Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life
The two older boys got to go camping over the weekend with my parents. They had a great time, of course, particularly the geocaching with my dad. Well, that and eating six s’mores each, and, I see from the picture, getting their own cans of Mountain Dew. :)
Academics Accomplished[For new readers: We school year-round, and are particularly working at getting a good start on the year now because I’m due to deliver a baby in early November.]
Between swim lessons, farmer’s market, and preparing and sending the older boys camping, we didn’t do any school last Friday. On Tuesday we drove to the butcher about an hour away to pick up the cow we had purchased — a whole beef, all wrapped in white paper and frozen. So we listened to Grammarland, Story of the World volume 1, and Pilgrim’s Progress during the drive.
It’s a 2-lesson week in Math-U-See for both boys, though, so progress is certainly being made on that front. Hans is now finished with all the multiplication fact lessons and has most of them down pretty well. He has 10 lessons left in Gamma, most dealing with multiplying multi-digit numbers, and then he’s on to division in Delta! Jaeger, also, is almost done with multi-digit addition in Beta and is soon to move on to mastering subtraction. He has 15 lessons to master before moving into Gamma himself.
I still haven’t incorporated new Latin lessons into our day, but having it after Hans has finished independent work is certainly not going to work. His finishing time is too variable, and with the summer plan of morning time outside and independent work in the hotter afternoon, he can linger over his work until it’s witching hour (you know, about 4:30 or 5, when the kids need to pick up but they fall apart, dinner needs to get made, Daddy’s not home quite yet, and everyone mostly feels done for the day). And I’m not starting Latin at that point in the day! I suppose I’m not dedicated enough.
Next week, once swimming lessons are off the calendar, I’m going to attempt to get a start on Latin before Circle Time, since Hans is usually the first to finish his morning things anyway. Then he can finish up the work if needed during said independent work.
We had a crazy rainy day on Tuesday, and Knox and Ilse had the best kind of preschool there is: splashing in puddles in the rain.
Plus this was our second week of swimming lessons. We’ll find out this morning if they passed their levels. I’ll be glad to be done leaving the house every morning for awhile. In two weeks we’ll do a two-week set of tennis lessons, which the boys are really looking forward to.
Some Books from This Week
I was able to make a book order with accumulated Amazon affiliate credit (thank you!). There are three new-to-me (I love that Amazon has used books!) titles on my shelves now:
That last one has a great subtitle: “Selected Contrary Essays on How to Finally Acquire an Education While Still in College or Anywhere Else: Containing Some Belated Advice about How to Employ Your Leisure Time When Ultimate Questions Remain Perplexing in Spite of Your Highest Earned Academic Degree, Together with Sundry Book Lists Nowhere Else in Captivity to Be Found.”
But I’m trying to make a concerted effort this month (ack! week!) to finish off books that have been on my “currently reading” list for, well, most of the year.
3 in 30 Goals
This is the last week in June! Crazy.
- Home: Clear and tidy kitchen cupboards.
I straightened up my pantry yesterday. Just in time to fill ‘er back up next week! Matt cleaned out the fridge for me last week, too. So the places that were in dire need of reordering have been tamed.
- Family: Read daily with Ilse & Knox.
I’m doing better but still not so hot with this. The good thing is that Ilse is back to pestering for books. You know you’ve said, “Not now” too often when they stop asking! In this picture, she is “reading” Pajama Time
- Project: Begin writing the 31 Days series for October.
Zero progress here. At this rate there won’t actually be a maternity break from blogging, my blogs will just go into a coma instead. :) Instead of working on that, I read & wrote for the book club that begins Monday on Ideas Have Consequences. Consider joining us!