Happy Friday! This week wasn’t nearly as exciting as last week – but I think that’s probably a good thing. We were able to knuckle down and get a lot of schoolwork done.
The week started with another breakfast date – this time with Josh. I told Brian I should take Josh for breakfast every day. I could tell a huge difference in his attitude on Monday. Quality time is high on his list of love languages.
Brian and I have been spending quality time together catching up on Castle episodes. We may be slightly addicted. We started with Season 3. Once we’re completely caught up, we’ll go back and watch Seasons 1 and 2. There is a method to our madness, but it’s probably too convoluted to make sense here.
Basically, Brian saw a cliff-hanger on the reruns and we were trying to go back far enough for all that to make sense without going all the way back to the beginning. We’ve been watching two or three episodes most nights. (There’s no telling how many we’ll watch tonight since he’s off tomorrow.) It’s a sickness – but it’s fun having something that we both enjoy. I’m usually not much of a TV-watcher.
(Everybody needs a little help with schoolwork from time to time.)
So I mentioned that we’ve made some changes to our curriculum. I’m going to be posting full reviews in a few months, but I’ll tell you a bit about what we’re doing now. We finished the Trail Guide to Learning series, but the next level, Journeys to the Ancient World, isn’t available yet. We want to use it when it’s ready, so I went back to another curriculum choice that we’ve enjoyed in the past, History Odyssey and REAL Science Odyssey.
We skipped to the Middle Ages in History Odyssey because I want to be able to double-back and use Journeys to the Ancient World when it’s ready. We’re using Level 2 in both the Middle Ages book and biology.
I really like the way the Trail Guide series is set up with reading several books over the course of six weeks and completing a new unit each six weeks, so I’m trying to use History Odyssey that way, too. I picked up the first four books – I’m reading two aloud and the kids are reading two independently – and my goal is to get through the lessons covered by those books during our first six weeks.
I’m probably making it sound more complicated than it is, but so far it’s working well and we’re really enjoying the literature selections – Adam of the Road, Beowulf, A Door in the Wall, and The Trumpeter of Krakow.
(This isn’t the world’s best picture because my phone takes lousy pictures, but it was too funny not to share. I had lots of help with read aloud time this week. Oh, and, yeah, my chair has seen its better days, but it’s so comfy.)
Science is going well, too. I’m not really too worried about the six week units with it. We’re just working our way through the book. We did get a little derailed yesterday since it was far too cold to do the science lab, which required being outside. That’s a drawback, I suppose, to starting a new curriculum in January. If we’d started in the fall like normal people we’d probably have had great weather for the lab.
Like I said, not too exciting a week, but sometimes those are my favorite kind.
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