It has been a whirlwind of a week in more ways than one:
- Monday evening an EF-1 tornado struck an intersection a few blocks away from our house. We had no idea at the time. I mean, we knew the wind had picked up considerably, but our usually very reliable weather alert system didn’t work in this instance. (It had gone off repeatedly earlier in the evening.) We lost power until about 4 a.m. Tuesday morning. It turns out that the tornado started in one town and ended up in another, traveling a distance of about 3.5 miles. We are so thankful it wasn’t worse than this!
- Since last Friday night, three of our four children have been sick with a fever.
- Because of the timing of the sickness, we did not miss any of our daytime activities!
- I had my bookclub meeting on Tuesday night. Of the five people in attendance, only one of us read Jane Eyre all the way through this time, and it wasn’t I.
- One reason I didn’t read all of Jane Eyre this time is because my head has been turned by all the Cybils books I currently have in my possession for the Armchair Cybils.
- The girls have been crafting up a storm this week. Both girls caught the knitting bug at co-op on Tuesday where they saw a friend with her knitting needles in action, and Steady Eddie took them to Wal-Mart Tuesday night to buy them their own knitting needles. Lulu worked at it a while, but then she reverted back to her first love, crocheting. Louise picked back up an old favorite–cutting paper snowflakes. Pretty!
- School went well this week. Lulu continues in Math Mammoth Multiplication and Division 3, at the rate of 45 minutes of math daily. Today’s lesson had her really looking at rules of divisibility and thinking them through. Good stuff! Louise’s RightStart lessons are still review, but it has been good and worthwhile.
- Lulu finished up week 13 of Treasured Conversations as her main writing curriculum, and I’m going to take some time this weekend to figure out what to do next. At this point I’m not sure that continuing in the current section of TC, which is the writing of the outline of and then the paragraphs of a story based on prescribed topic sentences. We might skip ahead to the third section, which deals with pulling information from various nonfiction sources.
- We’re also still working hard at narrations. This week’s history chapter (chapter two in Landmark History, which is all about the Quakers in Pennsylvania) lent itself to being to divided into three sections. Lulu did a one-level outline on one section and written narrations of the other two. Louise did oral narrations (which I transcribed) on two of them, plus her regular WWE work. Lulu and I then worked together on one of these narrations to make it a unified paragraph, and she typed up her final version of it today.
- One thing we rediscovered this week was the girls’ books of centuries. We worked on these last year at some point and then shelved them. This week I determined to start a U.S. History timeline, but I gave the girls liberty to choose what format it would take. They remembered these books and got them back out. I think that finally, finally this is something they’ll take ownership of.
- We had two good days of doing Circle Time together, plus the independent work they did on their memory work on Monday. I hope to share a post about our new batch of memory work soon!
- Fun Friday found us doing a bit of art work (which necessitated a short nature walk), having poetry tea time, and playing a game of Corners (with me playing simultaneously with both girls, each following different rules–eek!), as well as the girls finishing up some of their regular work.
- Poetry Tea Time picks this week were Animal Tracks by Charles Ghigna and Firefly July by Paul B. Janeczko. Firefly July is a Cybils nominated title, and I hope to share my thoughts about it soon.
- We finished one read-aloud, Spiderweb for Two, and started another one, The Home Ranch, at bedtime this week. I hope to share my thoughts on the former sometime in the near future.
- Steady Eddie started reading Scumble aloud tonight, mostly to keep the girls from fighting over the library copy. They have read and re-read Savvy, its companion novel.
- One of my biggest challenges right now is keeping up with my girls’ reading. I really don’t try to keep up with everything they read–not by a long shot. However, I want to start having more “literary” discussion with Lulu as per Susan Wise Bauer’s recommendations, and to do so, I have to read the books I assign her to read. For the past two weeks she has worked her way through Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli at the rate of fifteen minutes per day. (Lulu’s normal m.o. is to inhale her books, which is why I imposed the time rule. I really wanted her to slow down and read this one.) Louise read Plain Girl by Virginia Sorensen, also in fifteen minute time segments, and for the same reason. However, I don’t intend to introduce Lulu to literary analysis just yet.
- In addition to all the school-related reading I’ve been doing, I’m also engrossed in a couple more juvenile fiction picks: The Candymakers by Wendy Mass (via audiobook) and Revolution by Deborah Wiles. Revolution, especially, is so good.
- I found myself particularly pooped at the end of this week! Perhaps part of it has to do with the fact that this little fellow has decided he is part goat:
So–lots of reading and working and thankfulness (not to mention toddler-watching) this week.
How are things in your world?