Sign of a Full Homeschool Week

10 Mar


The details of our week that you can’t discern from this mess:


–  We finished reading the Book of Luke from the Bible

–  We finished reading “Boys and Girls Playing”  by J. C. Ryle

–  We worked on memorising the Books of the Bible and our Bible verses

–  We didn’t read enough of Nancy Ganz’s Genesis – oh for more hours in the day to read!

–  We read “The Priest With Dirty Clothes” by R. C. Sproul – Beautiful!


–   We worked on memorising the countries of Asia while reviewing the countries of Europe

–  We read “Zoe Sophia’s Scrapbook: An Adventure in Venice“, “Carnival at Candlelight” and started “Vendela in Venice

–  We watched dvd episodes of “My Beautiful House” viewing life in Athens, Canada, Korea, Venice and Hydra Islands

–  We read David Adler’s book, “Time Zones


–  We read another chapter of Jackie French’s “Grim Crims and Convicts

–  We read, “Atlantis:  The Lost City

–  We looked through a book on Auschwitz, opting to discuss the holocaust rather than reading the text in the book

–  We watched Behind the News…history in the making??

A bit light in the history department this week…hmmm….


–  We watched Backyard Science and Science Clips on ABC Education

–  We completed lesson 8 in “Science in the Creation Week” by Dr Jay Wile, investigating light we can not see, specifically infrared and ultraviolet light

–  We created a notebook page on visible and non-visible light

–  We watched Brainpop episodes on the electromagnet spectrum, forms of energy, lights and various others


–  We did our Daily Math algorithms, skip counting, shape memorisation, measurement conversions and facts

–  Each boy worked on Singapore Mathematic exercises – Ethan on fractions and Brayden on multiplication and money

–  We started reading “Life of Fred:  Edgewood” exploring rhombuses, trapeziums, ordinal and cardinal numbers, functions etc

–  We watched this week’s episode of Cyberchase

–  We read “Zachary Zormer Shape Transformer” and tried the activities we read about

–  We explored the mobius strip, reading the related chapter in “The Adventures of Penrose” and trying the suggested activities

–  We completed 6 logic problems


–  We reviewed our grammar definitions and poems

–  We completed copywork exercises and spelling tasks

–  Ethan wrote a report after fireworks using IEW style and structure

–  Brayden read aloud from several readers each day and worked on Explode the Code pages

–  Ethan read aloud to Daddy every night from a novel and then read to himself from another novel

–  We visited the library as always

–  We started reading Grammarland again

–  We listened to more of our audio “20 000 Leagues Under the Sea”

–  We reviewed our Latin vocabulary


–  We read “Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra


–  The boys did some creating with paddlepop sticks

Physical Education/Socialisation:

–  We had a swimming lesson

–  The boys enjoyed an afternoon of playing with a homeschooled friend and scootering

–  The boys enjoyed a day out at the park playing with other homeschooled families, exploring a bamboo forest, playing tag, digging in the sandpit and scootering


Now I’m looking forward to a new week but I better clean my homeschool table first!!



Posted by on March 10, 2012 in Homeschooling Days


16 responses to “Sign of a Full Homeschool Week

  1. April

    March 11, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Wow, you accomplished so much! I think you can be forgiven for having a messy table at the end of that week 🙂 Where did you source the ‘My Beautiful House’ dvd? I’m searching for something to enhance our geography studies later this year.

  2. Tracey

    March 11, 2012 at 9:27 am

    The My Beautiful House dvds are from our library. I can’t find an online source for them aside from the place the library purchases them from which may not be accessible to us.
    If you do manage to get hold of them there are teacher guides too. Not very detailed ones but still…they’re free. 🙂

  3. Heidi

    March 11, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    WOW!! I know I shouldn’t compare… especially when James is just starting out and you and your boys are well into this life of homeschooling… but I feel our week is rather inadequate and bare compared to yours! But I know that he IS learning things and eventually we will get up to speed!! 🙂 I LOVE these posts when you share what you have done for the week (or the day) in whatever format you choose to display them!! Oh to have my own computer back and to be able to share our homeschool journey more effectively!!

  4. Cathy

    March 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

    As a teacher I read your blog with some interest. I agree that you appear to have done a lot of work, but I don’t think a lot of it was very educational and I fail to see how you are achieving all areas of the curriculum. It appears to be very unbalanced.

  5. Tracey

    March 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    As a teacher also, I’d love to know what you feel I am missing, and if you felt the same if you saw our end of term summary. I’d also love it if you could show me a school who comes anywhere close to achieving what we achieve in a term, week or even a day.
    So where is the imbalance? Do tell.

  6. Mandy

    March 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I’d like to add a big here here to Tracey’s reply. I am eager to hear whats missing also, as to me it looked a very full and interesting week. Tracey I enjoy your posts, they are a great inspiration to me for encouragement, curriculum and ideas. Please keep it coming 🙂

  7. Heidi

    March 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I’m curious to hear more from you as well Cathy… I was a teacher before my boys were born and there is NO WAY I came close to covering the amount of material in the time given that Tracey does… so do share your thoughts!!

  8. Bernadette

    March 12, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    oh good grief! the cheek of some people! I do hope Cathy comes back to explain this apparent oversight of yours. If YOU are unbalanced…oh my… that must be some phenomenal school Cathy teaches at….

    LOL, though there seems to be an uprising of “trolls” lately maybe it was a one off?

  9. Tracey

    March 12, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    I’m hoping Cathy will reply too. I’m curious to hear her point of view. I’ve speculated all afternoon.

  10. Elsa

    March 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Cathy, I think you will find most of us very open to suggestions, especially if you find something lacking in Tracey’s choices. We all do a fair amount of research to choose what is best of our children, but there is always a chance we’ve missed something. In fact, it would be absurd to think we might not have missed something, as even schools do. Please share, we are very open. Thank you. Tracey…Continue to love your blog and I too enjoy the “what you have covered days/weeks. Thank you. 🙂

  11. Tracey

    March 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I am very open to suggestion. I would consider your point of view, in fact I’ve spent a whole day pondering what angle you might be seeing it from. Without details your original comment Cathy becomes merely a criticism and not constructive at all, a hindrance and not a help.

  12. Cathy

    March 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

    hm well it seems I have written the wrong thing on your blog. I did not mean to be critical and resent being called a troll!!!
    At the time of reading your blog I was waiting in the emergency section of the hospital for my son to emerge for theatre after an emergency operation and possibly could have worded my ‘criticism’ better.
    Now that I am home from hospital and my son is resting quietly I will endeavor to address my concerns to put of your followers minds at rest.
    Clearly your children are visual learners because most of your work is that style of learning. I would love to see more hands on activitivites being explored. More working as part of a small group to find solutions to problems, such as the ones about visible and non-visible light. An issue that I often have with students who have been home schooled and then enter the main stream for high school or university is that they tend to lack resilience because this has never been built up as a result of working with other people to find solutions to problems. They also lack team work. I noticed that your children are not part of any sporting teams which is sad for them not to learn to be part of a team.
    I think the way you are encouring your children’s bible knowledge is outstanding and making it part of your school day is a brilliant way to ensure that valuable memory verses that they can reflect back on later in life are well learned.
    In geography and history it is great that you are reading lots of appropriate material, but how are they learning research skills and in particular information literacy skills that will help them to continue to be lifelong learners. Also there appears to be little opportunity to check their understanding apart from verbal discussions about Auschwitz which while commendable may have been more beneficial if they completed some for of research project.
    I assume that your children are brilliant readers, but I fear that their writing skills and processing of information would not come close to the same level.
    I found it amusing that you listed the television shows that they watched for educational purposes. These are all shows that my children watch as they unwind from their day at school and view for entertainment, I guess I had never thought of them as helping them to achieve curriculum outcomes.
    Anyway they are my ‘criticisms’ and I am sure that you and your many blogging friends will be able to justify your position and ‘put me in my place’ as being ignorant and homeschool bashing as that tends to be the response of most people I have encountered in your position.
    Good luck with your educational endeavours and I hope that your children develop into adults that can see the view points of others and not just call them ‘Trolls’ because they don’t have the same viewpoint because that would mean we would live in a very sad narrow minded world.

  13. Kirsji

    March 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I spent a lot of time in my children’s classrooms when they were in public school and I can tell you they did FAR less in one week than what Tracey has described in this post!

    What some school teachers fail to comprehend is that homeschoolers are ALWAYS learning, even when not doing ‘book work’ or ‘seat work’. Learning in a homeschooling home is all day, every day!

    What Tracey did here was give us a brief synopsis of what she did with her children all week, but having followed her blog for a long time now, I can guarantee you that her boys did A LOT more than what is printed on this page!

    * I’m the boys talked with their parents about many topics that may or may not have concerned what Cathy considers formal education. From this, they learned proper speech patterns, pronunciation, and grammar. I’m sure their mum and dad spend an enormous amount of time conversing with the boys and reading to them, learning WITH them, discussing and enjoying time together. This in MY opinion is a big deal in teaching our children and teaches them far more than any textbook!

    * I know one of her boys is very much a computer guy and devours books on the subject!

    * Have you seen her library?? ~ DROOL ~ Her boys are both avid readers and I’m sure they learn a lot just from reading from that extensive library!

    * I am almost positive they played with building blocks or science kits throughout the week. A quick search of Tracey’s blog will bring up photos of her teaching areas and they have TONS of kits and manipulatives for these boys to work with!

    * Tracey is also pretty good at teaching her kids life skills, something you will not find a public school teaching! I’m sure they know how to clean up the home, cook a bit, shop, etc. Maybe that is something schools don’t consider important, but think of the 18 year old who sets out on his own and cannot cook or clean a bathroom!

    I’m not sure where you think she is lacking in the education department, quite frankly. Unbalanced? In what way? I am not being critical of you, Cathy, but all the ladies here are correct in saying that you need to back up your comment!

    I hope Cathy doesn’t wander over to my blog … I know she’d find plenty to criticise and I hate criticism. I might not be as patient as you, Tracey! 🙂

    I think you are doing a marvelous job, Tracey and I love this blog!

    ~ Kirsji ~

  14. cathy

    March 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    actually I did send a reply, but it was never posted. I assumed that Tracey had deleted it as it was quite detailed and lengthy.

  15. Tracey

    March 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    I just checked my spam folder and low and behold, there was your reply. I never delete anyone’s posts. I haven’t had any that have needed to be…yet.

  16. Jen

    March 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Cathy, you should go and sit in the average school room around the country. How many children leave twelve years of school functionally illiterate? I have many friends who are teachers and choose to home educate. Surely that speaks volumes. The statistics speak volumes in favour of home schooling
    And the reason all the homeschoolers stick together and get our backs up, is because we are so used to being the ones that are being attacked and having to justify every single decision we make.

    Also I am sorry that your son was in surgery and I hope he is doing much better now.


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