Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday Musings

Thoughts for the week of February 23rd....

Thinking about

Right now, I'm thinking about how I'm going to get through another week of super-cold temperatures and still-sick kids. It was a rough week last week and this week looks like more of the same. But I think I have complained enough about February. The first of March is fast approaching and we are all very much looking forward to it.  I think we all just need a change of scenery, badly. 

Plans for this week

We have our usual line-up, for whoever is well enough to go out! I have been reading some of Susan Wise Bauer's stuff on self-education lately and feeling really inspired by it. Last week I sat down and spent 20 minutes a day working through Teaching Textbooks on my own. This week I hope to do the same. I started with Level 6, because that's what we have. Math is not my strong point, so I hope to just do a quick review of fractions and decimals, then try my hand at algebra. Not sure yet how I'll go about that.  I  picked up How to Read a Book at the library and I want to spend a few minutes each day going through it. At least that is the plan.

Homeschool notes

Grace is going double up on Bookshark readings for awhile because they have been a bit light for her. I tried to convince her that we should get a higher level Sonlight Core for her to work through, but even though the books are too easy, she doesn't want to skip ahead. So she's going to double up days and see how that goes. Rose's new math arrived - we are going to be trying out Miquon this week and she is very excited about the Cuisenaire rods. I had to open them over the weekend for her to play with, because she just could not wait.  Hopefully this enthusiasm will last!

Around the house

I got some little fake candles (battery-operated) for my birthday and they are so fun. At first I thought, what on earth will I do with these? But then I stuck one in the middle of the Clue board while we were playing....instant ambiance with no risk of setting sleeves on fire. I also brought one up to bed with me to put on my nightstand while I read. Fun. Lots of games, lots of crosswords, lots of movies, lots of refilling drinks, taking temperatures, opening up new boxes of tissues....that's pretty much what's going on around here. 

Out of doors

It looks like there will be only one day, maybe two, this week that will be okay to do something outdoors for any length of time. So I think outdoor time will be the top agenda item for those days. James had an assignment last week to do some nature photo-journaling and all of the outdoor photos in this post are by him. He greatly enjoyed himself and I ended up sending Christopher out to take his own batch of photos because he was jealous. 

In the kitchen

We made Chinese for Chinese New Year, which reminded me why we usually do Chinese as take-out! It is a lot of work to make just a few dishes and the mess afterwards is a bit daunting. At least it made enough for two meals, which is always a plus. This will be our second week of using our new meal rotation plan and it was such a relief to make a grocery list without also having to decide what we were going to eat!

Watching & reading

With the kids, we watched two IMAX films: one about the rainforest and one about the Hubble. For movie night we watched the pilot movie of Little House on the Prairie, which Rose loved (I did too!). I think watching the rest of that series will keep us busy for quite awhile. Without the kids, we watched The Red Violin, which was very good. 

 Reading-wise, I read through Dinner: A Love Story, but did not like it nearly as much as I thought I would. I was pretty annoyed with her suggestion that kids under three should eat separately to make things simpler.  That just turned me off on the book right away, because what kind of family table is that? The overall tone of the book was just kind of snobby/pretentious and really not my style at all. Now I am reading
 Eat, Pray, Love, which I am enjoying much more.

Have a wonderful week!

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