The Week With MEA Break

Once per year, Minnesota teachers get two days off to attend educational programming.  I’m sure it’s really fun for them, but do you know who else it’s fun for?  All the students in Minnesota that get two days off from school.  Woo hoo!  As homeschoolers, we normally just ignore MEA break, and keep plugging through our lessons.  This year was different, though.  The kids had big plans 🙂

Here’s what we did this week:

1017161111Monday is our most predictable day.  Millie had co-op, and Elise had Lego League.  For Lego League, we met up at the Wildlife Science Center for a tour, and lesson about wild animals found in Minnesota.  We saw cougars, wolves, black bears, skunks, and more.  The coolest part, was when the wolves all started howling at the same time.  Super fun.

Tuesday was the first day of our new “going back to core stage” morning routine.  I wrote about it here.  It was fantastic.  The girls were up before me as planned, and had breakfast, got ready for the day, and read a story out loud to each other.  When I emerged from my room, we did our read aloud (still working on Little Women), and proceeded to do kid school.  Our new routine went so well.  Seriously.  Our afternoon plans included going to art class.  Millie decided to stay home to work on her Hunger Games District 4 costume.  Elise learned all about Chagall, and made some pretty cute art.

Wednesday also started out with a great morning routine.  I can’t believe how one simple change can be such a life changer!!  We had gym class in the morning.  Elise brought her fashion designs to show her friends after class.  It was pretty cute watching the group of kids kids hovering around her.  She gave blank design sheets to her friends to work on at home.  He he.  In the afternoon we did our read aloud and kid school before sending Millie off to Hunger Games camp.  She carpooled with a friend, giving me the gift of time.  Elise and I had a couple hours to ourselves before dinner.

img_20161020_131515Thursday was amaaaaaazing.  I had six hours to myself!  It was one of those things where I wasn’t sure if I should relax, clean, read, or work on something productive.  So, I did a little of each of those things.  Then, my sister called and we ended up going on a nice long walk down Summit Avenue.  The leaves were orange, the architecture is beautiful, and the air was crisp.  It was fantastic!!  Elise was at Freaky Fall Camp, where she spent the day canoeing, slack lining, hiking, and doing fun crafts.  It was a great break for mama 🙂

 

Elise and I took the day off on Friday.  We baked, hung out, and relaxed the day away. In the mid-afternoon, we left to pick Millie up from camp.  It was a 4-H leadership camp, where Millie learned about conflict resolution, effective time management, leading with emotional intelligence, and personal motivation.  There was also a parade, dance, scavenger hunt, bonfire, and a service project.  She had a wonderful time!!

Next week, we’ll get back to our regular routine (with the addition of our core phase morning routine).  It’ll be our first regular week in…weeks!  Hooray 🙂

Are you interested in seeing what other homeschoolers were up to this week?  Click here.

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