It was a wee bit chilly at the beginning of the week, as we waited for the furnace guy to service our 30+ year-old boiler. It hadn’t gotten below about 50 during the day, but there was a lot of bundling up going on at night. I won’t bore you with the details, but our furnace is finally working as it should…just in time for “Indian” Summer and 70-80 degree temps, ha ha!
We read about Moses,Arachne’s weaving competition with the goddess Athena, Poseidon, and Junius Brutus of Rome in our Classical Studies.
The sun was finally out and the marsh lands are starting to dry a bit, so we took a walk around the area with our compasses, getting a bearing on where things are in relation to each other for Local Geography.
Of course, the geography walk turned into a nature walk.
Because you never know what you’ll find.
Each day was filled with new invertebrate wonders as we investigated Sunny Seashells for Science. This was a cool study. Even though I was raised in Maryland and a stone’s throw from the Chesapeake Bay (Ok, about an hour), I had never seen what scallops looked like when they were still alive. Sad, isn’t it? We’ll be following up with a trip to the beach (hopefully, if the weather holds) next week.
David (age 11) is gearing up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this month and started by developing the main characters for his novel and describing where they live.
He’s mastered Dubblit from Math it (both the doubling and halving) and will be moving onto Timzit next. He has also completed through Chapter 10 in Life of Fred Fractions.
He’s still enjoying Mapping the World with Art, although drawing the maps is his favorite part. He drew maps of the Holy Land and Arabia this week.
Ancient Mesopotamia is still holding his interest. Greek is becoming a groany subject. He wanted the Greek, but it’s turning out to be harder than he anticipated, so it’s slow going.
He had his first lesson on pitch in Music Ace Deluxe.
And he built some pretty amazing Lego creations. Including, would you believe a mini version of the Serenity? And minifigs of all the crew. Except Zoe. He ran out of girl hair. (Note: No, my 11-year-old has never seen Serenity or Firefly, he’s just seen a couple of wicked-cool, parent-approved scenes.)
Mary (age 7) has started gearing up for National Novel Writing Month by developing her main characters. She’s still zipping along in Jump Math (2nd grade), but it has gotten a little harder for her (( had assured her it would).
We did a spelling assessment, of sorts, mid-week. I wanted to see how much of her spelling lessons she’s retaining (I’ve been having some doubts) before continuing onto the next step in All About Spelling. She actually did very well. I am planning to make some modifications to her spelling program (I’m also planning to write a post on this at some point, ahem, we’ll see if I get to it), but it was reassuring to see that she’s making progress.
She completed a couple of Little Flowers activities to work towards her Faith badge.
And she’s currently reading 4 different books. One is a biography of Joan of Arc and the other 3 are fiction. I am reading “The Long Winter” to her and Em every night.
Peter (age 6) continues to make slow, but sure, progress in reading. He also spent time partitioning 10, learning odd and even numbers, the days of the week, and the months. He asked if he could write a novel for NaNoWriMo, too, so I will be his scribe (I’m sure there will be plenty of awesome illustrations). His main character is a skeleton warrior king.
Emma, among other things, decided to see if she could draw with her toes.
Next week will probably be a semi-vacation week. Daddy has his fall break from teaching college, so we’ll be spending some family time together. But, he’s also got work to do (teachers have work, even when they don’t have classes, right?), so we’re working out some kind of compromise. I think I see a day trip to the beach in our near future, though. Look for it next week.
If I have time this weekend, I’ve got a couple of posts stuck in my head that can’t wait to get out…so look for those to magically pop up later in the week. I love being able to schedule things ahead of time. Keeps me from being tied to my computer.
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