I began this week with laryngitis and ended the week with a diagnosis of sinusitis (and an antibiotic prescription to cure me, hopefully), if that tells you anything about how our week has gone. I have felt pretty yucky for most of the week, but we have managed to do most of what I had planned, so I guess that’s pretty good. Actually, as many veteran classroom teachers (and moms in general) can tell you, the quieter you talk, the quieter the children are. That has proven true in our household this week, and for that I am grateful. 🙂
- Lulu took her very first written test this week. It was a nine weeks test in her math curriculum (RightStart level B), and when I told her that she had a test to take, she smiled like I had just offered her a free ice cream cone, her choice of flavors. She made 100% on the test, too. It seems weird to me to give her a test, probably since it’s just not something I’m accustomed to doing. I suppose as my children get older I’ll have more opportunities to assess them in this way, but it seems almost ridiculous to hang all their learning on a scant ten or twenty problems. Of course, that’s not what we’re doing, really–the test is more of an afterthought in my book right now. I need to think about this some more.
- Reading about marine mammals this week has been interesting. We had lots of good resources–our library has tons of books on whales and dolphins, especially. We read a couple of fun fiction picture books, in addition to the nonfiction resources. Here are the picks of the week:
We read Peggony-Po: A Whale of a Tale by Andrea Davis Pinkney , which is a tall tale about a wooden boy carved by the captain of a whaling ship. The boy, Peggony-Po, determines to avenge his captain father of his loss of leg by the monstrous whale, Cetus. Brian Pinkney (the other half of this fabulous husband-wife duo) have the look of wood cuts. (I just read that it’s called scratchboard.) This book captures the spirit and the cadence of the language of black sailors on whaling ships in the 1800s.
The other winner this week was Abigale the Happy Whale. This is a book with a heavy environmentalist message, but I like it. 😉 I think what sells me on this story is the fun play-on-words thing that the author, Peter Farrelly, has going throughout the story. For example, this paragraph about Clem the Clam, he is described as “acting like a real dip” and as being “steamed.” I can appreciate this kind of humor. Actually, the message is pretty good, too–that humans shouldn’t throw their trash into bodies of water. The illustrations are cute and colorful–what’s not to like?
- Louise spent the first part of the week writing newspaper articles. I LOVE reading her phonetically-spelled but rather complicated stories. She’s a totally different type of learner than Lulu. I’m really going to have to put on my thinking cap once she begins school proper.
- We’re still working on walking twnety-six miles before the beginning of November, and as of last night we’re up to about 17 miles. We accomplished almost three of those miles last night. We combined walking-for-our-health with an Outdoor Hour Challenge, so I hope to blog about it next week. With just a few hours of daylight remaining after Steady Eddie comes home from work, we have to multitask. It was a lovely walk, despite the hurry. 🙂
- I gave the girls another cooking lesson this week. We made chocolate chip bar cookies for my older nephew’s twelfth birthday this week. The girls did most of the adding of ingredients and even cracked the eggs more or less by themselves.
- They have been listening to The Indian in the Cupboard over and over and over and over again this week. It finally went back to the library today. 🙂 Of course, I brought home the sequel.
Areas for Improvement:
- I’m not loving SOTW 1. There. I said it. I don’t know what it is, really. The girls seem to like it fine. I’m not terribly familiar with ancient history, so I’m sure that’s part of it. It seems disjointed to me–like I can’t really get a handle on one person before we’re moving on to another. I know the purpose of what we’re doing now is simply exposure, and for that, I think it’s working. However, I still feel a little odd reading such hard (and by this, I don’t mean difficult) topics with them. I think Louise’s nightmare about snakes on the night after we read about Gilgamesh (including Ludmila Zeman’s lavishly illustrated books) really drove home to me the fact that they are both still so young. Of course, the nightmare thing could be repeated on any give night about any given subject, so I don’t lay it completely at the door of reading about the cruel and crass ancient world. I don’t know. I’m rambling, but I have a lot of thoughts jumbled about in my heard right now about it. Do any of you, my readers, have any experience or advice about this?
- Lulu didn’t make much progress in reading Akimbo and the Elephants this week because she lost her book. When I found it, guess where it was. Yep. In the library basket. 🙂
- I’m thinking I’m going to have to turn up the heat on RS Math. We’ve been doing three lessons a week, taking off on Tuesdays to work on our bookwork for music class since the girls have their lessons on Tuesday afternoon/evening. However, level B has more lessons than level A, so I’m not sure we can do this much longer. This means we’ll have to figure out some way to get music in outside of our normal school day. Hmmm.
- We didn’t get around to doing any art this week, other than the girls’ impromptu sketching for Sketch Tuesday.
I need more hours in the day!
We once again have a busy weekend ahead of us. I’m hoping to finally quit coughing this weekend.
Have a lovely one!