A Peek at Our Week #2 {snow, loop scheduling, and instant pots}

Hey y’all!  I hope your past week was a good one and this coming week is off to a great start on this Monday morning!

We had a pretty good week this past week, and here are a few highlights from the week:

Taken on Tuesday:

We had snow in Louisiana!

It’s been a year and a half since we returned to Louisiana from Colorado, and it’s been longer than that since we’ve seen snow.  (We moved in the summer, but we did see a bit of snow in the Rocky Mountains before we moved away.)

The kids have been wishing for snow since we moved, and they got it!  Since snow is a rarity here, I let the kiddos have snow days (even though they really didn’t play in it a ton.)  It was so nice to see snow falling again, but man, it was cold!  (However, today it has been in the 70s!)

Taken on Sunday:

Loop Scheduling

This school year has been lacking in some of the “extra” subjects, and I wanted to find a way to add these subjects to our very full school days.  After a little searching, I found information on loop scheduling and we tried it out on the few (non-snow) school days we had this week.

How it works is that we meet for an hour every morning before daily independent work begins.  During this hour, we cover Bible, Science memory work or experiment, Geography, and then a subject from the loop schedule.

The subjects in the loop schedule are as follow:

  • Artists/Composers
  • Poetry/Tall Tales
  • Drawing
  • Presidents
  • Hymns

Thursday looked like this:  We started with listening to music by Tchaikovsky and we drew as listened.  After discussing that, we moved on to Science where we studied the four types of tissue and labeled the integumentary system.  Then we traced a map of the United States and all of the states.  After that, we read from our Bible devotion book and prayed before beginning our independent work for the day.

The next day covered we the same subjects of science, geography, and Bible (different activities though). But this time in place of the composer study from the previous day, we read and discussed poetry. Then we did a little hymn study too.

So far I am really liking using this schedule in the mornings.  It has breathed a bit of fresh air into our school days, and that is much needed in the winter when things can get a bit draggy.

Instant Pot

Have you heard of the Instant Pot?  It seems like it has been every where lately.  A friend loaned me an extra Instant Pot she had, and holy moly!!! I really like it.  A LOT!

It cooks quickly, the food is tender (especially cuts of meat that might not be tender),  and I don’t know why I haven’t bought one yet!

I’ve started pinning some recipes on an Instant Pot Pinterest board, and I’m sure I’ll share more about it.  But man, the Instant Pot is worth all of the hype!

Our first recipe was this 15 Bean Vegetarian Soup.  It was fast and yummy!

Did y’all get any snow this past week?  And do you have an Instant Pot?  What are your thoughts about it?

I hope you have a great week!  See you soon!

PS.  I’ve been blogging a bit over on the other blog too.  You can see my posts here.  There’s a little about chickens, my current read, a 10 on 10, and my weekly goals.  

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