Friday, December 14, 2012

December 9-15, 2012 + Third Week of Advent

What we did this week:


  • Saxon Math 1: Lessons 74-77 (writing the number 67, adding two-digit numbers; writing the number 68, adding two-digit numbers; writing the number 69, addition facts - showing doubles plus one facts; writing the number 70, addition facts - identifying the doubles plus one facts)
  • The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading: Lessons 125-128 (the vowel pair EA as /ě/, short vowel words that end with a silent e, O alone as /ŭ/)
  • Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 1: Pages 40-47 (writing numerals, writing number sentences)
  • Spelling Workout A: Lessons 12-15 (ending x, k, p; lesson 6-12 review; short vowel a; short vowel i)
  • Who Am I?: Second Week of Advent (Mary Said "Yes" to God)
The Our Lady of Guadalupe fiesta was a success:

The kids had a grand old time eating doughnut holes and beating up on the paper bag piñata.  We followed it up with an evening drive to look at Christmas lights on the feast of St. Lucy.  We did not get to the braided cinnamon rolls.  Maybe next year!


Oliver had a great week.  His therapist reported that he used over 430 independent mands over his four sessions.

Jane and Peter

The same!


It's Gaudete Sunday this weekend and we move into our pink candle and paper chain links.  The Nativity is fast approaching and I'm getting really excited.  This year, we have three kids who are old enough to either be buzzing with joy or at least happy with Christmas.  It's going to be very festive on Christmas morning.

We begin the O Antiphons on Monday evening.  I have our golden ornaments ready to go. I'm going to put this album on my Kindle so we can listen and sing along with the appropriate verse each night. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

December 2 - 8, 2012 + Second Week of Advent

What we did this week:

  • Saxon Math 1: Lessons 71-73 (writing the number 64, tallying, counting by 5s; writing the number 65, using a ruler to draw a line segment; writing the number 66, sorting common items)
  • The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading: Lessons 122-124 (the vowel pair OY as /oi/; the vowel pair OI as /oi/; review words with /ou/ or /oi/ sound)
  • Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 1: Pages 34-39 (writing numerals)
  • Spelling Workout A: Lessons 9-11 (beginning and ending l, d, n; beginning and ending w, c, r; beginning v, y, z, qu)
  • Who Am I?: First Week of Advent
We celebrated St. Nicholas Eve and Day with Christmas letters in shoes, gold coins in the morning, and a St. Nicholas puppet a la  Here's Henry and his version:

St. Nicholas and St. Patrick had quite a few adventures together this week.


We had a brief setback with Oliver this week as he began having longer stretches of sleep disturbances again.  After a five hour stint during the wee hours of Monday morning, we called in and canceled his therapy session for the day and made an appointment with the pediatrician instead.  He sent us on our way with a new prescription for Zyrtec, suspecting that seasonal allergies may be playing a role in his nighttime distress.  Happily, the medicine seems to have helped as Oliver actually slept through the night a few times this week.  Last night, he had a short episode, but it wasn't too bad.

Otherwise, he had a good week in therapy.  Since we missed Monday, I didn't get a monthly report from the therapist in charge of his plan.  Hopefully, I'll hear from her next week.


Starfalling.  Her new name for herself is "A Girl."  She knows everybody's name, but won't say her own now.  After two boys who were late talkers (with Oliver still nonverbal), I'm constantly surprised by what comes out of Jane's mouth.  The first morning after we put up our Advent decorations, she came downstairs and said accusingly, "Hey! What's going on?  Where's the candle?" I'd moved our Paschal candle off our little table to make room for the Jesse Tree and Advent candle holder.  Apparently, I should have cleared that with her first.  Or, the other night, as Matt was getting her dressed for bed, she was laying on the counter, staring up at the twinkle lights I'd hung around the mirror in the bathroom, and sighed and said, "I'm so happy."

I'm glad, kiddo.


Rolling about, blowing raspberries, and still giving stirring orations to his hands while trying to eat his feet.


The feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is on Wednesday and I'm planning on a batch of chicken tortilla soup and a flan or two.  The popup book I linked to last week is in the Amazon cart, ready to order.  I'm still thinking over getting a pinata.  The more I think about Henry blindly swinging a stick, the more I hesitate.

I wasn't planning on doing much this year for St. Lucy's feast day on the 13th, but then I read this post on Catholic Icing and thought, "hey, we can swing that."  So, braided cinnamon rolls in the morning (with candles) and a trip around the nearby neighborhoods to see Christmas lights it is.  I think we'll get everybody bathed and in pajamas before we head out, just to keep them all on schedule.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

November 24 - December 1, 2012 + First Sunday of Advent

What we did this week:


  • Saxon Math 1: Lessons 67-70 (writing the number 61, dividing a square into halves; writing the number 62, subtracting half of a number; writing the number 69, graphing pieces used to cover a design; written assessment 13 and oral assessment 7)
  • The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading: Lessons 118-121 (A alone before L as /ô/, A alone after W as /ô/; review of words with the /ô/ sound; the vowel pair OW as /ou/; the vowel pair OU as /ou/)
  • Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 1: Pages 21-31 (forward circle lines, slant lines, keys to legibility: shape, size, spacing, slant)
  • Spelling Workout A: Lessons 5-8 (ending sounds and letters; beginning and ending s, t, b; beginning and ending h, m, p, k; beginning and ending j, f, g)
  • Who Am I?: Lesson 5 (Love Others as God Loves You)

Keeping on keeping on.  We should receive his report for November tomorrow.  His senior therapist was really excited about the progress he's made on the VB-MAPP, so I'm looking forward to seeing the data.


Talking, talking, talking.  She's still trying to pick out letters, so we'll keep up with Starfall and see what happens.


Will be six months old in less than two weeks and that is completely impossible because it has not been half a year since that kid was born!


We are ready!

Stable in place

Jesse Tree, Advent Calendar, Candles

Mary, Joseph, and the donkey ready to start their journey

Good Deeds Manger for the kids (from

Paper chain countdown

The only thing left to do is hang our purple and pink lights in the windows.  And play the heck out of this album.  Good Advent to you!