Is it spring break yet? Sigh….Until then, here is another week of homeschooling and life!

Sassafras (2nd grade):

In history this week, Sassafras studied the colony of New Amsterdam and the renaming of New Netherland to New York by the British. We assembled a model of a Dutch step house and windmill. In science, she completed her study of the universe with lessons on the space shuttle and the International Space Station. We plan to spend next week finishing up a model of the solar system.


Sassafras had a great week in math–no grumbling and no silly mistakes. Latin was a review, grammar was more prepositions, spelling was words ending in “tion,” and writing continued to focus on direct and indirect quotations. In literature she finished up Traitor in the Tower: John Bunyan and read Still More Stories From Grandma’s Attic.

In music we listened to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. (An interesting tidbit: The pattern of the first four notes in the first movement would be a V in morse code. Whether or not Samuel Morse planned for the V to correspond to Beethoven’s Vth, the Allied forces used the musical motif as an expression of victory in WWII.) For art this week, Sassafras and the Z-man used rubbing alcohol to give a textured effect to their watercolor paintings. It’s kind of hard to see in the pictures, but the alcohol makes bubble-type marks in the painting.

Z-man (Kindergarten):

This week the Z-man decided to spend his time complaining about schoolwork. Almost everything was torture for him. Geography, however, usually captures his attention. This week he learned about North America and some of the animals that live there. In reading, he finished Sonlight’s I Can Read It Book 3. We continued reading In Grandma’s Attic for our read-aloud. In science we talked about changes of state in matter. We boiled ice away on the stove, and we currently have a bottle of water in the freezer to observe how ice takes up more space than liquid water.

The Z-man’s painting is of a rowboat on the sea. The big blue blob in the middle is what happens when you don’t put the paints away when you’re done. Your baby sister feels the need to add some finishing touches. Oops.

Little Man (3 yrs old):

In contrast to his brother, Little Man joyfully did his preschool this week. He worked on the letter B in Explode the Code. In his Kumon workbooks, he tried to write some numbers on his own. It went okay the first day and not so good the second day. I haven’t figured out if he’s left-handed or right-handed. Most of the time he uses his right hand, but then there have been many times when I’ve caught him using his left land and doing just as well. My mom would be proud. 🙂

Doodlebug (22 months):

There are days when I think that many of my frustrations would dissolve away if I would accept the fact that children are not rational. On the other hand, you have to admire the simplicity of being happy with a bucket on your head. That’s my Doodlebug!


I’m coming to the end of Nancy Pearcey’s The Soul of Science: Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy. It has taken me back to my grad school days of studying quantum mechanics. It amazes me that I have a doctorate in physical chemistry, and yet I never had a course on the history of science, much less the philosophy of science. It’s been an interesting read.