Monday, March 03, 2008

Weekly Report 2.26.2008

Why don't toddlers stay in bed?  Or at least not scream when you lock them in their cage, er... um... crib?  At first the big girl bed must have been a fun novelty but that has worn off because it is no longer interesting enough to keep her there.  So after a warning I put her into the dreaded pack'n'play where she screams,  and then screams some more, and then some more.  Sometimes she actually cries for a bit and ends up falling asleep but today it is just righteous - toddler indignation.  No tears need apply.

Getting onto school.

This week we continued working on Kenya and got some great pictures emailed to us from Grandma Sherie.  I can't believe she was close enough to take those pictures, wow they were great!  The local zoo has a homeschool day coming up.  David's mom is planning to take him to that so he will be able to see the animals we are learning about up close.  

The girls and I whipped up a batch of play dough and they made animals, ok mostly "snakes" but big brother declined the invitation.  He is after all 10 years-old and far to mature for purple play dough.

David learned to add and subtract fractions  with the same denominator this week.  It sounded scary to begin with.  Quite intimidating in fact. But once the girls were quiet long enough for him to hear the whole explanation all was well. Fractions are defiantly better than division and the new manipulatives are cool.  After 18 months of division math is back to being something less than torment.  I am as glad as he is for the change.

That leaves us with Latin.  Latin for Children lesson 11 on adjectives is complete.  Parsing is still no fun but he needed very little help with it this week and I am impressed with his vocabulary.  Way to go Buddy!  

Thursday I will be going to an informational meeting about a new classical co-op starting in town.  I am optimistic and hopeful that this will be productive and we may get a regular activity out of it.  It would be lovely to be with people who don't look at me like I have two heads for teaching Latin.  Just in case any readers wonder why I choose Latin, there are some good reasons here and no sense in me reproducing them.  There are many good articles about teaching Latin but this one is short and sweet.


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