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Weekly Wrap-Up

Usually I can plan and write up the weekly wrap-up leisurely, but today is different.  I promised Miss 8 that we?d go watch the big kids at judo this morning.  When that is finally finished, we?ll have to eat lunch in a rush, and then Miss 10 and Miss 13 have a spelling bee to attend.  Since the roads are in terrible condition, it?ll be an hour drive, and on the way home I need to buy two gifts as well as a new pedometer for myself and some groceries.  

Today I?m taking a break from working on Miss 18?s records for university applications.  At least two of her top universities want complete records:  textbooks, contents of books, portfolios, etc.  Being very ill for several years wreaked havoc with my record keeping.  In fact, I discovered a whole year?s worth of neatly-filed literature tests?unmarked!  Oops!  Lee Binz?s record-keeping template is awesome, though, and makes it much easier.  Often it’s almost like filling in the blanks.  

The children worked hard at their schoolwork all week, and I noticed that at times everyone was doing the same thing.  One morning, Miss 8 was summarizing for Writing with Ease.  Mr. 15 was preparing summaries for Wordsmith Craftsman.  Miss 10 had prepared a summary of bird feathers, and I was summarizing the contents of textbooks. 

In math, too, Miss 8 was trying to understand practical fractions while Miss 13 was struggling to remember how to work with fractions in algebra and what to do with the variables. I was converting fractions to percents on un-graded tests in Miss 18?s files, and Miss 10 was relating fractions to decimals. 

Besides record-keeping and studying, we also went for another Rideau Trail walk, about which I?ll post next week, and we laughed, listened to music, made music, and enjoyed each other?s company.  It was a wonderful week.

To see what other families have been up to, visit Canada Girl and Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.


  1. Jenn4him says:

    Awesome how you saw all the similarities in your studies. I did not know that universities could be so detailed in their requirements. Good warning to those of us who are a year away from high school.

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Yes, keep all the information, at the very least. If possible, I recommend being organized and keeping track of everything as you go. If you’re uncertain what to do, Lee Binz’s program might help; I love it.

  2. Jessy says:

    What pedometer do you recommend? From where? I was thinking of getting the kids and I pedometers and new water bottles for Valentine’s Day to work on our hearts. 😉

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Which pedometer do I recommend? It’s simple: whatever’s available and cheapest at Walmart.

      The most important thing is to get a security strap. I can’t tell you how often I’ve had a pedometer hanging on its security strap after slipping off my waistband.

      What a good idea to make heart health a part of valentine’s day.

      Annie Kate

  3. kympossible says:

    I think we got lucky in that my oldest son’s college required almost nothing in the way of records – just a transcript! But I hope to be better prepared if that’s not the case when the younger kids reach that point.

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Just sent them all to that same college! Solves that problem! 😉

      I wish it were just that easy, don’t you?

      Annie Kate

  4. sevensmiths says:

    It sounds like you had a good week in your studies–love that you had time to walk together, too. I need to get back to doing nature studies. The cold weather has kept us in lately.

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