Since no one has commented on my extra wordy, less homeschool focused but Caleb inclusive Work and Play posts I am wondering if it is just a busy time or if people find them tiresome and wordy? You can tell the truth.... I can take it. I promise to only cry into my coffee cup for a few moments ;)
In the meantime, however, I'm going to keep writing them. Tim asked me last Saturday how I got up such a thorough week's update done so quickly and I told him it was my little secret. Except it's not, because I just start the post on Monday and write a little bit every day. Sometimes I accidentally schedule it before I get Friday added though :)
Monday was a day of running that almost didn't happen as my truck took much convincing to start at -20 below or whatever it was when I was taking Caleb to school. Lucie was on day five of this up and down fever thing, so she had to go to the pediatrician to get her ears looked at. (They were fine...we shall keep waiting out this nasty virus she has. I think someone in this house was sick all of February) Then the DOG had to go to the vet because he had a nasty wheezy cough and a fever. Turns out despite being vaccinated against kennel cough she has kennel cough. Seriously, $100 worth of doggy steroids and antibiotics later......
We sort of kind of did some school work, but not really. I only took one picture all day. Aidan dissected that bulb from blue water that did not do anything remarkably different than a bulb grown in dirt or plain water. This was the only tiny spot of blue anywhere other than the roots. That is some stellar filtration those roots provide!
Kylee is clearly the daughter of a Montessori teacher-mama. She took the discarded section of an old reading curriculum and made a "word work". Basically she spent almost an hour cutting apart all the letters and putting them in plastic bags to use later to make new words. Speaking of letters, Logan is on a serious letter kick: finding them everywhere, pulling out his sound drawers to match them up to books, practicing his sorts and sound. He is all about letters...even if he only knows three.
Lucie likes to *help* Logan with his letters.
Aidan is all Mr. Independent right now. Likes to work on his OWN in the afternoon and therefore is significantly lacking in the photographic evidence of anything he does since I'm usually out of the school room and off doing other things. Maybe that is his master plan?!?!?!?
Another day lacking in photographs. I remembered this when I was teaching Kylee the "Race to 100 Game" This is our variation on the change game- leading up to dynamic operations. We haven't actually done static operations yet, but I like there to be LOTS of practice making exchanges. I usually teach it on the golden beads and then use it to transition later to the stamp game. It's a fun way to practice :) I love that I can see Logan's thoughts in why he chooses certain works...I think there is no coincidence that he chose the rough and smooth boards after starting the sandpaper letters.
It was also Ash Wednesday and Tim had to work in the cities again. Second time this school year this has happened on a liturgically significant date. He made it home in time for evening devotions though.
I've been feeling a little lazy this week with school. Kylee worked on more word sort drawers and practice the Race to 100 by herself. She also helped me set up our votive Stations of the Cross and make flowers for the spiritual bouquet piece of our homeschool co-op Lenten service project. She is such a fun little companion to my day. Eventually everyone else did some basics in language and that was about that.
I did (finally) finish this sweater. If you want to know just how embarrassingly long I worked on this project, click here and see the post I first included it in. All I have to say about all those stripes is NEVER. AGAIN.