Cold Winter Days Were Made for Reading
The high temperatures in Maine this week have been in the single digits. Brrrrr. We’ve done most of our at-home schoolwork near the gas stove.
Though we don’t love this kind of weather we remembered to be thankful we live in much more comfort than Laura Ingalls did in The Long Winter.
In our homeschool this week…
- We celebrated Marlin Luther King, Jr. using suggestions from Mary at Homegrown Learners. The Netflix documentary was fabulous and I highly recommend it for all ages.
- Both kids were able to complete their full week of individual work for the first time since before Christmas! Between the holidays and then illnesses we’d had such odd schedules. This week the basics (reading, writing, arithmetic) were done and done well each day. That was a good feeling.
The rest of our learning was all about reading aloud. Quality literature is always our base, and subzero temperatures make for perfect reading time.
- We read The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden and enjoyed the lovable characters.
- We’re continuing our historical journey with the audio version of These Happy Golden Years. Oh how I love this series and sharing it with my children.
- We continued our nature study of birds despite the frigid temperatures by reading The Burgess Bird Book for Children and continuing to watch the nest cams I talked about last week. It’s amazing to see how fast the hummingbirds are growing! I was able to talk about the “pin feathers” after reading about them in the Handbook of Nature Study. For fun we read through Feathers: Poems about Birds.
- We continued our study of Mozart with the Tell Me About Wolfang Amadeus Mozart Biography and lots of listening. We were all amazed with how young he was when he began not only performing but composing!
- My daughter finished From The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and loved it. I asked her to notebook it in some way and she asked to do two book reports–one on the storyline and one on the main characters–and a picture collage. (Oh, okay, if you really must!) She is now reading The Secret Garden and loves that, too. Hooray for great books.
- I am still very slowly working through the original Charlotte Mason series. Did you see the six volume collection for Kindle for 99 cents from Amazon? I picked that up and use it with the Kindle app on my android tablet. I had downloaded the series free from Ambleside but the formatting and table of contents are worth the 99 cents. I also borrowed A Charlotte Mason Companion through inter-library loan. I enjoy Ms. Mason’s writings but also like to have a little help applying it to our homeschool now.
Places we went and people we saw…
Though the cold temperatures made me want to hibernate we had a lot of places to go this week.
- Daddy took the kids on a radio station tour that turned out to not be as technical as my kids were hoping for.
- For my daughter’s book club they attended a talk by author Jennifer Richard Jacobson. It was full of great information about being a writer, and how even as a professional author you have to make lots of revisions.
- Our homeschool geography club meeting was about Russia. My son presented on the volcanoes in Russia and its location on The Ring of Fire. My daughter shared about Matryoshka dolls.
- We paid a visit to the orthodontist. Good news–no one needs braces right now! My pocketbook heaved a sigh of relief.
Things I’m working on…
I’m trying to gather and organize everything to send off to my accountant to prepare our personal and business taxes. Anyone else out there buried in paperwork?
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