Week’s Roundup: September 7- September 13, 2015

Another week went by.  The fall creeps in our surroundings.

Photo of the week:

on the edge of the color blue

on the edge of the color blue

What were we up to this week?

  • Our academics move forward. Kids wrote a lot this week, read a lot too. D. made a book report, C. wrote lists and stories. Math- C. learned about calendar and promptly filled her own with plans and schedules, D. learned about symmetry and did a number of math challenges. For Russian there were studies of narrative text and lots of copywork. C. battles with cursive worksheets, it’s not easy, but she doesn’t want to give up.
  • D. wrote a very touching and sweet paragraph for his Russian writing, it’s about our cat, Senya:
    Our cat is named Senya. He is seventeen years old. He's old, but when he purrs, I think he's still a baby. his eyes are as green as the grass. His coat is grey and white. He is warm like a sunny day. There are cats better that Senya, but Senya is the best.

    Our cat is named Senya. He is seventeen years old. He’s old, but when he purrs, I think he’s still a baby. his eyes are as green as the grass. His coat is grey and white. He is warm like a sunny day. There are cats better that Senya, but Senya is the best.

    The hero of the tale:

I brought this act home in my final year of high school, he is a very special friend to us.

I brought this act home in my final year of high school, he is a very special friend to us.

  • We had a lovely history lesson on Monday- we repeated what we learned about pre-historic people. D. remembers a lot from previous years, but for C. it was all new. We compared skulls of different species of pre-historic people and watched an amazing documentary on PBS called “First Peoples” . Each episode is about and hour long and a wealth of new information to learn and process. After watching, kids wanted to be neanderthals for a little while. They tried to chisel arrow heads from the rocks found outside and made an ax with a stick and a rock (the hole in the rock was conveniently drilled by grandpa who was testing out a tool a few months ago:D)
very dangerous, I was paranoid he'd swing it and kill someone, but he was proud of making it

very dangerous, I was scared he’d swing it and kill someone, so it took a place of honor on our patio with a promise of never brandishing it. The kid was proud of making it though.

  • asked for a pre-historic meal (I had to think fast about something we could have possibly foraged and came up with ground turkey/onions/potatoes/chard soup, kids loved it, and although I am not sure how close it is to the reality, the potatoes anyway, it worked)
Turkey and chicken stock+ minced onion, cubed potato, chard leaves, crushed garlic, herbs, all stewed together until ready

Turkey and chicken stock+ minced onion, cubed potato, chard leaves, crushed garlic, herbs, all stewed together until ready

Finally kids made saber tooth necklace out of polymer clay and C. made some “shaman” medallions, but didn’t let me photograph it for some reason.

saber tooth claws or fangs necklace

saber tooth claws or fangs necklace

  • Extracurriculals went well, I was present at the observation day in choir and kids are trying very hard. C. worked hard at her dance class. Kids enjoy the chess club very much and I had most delightful time catching up with friends whose kids also participate in the club. We tested out new arrangement for picking up and dropping off D. when his and his sister’s schedules overlap, and I am glad to see D. was mature enough to handle the wait well.
  • We had a lovely family trip to Brainard Lake. Lovely place. Hoping to have at least one or two more outings somewhere we’ve never been to before the snow comes down.
  • I had a lovely “me time” with a dear friend, we went to the garden to sketch while the kids were in their homeschool program. Painting is so relaxing.

Didn’t get to make a lot this week aside from painting and sketching some flowers and scenery.

this one was made on location of our Thursday trip

this one was made on location of our Thursday trip

What are we reading?

  • D. reads the final installation of Wildwood: Wildwood Imperium

Wildwood imperium

  • C. read a bunch of Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel, and some The Secret World of Arietty -a picture book after Studio Ghibli movie

arietty

Next two weeks are full to the brim with things to do and people to see. Hopefully we will survive. I hope we will be able to find time to slow down and breathe as well. Wishing a wonderful week to everyone!

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