During the Z-man’s science reading last week, I remember being struck by how many dots were on the East Coast on the earthquake probability map. So you would think that when the house started shaking on Tuesday, I would have put two and two together. I immediately thought the washing machine was lopsided and walking across the laundry room. It would have been a great theory if I had actually been doing laundry. It also would have been great if I had actually gotten to all the laundry this week.

Sassafras (2nd Grade):

In Tapestry of Grace history this week, Sassafras studied the Vikings, Alfred the Great, and William the Conqueror. For a project she made a model of a Viking longship. In literature, she read The Whipping Boy.

In science she studied the structure of the earth (crust, mantle & core) and started learning about different kinds of rocks. We reread one of our old Sonlight books, How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World. In math she continued adding and subtracting three digit numbers. In grammar she learned about linking verbs. We played a little game in grammar where she had cards with various subjects, linking verbs, and adjectives. She was supposed to make little sentences out of them. Well, one subject was “Mommy”. “Mommy is….” Hmmm. Well, she quickly nixed “cheerful” because she said I wasn’t always cheerful. She finally went with “fuzzy”. Selah. Pause and meditate.

In music & art we continued our study of Vivaldi and Giotto. We attempted a scratch-art picture (like  Giotto scratching sheep on rocks) with oil pastels. We didn’t do that great at getting the whole board covered with the pastel, but it still turned out pretty good. If you look closely, you can make out a sheep, the mountains, clouds, and a bird.

In Latin she finished memorizing the Sanctus prayer. (Translation: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your Glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.) I made a little video:

I haven’t mentioned much lately about our memory work, but we are trying to be diligent on learning new verses. This week Sassafras memorized John 14: 6, which says “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” She also worked on Ephesians 6:10-12.

Z-man (Kindergarten):

It turned out that the Z-man also studied the Vikings this week in Sonlight. I love how that worked out! I didn’t even plan it! The Z-man built a model of a Viking longhouse. It was supposed to be a joint project with Sassafras, but she was preoccupied with her longship, and he was overly efficient at gluing craft sticks to the sides of the house. In the end, Sassafras contributed the women and children from her Playmobil set, and Little Man threw in his Lego dude and his Toob Farm Animals. The Z-man absolutely loves the book Living Long Ago, and he paid close attention to all the details about the Vikings. He insisted on his longhouse having a cauldron, a loom, and a hole in the roof. And even though they didn’t make it in my picture (my camera batteries died), he drew swords to glue on the walls inside the house.

For his memory work, the Z-man reviewed the ten commandments. He worked on question 7 of the Children’s Prove-It Catechism, which asks “What Does the Bible Teach Us?” The answer is “The Bible teaches us who God is and what He requires of us.”


Little Man (3 yrs):

Little Man is still addicted to “Fee Fi Fo Fum”. I tried to introduce Rapunzel, but I was brutally rebuffed. Little Man continued to work on coloring and tracing, played with tangrams, and practiced his Fat Albert impersonation.

Doodlebug (17 months):

Doodlebug sent her brothers running for cover when she pulled a diaper out the diaper pail and started running around with it. Let’s just say she’s been a pellet pooper this week. You would think the Vikings were pulling up to shore, and the villagers were running for the hills. The Z-man was screaming, “She has poop in her hands!!!” Little Man finally got control of himself and said, “Mommy, I touch dat!” OK, honey, let’s go sanitize. Ewwwww.


I wasn’t consistently cheerful this week. Maybe it’s because I’m short on sleep and the laundry isn’t done. I’ve tried to be diligent about practicing the piano every night. I committed to playing through two different voicings of dominant seventh chords chromatically through two octaves…every day. I’m kinda like Horton the Elephant. I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful 100%. After a week of practice, I’m a tiny bit faster. There’s hope.