I am doing the happy dance today! Finally, it’s Friday! This has been one of the busiest, most stressful weeks we’ve had in awhile. It wasn’t bad, really, just busy — that’s the part that stressed homebody me. I’ve had trouble just keeping my head above water. It’s just been a combination of a lot of outside activities, plus really getting behind on Tuesday, our one day that should have been pretty calm. The laundry is behind, the house is a disaster, and there’s still a volleyball game to get to tonight and groceries to shop for at some point — I bet many of you can relate.
I don’t say all that to be a downer, just to express why I am so thankful that it’s Friday. Tomorrow, I’ll finally have a chance to get caught up and have a little breathing room.
School-wise, it was a pretty good week. Brian was off on Monday, so he was able to take Brianna to her Spanish class while Josh, Megan and I stayed home and got some of their schoolwork done. We were studying the Industrial Revolution, so we’d planned to make a model cotton gin. Then, it started storming — a really bad storm — and the power went out. So, we just lit some candles and carried on.
I thought the cotton gin model turned out really nice. I let go of my control-freak tendencies and let Josh and Megan do the majority of the work with minimal instruction. All I did was spray paint the box and cut a couple of holes in it with the X-acto knife. Josh was in charge of putting the “teeth” in the…um, roller thing. Megan was in charge of gluing seeds (popcorn kernels) to the cotton balls and drawing the grid on the “screen.” We were all pretty pleased with the final result.
After Brianna got home, the girls and I took a trip to the library. I love our local library — the people are generally nice and, now that they’ve joined the statewide system, it’s pretty easy to get whatever book you might need…unless you have to look for a book in the easy reader section. Oh, my goodness that section is such a mess! I finally had to give up on a couple of books.
Tuesday was another fun, hands-on kind of day — other than the getting off track starting with a phone call from Brianna’s Spanish teacher which resulting in spending extra time helping Brianna with a couple of problem areas in Spanish identified by said phone call, and managing to make two of my kids cry before lunch. Yeah, lovely morning. Thankfully, though, we all regrouped and the rest of the day went really well other than being totally off-track time-wise.
Josh and Megan are learning about the five senses in science, so I set up a science lab with different “stations” to explore each of the five senses. At each station, they were allowed to use only one sense to identify an object — cotton balls for feeling, bells for hearing, Hershey Kisses for tasting, etc. It took a little while to set up, but was well worth it. Both the kids really enjoyed the lab.
Oh, and being the boy he is, Josh identified the vinegar (apple cider) as “pee.” Um, yeah, Josh, getting a sample is why it took me a little while to get the lab set up. Not! *sigh* Boys.
Wednesday and Thursday were just blurs of rushing, though I did take time out on Wednesday afternoon to go see Eclipse with my poor, deprived sister who hadn’t seen it yet. Hey, they were down to one showing a day at the cheap theater; I had to go soak up one more viewing if I’m going to make it until the DVD comes out in December.
Speaking of DVDs, don’t forget to register to win a copy of Your Backyard, a beginning guide to identifying 18 common feeder birds. It’s an incredible DVD that was produced by a homeschooling family for homeschooling families.
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