Last Sunday night was our first snowfall of the year. We got a whole inch and a half! On Monday morning, the kids heard the news anchor say the snow was melting fast, so they scarfed down their breakfast and were out the door before I could even pour a cup of coffee! I had about 45 minutes of quiet. 🙂

On Thursday the high was in the low 70s, so we decided to take a field trip to the Natural Science Center. The highlights included a wallaby trying to eat our stroller, a rogue turkey, and, of course, the petting zoo! The older ones also enjoyed the Wild Wind Tunnel.

   

Sassafras (2nd Grade):

In history this week, Sassafras studied the Iroquois. In science we started our weather study by learning about the earth’s atmosphere. For our curriculum we’re using God’s Design: Our Weather and Water and supplementing with Usborne’s Geography Encyclopedia.

Here’s a summary of the rest of her subjects: In math this week, Sassafras started the x6 multiplication facts. In grammar she continued to learn the list of prepositions, and in spelling she practiced words that end in ey and words spelled with oe. In Latin, we learned a few vocabulary words that ask questions. In literature, Sassafras continued to read The Railway Children. We’re taking this book nice and slow! In art and music this week, we started our six week study of Michelangelo and Antonin Dvorak.

Sassafras played her last basketball game last weekend. Her team got creamed, but she played her best. With perfect timing, soccer started this week. Gotta keep ’em moving, you know.

 

Z-man (Kindergarten):

For math this week, I decided to not have Z-man press forward in R&S math. Instead I printed off a few pages of addition facts, and he worked with c-rods. He played with Addition Wrap-ups and played some online math games. For phonics/reading, he started Explode the Code Book 4 and started reading Little Bear. In science this week we talked about density, gravity, and friction. He tried to guess if certain objects would float, and then he tested to see if he was right. He was very surprised that an apple floats. Also, since we just bought some balloons this week, we had to go back and do the baking soda/vinegar experiment. You can’t skip that one.

For a read-aloud, we were supposed to start The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in Sonlight Core A. However, the Z-man listened in while I read that book to his sister two years ago. Since then we’ve even listened to an audio version while on a road trip. So instead we decided to start reading Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. John.

This week the Z-man lost his second tooth. In lieu of the tooth fairy, we went out for frozen yogurt. He was all smiles!

  

Little Man (3 yrs old):

Little Man is doing well in Explode the Code Book A. He’s able to do some pages by himself. In his Kumon workbooks, he’s trying to write numbers on his own.

I’ve decided to start working diligently with him to learn the Children’s Catechism. We’ve tinkered a bit in the past,  but it’s always been a little difficult for him due to his speech delay. So, we’re trying again. He knows the first three questions: Who made you? What else did God make? Why did God make you and all things?

Little Man learned how to ride his brother’s bike this week. I guess that solves the question of what to get him for his birthday in April!

 

Doodlebug (23 months):

Doodlebug played in the snow, brushed a goat, and managed to ride the elevator at the science center by herself. (No comment on the latter.) For a toddler, that’s called living the good life!

  

Me:

There isn’t much exciting to report about myself this week. I’ve picked up Don Quixote again. I put it on my Kindle for two reasons. One, so I won’t go blind reading the tiny print in the book. And two, so I don’t have the look at the 3 inches of book that I have yet to read. 🙂

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