Monday, January 24, 2011

Homeschool Diary: 19 Shevat, 5771

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Oy, what a week!

WEEKLY PARSHA: 
מִּשְׁפָּטִים / Mishpatim

SCIENCE THEME: 
Five Senses – TASTE!

The Canadian Opera Company has a free noon concert series at its Four Seasons Centre that I have been wanting to try for a while, but the problem is that although the concerts are at noon, the doors open at 11, and it’s my understanding that there are a lot of people who arrive quite early to wait. 

In other words, for a noon concert, we would probably have to arrive around 10 am and pack a lunch.  Blah.  I hate packing lunches. 

On the other hand, they are professional dancers and musicians, performing in a lovely, intimate setting (NOT the full Four Seasons Centre).  So I really do want to try it.  This week, the concert actually features a dancer demonstrating the power of gesture in a few pieces – something I thought might well fascinate Naomi Rivka.  So we are going to try it… maybe.

Another variable:  Elisheva is off school this week.  She could come with us… but she probably won’t.  It would be lovely to have her along… but she probably won’t, and that’s the way it is.

The other thing:  we enjoyed the homeschool drop-in very much last week, but that is on Thursday afternoons.  If this concert is from 12-1, we would have just enough time to race home afterwards, grab a snack or something and go back out again to get to the drop-in by 2.  We have to get to the drop-in by 2, so we have enough time to play before NAPTIME.  So very, very complicated! 

Wednesday would be a better day to try a concert, but I wanted to choose a performance the kids might enjoy more than some.  (some are probably quite dry)  So there it is.

And here’s what the rest of the week is looking like, though, with these dentist appointments, there is a very good chance that we will get exactly ZERO school stuff done this week.

Monday (Ted late):

קריאה ועוד א׳

Clock Math / JUMP Math

Hebrew readers

Handwriting Without Tears

Explode the Code

Ballet, Swimming

On the Banks of Plum Creek

Tuesday (Naomi dentist day):

Review Hebrew “senses” words

BOB Books / Winter Fun Reader

FIVE SENSES: Taste (read, narrate, cut out mouth)

Introduce parsha overview

Nature walk to/from Preschool

Music reading / listening

Starfall

Wednesday (Naomi dentist day part 2):

Beans place value / JUMP Math

Handwriting Without Tears

Explode the Code

FIVE SENSES: Taste (read, activity/ experiment)

Reread parsha overview / activity

Music reading / listening

Starfall / Hebrew alef-bet site

Thursday:

COC Concert – The Power of Gesture (Dance)

קריאה ועוד א׳

Hebrew readers

Homeschool drop-in gym

performance

Friday (Ted off, ME – dental hygienist day!):

BOB Books / Winter Fun Reader

Parsha narration, G-dcast parsha video

What’s your Jewish homeschooling family up to this week?  How do you juggle important learning with MUST-DO outings on difficult times of day / days of the week???

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