Monday, July 28, 2014

Week 2 ~ Bookmarks and Petit Fours

We had another good week. It was a great week academically for the kids, but I took on more than I could get through and was a bit overwrought by Friday. If only the world would just let me concentrate on my true love of teaching and not demand that I do so many other things. Alas, I have many more roles to fulfill besides teaching and I must find a good balance. This week did not seem very balanced from my perspective.

The Saturdays ~ We finished the book and loved every minute of it. We can't wait to start the next in the series, The Four Story Mistake. I loosely followed Beyond Five in A Row with this book. We attempted to make petit fours. I must say, they did not come out at all like I imagined they would. I obviously didn't pick the right frosting. The kids loved them just the same and got lots of math and life skills out of the project. I will be keeping an eye out for petit fours in local bakeries.

The Lake ~ Like the children in The Saturdays, we also enjoyed a day at the "shore", otherwise known as our local lake with beach. Tom Sawyer made friends with another boy right away and had a great time. Little Red Riding Hood and dh spent much of the time swim racing across the swimming area.

Handicrafts ~ Our handicraft this week was making Scottie dog bookmarks for the twins' birthday. The kids traced a pattern, cut out the felt, and then used the blanket stitch for all of the edge work. Little Red Riding Hood did most of the blanket stitch part, since it was driving Tom Sawyer crazy. They came out really cute.

On the Blog ~ If you want to see what a typical day is like around here, I have our July post here.

All the Rest ~ Tom Sawyer and Little Red Riding Hood have been making improvements day by day in writing. They both wrote three paragraph book reports of The Saturdays and kept up with their journals daily. I am hoping to move them to longer paragraphs next week. I am pleased with Tom Sawyer's improvement in spelling. It really has been coming along in the last couple weeks. I am only finding a few mistakes in his work. Otherwise, we are hard at work with the multiplication tables. The eights are almost solid. Hopefully, we will have a better balance this coming week.

Blessings, Dawn


  1. What a great week! Despite your feeling that your teaching did not seem balanced well with your other responsibilities your students accomplished SO much! You are a wonderful mom and teacher.

  2. Very cute bookmarks and the petit fours look yummy. I've never successfully made petit fours that looked like I wanted myself. It can be so hard to find a balance between everything we need to do and then include the things we enjoy doing too. I struggle with this daily. But like Phyllis said, you are doing a wonderful job and the children are lucky to have you!

  3. You've inspired me to look at FIAR again. I wanted a break from it after doing all of BFIAR but I really like the relaxed way you do things.