Weekly Wrap-Up: Cheetos Edition

weekly wrap upI am still pleasantly surprised at how school has been going for us. And home/family life in general. I believe several things have been coming together lately as a result of a whole lot of prayer over the past year or two. It’s good. I’ll write more about that some other time.

Some specifics this week:

Both girls are enjoying science using Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day. We’re doing notebooking along with it. Currently, Lindsey says this is her favorite thing and we’re all learning quite a lot! We watched “Finding Nemo” last weekend, and Lindsey identified the ocean zones as the fish in the movie swam down, and correctly named the angler fish as she pointed out that his “lure” is bioluminescent. {grin} As I type this post, Kathryn is doing a crossword puzzle of vocabulary words from this week’s lesson.

We didn’t do a nature study this week, but it’s been rainy, and I’ve had another cold. There’s always next week!

For current events, Kathryn reads “News Current” magazine from God’s World News. She also uses a bit of logic in the riddles they always include. I’m having Lindsey read several news stories on CNN Student News each day, and then write a “This Week in History” sort of report at the end of the week. She didn’t quite understand what I wanted her to do at first, but I think she gets it now that I’ve explained it as if she’s writing something to put in a time capsule to let people in the future know what happened in the world this week.

I am excited to report that Lindsey does not currently hate math! This has always been her most difficult, most hated subject. When we took her out of the hybrid academy, we had plans to have her work with a tutor to do math. In the interest of time, money, and giving Lindsey a chance to do it herself, we decided to give it a try without the tutor. At the beginning of the school year, before we tried the hybrid academy, I had already purchased Switched-On Schoolhouse Algebra 1. So we set up a spare laptop with the program and decided to give it a shot. The verdict: Lindsey likes it!

In our quest to reduce grocery expenses, we’ve cut down on chips and things, but Lindsey loves hot Cheetos. I am not above bribery to give her a little extra motivation, so this week, when she’s done with her math lesson, she rewards herself with Cheetos! Whatever works! 😉
Clearly, we’re only one week into this, and we need a bit longer to make a final verdict, but math was not painful this week, and that is the first time I have ever been able to say that with Lindsey. I’ll keep updating on how it goes, but I’ve heard, “I get it!” and “I scored an A!” from Lindsey every day this week. And that is HUGE!

Watching “Felicity” (surprisingly enjoyable American Girls movie) went along with both the girls’ early American history studies. We’ve backed off of lapbook and notebooking activities in our history studies for the moment because we just don’t seem to have enough time in the day. But I have plans to finish these up during the summer so we don’t forget everything we’ve learned this year. Lindsey will also do a couple of math lessons per week through the summer so she can get caught up.

There are always things we do each week that I don’t put in the weekly wrap-up, but these posts would be way too long if I included everything! I do love these wrap-up posts to refer back to, to realize we really do accomplish things even on the weeks it seems like we didn’t get much done, and they are great for remembering exactly when we did what.

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Dana Wilson

Hi Jamie,
I think prayer is key helping us homeschool moms stay on track. I have never been too sure if God works in our ‘school’ particularly, or just works on us. 🙂 Math is something with which we struggled with my oldest – I think we did three different Algebra I programs over a period of about two and a half years before it clicked, but it finally did. I’m glad you found something that seems to be working with your daughter.

Enjoyed your post!

Kris @ Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

Sounds like a really great week. Wonder if I could bribe Brianna with some Cheetos? I’d be willing to give it a try. 😉


Happy day! We’re so glad to hear Switched-On Schoolhouse is working for her so far! Please let us know if we can ever do anything to help.

– Ryan from AOP


Snacks are a critical part of our homeschooling!!!! Some days, a Hershey’s Kiss is the only way math gets done at all. So glad to hear things are going well!!!


hi jamie, i’m glad the schooling’s been going well. the science program sounds like fun. thanks for stopping by my blog. i hope you’re feeling better for next week’s nature study. : )


While Cheetos personally make me gag (although everyone else around here loves them), I say use whatever works! Glad to hear the math is working well thus far. We enjoyed the “Felicity” movie as well; in fact, we own it. 🙂


Sounds like a lot of good things going on this week. I’m glad that math went so well and hope that continues. Cheetos seem a small price to pay for a child happy to do math.


We are 10-year veterans of SOS….wouldn’t have survived 20 years of homeschool without it! So glad your daughter is enjoying it so far!!

And the whole Cheetos thing….I think I might try that for myself. Not for the kids. For me. When I finish MY work, I get Cheetos. Wow…you might have stumbled onto something brilliant! 🙂

Blessings, Linda

Tricia @Hodgepodge

What a great week! I love weekly wraps for the very same reason. I was hanging my head thinking we really hadn’t done what we needed to in history. But when I started doing our weekly wrap, realized we had indeed -just in a different way!

I love, love math breakthroughs! Congrats big time. We also did some reevaluating at the new year and plan some catch ups this summer. Yet another beauty of homeschooling.


Congratulations on a successful week! Sounds like you’re having plenty of fun and learning together.

Amy @ simply necessary

Jamie, have you tried the teaching textbooks? One of my daughters is the same way with math and I’m thinking that route for next year. Just wondering if you’ve been there and done that. Always good to hear others actual view versus sites stellar, of course!, review.

Also, saw that you had the first blog carnival this year. Can’t wait to go through it. In the future if we’d like to participate in something like that where do we go?

Tracey M

What a great week. I love the “cheetos” motivation. Pretty brave with the “HOT” cheetos too. I’m bookmarking the God’s News website. That sounds great, since we are bombarded with so much worldly news, and this offers a godly perspective.


Sounds like you had a great week! We use God’s World News here too…although we haven’t received our Feb mag yet…I’ll have to find out why…


hi there! I am brand spankin’ new to your blog, come here by way of the NOT Back to School party from the start of the school year. Slow, right? Heh, heh! I am looking at curriculum whatnots for next year and caught that you are using Apologia’s Zoology book. I am borrowing a friend’s Zoo 1 book for my 4th grader, and had a question for you: do you go through the entire book, or flip-flop from one Zoo book to another? I ask because….ok I feel a little weird…I would think that one full year of everything that… Read more »