The rain brought us some cooler weather this week. We took a walk/bike ride/tricycle ride/stroller ride on Tuesday night. Sassafras was little Miss Confident. The Z-man said “Yay! This is fun! I’m not falling off!” (The last time we let them ride on this trail, he had a major wipe out.) Little Man “Fred-Flintstoned” the whole time. Any attempts to get him to use the pedals were brutally rebuffed. He can make it a whole mile around the track Fred Flintstone-style and still be going strong. Oh, to be young again! BTW, I know the pic below makes it seem they’re riding off into Tulgey Wood or something. It really wasn’t as dark as it looks in the picture!

Sassafras (1st grade):

Sassafras completed week 8 of Tapestry of Grace Year 1. This week we talked about some of the Levitical laws, Yom Kippur, and Rosh Hashanah. In geography, she worked on cardinal directions and practiced some mapping in God’s World News. In science, we started arthopods and more specifically, insects. At the beginning of the week, she was saying “Mom, there’s an invertebrate in the house!” At the end of week, it was “Mom, there’s an arthopod in the house!” Progress was made in science with only a few earwigs dying in the process.

In language arts Sassafras continued with nouns in First Language Lessons, did narration exercises with passages from Caddie Woodlawn, and finished All About Spelling Level 1. In reading, she finished The Secret Valley.

In art appreciation we talked about landscapes in painting and worked in Art Fraud Detective. In How to Teach Art to Children, she made an abstract design with complementary colors. In Drawing with Children we attempted to draw Ziz from The Hardest Word (book on Yom Kippur that we read in history). I’m still talking her through all of the drawing in Drawing With Children. I have no idea what I’m doing. My art instruction goes something like this: “You see that curved line that make’s Ziz’s neck? Draw that.” Heaven help her.

For scripture memorization, she memorized Psalm 16:11 and 1 John 1:8 and started working on 1 John 2:15-17. She memorized question 109 of the Baptist Catechism, which asks “What is prayer?” The answer is “Prayer is an offering up of our desires to God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies.” I can’t believe we’ve made it to the last section of the Catechism. Nine more questions! I’m doing the happy dance!

I have nothing to report in the soccer department this week. Everything was rained out for Sassafras. I signed her up for a basketball program at the Y that starts in November. It’s not an actual team, but rather a skill development class. I figure it’s a low-commitment way of seeing if she even cares anything about basketball. I told her that if she likes it, then maybe she can play next winter.

Z-man (K4):

The Z-man is Da Man! Well, at least he was at his soccer game last weekend. The boy scored four  goals! He scored once at his game tonight. He dribbles and controls the ball very well; he just needs to work on picking up some speed. (He’s #1 in the picture below.) I also signed him up for a basketball class at the Y. Unlike his sister’s class, his class will be a parent/child class. Thankfully, soccer will be done once all this basketball stuff begins.

In schoolwork, the Z-man continued to do the same stuff–Singapore Earlybird Math, Go for the Code, and Building Thinking Skills. It’s a very predictable routine for us. He’s doing very well, though, and he loves school.

I was able to spend a little one-on-one time with the Z-man this week while his sister was at her Gym & Swim class at the Y. We made it to Candy Castle a few times and played a couple rounds of Guess Who? With the help of Betty Crocker, we made some brownies and he was able to sop the bowl all by himself!

The Z-man finished memorizing Psalm 36:5 and started working on Proverbs 1:10 which says “My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.” Can I get that embroidered on a pillow?

He told me this week, “Mommy, I love you! I want to die when you die!” On one hand, it’s sweet and on the other hand, it’s freaky. Stop freaking me out! I’d like to say that I had something super spiritual to say. I could only muster up something along the lines of “Honey, I want you to live to be an old man or until Jesus comes back.”

Little Man (2 yrs old):

Little Man worked so hard on his words for speech this week! On the day of his therapy he was able to say most of his words with me for his therapist. (For the rest of the session he would only whisper.) His practice words are very choppy, but he is saying the sounds correctly. This week we’re supposed to keep practicing them and work on saying words that begin with b, p and m. He can say all of those sounds, but starting a word with them is a completely different thing. For the last couple of days, he’s been practicing on his own. At supper tonight, I was pretty sure he said “bas-ket-ball”. Daddy thinks he wasn’t trying to say that. I asked Little Man if he said “basketball” and he said “yes”….clearly. I’m not gonna argue with the boy. He said basketball.

Doodlebug (6 months):

Twenty-five days until the cast comes off. That will make three months total, not counting the first six weeks of her life she spent in the Pavlik harness. It feels like an eternity when you’re right in the middle of it. Yes, I do grieve some over her baby time being eaten up by all of this. And then I feel guilty for feeling that way. Not only are there so many children with much worse problems, but even in a body cast, she’s the happiest baby on the block.  I couldn’t ask for things to be better considering the circumstances. But still….I’m sometimes sad. And I think a little sadness should be okay. I love my Doodlebug.


I officially completed Mel Bay’s Modern Guitar Method Grade 2 this week! Woohoo! Book 3, here I come!