Monday May 16
Homeschool group field trip to Borderlands State Park. We volunteered to help clean up the park (weeding, raking, sweeping, picking up sticks, trimming bushes, etc) and got a free tour of the historic Ames mansion. The kids loved both parts of the trip: being useful and making the area around the visitor’s center pretty, and finally seeing the inside of the big house that we’ve previously walked around. The tour was good but much too short. We’ll have to find a way to go again.
Tuesday May 17
Short MEP math lessons with Sophie and the boys, and a chapter of Life of Fred. Sophie did a very short copywork selection. Anthony read a Bob book and copied a sentence. Ben copied a word. Bella did a page of Miquon math and copied from The Lord of the Rings.
Sophie read to me from A Child’s Geography of the World.
We read The Errant Knight and talked about the knight’s choices. Then read The Story of Money and it turned into a good discussion about where our clothes are made. We looked at everyone’s labels and found the countries where their shirts and shorts and dresses came from: Guatemala, El Salvador, The Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam….
Afternoon stories: Secret Water, Martin de Porres, Story of the World (about WWII, the war in Europe and especially VE Day. Nice selection from Winston Churchill. That led to a discussion about the war, especially about resistance fighters, and good coming from evil. And then the kids were done with reading and ran outside.
Bedtime story: book about puffins.
Wednesday May 18
Today was Bella’s birthday so we took the morning off. We did however watch some historic videos. First, we listened to Winston Churchill’s famous “we shall fight on the beaches” speech before Parliament. Then the suggest videos led us down a fun little rabbit trail. We watched FDR ask Congress to declare war on Japan. Then we watched a newsreel the Japanese formal surrender. And then Bella asked what a newsreel was and that led us to talking about how film works and watching a couple of videos about film cameras and projection.
Afternoon stories: Secret Water, Martin de Porres, Lord of the Rings, Winnie the Pooh.
Bella got heaps of new books and everyone dove in to look at them. Favorites were Castle Diary, City, a maps book, and All of a Kind Family Uptown. Bella apologized for putting some of the books on the shelf to save for later.
bedtime story: Bard of Avon (another of Bella’s birthday books) and Bearskin.
Thursday May 19
Did a bit of MEP math with Sophie and Anthony. Life of Fred with Sophie, Anthony, and Ben. Anthony read me an Elephant and Piggy book. Sophie did copywork. Sophie read to me from A Child’s Geography. Bella did some Miquon math and copied a sentence from Peer Duck. She’s been reading Through the Looking Glass and several of her new birthday books too.
Afternoon stories: Secret Water. Martin de Porres. Faith and Life (children took turns narrating). Lord of the Rings. Three Pooh stories.
Bedtime story: A Year on a Pirate Ship
Friday May 20
Now everyone is sick with a cold. I decided there was no point in trying to get them to do math and copywork when they were feeling wretched. But Bella decided on her own to do some math and to find a passage in Shakespeare to copy. She leafed through my big Riverside Shakespeare, which I used in college and found a line she liked in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. And then she decorated it with little drawings. She spent the rest of the morning drawing a vegetable garden and reading bunches of books (All of a Kind Family Uptown, Rosemary Sutcliff’s Odyssey, Through the Looking Glass).
Bella and I went shopping with the others stayed with Dom who was working from home. I think they actually let him get work done.
Afternoon stories: Secret Water, Martin de Porres, Story of the World (the atomic bomb), Lord of the Rings. Winnie the Pooh.
Bella got some new books
Bedtime stories: Midnight (a story about a horse in WWI) and The Cats in Krasinski Square (a story about the Warsaw Ghetto in WWII).