Happy Friday! What a nice week it’s been here. It was our last week of school before our first break week of 2014 and we’ve enjoyed a little taste of spring with temps near 70 degrees a couple of days. I even had the heat off and a couple of windows open yesterday – in February, y’all. Nice.
Of all our subjects, I think we had the most fun with science this week. We looked at plant and animal cells under the microscope. We all love the microscope labs. We used onion skin for the plant cell and cheek cells for the animal cell. I contributed the cheek cells since both of my kids thought that sounded gross. I’m really not sure what’s gross about scraping the inside of your cheek, but whatever.
I know this is a crazy weird picture, but if you look closely you can kind of see the cheek cell in the microscope. Feel free to ignore all the junk on the table:
We’re also finishing up our first round of books for history since next week is break week. It’s really cool how well our history curriculum is falling into the schedule I’d prefer. We were using Trail Guide to Learning, which is broken down into six week units. We finished the series, so we switched to History Odyssey, which we’ve used and enjoyed before.
I decided to try to make History Odyssey fit our six weeks on/one week off schedule, so I picked up the first four books that are supposed to be read and figured up how many lessons I thought we could get through in six weeks. I didn’t even realize that it would work out that we would finish the early part of the Middle Ages just before the history text goes into the feudal system. It worked out perfectly!
We’ll study the feudal system for the next six weeks and then History Odyssey goes into a study of Asia during the Middle Ages. I really couldn’t have planned it any better if I’d tried.
It was Josh’s turn for breakfast this week. It was supposed to be his turn last week, but the snow kept us at home. I’m still surprised at how much the kids enjoy this one-on-one time. I wish we’d done this sooner.
We kept my niece on Tuesday. I think that’s going to be our regular day. She’s such a good baby, but keeping her still makes me appreciate young moms and wonder how I did it when I was one. It sure is nice having older kids who don’t mind helping out with her while I’m trying to fix meals and having older kids also makes it much easier to still do what we need to do when Baby B is over.
The younger kids are gone this weekend for a worship/missions event at church and Brianna has to work most of the weekend. That means that Brian and I get a rare date weekend. I’m looking forward to it!
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