Here's what i remember:

We all went to a wonderful opera preview with some singers from the Boston Lyric Opera on Monday. In a few months we will all go to see Engelbert Humperdink's opera, "Hansel and Gretel", so these singers previewed the opera and also educated the kids about opera and singing in general. They were so much fun, all the kids were laughing and having a great time, and I was very pleased to see that both D and J remembered much from the past operas they have seen, The Magic Flute and The Barber of Seville.

Here at the homefront D worked on some expository writing this week. I loved his informative and brief essay entitled, "How to Cook a Fried Egg". It made me laugh and also realize how grown up he is becoming, because he does indeed often cook himself eggs these days. We also reviewed prepositions, contractions, homonyms, and he wrote from dictation several times. He finished 'David Livingston' and is reading the third book in the 'Guardians of G'Ahoole' series. In math he worked on learning how to write trillions, billions, and millions and reviewed conversions and finding averages. He learned about the powers of the executive branch, and about the easter uprising and socialism in Russia post WWI. D continuted his marine science research project, focusing on flounder and sea clams this week. He went to hockey, art, theater, and percussion lessons this week.

J lost her first tooth! The tooth fairy paid her a visit, even though she swallowed the tooth in the brownie she was eating at church. She was quite upset about not being able to keep her first tooth, but I assured her there will be many more to come. J read two phonics readers this week and also read a story in her first grade reader. She reads all the time now, anything she can get her hands on, from canned goods in the pantry to menus in a restaurant. It is fun seeing everything begin to fall in to place for her. We read James and the Giant Peach, James Herriot's Treasure for Children, and many library books at our local library, which I now call our home away from home. We were there 3 times on Thursday. Three. Times. She worked on adding by 1 and 2 and also on skip counting and learning her odd and even numbers. Her social studies and science were grossly neglected this week, and I was feeling pretty guilty about it last night. We will need to get back on track after our vacation. But she did practice violin every day and she finished learning the Happy Farmer. She sounds great and all her review songs are solid. She went to gymnastics, and violin group class this week.

We are off to warmer lands in two days! It can't come soon enough as last night it was negative 8 degrees and today our thermometer is registering a balmy 5 degrees fahrenheit. Brrrrrr. More posts to come after our getaway!

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