Learning Notes Week of April 19: Sick Week

Sick Anthony. This pretty much typifies our week: one minute too sick to move, the next minute running about with swords. Then back to the blanket again.

Sick Anthony. This pretty much typifies our week: one minute too sick to move, the next minute running about with swords. Then back to the blanket again.

Sick Anthony. This pretty much typifies our week: one minute too sick to move, the next minute running about with swords. Then back to the blanket again.

Sick Anthony. This pretty much typifies our week: one minute too sick to move, the next minute running about with swords. Then back to the blanket again.

Swordfighting with Daddy.

Swordfighting with Daddy.

Swordfighting with Daddy.

Swordfighting with Daddy.

Sunday April 19

Bella read ahead in Swallows and Amazons, skipping to the chapter about Vickie’s birthday, and then told me about the part of the chapter that she read. Now she’s frequently reading books or parts of books that I have not previously read to her and reading them with very good comprehension. It’s amazing the progress she’s made.

We watched some videos and looked at the website for the USS Constitution. Then Bella decided to draw a picture.

Bella's drawing of the U.S.S. Constitution.

Bella’s drawing of the U.S.S. Constitution.

Monday April 20

Sophie and Lucy and Anthony and I are still recovering from illness. Plus Dom’s home for Patriot’s Day holiday. Sophie did a page of math. Bella read aloud to Auntie Tree from the first chapter of Swallows and Amazons. Dom showed the kids videos of Patriot’s Day celebrations, the reenactments at Lexington and Concord and others.

Bella was too frustrated to do a page of math in the Miquon. She eventually did some math problems, mostly fractions, on Khan academy, but was very frustrated at having to draw the numbers and having her numbers reversed. She switched to playing Threes! which I counted as math practice.

Afternoon stories: Year of Independence: 1776 by Genevieve Foster, On Top of Concord Hill, Swallows and Amazons, Faith and Life.

Tuesday April 21

Everyone is still sick, including me. Sophie did a page of math and I think a page of copywork, too, but Bella had a headache all day and could not be coaxed into doing any sit down work.

But we did all go outside and weed the front flower garden bed and planted some seeds and bulbs and looked at earthworms and snails. I’ll count that as nature study.

Afternoon stories: Year of Independence: 1776, Swallows and Amazons, On Top of Concord Hill, Faith and Life, The Man Who Painted a Mountain, a picture book biography of Hokusai.

Bedtime Story: a Saint and His Bees, Little Blue Truck, Linnea in Monet’s Garden.

Sophie's copywork. All the creatures on these pages are frogs. But the ones on the left look like bats to me.

Sophie’s copywork. All the creatures on these pages are frogs. But the ones on the left look like bats to me.

Anthony shows off the snail he found while Ben looks on.

Anthony shows off the snail he found while Ben looks on.

Anthony shows off the snail he found.

Anthony shows off the snail he found.

Lucy eats blueberries and Anthony watches his snail.

Lucy eats blueberries and Anthony watches his snail.

Sophie with her boat/truck/plane

Sophie with her boat/truck/plane

Ben digs his toes in the mud.

Ben digs his toes in the mud.

Wednesday April 22

Still sick. Sophie did math and copy work. She needed help with the math. We drew a number line. That worked better than the Cuisinaire rods.

Bella didn’t do any school work. She had a headache.

Stories: On Top of Concord Hill, Valley Forge, Swallows and Amazons. Faith and Life.

Ben makes the pirate hat into a patriot hat.

Ben makes the pirate hat into a patriot hat.

Ben's inspiration, an American soldier at Valley Forge, from the picture book about Valley Forge.

Ben’s inspiration, an American soldier at Valley Forge, from the picture book about Valley Forge.

Thursday April 23

Still sick. Sophie did math in Saxon and copywork. Bella did multiplication and division on Khan Academy and did a page of copywork too. I think the division is finally clicking. She was struggling with the multiplication. She’s never done 6,7, 8, and 9, though so it’s nice to see it’s stretching her.

Afternoon stories: Swallows and Amazons, On Top of Concord Hill, Faith and Life. Sadly, we didn’t have time to get to Valley Forge or 1776. I did squeeze in a Frog and Toad story: The Kite. That one makes all the kids laugh out loud, especially Ben. I love the way he laughs.

Bedtime stories: The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies, Father Philip Tells a Ghost Story.

Ben is crying because Anthony didn't want to be with him.

Ben is crying because Anthony didn’t want to be with him.

Friday April 24

Still feeling under the weather. Also, preparing for Sophie’s first communion on Saturday.

We spent some time working on her banner. Not something I’d usually take on, but she was making her communion with the homeschooling group and everyone else had banners and I didn’t want her to be the odd one out. Ah peer pressure. It was sort of fun and a little stressful. We did have a nice little chat about the symbolism of the lamb and grapes and wheat, the halo and the banner. Always good to go over those things.

Dom took the kids to make confessions before Sophie’s big day while I took care of Lucy. Then I ran errands while he made dinner. It was a busy day.

Ben pretends to be a squirrel gathering nuts. The living room was cleaned with a minimum of fussing.

Ben pretends to be a squirrel gathering nuts. The living room was cleaned with a minimum of fussing.

Ben the squirrel.

Ben the squirrel.

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