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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