- Formal homeschooling three mornings this week, and one of them was a flop, but we did our calendar time each day, and recorded the weather dutifully, and rather dramatically due to the snow. Vocab just one day, but got in both HWT (Beara finished her review, and went back into her book, which she likes better), and ETC one day each.
- I owe Webkinz an apology. The girls aren’t quite up to most of it, but they like it anyway, and the games are ALL mentally challenging, at least as you go up in levels. We are checking in on their puppy once or twice a day, and I love watching their skills improve, esp at the puzzles, which Buddy can do (almost) entirely by himself.
- The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree; all three kids are NASA buffs like Daddyman and I am, and Beara, as I have said before, wants to go to the moon when she is six. In addition to drawing space stations and lunar colonies this week (see Big D’s picture below), and making Mars, space, station, lunar, and colony our vocabularly words for the week (yes, week not day – we were slackers), we read three great books this week to help her prepare: What is the moon like? by Franklyn M Branlyn, If you decide to go to the moon by Faith McNulty, and You are the first kid on Mars by Patrick O’Brian. I can fully recommend any of them! (Images from Amazon, books from our library.) We also watched some videos of the International Space Station, including this one, documenting the first broadcast from the ISS done in ASL, which we all use a little in our daily round.
- We worked more on skip counting by fives and tens, in prep for starting to learn how to read analog clocks next week, including counting out yet more chocolate chips, and doing some rhythmic choreography.
- We listened (and danced) to samba and merengue music, and Beara asked me to teach her how to tango. We also went sledding (see last post)!
- On a subject equally tangental, we watched almost all of the first season of Merlin on Hulu plus. One of Daddyman’s criticisms of SOTH, which we’ll be working with come spring, is that it presents religious myths as history. I told him that I’d preface them appropriately, but also thought it would be fun to share with our kids some of the base mythos of *our* culture; ie Arthur and Merlin. The show is of their early years, is well done (even if the clothing isn’t), and every single episode has spurred wonderful discussions about morality and justice, plus a few have lead to conversations about friendship and/vs leadership. Good stuff. If anyone knows a good screen version of the Mabinogion, let me know. >:)