I'm trying to keep everyone somewhat busy and yet still do a lot of sitting (and nursing). "School" is therefore in session... sort of. I'm reading aloud in the mornings and requiring math of the big kids and some phonics of Farmerboy (starting next week, after I get our Explode the Code online account set up.) That's it. But here's what our days have actually been like...
What we did yesterday:
- Read aloud 1 chapter of Minn of the Mississippi, 1 chapter of Robin Hood (the Howard Pyle version - forsooth!) in the morning, You Can Name 100 Dinosaurs to Chipmunk and Pip at naptime, and at bedtime Andy read 1 chapter of The Buffalo Knife, by William O.Steele (to everyone) and a chapter of Mattimeo, Redwall #3, (just to the little boys).
- Gareth read The Tombs of Atuan (Ursula K. LeGuin) to himself.
- Katydid wrote... something.
- Boys all built Lego castles.
- Katydid made sandwiches for lunch and brought them outside for a picnic while I nursed the baby.
- A discussion about the physics of trebuchets at lunchtime.
- Everyone played in the hose... for hours and hours.
- Gareth looked over his new Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra.
- Katydid did a couple of pages in her Key to Decimals workbook.
- Katydid and Farmerboy made an "ocean" in a big Rubbermaid container. Then Farmerboy made his own ocean in a 2 liter bottle (i.e., water + dirt, rocks, shells, sticks, etc) and noted later that everything had settled to the bottom. Had a discussion about sediment.
- Gareth and Katydid played Wii Secret Agents.
- Everyone except Gareth (who had a doctor's appointment) spent a good long while watching the Giant Ocean Tank webcam at the New England Aquarium... and also grousing about how their mother had already packed all the ocean books.
- Kids decided to watch Finding Nemo. Gareth and Andy went to Scouts.
What we did today: (I'll try and update tomorrow, since we still have an evening to get through!)
- More webcam watching to start the day. The nurse shark with the ripped fin was somehow christened "Fred".
- Scrounging for unpacked books resulted in a little information on tidepools, coral reefs, and sharks.
- The latest "cliffhanger" chapter of Mattimeo narrated to me by Farmerboy (don't worry; I don't assign narrations of bedtime reading!!)
- Taught Katydid to make fried eggs.
- Read aloud Little Farm by the Sea to Chipmunk and another chapter of Minn of the Mississippi, roughly half a chapter of Robin Hood. It's not bedtime yet, but I expect that Andy will continue to read from The Buffalo Knife and Mattimeo (especially since Farmerboy is adamant about NOT MISSING any of these books.)
- Katydid drew in her nature journal.
- Gareth worked on a map for the novel he's writing.
- Lots more play in the hose.
- More model "oceans".
- Discussion about how the oil spill might affect migrating birds.
- I boiled a batch of eggs. (Hey, that was a big deal. I have a 3 week old baby.)
- Katydid worked on decimals some more and Gareth started on chapter 1 of LoF: Beginning Algebra. He got frustrated when he saw how much there was to chapter 1, but felt much better when we looked at the table of contents and realized that if he did an entire chapter a day he'd finish algebra I in 12 days. We're shooting for 45 minutes/day.
- I read more of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything and discovered that lichens are so slow-growing that big ones are probably hundreds or thousands of years old. Had to stifle the impulse to run out to the woods and see some really OLD lichens. I was sitting on the couch, nursing.