Learning Notes: Holy Week

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

Monday March 21

A very late and slow start this snowy Monday morning. Dom’s working from home on Mondays now and that doesn’t help either. But we finally got started.

Bella did a page of math and some copywork. She’s working on perfect squares and still copying the Ent and Entwife poem. Bella and I worked on the Journey North Mystery Class project, mapping longitude on the map. Very exciting way to mark the equinox and we were quite surprised to find that in fact we didn’t have exactly 12 hours of light and 12 hours of dark and in fact our day was closer to 12 hours of light several days before the equinox.

Sophie did a page of math and some copywork.

Ben and Anthony did some math and Anthony read me a Bob book and then copied two short sentences on the white board. Ben wrote a few Ys.

Afternoon stories: We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea. Faith and Life. My Path to Heaven. Story of the World about the Mexican Revolution. Lord of the Rings, end of Shelob’s Lair. A picture book about Easter.

Bella read to me a chapter of Isaiah. And then her Archaeology magazine came and she read me several articles from that as I cooked dinner.

Bedtime story: Bearskin. I read the first part and then Bella took over and finished the book when I began nodding.

Snowy day.

Snowy day.

Journey North Mystery Class mapping longitude lines.

Journey North Mystery Class mapping longitude lines.

Bella reads to me from her new Archaeology Magazine.

Bella reads to me from her new Archaeology Magazine.

Bella's picture of the Eucharist

Bella’s picture of the Eucharist

Tuesday March 22

A better start to our day. Bella did Latin and then copied Bible passage of her own choosing into her notebook. She’s slowly starting to keep a commonplace book. “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Then she did math. And then was lost in a book.

Sophie got stuck with math. Eventually did her copywork.

Ben and Anthony did a bit of math. Anthony read a Bob book and then copied two sentences on the whiteboard. Later in the evening they came back to copying. Ben copied words off of boxes and books and had Sophie writing words on the whiteboard for him to copy too. Slowly but surely he’s getting there, more interesting in reading and writing. But the writing is much more interesting to him than reading.

Afternoon stories: We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea. Catechism. Story of the World— beginning of WWI. Lord of the Rings. Then the kids were most thoroughly distracted by making paper planes out of a book and that was the end of reading for the day.

Anthony copying.

Anthony copying.

Anthony's copywork.

Anthony’s copywork.

Wednesday March 23

We discussed today’s lectionary readings and read about the saint of the day.

Sophie did math and copywork. Bella did math. Bella and Ben decided to clean. She did some laundry (hung up clothes, loaded and started the washer, moved the wash to the dryer) and windows and he swept the dining room and kitchen.

After lunch we prayed the stations of the cross. That took up all our story time since we needed to have an early dinner. The kids went outside to play while I cooked.

After dinner we all went to confession. Well, the adults and big girls did. The littles tagged along.

Bedtime story: Inch and Roly.

Praying the Stations of the Cross.

Praying the Stations of the Cross.

Praying the Stations of the Cross.

Praying the Stations of the Cross.

Praying the Stations of the Cross.

Praying the Stations of the Cross.

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross

Thursday March 24

Sophie did math and copywork. Bella did math and copied part of an antiphon. Then Bella and Ben decided to help clean the house. Bella washed windows and did a load of laundry. Ben swept and wiped down various walls and surfaces with a damp cloth.

Afternoon stories: We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea, Catechism, Story of the World— Russian Revolution, two Pooh stories, Lord of the Rings— end of The Two Towers.

I took the oldest three to the Holy Thursday Mass while Dom put the younger two to bed.

For bedtime story Sophie wanted the Fiona French Easter book, Ben asked for All the Places to Love.

Bella plays Mass with bugs.

Bella plays Mass with bugs.

Friday March 25

I took Bella, Anthony, and Lucy to church for Morning Prayer. Then we all went to the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion at 3pm. We had our traditional hot cross buns.

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Lucy had hot cross

Lucy had hot cross

Sophie eats a hot cross bun.

Sophie eats a hot cross bun.

Good Friday.

Good Friday.

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