Saturday, March 6, 2010

Our Week

So often I read these weekly wrap ups from other HS blogs and I wish I took the time to do it for us but I just never do! Alot of the time I feel like we didn't do much that week - which could be true or could not depending on the week.
This is one of those times that I find myself comparing to other HS moms and I get so down on myself about what we are or aren't doing and it frustrates me that i do this to myself!!
It is times like this that I so often get reminded of how amazing it is to just be able to be home with my boys and watch them learn and grow in so many ways - not just what they are learning in school but what they are learning in life!
I love doing school the Charlotte mason way but the plan we have been following didn't have any 'projects' so I borrowed My Father's World Creation to the Greeks from a friend to get some ideas. I love some of the projects they do in their curriculum!

The boys each built a Pyramid from sugar cubes........

I was feeling like the proud teacher when they decided to make small pyramids all around the big one for the wives - since they weren't buried with the Pharaohs!

Daddy was home so he helped Thomas

Stephen picked up on the pattern pretty quick and he was off and running

The finished Pyramids....

How we did it:
*Each boy had 1 box of sugar cubes(the only place we could find them was at Food Lion)
*1 8x8 piece of cardboard
*the bottom of the Pyramid is 8 rows of 8 - it could have been bigger since each boy had their own box of cubes - maybe 10 rows of 10
*the next row is centered on the line of the 2 cubes underneath it
*keep building up until you get to the 1 on top
*you should have enough left over to make small pyramids too!
I can't wait till we get to the Plaques of Egypt.....those will be fun!


  1. Wow they are great!

    I agree abot comparing yourself to other homeschool mums. I spent some time feeling overwhelmed by that, especially if you have a child that is slightly behind in a certain area or two. I've learnt to look at things differently now and to see my weekly wrap ups as a bit of a celebration of what we have done. I also use them to see where I need to put more work in and although they take some considerable effort on my part to post, I do like being able to see at a glance when we completed a particular study.

    Don't feel pressured, you need to do what works for you.

    I pretty much just go through the photo's at the end of the week and use them as our wrap ups, with a few bits and pieces thrown in....sorry I've been rambling hehehe

  2. I have to say that when I first started discovering other homeschool blogs, I too went through a period where I compared myself to them. I would get very down on myself for not offering Selena some of the fantastic things I was seeing other homeschool mom's offering their children.

    Thanks to all the great mom's out in the blog world though, through their constant encouragement I began to realize I didn't have to compete with all of them. I didn't have to beat myself up over what we don't have or what we don't do.

    My homeschooling has changed so much since we first started out last fall, and I must admit it is more comfortable now then it was back then. Selena is learning just what she needs to be learning, what she desires to learn, and how she wants to learn.

    Keep in mind, you are doing this for your children. They are learning from both you and your husband every day, all day, every moment, and that is all that matters.

    I do love the pyramid sugar cube idea. So much was worked into this project! The boys look so proud of themselves. Keep up the good work!

  3. Love this project. I'm not a crafty mom, but this looks do-able. Afterwards we'll have tea:)

  4. Great post... I think all home school Mum's feel that way at one time or another. It is so true when we stop and realise that we are so blessed to be home with our little ones. Love the sugar cube pyramids... I think I would be so tempted to eat them as the kids were making them.. big grin

  5. Awesome post! I've found that blogging is a great stress reliever, and a great cause of stress! So many awesome moms out there, including you! : ) Love the pyramids!

  6. 1st time blogging. not sure where post this
    hi my son loves your number cards. he went to ps for 2 yrs and will be coming back to hsing.The workboxes is getting him excited. He would love to lord of rings version. your grid (workbox no's) fits my sterlite drawes. can you post blank grid. so i have right dimensions and i'll have to do is import pix into ? micrsoft?pp?ap?if not how make it? im very cmputer illiterate. where get lego stars clipart. the pdf file on your site with transformers workbox no's. cant be altered.
    i appreciate your help.