Second week of our new school year flew by.
Picture of the week:
What were we up to:
- We had quite a busy, but rather pleasant week. So many trips: a museum trip to catch the last glimpse at the Mythical Creatures exhibit. Our friends came with us and kids had so much fun together. We got to explore Biology Basecamp at permanent Exhibition Health exhibit, kids saw their cells, looked at pond creatures and D. and his friend did an experiment of comparing levels of sugar in different cereals all by themselves. It is still quite new for me to reach the point when I don’t have to help out at all.
- We went to a lovely hike that became a scientific expedition.
- At home D. explored a process of writing a research paper, C. wrote passionately and worked on her cursive worksheets. Children exchanged a jar of coins patiently collected throughout the summer and we went book shopping for them (delight!). Math: C. worked on word problems involving addition and subtraction. D. reviewed operations with fractions and decimals. He also learned how to calculate volume of a quadrilateral. For Russian lessons kids explored types of texts and wrote examples, C. ventures into the land of orthographic rules and it is confusing, but she tries very hard. Also cursive worksheets for her in Russian. Science: Both kids looked into properties of a human eye.
- All went well in their homeschool program on Friday. Swim lessons started – we didn’t get to swim a lot in the summer and kids lost some of their speed and stamina somewhat, it will all come back of course. Ballet started for C., D’s choir rehearsals are back in full swing. The most important thing about the extracurriculars this week is that our D. got his new karate belt. He was so worried before the test, but turns out he passed with flying colors and he is now 5 kyu:
In the Kitchen:
We got interesting things from the Farmer’s Market this week:
First was lemon cucumbers, very interesting shape- most of them were round and covered in a sort of fuzz, the taste didn’t impress us much, crunchy but other than that, nothing special
Second was yellow watermelon, I saw those before, but if it wasn’t for C.’s firm request to get one, I would still be missing out on the taste and the fun presentation it makes when mixed with regular, red kind 😀
I made another brooch, needle felting and glass beads, plus a bit of embroidery. Getting all those accessories ready for fall.
What are we reading:
- D. is still working on his Jungle Book stories and he also devoured Book 8 of How To Train your Dragon series.
- C. read a bunch of Magic Tree House Books
- Mama reads: How to Raise An Adult : Break Free the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims. Lots of information and opinions in this book I agree with, some are indeed very thought-provoking. As someone who was raised as a latchkey kid and had a lot of responsibilities at a young age, but at the same time was sheltered from a lot of things and had to learn them as an adult, I certainly want more balance in my own kids’ upbringing.
Goals for the next week: We need to get started on our History studies, so hopefully we’ll be able to do that. I want to let go of a few things that burden my mind lately, so it’s another thing to work on. I am developing new lesson planning system (analog, hehe) separate from my own, I was hoping an ipad app would work out, but alas. We’ll see what happens next week, the weather insists on staying very hot during the day, but it’s Labor Day tomorrow, I want to pull out all of my cardigans already 😀