Friday, June 7, 2013

Week 7 Grade 4

Monday, we all get up a little late. Dea starts the morning complaining about Geometry, and then finally starts working on Geometry. Jay starts with ASL, followed by LS3 lesson 7 & Perplexors A lesson 7. Jay is making lunch today. He has chosen to make sloppy joes with homemade sauce & corn on the cob. Since those don't take long to cook, he also fits in vocab games on the computer before heading to the kitchen to make lunch. While Jay & I make lunch, Dea reads from Life of Pi.

After lunch, my husband finds my solar powered frog in pieces in the front yard. Apparently, the kids broke it & didn't bother to say anything about it. I am pissed, and really don't want to be around the kids right now. I need some time to cool down. I'm tired of them destroying stuff. I'm tired of them hiding things from me. I'm tired of being lied to. If it was an accident, own up to it right away, and I won't be that angry. Hide the evidence in a bush & decide to say nothing until someone finds it, when you then ramble on & on about how it wasn't your fault & you weren't trying to hide it, and I am guaranteed to be livid. So, Jay watches a dvd on dinosaurs in my room, and Dea does Geography in the office. She takes a break, does some chores, & has a snack before starting Accounting. When Jay finishes his dvd, he has a snack & reads a book about dinos. After Accounting, Dea takes yet another break & has dinner before doing Gov & logic games. After dinner, Jay still has a lot to do. So, we do our Literary Elements while he finishes dinner. Our book this week is Mr. Wolf's Pancakes. We then do Mad Libs. Next is Geography, which consists of looking up things to do in Maine & finding them on a map. He then does chapter 21 in Elementary Physics. After a break, Dea does Psych & ASL. After his break, Jay does Latin, his copywork & noun worksheet, and his hour of reading.

I ask Dea to show me her work from the day, which leads to me find out she has, again, been lying about what work she has gotten done. This time, it is her online classes she is lying about, and she tries to blame her instructor for it. She claims her instructor, for no reason, reset several of her assignments, which really means she hasn't done them, but doesn't want to admit it. We then get into an argument, as she complains about how she has nothing. Jay's school day ends with a game of Boggle.

Tuesday starts off amazingly calm. Dea does her Geometry without complaint, but does not read from Life of Pi until after lunch. Jay starts the day with watching a dvd for Science. He then starts reading Where the Red Fern Grows, his newest required reading book. I have been trying to get him to read it for a few years now, but he kept refusing. I know he'll enjoy it, but he just kept fighting me on it. Lunch is gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. After lunch, Dea works on her term paper, then reads Life of Pi. Jay reads a book about dinosaurs. He wants to take a break form working on his dino theme park, so we start his excavation today. The three of us take a break, have a snack, and watch an episode of Horrible Histories (just added on Netflix streaming). Then, we play a game of Word Sweep. After the game, Dea plays vocab games on the computer & Jay doe his copywork, noun worksheet, and Mad Libs. After a break & dinner, Dea does Accounting & plays logic games on the computer, and Jay does Life of Fred. He then reads a book on van Gogh for Art. Dea does Government & ASL. We end school with our Poetry Tea.

Wednesday begins with the kids fighting, and my husband soon joins in with the fighting. I hate days that start with fighting. Once school starts, Dea sits down to work on her Geometry without a complaint. Jay goes on the computer to do vocab games & logic games. Dea is making lunch today, and heads into the kitchen early, despite not needing to do much because the meat has been cooking in a crock pot since this time yesterday. She then decides to go clean her room until it is time to eat. Jay goes in my room to read Where the Red Fern Grows.

After lunch, Dea studies for her Geometry test & does Accounting. Jay chooses Mad Libs, followed by copywork. We watch an episode of Dear America for History. They take a ridiculously long break for a snack. Both work on History following their snack. Dea is studying Medieval Times this year, and spends today learning about the Tudor era. Jay does his journal entry (he's writing journal entries from the point of view of someone on a ship coming to 'The New World'), reads a book about Roanoke, and goes on the computer to visit sites for History. The three of us play Scrabble. Jay finishes up his school with Math & Latin, and Dea & I finish with some time spent on AAS.

Thursday I wake up with a headache, so I stay in bed until lunch. Dea studies for her Geometry test & reads from Life of Pi. Jay does Music & reads from Where the Red Fern Grows. As I expected, he's loving the book. We have homemade tacos for lunch. I don't eat mine because the meat is completely cold & mostly lacking in flavor, which means they didn't add enough seasoning (it's homemade, so no specific amount listed on it) & turned it off about 10-15 minutes before serving it. After lunch, Jay does vocab games on the computer. Dea starts watching Taming of the Shrew. We do an impromptu nutrition/finance lesson by going through the sales ads to the 2 local grocery stores at which we regularly shop. We use a white board & tally marks to see how many unhealthy vs healthy items are on sale & how many are things we regularly buy vs things we rarely/never buy. We then discuss the results, which were that one of the stores has a lot more unhealthy food than healthy food on sale, between the 2 stores the healthy & unhealthy sale items are almost evenly matched, there is a lot of stuff we don't regularly buy, and out of the items we do regularly buy (average of once a month or more often), less than 15% is unhealthy. We then discussed the items for which you typically find coupons & which food items tend to be more expensive. We even compared the cost of a frozen lasagna vs the cost of ingredients to make a lasagna. Unsurprisingly, it is far cheaper to eat unhealthy, processed, convenience foods & junk food than to buy fresh, healthy ingredients to make meals at home. Dea's got an ear infection. As is common with her ear infections, there is drainage from her ears & quite a bit of pain. It is also causing a headache. So, she is hanging out in my room, because it's the darkest room in the house. After spending some time on the computer visiting sites for History, Jay reads a book on Williamsburg. We do Mad Libs, followed by copywork & noun worksheet. Next, he does Latin & Math. We finish with AAS5 step 2. We were going to do a Freewrite today, but decide against it due to Dea's not feeling well.

Friday, Dea goes grocery shopping with me. We had been using Cozi for our shopping lists, because we could send the list as a text to my cell before we went shopping. However, they dropped that feature a little while ago. Yesterday, I decided to try out Out of Milk for our shopping lists. It doesn't let you text the list to your phone, but I can access it on my Nook, even while we're at the store. Also, it lets you create categories to organize your list how you want it, you can enter in prices & see how much your total should be, you can also create pantry lists to keep an inventory of what you have, and you can easily copy or move the items from your shopping lists to your pantry lists. So, it has more features than Cozi does, in regards to shopping. Though, we will continue to use Cozi for the calendar & To Do lists. Anyway, today was our trial run with Out of Milk. Dea was having fun using it, and I'm sure Jay will, too. Plus, I think it will be a good tool to help with teaching them budgeting, personal finance, and other life skills.

We take my husband to work today, because Dea has a doctor's appointment. She has an ear infection, which we already knew. The problem with her ear infections is that they always include drainage from her ears. Either her ear drum gets perforated with every infection, or they never healed up after the tubes came out. I honestly think they just never healed, because it seems more likely than the other option, though no doctor has ever shown concern about this before. I mean, seriously, how likely is it that every single ear infection she has had since she was, say 6 years old (I don't remember exactly when the tubes fell out, but I know it was by age 6), has perforated both her ear drums, even if the infection is only in one ear? We are talking at least one, but more often 3-4, each year. The doctor today (not our regular, one of the other dr's in her office) even said that she thinks the hole never healed in Dea's left ear. It was more difficult to tell with the right ear, since that is the one that is infected. You can't use ear drops, though, if the ear drum is perforated. Which means, we can never use herbal ear drops for her ear infections, and that leaves few herbal treatments for them. Also, medical guidelines, even ones aimed at reducing the amount of antibiotics prescribed for ear infections, say that anyone with a ruptured ear drum needs antibiotics. So, we always get stuck having to put her on antibiotics for these stupid ear infections. I had to take tons of antibiotics due to ear infections & other chronic issues that lasted into my 20s, and it caused an immunity to many antibiotics. Combine that immunity to them & my allergy to an entire group of antibiotics, and you are left with few that I can be prescribed that have a chance of actually working. I don't want my daughter to have the same issue.

After the doctor's appointment, we stop at a few stores to pick up some things we need around the house. We stop at the pharmacy, and then finally make it home. Dea reads from Life of Pi & does her Geometry test. Jay waits until after dinner to do his bridge in LoF Elementary Physics & read from Where the Red Fern Grows. Dea spends the rest of the day at a friend's house.

It has been a long week, and I'm glad it's mostly over. This weekend will be busy, as well. We have to go to the library & sign Jay up for the summer reading program. Dea & I are both already signed up, since we can track online. My sister is being induced tomorrow, so we may be going to visit her & her new baby in the hospital. Plus, I have a pregnant niece, and her baby shower is this weekend. So, I think I will take some time now to plan out next week for the kids.