Whew! It’s been another busy week! In a lot of ways, though, it was actually pretty easy. Turkey and Bunny have moved on to geometry in math, which they both like and breeze through. They also really enjoyed getting a chance to use their protractors, so it was a good math week for them! Ladybug has been working on counting by eights, and adding three-digit numbers with carrying, which she seems to have mastered.
We abandoned our history studies this week so we could really focus on The Hobbit. We’ve met the dragon now, and nobody wanted to stop reading this week. I figured since we were slightly ahead of where we’re supposed to be in history, taking a week off wouldn’t hurt!
We wrapped up study of fruit in science. Even I learned a lot about the different types of fleshy and dry fruit…it’s very interesting! The children are wanting to try some more exotic fruits just so they can see what the inside looks like, so it’s the gift that keeps on giving. I think we’re going to try to find a star fruit first.
Friday we took a field trip to the St. Louis Art Museum. We saw a special exhibit about Louis IX, and we also saw an exhibit about calligraphy in Japan and China, which was timely, since we recently learned about both countries, and calligraphy, in school. The pieces displayed were beautiful, and we learned a lot. Even I didn’t know how big a calligraphy brush could be, and I also had no idea there were so many different kinds of calligraphy script.
While we were out, we also visited the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. I had promised the children we would find a time to go view the mosaics there (the largest collection in the world!), after we learned about mosaics in history several weeks ago. It’s not the first time we’ve been there, but the magnitude of the work that went into making the mosaics, and their beauty, take your breath away every time. A lot of people may not realize it, but St. Louis really is a wonderful place to view all different kinds of art!
Next week we’re taking our fall week, and I’m really looking forward to it, because I have some housework that’s been piling up that really needs my attention!