If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead ~ Adlai Stevenson

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Jumping Back In...

We had a couple of hectic weeks there, with M's [newish] job scheduling throwing us all for a loop, then car trouble, etc., etc. But, this week, we're jumping back into our studies full force! In the meantime, here is a little of what we've been up to...

My own personal mechanic changing out battery cables

Haven't had a problem with the car since, knock on wood

And he's quite an artist!

Cloud watching, which led to a flurry of book reading on cloud types

A rainbow on our most recent park day

Totally Tut has found its way back out of the cupboard and into our homeschooling

And she's reading EVERY day now!
As far as the jumping back in, while we've been good about math and reading, we're getting back up to full speed in the sciences, language arts, and our Afternoon Basket. I started writing up weekly checklists for Cyrus again, at his request, so he's studying motion and velocity this week (and will be building a virtual roller coaster). Cassia is starting a study of tiny life, with Hidden Worlds and The World in a Drop of Water, so I have the microscope ready to use, and we're planning on a water-collection-nature-walk tomorrow afternoon. We'll be reading some good poetry this month, including works by Edgar Allen Poe. Cyrus is wrapping up a review of integers from Math Mammoth before jumping back into The Art of Problem Solving. Cassia is still quite content with Math Mammoth. I am debating an actual writing program for her... I do have Writing Strands 3 on hand, but am unsure at this point, and Cyrus is working on an essay about Ford Mustangs.

Also going on: 
lots of card games
lizard-holding (Cyrus)
guinea-pig-holding (Cassia)
piano playing (Cyrus)
language learning (we're playing around with Spanish, and Cyrus is starting back up his German studies this week)
random art projects involving clay or paint (Cassia)
cooking projects, both at home and at their Nonna's house (Cassia)
documentary watching (currently Wild Africa for everyone, Into the Unknown for Cyrus, and Ocean Mysteries for Cassia)

So yes, we're keeping quite busy! Hope you are all having a good week, and Happy October!