The cold we caught at the end of week 4 turned out to be a rotten one. Katydid and Chipmunk both ended up at the doctor for ear infections. Andy fortunately avoided most of the cold until after he returned from Toronto. Gareth ended up doing all the chicken and turkey chores while he was gone, since Katydid ran a fever most of that time and couldn't help. No one did very much math or any Latin, but they did read a lot and watched a lot of science TV.
Read this week:
Gareth: The High King, Lloyd Alexander; Dealing with Dragons, Patricia Wrede; a Warriors book or two; about a quarter to a third of Perelandra, CS Lewis.
Katydid: A few Warriors books; Harriet the Spy; Her Piano Sang: A Story About Clara Schumann
Farmerboy: (listened on audio) Ramona the Pest; Ramona Forever; A Cricket in Times Square; Frog and Toad Treasury; Daddy read: Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas; Troodon
Read to the little boys: a bunch of Curious George books; First, the Egg; Too Many Toys (David Shannon); Mammoths on the Move
(My throat hurt and then I lost my voice, so I couldn't read out loud very much.)
Me: The Day I Became an Autodidact, Kendall Hailey
Also listened to on audio: The Best School Year Ever, Barbara Robinson
Watched this week:
- The Planets: Weird Weather (Science Channel)
- Predator X (History International)
- Prehistoric Monsters Revealed (History International)
- Arctic Dinosaurs (NOVA)
- a bunch of Dinosaur Trains (You know, even the ultra cool theme song gets old after a while, though.)
Sometimes I feel guilty for all the TV lately, but then Katydid walks into the kitchen holding a feather and says, "You know, feathers are like those fractals we saw on NOVA. I looked at a feather under my microscope and it's like the big feather is made up of lots of little feathers that all look the same as the big one."
The theme of the week was paleontology:
As usual, the theme had little to do with me. All the available viewing options happened to coincide with a renewed interest, and Farmerboy and the twins were happy to play paleontologists as they felt better. They built their skeletons out of blocks and Duplos.
It was interesting because that same day I suggested a Think! challenge to him, but the challenge left him totally frustrated because he couldn't make his building fit the 12 x 12 x 12 parameters. So he gave up and built a cardboard tent house instead, using as much tape as he wanted.
This weekend, he decided to replicate the paleontology workroom he saw in one of our library books.
Watching a show about the Devonian era while holding Devonian era fossils...