Learning Notes Week of May 29

Reading.

Saturday May 27

Our usual summer farmer’s Market and beach day. We saw horseshoe crabs mating and the kids picked up a bunch of seashell treasures.

Beach fun.

Sophie’s crab.

Sophie’s crab.

Lucy and Sophie with crab.

Sophie found a crab.

Watching horseshoe crabs.

farmer’s market ice

Sunday May 28

The kids and I took a nice nature walk around the block and heard a hawk screech and looked up to see a pair of hawks swooping together in what looked very much like mating.

Ben carries Lucy.

Bella finds an iris.

Walking with Bella.

Lucy after the walk.

Monday May 29 Memorial Day

Dom had the day off and so we took a holiday from school too. I was hoping the kids would join me in sketching some of our recent seashore finds, but they got very involved in creating puppet shows and then moved on to performing a play and those who had expressed an interest in sketching were carried away by the lure of the stage.

We took a walk before lunch, informal nature walk inasmuch as we talked a bit about various plants that we came across.

Afternoon stories: More All of a Kind Family, Greek Heroes, Story of the World, Terra Cotta Warriors, St Philip of the Joyous Heart, daily Gospel and reading from Acts.

Discussion about Yom Kippur, the Temple, and the Passion.

Interesting conversation about the first emperor of China who sought the water of life. We compared that to Jesus saying he is the water of life and offering water to the Samaritan woman. The chapter in SotW about the terra cotta warriors reminded Bella that we have a picture book about them. So we had to get that and read it.

Bedtime story: The Boy Who Ate Books, The Fierce Bad Rabbit.

My horseshoe crab.

Sophie performs a puppet show.

Thing Explainer.

Tuesday May 30

Bella had an orthodontist appointment in the morning and I had a doctor’s appointment in the afternoon. The kids all did math and some of them did copywork. No afternoon stories.

Lucy writing.

Lucy flies a paper plane.

Princess Lucy.

Ben with pattern blocks.

Sophie with pattern blocks.

Wednesday May 31

Everyone did math and copywork
Bella did Latin
Sophie read me 50 Famous Stories

Story time: More All of a Kind Family, Cyclopes, Story of the World (Confucius) St Philip of the Joyous Heart

Bella and Sophie rode their bikes down to the library on their own for the very first time. They were so thrilled. Bella returned some books for me, paid part of the fine on her card, checked out some books for herself and Sophie.

Bedtime story: Olivia and a book about a girl who makes a quilt with her grandmother.

The kids stayed up a bit late to be able to greet my sister when she arrived. Much, much joy.

Anthony with Auntie Tree.

Ben with Auntie Tree.

Lucy with Auntie Tree.

Bella with Auntie Tree.

Thursday June 1

Math, copywork.

Lots of housecleaning. Everyone pitched in.

Stories: More All of a Kind Family, Cyclopes, Greek Heroes, St Philip of the Joyous Heart.

Bedtime story: Olivia again.

Linking cube light sabre.

Ben playing with linking cubes.

Anthony doing math.

Anthony doing math.

Friday June 2

Everyone did math and copywork. I took Ben to the dentist for more fillings. Then I brought him home, settled him with a movie, and went back out to the grocery store.

Afternoon stories: More All of a Kind Family, Cyclopes, Greek Heroes, Terra Cotta Warriors, Secrets of the Universe.

Bedtime story: We Found a Hat.

Anthony enjoys the magical light of Golden Hour.

Lucy on the ceiling.

Watching Auntie Tree.

I can see we’ve definitely hit the summer slump where I’m letting most things slide except math and copywork and a few daily readings. Dictation has fallen away again and so have languages.

I think it might be time for another round of planning and strategizing. But May has been chock full of appointments both for myself and the kids. At my physical I discovered that I’m anemic and my thyroid is off again, which explains why I’ve been dragging.

My sister is here for a visit. Ben is making his first communion on Sunday. We’re going to take a week ’s vacation to Maine week after next, then my mom will come for her visit. It’s definitely feeling more like summer and I’m annoyed that May slid by without us getting to walk the Freedom Trail as planned or to go on many other outings I’d thought I’d like to do in the spring. Now summer is really here and I’m starting to feel the wind down.

I’m hoping that with medical tweaks I’ll soon be feeling in better form and will be able to get more things done. Except that of course I gave my little toe a good whack on the step stool yesterday and it’s looking swollen and purple. So a lot of walking might not be in my immediate future. But we do need to plan a beach day.

Going to confession at St Edith Stein.

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