Relax, girl. They're wired to learn. And so are you!
So for my own review, and your idle curiosity, here's where our learning adventures took us this week.
Bible: Stories from the Book of Acts (Egermeier's Bible Story Book). AWANA memory work.
History: The World of Columbus and Sons. Just one chapter. Not our most historical week. Till Year's Good End (Middle Ages picture book for the girls.) Discussion of Passover.
Science: Popular Mechanics for Kids: Lightning and Other Forces of Nature (DVD). This inertia experiment with eggs. Resulting hijinks in the front yard with dissecting hardboiled eggs. This interactive physics simulation of crashing vehicles. Discussion of Marie and Pierre Curie. Ranger Rick magazine.
Green Hour at the creek. (Gosh, and I always feel like a slacker when it comes to science.)
Math: Singapore Math (Ian.) Logic puzzles from Braingle.com. Learning Resources Dino Math Tracks Place Value Game. iPad Games: "Monster Squeeze," "Math Ninja," and everyone's favorite: Rocket Math.
Note: Rocket Math, played by all three kids, is made by the same folks who bring us two other favorites: Stack the States and Stack the Countries.
Poetry: "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." And, on its anniversary Monday, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere."
Geography: Families of Russia (Families of the World) (DVD). Geography club meeting on Russia. Trip to local Russian market. Russia mapwork, followed by ...
It's a salt dough map of Russia, made entirely by himself. Can you see the pride oozing from his pores?
Read-Alouds: Pied Piper of Austin. Island of the Blue Dolphins (to Ian; after our success with Hatchet, we're following up with a survival-book theme of sorts). Ginger Pye (to the girls). We felt like Ginger Pye was an appropriate follow-up to the tale of that other Cranbury family, The Moffats. Those Pyes and Moffats from the days of yore, they sure are free-range kids! Plus, this one features, centrally, a dog. And the relationship between its siblings protagonists, Jerry and Rachel, reminds me so much of these guys:
Also, their mother, Mrs. Pye, "never scolds." So in that way, she's just like me!
And if you believe that, I have a pig in a poke to sell you.
Ian: Ginger Pye. The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1). Clubhouse magazine.
Eliza: I ain't exactly sure. But she made an excellent batch of cornbread last night!
Caroline: Go, Dog. Go!
Me: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. The Fellowship of the Ring. Life Study of Matthew.
Writing: The Complete Writer: Writing with Ease. Letter to one of our Compassion kids.
Music: Classical Kids: Tchaikovsky Discovers America. Russian folksongs on YouTube.
Art: Happens all the time. In particular, Ian spent hours carefully drawing Star Wars clone troopers.
Audiobooks: Novacom Saga (Adventures in Odyssey). Henry and the Paper Route. Peter Pan.
It may look like a lot (and I'm probably forgetting a few things), but be not deceived: Our days are hardly a tightly scheduled machine. We all do chores. We do things that look like wasting time. We lie on the floor and stare off into space sometimes. We have interruptions. And yet ... learning happens, all the time. Life is good.