To say that this has been unusual and difficult week is something of an understatement, but all things considered, we had a really good school week. Monday was a normal day, except for the fact that Louise was a little under the weather. She went to bed on Sunday night with an elevated temperature, so on Monday she took it easy most of the day. Things got interesting on Monday night when the DLM fell and fractured his tibia–the large bone in the lower leg. He was out with Steady Eddie doing a bit of shopping (their usual routine while the girls take turns having dance class) when he fell at a store and twisted his leg. We didn’t know it was fractured until the next morning when the pediatrician’s office opened back up. We spent a good part of the day on Tuesday, then, in doctor’s offices, getting x-rays and having his little leg put into a cast. Through all this, we managed to “do school” thanks to the fact that Steady Eddie had taken off work due to the DLM’s injury.
On Wednesday, Steady Eddie had already planned to go into work a bit late to help me get our day going and get through our regular lessons. This was wonderful–he worked with one girl on math while I did language, writing, reading, etc., and then we’d switch. We got through all the must-dos before lunch! This day was one of those that was a bit off-kilter, though, because we got word mid-morning that the condition of our pastor’s precious wife, who had been battling ovarian cancer for 2 1/2 years, was declining. Steady Eddie left for work, and not too long after he had been there, he called to tell me that Rebecca had passed away.
So. School. Yeah. We did it. It was good, even. But honestly? It didn’t seem all that important. Interesting, but not important. Necessary, but not important.
Here’s the shakedown, keyed to the collage above.
1, 3, 7, & 8. Math. Lulu’s RightStart lessons this week involved taking a few assessments (which she was super excited about–these homschooled kids and their lack of test anxiety and boredom ), working a bit more on subtraction, and then switching gears and diving head-first into multiplication. I love the way RightStart approaches multiplication! Lulu had to color the multiples (i.e. color all the squares with a multiple of 2 on them, etc.) on small 100s charts (one for each number), and then she and Steady Eddie held them up to the light and compared the 2s to the 4s, for example. Neat-o! We also spent some time on a new-to-us game, Sum Rummy. I didn’t think it was worth the trouble at first, but then when we got to the end and Lulu had to discover how adding the sums relates to multiplication and then do it, I was sold. One more fun thing I had Lulu do was take the centimenter cubes and line them up beside the meter stick to confirm how many centimeters are in a meter. Lulu completed lessons 99-101 in RS C this week.
Louise’s lessons this week involved writing equations using the abacus and really working on grasping the concept of tens.
Bonus this week for math: having dad home to help.
2. Ever seen a twenty-two month old in a cast? It’s cute and pitiful, all at the same time. Being more confined to one place than normal has increased the DLM’s attention-span and he has really played with this toys.
4. History has been so interesting this week! SotW volume 2 chapter 16 has us squarely in the Middle Ages, just after the Normal Conquest of England. We’ve talked about Medieval culture and lifestyles. Among other things, we did the Play-Doh activity suggested in the SotW Activity Guide to illustrate how English we speak came to be. I could easily spend weeks on the Middle Ages, just doing fun stuff like this. In addition to this fun activity, Lulu did a couple of written narrations and made a mini-book about how to become a knight.
5. I’ve had extra help this week, too. Steady Eddie had an out-of-town meeting on Thursday, so my parents took pity on me and my poor, handicapped toddler and came to help us. My dad came by mid-morning and played with the DLM while the girls and I did lessons. Then, that afternoon, my mom came over and got the DLM down for a nap (no small feat, since sleeping in a cast is not high on his list of favorites) while the girls and I finished up lessons. We had gotten a very late start that morning, so all this help was very welcomed.
6. I decided to do something I’ve never done before this week–use the computer to help give me a little bit of “breathing space” to do lessons with Louise. Well, it didn’t exactly work out this way this first time, but I hope it will in the future. I made Lulu a spelling list in Spelling City from her AAS words, and she took a test on the computer. Of course, this was only after we had gone through the whole step and all its instruction, and even practiced spelling the words using the tiles and on paper. I’m a bit ambivalent about doing this because a.) I want to postpone computer-dependence for my kids as long as possible and b.) since Lulu can’t type properly yet, I don’t want to reinforce bad habits. Thoughts on this, anyone? Lulu completed AAS level 2 steps 11 and 12 this week.
9. Bonus science lesson with dad: looking at brother’s x-ray and talking about and identifying bones.
Here’s what else we accomplished:
- We actually did our memory work two or three times this week. Louise is also working hard on Awana verses.
- The girls did four days’ worth of handwriting practice.
- Lulu completed lessons 87-90, mostly reviewing the parts of speech, in FLL 2.
- Writing is getting more challenging; WWE 2 week 28 had Lulu dictating two sentences at a time, in addition to narrating from a lengthy passage.
- Lulu’s assigned reading this week was All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor. She did a book report on it (like this, only not as thorough this time). She’s also working on reading If You Lived in the Days of the Knights, which we’ll continue next week.
- Louise completed lessons 147-150 in OPGtTR and read several chapters from her chapter book (Shadow of the Wolf) with me. On Thursday she sat and read three I Can Read books aloud with Mamaw. She has turned into a reading machine.
- Actually, we’re all pretty fond of reading.
On Thursday night the girls spent the night with Nana, who was on spring break this week. On Friday I took the DLM to the last baby storytime at the library for this school year, and then we had lunch with Steady Eddie at my favorite “girl food” restaurant (which Steady Eddie actually likes but mainly indulges me in). I worked a bit on schoolish stuff and printing pictures for my Project Life album, and then it was time to get ready to go to church for the
funeral celebration service for Rebecca. What a week.
Rebecca was forty-three years old, the high school sweet-heart and only love of her husband of twenty years, a mother to two girls, a pastor’s wife, a daughter, a sister, a sister-in-law, a friend, and a genuinely joyful person. Her service last night was beautiful. We laughed, we cried, and we worshiped Jesus. Her husband, our pastor, spoke at the end about God’s grace and about how blessed he felt to be her husband. He also lead the congregation (a packed house) in worship in song (he’s an accomplished musician and songwriter), and he played a song he wrote during her sickness. Wow. What a service, and what a reunion it will be for all of us when we get Home.
Today while I’m at work, Steady Eddie will be finishing up some schoolish stuff with the girls–science (they’re talking about shadows and being human sundials, if the sunshine cooperates), math, and a bit of history.
You know, this week has been hard (and jumbled, as this very disorganized post is evidence of), but attending that service last night in honor of Rebecca, believe it or not, ended it on a high note. I’ve never felt God’s faithfulness more than I did last night. To see our pastor lead us all in worship and thanksgiving to God, grieving for his wife and yet still buoyed up by the hope of heaven, was wonderful.
And so I’m ending this wrap-up with thanksgiving, too. So many, many blessings this week:
- That if the DLM had to break his leg, it happened this week. If it had happened last week, Steady Eddie would’ve been out of town and we wouldn’t have had as much help because Nana would’ve been working. If it had happened much later, it would’ve been hot (and therefore more uncomfortable in the cast) and our summer plans of lots of outdoor fun would’ve been hindered.
- That Rebecca’s life and her family have touched our life. Her faith and trust and joy were such a testimony of God’s goodness. Her legacy will live on.
- That we only have three more weeks before we take our summer break from our normal school routine. I’m ready for some down time!
- That I only work one more weekend before being off for the summer!
- That the DLM only has to wear his cast for 3 weeks.
- That the DLM doesn’t seem to be in any pain.
If you’ve read this far, thank you. I think this is the most nitty-gritty week we’ve had, and yet, it has been a good week. We’ve learned a lot this week.
**Bonus points for anyone who can explain the reference in the title!