Monday, March 4, 2013

February 24 - March 2, 2013

What we did last week:

  • Saxon Math 1: Lessons 103-106 (writing the number 93, dividing a set of objects by sharing; writing the number 94, identifying a dozen and a half dozen; written assessment #20, writing the number 95, subtraction facts - subtracting a number from ten; writing the number 96, measuring using feet)
  • The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading: Lessons 153-155 (silent letter review; r-changed vowels: AR as /är/)
  • Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 1: Pages 78-81 (Gg, Jj)
Dividing a set of objects by sharing
Identifying a dozen and half dozen

 Henry's favorite math lessons all involve candy.


Poor Ollie.  If something is going to happen, it seems to always happen to him.  We've noticed his eyes wandering a bit, so we took him to the ophthalmologist last week.  She saw it too, so we're doing alternate eye patching for two hours a day, six days a week.  Hopefully, this will be enough to strengthen his eye muscles and correct the issue.  We take him back in three months to see if it worked.
He's doing surprisingly well with the patching.  It helps that it's only for two hours.  We're using that time to do plenty of one-on-one work work with him.  Starfall keeps him distracted, so we're doing plenty of that.

Jane and Peter

Carrying on.

How about this Sede Vacante?  We've been trying to keep Henry abreast of the situation and explain things as we go along.  We watched the coverage of Pope Emeritus Benedict's final day on EWTN.  We also "adopted" a Cardinal via Our Cardinal is Archbishop Antonio Varela of Spain.  Each night, after our Family Way of the Cross, we say a prayer for Cardinal Varela and for the upcoming conclave.

Easter is fast approaching and I am, thankfully, just about done with the Easter baskets.  Or bags.  We're doing bags this year instead of baskets.  Have you heard of Happy Saints?  They are so cute.  I wound up customizing canvas tote bags from their store on Zazzle.  I would have loved to have each kids' name saint, but they're a little obscure.  Instead, I tried to pick a saint who had some meaning for each child.

Now, how cute are those?  They cost less than a nice basket, too.  Now, what to put inside of them?  Well, we're trying to keep the Easter baskets a lot more religious and a lot less secular.  I found these neat pewter mini-statues from The Catholic Company:

St. Henry-Pewter StatueSt. Lucy-Pewter StatueSt. Jane-Pewter StatueSt. Peter-Pewter Figurine

They don't have St. Oliver Plunkett, sadly.  So, I picked St. Lucy for Oliver since he's having his eye issues.  Then, I looked up the patron saint for people who can't speak and found St. Drogo.  Unfortunately, they didn't have him either.  However, St. Anthony of Padua is also known as the restorer of speech.  So, I added one of those to the order.  Both St. Lucy and St. Anthony are on back order.  I hope at least one of them gets here before Easter.

We also ordered some Catholic coloring books, chocolate bunnies and carrots, and a small toy for each kid.  I'll pick up some holy cards from our parish gift shop this month, too.

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