Good-bye, week. Hello, weekend! I guess they can’t all be gorgeous spring weekends like the last one. Don’t you just hate those last few remaining cold snaps that you know are coming, but still are never really quite prepared for? I mean, it’s not freezing or anything, but it’s much cooler, rainier, and yuckier than this time last week.
Oh, well. It’s still Friday, so it can’t be all bad!
It’s been another pretty mundane week, but that’s okay. Fun exciting is preferred, but mundane will always be taken over chaotic exciting.
Brianna is still plugging away at biology – I’m really thinking that Apologia is not the best fit for her. We’re probably going to be making some drastic changes in the next few weeks, but until then, we’ll muddle along.
She’s started reading Animal Farm for history this week as she learns about communism. I really don’t remember any required reading in high school. How sad is that? I was required to read Silas Marner in junior high (back in the old days before it was called “middle school”), but books like Animal Farm, Jane Eyre, and Catch-22 I read on my own, for fun, just to see what all the fuss was about.
I actually remember enjoying Animal Farm. Sure, it was rather dark, but it was a fairly easy read and I got the symbolism. I’m not sure Brianna feels the same. I’ve pretty much decided, if it assigned, she’s going to hate it and deem it boring. If she chooses to read it, it’s great. That would be all well and good if she’d choose more Shakespeare and less anime cartoons.
Josh and Megan are on the flowers unit in science. It’s kind of cool to, for once, be at the right place in the science curriculum for the right time of year. Flowers are starting to bloom here, so we can get pretty hands-on with the unit. Does that mean that we haven’t had to put off the science lab again today because I didn’t have the right type of flower (one with visible, easy-to-recognize parts) for us to study? Um, no, but we won’t discuss that.
We did skip one unit, a while back, on butterflies. I’m hoping that, by the time we finish the flowers unit, the butterflies will be cooperating.
In history, Josh and Megan have been learning about the Revolutionary War. We read <George, the Drummer Boy. While, I’m fairly certain Brianna read both of those when she was around Josh and Megan’s ages, I don’t think we ever read them back-to-back, so I never realized that they are about the same moment in history from two different points-of-view. Josh and Megan found each of the books very interesting – as in, they actually paid attention and were able to answer questions about the books.
Today, we took a little break from IEW and I gave Josh and Megan a rather open-ended writing assignment. I tried to make it high-interest and suggested things like: tell me about your favorite video game and why you like, tell me about an unusual animal you’d like to have for a pet and why, convince me to let you get a certain pet, game or toy.
Josh wrote about his favorite video game – no surprise there. What did surprise me, however, was how well he expressed himself. I mean, wow! He was creative with his wording, the paper was structured well, and he, for the most part, used correct capitalization and punctuation. I give Easy Grammar the credit for the last part, but if the other is an example of the type of foundation IEW is laying, I’m impressed!
On a personal note for me, I went running with a friend yesterday. I told her when we started that my goal was to run two miles without stopping. Well, the built-in pedometer on my heart rate monitor is apparently way off. I ran 2.8 miles without stopping! That’s based on my friend’s GPS and the posted distances for the course we were on.
I was so excited! My next 5K is next Thursday. I’m hoping, if the course is mostly flat, to be able to run the whole thing without stopping. I’m not sure I’ll make it, but it’s a nice goal to shoot for.
I hope you all enjoy a wonderful weekend with your families! Oh, and yeah, the pictures didn’t really have anything to do with the post. I just hated to leave you with another photo-less Weekly Wrap-Up.
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