Learning Notes Week of June 25

Cub scouts.

Ben moves up to Webelos.

Anthony moves up to Wolf.

On Sunday after Mass we went to the cub scouts crossing over ceremony where the boys moved up to their new ranks.

Monday June 25

Ben: math, copywork, Explode the Code

Anthony: math, copywork, Child’s History

Sophie: math, copywork, dictation, French, Child’s Geography

Bella: math, copywork, dictation, Latin

Stories: Lamb’s As You Like It, Seabird, St Magnus, Son of Charlemagne, St Benedict, Secrets of the Universe, Daily Lectionary readings.

Bedtime stories: poems from The World of Christopher Robin.

Math and copywork (and carrot cake).

Bella’s bug palace.

Tuesday June 26

Ben: math, copywork,

Anthony: math, copywork, Child’s History

Sophie: math, copywork.

Bella: math, copywork

Field trip day. We drove down to Mattapoisett for a Shakespeare class/beach day organized by a friend.

We arrived early for a picnic lunch. As we ate we watched a pair of grey catbirds fluttering about among the tables, scavenging food. They were very bold and not very afraid of people, swooping quite close, perching on the tables. Sophie and Bella were entranced.

Our group is studying As You Like It in preparation for attending a performance later this summer. Today we talked about Shakespeare and introduced the play, reading a synopsis. Then the kids played a game in which they had a character’s name taped to their back and had to ask the other players yes or no questions to determine which character they were.

After our class the kids headed to the beach for some splashing and swimming. Sadly, four out of five kids received multiple abrasions from barnacle covered rocks within the first ten minutes of arriving at the beach. That cut short the swimming, but they still played in the tide pools and on the rocks. Bella found some crabs and put them in a bucket. She also collected some great shells. Sophie dug a pit and Ben tried to keep it filled with buckets of water. Anthony leapt on the rocks while Lucy wandered about. They played with friends and had a great time.

On the way down and back we listened to The Last Battle. I love Patrick Stewart’s reading of this book.

For our bedtime story we read The Bard of Avon, keeping up the Shakespeare theme for the day.

Ned’s point lighthouse.

Ben at Ned’s Point.

Catbird looking for food.

Lucy picnicking.

Shakespeare at the beach!

Wednesday June 27

Anthony: math, copywork, read about St Cyril of Jerusalem.

Ben: math, copywork, read a Bob book

Sophie: math, copywork, French, Read Child’s Geography

Bella: math, copywork, Latin (ver excited about the new Minimus Secundus book that just arrived).

Read alouds: Seabird, St Magnus, Son of Charlemagne, Story of the World.

Bedtime story: finished Bard of Avon.

Ben, frustrated.

Thursday June 28

Anthony: math, copywork, read about St Irenaeus.

Ben: math, copywork, Explode the Code

Sophie: math, copywork

Bella: math, copywork, Latin, dictation.

Read alouds: Seabird, St Benedict, St Magnus, Son of Charlemagne, North with the Spring. (Ben got very excited about vertical migration in North with the Spring.) Daily lectionary readings.

Bedtime story: The Neverending Story

Ben stands guard in the rain.

Puzzles on a rainy day.

Ben, Lucy, and Anthony, threw a rainy day tea party for the dolls and stuffed animals.

Rainy day tea party.

Rainy day tea party.

Friday June 29

Anthony: math, copywork.

Ben: math, copywork, Bob book, Explode the Code

Sophie: math, copywork, French, Geography

Bella: math, copywork, Latin, dictation.

Bella and I went to the library and the grocery store.

Read alouds: Seabird, St Benedict, St Magnus, Son of Charlemagne, Secrets of the Universe , Book of Marvels, Story of the Chosen People. Daily lectionary readings.

Bedtime story: library book (Zen Shorts).

Anthony lost in a book.

When you’re at the farmer’s market drinking your frozen lemonade and suddenly you have to jot down a poem.

Running through the hose while Daddy waters the flowers.

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