2017-18 School Year–Week Eight

It’s been a rough week for all of us, right? There’s a certain point where you just can’t ignore current events, no matter how hard you try, or how much you’d like to. Talking to your children about awful tragic events is always hard. Teaching it, trying to make sense of it, is next to impossible. But as parents and teachers, that’s what we do. And I had good opportunities to do so, talking about the events in Las Vegas as they related to world and Bible history. We especially talked about the power of words, how they can start wars, cause chaos, or be calming and helpful.

In spite of what seems like almost constant chaos in the world, we had a fairly normal week of school. Turkey and Bunny learned about transversals in math, while Ladybug practiced factoring numbers. Chickadee is still working on counting by tens.

Ladybug started her literature study of Heidi this week. I’m not going to lie…when I was a child, I hated that book. I don’t think I ever actually read the whole thing. But I know it’s a classic, so we’re giving it a go. So far, it’s been less painful than I remembered! Turkey and Bunny are working on the third fit of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and I think we’re all enjoying the story. I also started reading Ramona and Her Father out loud to Chickadee. I wasn’t planning on reading through the whole series this year, but she likes them so much, I don’t think I really have a choice!

Turkey and Bunny finished up their study of Kingdom Protista in science, and we’re looking forward to beginning the chapter on Kingdom Fungi. We’re hoping to find some good samples to look at under our microscope! Ladybug is done with the  cats chapter of her science book, and is moving on to marsupials. I’ve also been reading The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature out loud to Chickadee…her siblings are very excited for her, because they all have fond memories of the times I read it them!

We enjoyed the cooler weather by working on some of our lessons outside. Division facts and letter sounds are so much more fun when you’re writing with chalk on the driveway! And Turkey turned the transversal I drew into a “math dragon,” which I thought was pretty creative.

We’re looking forward to attending a “Homeschool Day” at the Missouri History Museum next week, and since Moose has the day off, he gets to come with us!

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