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That's pronounced "yah, yah, wah, wah." At least that's how my high school friend from Finland told me to say it, and it's Finnish for "ice, ice baby."
Cause that's how our week started.
You probably saw ATL on the news with all the trucks sliding around the interstates like they were skating rinks. I don't live in metro Atlanta, but close enough that we had some skating rink streets, too.
Michael was home Monday and Tuesday, and given that we had the flu which developed into bronchitis for the duration of Christmas break, we decided that two days off while all members of the family were healthy wasn't such a bad idea. Plus, I wanted my kids to experience what it's like to get to miss school because of snow. That doesn't happen often in our part of the world!
We watched Prince Caspian and some Food Network shows we like. We played games, especially the new Shut the Box game that one of the boys received from his aunt and uncle for Christmas. It is such a simple but very fun and addictive game!
It finally felt like Christmas for us!
And I had just packed up the tree and decorations the day before!! lol
On Wednesday, Michael headed back to the
When Orville broke his arm on Dec. 10th, I canceled school for the up-coming week. Then there were the snow days.... So I made some quick adjustments to my plans and
I am teaching Omnibus this semester instead of Michael and have lived to recount the first three days. Fortunately, Orville's assignment this week is Sophocles' Theban Trilogy which I actually read... 23 years ago. After laughing about how I knew these works so well because I went to high school with Sophocles, Orville and I straightened up and had productive discussions.
And I learned something, too.
I had been required to read the three plays in the wrong order. Antigone makes a lot more sense when you've previously read Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus.
Michael has taken over the study of Narnia in the evenings as an exchange for Omnibus. I would rather it remain the other way around, but alas, his schedule requires otherwise. However, we have had a blast reading the Silver Chair together in the evening.
And my friend, Molly, gave me the book Roar! for Christmas. We've been using it as a fun comprehension guide and for conversation starters. We are really enjoying it, and it has added a lot to our study. Thanks, Molly!
Other than that, it's been a week of math, grammar, spelling, reading, history (we're finally finishing our unit on Ancient Egypt and planning our project for our homeschool association's international festival. Be on the lookout for an Egypt post!), and NO SCIENCE!
I decided to drop General Science. Teaching two different science curricula is just not something I can do, and I don't think GS offers enough practice work for good self-teaching. Orville was making good grades on the tests, but he could not do the hands-on unassisted. I was struggling to find time to help him, so he was just reading and taking the test, reading and taking the test. I decided it would be in his best interest, and mine, just to drop it. I am considering either teaching both boys GS next year, finding a paid class for Orville, or finding another curriculum that will fit our science needs a little better. For now, I am supervising science fair projects which is still leading hands-on, but at a much slower pace as not to drive me up a wall.
That was our week. How was yours?
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