The Ottoman Garden–March

No photo from the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Ottoman Garden this month. The Garden is shutting down for the foreseeable future, and we’ve already been isolating at home for a few days. At this point, with things being so uncertain, I have made the decision to abandon this project for the year…but I hope to have 12 full months of Ottoman Garden pictures in 2021!

2019-20 School Year–Week Twenty-Seven

I’m not really even sure what to say about this week.

We got a lot done. But it was all while the SAT (on the schedule for tomorrow…maybe?) hung over Turkey’s and Bunny’s heads, and the threat of coronavirus was on all of our minds. And this afternoon we found out that the public schools here (the whole state, actually) will be closed for at least the next two weeks because of it. That might not directly impact our school (although we are looking forward to having Moose home with us!), because we will carry on, but it’s still a cloud casting a shadow on everything.

Anyway…Turkey and Bunny worked with natural logarithms in pre-calculus. In physics, they finished the chapter on waves. They also finished The Merchant of Venice. And in US history, they started learning about Reconstruction.

Ladybug learned about slope and y-intercept in pre-algebra, and she also worked with adding and subtracting equations. She too finished a chapter in science. in history she read about the formation of the country of Haiti. And we started reading The Phantom Tollbooth, which is one of my all-time favorite books.

Chickadee reviewed measuring with a ruler in math, and continued working with simple equations. She finished reading the Frog and Toad series of books. She’s working on memorizing a new (and quite long!) poem in language arts.

Who knows what to expect in the weeks ahead? I had already planned to have our spring break next week, so at least I can catch my breath as the world figures out what is going on!

2019-20 School Year–Week Twenty-Six

Week 26 of the 2019-20 school year was one of the most confusing weeks I’ve had so far!

Turkey and Bunny have been learning about bones and muscles in health. And while they were doing that, Ladybug started a chapter on human biology in science, where she also spent a great deal of time learning about the muscular and skeletal systems. So all week, I was teaching a topic, and then the next day, teaching a topic that sounded awfully similar, but to a different audience. I couldn’t remember who had learned what when by Friday!

If that wasn’t bad enough, Ladybug had an introduction to functions in pre-algebra. And Turkey and Bunny have been learning about functions of functions in pre-calculus. So once again, there was a lot of information that sounded very similar on the surface (even if the details were pretty different!).

Meanwhile, Chickadee started doing simple equations in math, and I was just not ready for that. Yet another thing that, even though I’ve taught it twice before, always manages to catch me unawares.

Anyway, we wrapped up some other stuff, got back to playing tennis since the weather is so nice, and came to the realization that we just might not get to go on any more field trips this school year due to coronavirus. That’s hugely disappointing, but what are you going to do? At any rate, we’re about 3/4 of the way done with the school year, which means the end is going to come barreling towards us at light speed!