Learning Notes Week of February 20

The gang came in to wake me up.

The gang came in to wake me up.

I’ve gotten behind in posting my learning notes. Like four weeks behind. Like I haven’t posted all of February’s yet. I’m still writing them up every day, but the putting them on the blog part has been hard of late. We’ve had two birthdays that I haven’t posted about either. And yes I could just skip them, but the completist part of me is having a hard time with that. I hate giving up.

So I’m going to try to post them in the next couple of days. And then try to get caught up on a few more blog posts I’ve been trying to write. We’ll see. We’re entering Holy Week this week. So who knows how that’s going to play out.

Saturday February 20

It was Anthony’s birthday. He turned five. This week was birthday week as he received presents from grandparents and played with his new toys and read his new books.

Bella made Anthony a paper doll with a T-Rex t-shirt.

Bella made Anthony a paper doll with a T-Rex t-shirt.

Monday February 22

Began the day with morning prayer. Discussion of Feast of Chair of Peter. Read daily lectionary readings.

Then I read them Robert Frost’s Blueberries and we had a brief discussion about things we’d noticed in the poem, mostly the plot of the story.

Bella was reading Anthony’s new Zita the Spacegirl book and I let her finish a chapter. She started with Latin in the Little Latin Reader. She’s loving it. Then she did math, and finished with copywork.

Sophie did math and copywork and read to me from her Bible.

Ben did math and practiced words beginning with T.

Bella and I worked on Mystery Class.

Lunch. Kids played outside.

Afteroon stories: Pigeon Post, Catechism and Faith and Life, Spiderweb for Two. Then I fell asleep.

Anthony with his new bike and a helmet that matches his big brother's.

Anthony with his new bike and a helmet that matches his big brother’s.

Tuesday February 23

Bella did Latin, math, copywork, spelling and then drew a picture. She’s experimenting with perspective, trying to draw food on a table.

Sophie did math and copywork.

We went to the grocery store.

Afternoon stories: Pigeon Post, Catechism and Faith and Life, Spiderweb for Two, Story of the World: Spanish American War, Lord of the Rings. Plus a picture book from the library for Anthony.

Bella is reading Children’s Plutarch and Lord of the Rings. Bella and Sophie both read the new book about Jonah and Jesus.

Continuing our lectio divina at dinner. We finished chapter 1 of Jesus of Nazareth.

New Star Wars guys.

New Star Wars guys.

New backpack and new Star Wars guys.

New backpack and new Star Wars guys.

Wednesday February 24

Bella did Latin and math and eventually did copywork. She read This Country of Ours.

Sophie did math and copywork and read to me from the Gospel, the story of the temptation in the desert.

I did some sketching with both girls. Sophie and I drew my tulips. Bella drew a sparrow. I pulled out the nature journal book and read to them about contour drawing and we might try that tomorrow. Trying to get Bella past her drawing paralysis. She loves to draw but doesn’t want to try new things, doe snot like to sketch from life.

I did a short math lesson with the boys, just making six in various ways with the Cuisenaire rods.

Bella did some math drill on the iPad.

Afternoon stories: Pigeon Post, Catechism, Faith and Life, Story Book of Science, Lord of the Rings, Story of the World. And a picture book for Lucy, Bedtime Math, which was math practice for Sophie and the boys.

Continuing our lectio divina at dinner. We began chapter 2 of Jesus of Nazareth.

Bedtime story: Ox Cart Man.

New Zita the Spacegirl.

New Zita the Spacegirl.

Thursday February 25

Sophie was eager to get out on her new bike. She did her math page and the first problem on the next page, as has become her custom, it being easier to get started when she’s already looked at the page. Then she did copywork and sketched a tulip and then read me a passage from her Bible. Today it was the miraculous catch of fish.

Bella read a book about coyotes over breakfast. She began with Latin and then did her math. Then she needed me to copy out the next section of her poem and so did not do her copywork. She did read me a Robert Frost poem but I only half heard it because I was helping Anthony do math.

Ben and Anthony both did math lessons and letters— Ben wrote some Ts and Anthony wrote some Zs— Ben to earn bike time and Anthony iPad time. Anthony also read me a Bob book.

Then I was left alone as they all fled outside to ride bikes and stomp in puddles.

Afternoon stories: Pigeon Post, Spiderweb for Two, Catechism and Faith and Life— both firmly a part of our routine now so that no one dreams of skipping them. Then Lord of the Rings. No history or science reading because Dom came home early and interrupted our time but also because on a nice day they just wanted to be outside.

Bedtime story: Library Lion and Katie’s Picture Show.

Bella read the Childhood of Famous Americans book about Annie Oakley. She’s also been reading a Lenten devotional I put out in the hopes that someone would pick it up.

Sophie got her new bike in anticipation of her birthday.

Sophie got her new bike in anticipation of her birthday.

Friday February 26

Children’s adoration this morning, so no school work done before we left. We listened to the end of Plum Creek and began The Magician’s Nephew in the car.

Afternoon stories: Pigeon Post and Spiderweb for Two.

Boys watched Monkey Thieves all the kids watched Wildest India about the Ganges.

Dom was home a little early and he put on some music and the kids were dancing in the kitchen before dinner.

Lectio divina at dinner. It’s interesting how discussions about the fall of Jerusalem weave in with discussions about the American Revolution.

Bedtime stories: Lucy had Dom read her Library Lion. I read the other kids a really good book about Molly Pitcher. Bella took a book about the Revolution to her bed.

Anthony loves gorillas.

Anthony loves gorillas.

Anthony the jedi.

Anthony the jedi.

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