We took a great field trip this week to see Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at one of our local science museums. We prepared by reading a few books about the Titanic and watching a couple of videos. I cried. I even cried while reading a Magic Tree House book. Sigh. The Z-man laughed at me. At the beginning of the exhibit we all received boarding passes, and at the end we found out if we lived or died. Sassafras and I lived, and Daddy and the Z-man perished. We were all 2nd class passengers except for Daddy. Afterwards, we spent the rest of the day exploring the science museum.


And in other news, our spider habitat (aka the backyard) is flourishing. This black and yellow agriope has taken up residence between the bird feeder and the shed:

Sassafras (2nd grade):

Due to appointments and our field trip this week, we decided to put aside our regular history, music & art studies and just focus on the Titanic. Sassafras drew a picture of life aboard the Titanic.


In science this week we continued our study of volcanoes and watched Mount St. Helens: Back from the Dead. In Latin we learned how to count from 6-10 and finished learning the Doxology. For math we set aside Rod & Staff math temporarily while we focused on the concept of multiplication with Singapore Math. Sassafras completed a couple of steps in All About Spelling, read Encyclopedia Brown, and continued to read Ginger Pye.


Z-man (Kindergarten):

The Z-man did very little school this week other than his reading lessons and learning about the Titanic. Well, he also sorta did science with his sister by watching the Mount St. Helens video. What boy wouldn’t want to watch the top being blown off of a mountain?


Little Man (3 yrs old):

Well, a little bit of pool time at the YMCA in a life jacket really paid off.  Little Man managed to fall off a paddle boat into the lake last Saturday. How it actually happened no one seems to know. (I wasn’t there.) But the good news is that he didn’t freak out in the water. He stayed very calm and later said that he just “blew bubbles.”  Of course, once he was back in the boat he started crying. And he cried and cried and cried……. He was fine once I got him in a warm bath with his favorite toys. Now he sorta wears the whole incident as a badge of honor.

Doodlebug (18 months):

Now if this had been the child to fall off the boat, she would have tried to swim away just so someone would have to chase her. Actually, she probably would have jumped off the boat. She has a wild streak.


I’m slowly making my way through Saving Leonardo. It’s a fascinating book, and I’m sure I’ll need to read it at least twice to digest all of it.

On piano this week I’ve been working on the blues scale over the 12-bar blues progression. At first I didn’t think I would be interested to learning how to play blues-style music, but actually I’m finding that I enjoy it very much!


Things didn’t go so well for Daddy on the field trip. As if dying on the Titanic wasn’t enough, he was almost eaten by a tyrannosaurus rex.