Friday, March 12, 2010

Weekly Wrap Up - March 12

Counting down to spring break.

I love homeschooling, and generally my kids enjoy it as well, but right now we are definitely looking forward to a week off after one more week.

We keep plugging through math and English and even with that week off they should all have their cores for the year wrapped up by late April or early May. Just in time for us to have some fun school and review before the baby arrives late May. History and Science are on track as well, but don't have such a clear ending point as the other subjects.

Just for fun . . .

- This week Nathan enjoyed some time playing with his sewing cards that have been put away for a while now. After a few minutes of becoming a pro he said, "I'm quite handy with a needle." Where does a four year old come up with this stuff?

- Brooke called me one afternoon on our in house phone system and said, "I'm so relaxed." I had to go find that one (forgot to bring the camera). She and Faith were in bed and Nathan was giving them a foot massage . . . Better yet, she had this ruler that says, "Measure your stress" or something along those lines and the color it showed as she pressed on it told her she was relaxed in case she couldn't tell on her own.

Reading . . .

- We wrapped up listening to Old Yeller this week. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it. I don't like animal stories much, especially dog ones. However, I still pick them up now and then because the rest of my family generally enjoys them. Maybe I'm getting used to them, but either way we enjoyed that action and adventure in this story about a boy who doesn't see much point in a dog either, until he has one.

- We also continue our way through The Wheel on the School, for a second time. Love this story about how a quest for wagon wheels pulls a whole town together and helps the kids see that adults are people, too.

Links for learning . . .

- Although we decided to take a break from officially following the Iditarod this year, it has been in our thoughts throughout this week. So many incredible stories come out of this event each year and we always find a few mushers that catch our interest. This year we have enjoyed following a few: our long time favorite, Jeff King; Newton Marshall, a rookie, and the first ever Jamaican in the famous race; and a musher that hails from Illinois originally, Thomas Lesatz. They have some great video clips on the website, and lots of beautiful Alaskan scenery.

- Yesterday on our way out the door we heard a strange bird call coming from a flock of birds overhead. We stopped and observed that these were definitely not the Canadian Geese that have so often flown by, this was something different. When we returned home, we jumped on one of my favorite sites, What Bird?, and found out we had witnessed Sandhill Cranes on their way back north. All told, about 100 of them, amazing!

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13 comments:

AFwife99 said...

What a week! Gotta love the lines that kids come up with. Enjoy your break- you deserve it.

Kris @ WUHS and Eclipsed said...

Oh, I am so there! We're not taking Spring Break until mid-April and I am so ready!

Alicia said...

My parents live in Florida and had a family of sand hill cranes that took up residence around their property. We were lucky to always see them when we visited. Many times they would be looking in the kitchen windows to see what we were up to. They are interesting birds.

6intow said...

Alicia, that is very cool. I would have loved to see them up close rather than from a distance as they flew over. All we get on the ground here are geese :P

Tristan said...

Spring weather has been teasing us here too!

Looks like a good week.

Chef Penny said...

Thanks for the website! It was exactly what I have been searching for! You rock!

On another note, we are taking off in April too and it has been hard to keep working.

Michelle said...

What a pretty sight that must have been!

I have never followed the Iditarod, but you have piqued my interest.

I hope you enjoy your spring break ~ I'll be counting down the days with you!

Paige said...

We love Wheel on the School here too! Thanks for sharing your week.

Beckie said...

We saw a flock of what we thought were white geese flying overhead this week. Definitely a different honk then the Canadian Geese. I'm wondering now if they were Sandhill Cranes too.

- Beckie

Susan Tipton said...

I'm glad your 4 yo is "handy with a needle." Very cute.

Cheryl said...

Oh, Old Yeller, that certainly tugs the heartstrings doesn't it?

I hope we can have some time for spring break, we've fallen a bit behind.

6intow said...

Beckie, if you want to check it out you can go to that website and they have lots of bird calls recorded. You can see if it matches the one that you heard.

That is a great site for matching whatever you did observe about a bird and figuring out what bird it is.

~Erin

Shannon said...

Thanks for visiting my blog~I love new comments!
We had some Canadian honkers fly over last week. It was very neat to see.
Have a good week.