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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Catching Up... Bits & Pieces...

I haven't been very good about posting everything that is going on around here, so I'll play catch-up!

What We Did Last Week (and the Week Before, and maybe more before that)

There was studying. 

The Boy worked on an essay, did some integer review work with Math Mammoth, finished up a chapter in Conceptual Physics, read from Dandelion Fire, and did extensive research on why Ford is better than Dodge, which also involved a lot of note-taking. He also started planning "the ultimate American road trip", so he's spent a lot of time with his head buried in an atlas.

The Girl worked on multiplication and place value, with Math Mammoth and some other resources I had lying about. She wrote a short story after trying Writing Strands and deciding she did not care for it, did some Reading Horizons work, and dropped Magic Treehouse: Dinosaurs Before Dark in favor of Charlotte's Web. She cooked dinner one night, helped make muffins, and baked a cake at my mom's house.

We read some more of Poop Happens: A History of the World From the Bottom Up, The Marvelous Land of the Snergs, and watched an episode of Wild Africa, learning about desert life as part of our geographic studies.

There was also...

 Miniature model building


Giant tower building

Roller skating in a parade to help promote roller derby

An in-house fencing tournament, complete with bronze medal!



A trip to the coast (yesterday) with sand castle/home building

And a stop at a cemetery to check out very old tombstones and such




We (I) never realized before that in this graveyard, there was a separate section for Asian people.




And this little side stop ended up being more of an adventure than we planned, as the car would not start afterwards. I called my sister, who tried to jump start it, but no luck. She then drove me to a store to get a new battery, which she, The Boy, and M then installed. The car is now running fine, but The Boy missed fencing practice last night.

Anyhow, now you are all caught up, and I hope your week is off to a good start!

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