The BoyI've temporarily, through the end of our school year, dropped writing for him, to give him more time to concentrate on math. He worked through a few lessons in his Saxon book, and we've noticed, he only makes mistakes when he doesn't write the problem out and/or show his work. I always check his work right after he finishes, and then we go over what went wrong, and I have him correct his work.
He's continuing his reading through the Hitchhiker's Guide series, especially since we got him this book for his birthday...
He also worked on several projects this week: he's started a very intricate model car; worked on a film project; built various Lego Star Wars aircraft; watched a few episodes of Top Gear (all about cars!); and helped his dad move a bunch of rocks out in the backyard, leftover from one of my brother-in-law's unfinished projects.
And I have a small stack of "early/easy readers" for her to start working through. At first, when we started with Reading Horizons, she refused to do any additional reading with me, but now that her confidence is soaring, she's perfectly willing to try!
And we're both really enjoying Emi and the Rhino Scientist, from the Scientists in the Field series. If you haven't read any of these books, I highly recommend them! We also loved re-reading this version of Rapunzel - absolutely gorgeous illustrations...
She has helped with cooking this week, and weeding in the front yard. She's working on sewing projects at my mom's, and enjoying an episode here and there of Sabrina: The Teenage Witch. She enjoyed Melissa Joan Hart in Clarissa Explains It All, and was thrilled to find another series with the same actress (and believe me, I'd rather her watch these than a lot of the garbage marketed at "tweens" these days!)
All of UsWe're really enjoying reading through these books...
We read, in them, about early humans, the Egyptians and Mesopotamians, early astronomy, language and writing, mathematics in ancient India, and the inventions of gunpowder and paper in China, among other topics. The kids had some interesting questions and observations, such as "Why do we use some Roman names in the days of the week [Sunday, Monday, Saturday], and then Germanic names for the rest?", and "Why don't we still base the months on moon cycles?", and "Do you think gunpowder was an accidental invention?" We talked about the concepts of yin and yang, multiple gods, Ayurveda and other ancient forms of practicing medicine, and probably a lot more I can't remember at the moment! Reading about ancient India in A Little History of Science led us to watch the first episode of The Story of India.
This all really makes me happy - the kids are engaged, we're following those enchanting rabbit trails, and having really good discussions! This is what I want in our homeschooling!
We're more than halfway through with both our daytime and bedtime read-alouds at the moment, those being The Trumpet of the Swan and Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone (and The Boy wants to know why they changed the name from Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone before publishing it in the U.S.?) In the evenings, we're also enjoying a few TV series, among them Once Upon a Time, and Eureka, so twisted fairy tales and [theoretical] science make up a good portion of conversation on those evenings!
Other StuffFor P.E., we've been heading down to the local elementary school after hours, to use the playground, shoot some hoops, run short races, and so on. For art, there was a lot of sidewalk chalk drawing/painting going on, and The Girl has been designing dresses all week, after watching some Downton Abbey with me. We've been cooking dinner on the grill a lot, since the weather has been really nice lately... upper 70's, some low to mid 80's, and crystal clear. This afternoon, we're off to our usual park day, this time with lemon mini-cupcakes in tow for a celebration-with-friends of The Boy's recent birthday. And then this weekend, the kids will be participating in their first political protest, the March Against Monsanto. We all feel really strongly about this issue, and I think they're old enough to become more politically aware.
Hope you all had a good week too!