Dh had surgery Monday. We're not having a full week but doing what we can between my nurse duties. My energy level varies throughout the day because I'm bouncing between the kids, Jack and dh needing me. It's draining when Danny is getting into something, dh is calling me and Camille is asking questions. Poor Jack hasn't had a walk in a week and is restless too.
The kids don't really understand that dh cannot be left alone and this makes us homebound for a while, with the exception of quick trips to the library, post office and grocery store. We can't even go on a nature walk although we will be spending time in the backyard today.
NATURE STUDY while confined...
We're going to observe two nests in our tree, the actual tree that is the header for this blog. The rest of the nests that we thought were being built were either blown away by strong winds we've had or they weren't actually nests in the making at all. If the weather is nice today, I'm planning a backyard picnic for lunch with a drawing session in our nature journals afterwards. Thankfully we have a phone system that allows each handset to call each other like walkie-talkies so that as long as we don't venture too far in the yard, dh can call me if he needs me.
We have a Hummingbird Feeder at our kitchen window now and a little friend that has been coming by every now and then. Our garden of dahlias, marigolds and impatiens is germinating and we have a bird feeder for our backyard birds. I suspect we have a nest of Cardinals in our tree because a male Cardinal serenades us throughout the day.
Our lesson status from this week
Bible- one lesson all week
Math- out of lessons 110-114, lesson 110-112 is done- we'll complete 113 and 114 today and tomorrow
Reading- Camille is still reading George's Marvelous Medicine and I'm still reading aloud Mother West Wind's Children
Poetry- Reviewing daily Time to Rise and Singing Time
Science- working on notebook pages for Venus and Earth, nature study
LA- so far 2 lessons of PLL have been done, another 2 will be done today and tomorrow
Phonics- Lesson 3 of Book 6 was finished yesterday in one sitting (she's getting fast!). Side note: Camille has been writing numerous letters this week on her own accord and experimenting with spelling larger words on her own. She likes to wrap these notes/letters up like presents and present them to me.
French- listening to Unit 1 of Écoutez, Parlez book 1 although we should be on Unit 2. Review never hurts, lol.
Piano- private lessons going well, we've been listening to Vivaldi each day
Next week will be our official week for TOG Week 18, we will just pick up where we left off and I will not worry about getting off the schedule. We will still take April 7-11 off for Spring Break.
Books and Science
I am working on separating our science related books into the topics to cover and putting the books in their own totes sort of like a unit study. We are building a science library through Bookcloseouts.com and BookMooch.com with occasional Amazon orders.
Here's a recent order I made at Book Closeouts:
Ocean Life from A to Z (Book and DVD)
Maps & Globes by Jack Knowlton
The Circle of Days
The Animal Family
Everglades (by Jean Craighead George), I purchased the last one but there are other books linked
Rachel Carson's The Sense of Wonder
The Story of Clocks and Calendars by Maestro
Gather Up, Gather In: A book of Seasons
One Lighthouse, One Moon by Anita Lobel
And the Good Brown Earth
Buzz Aldrin's Reaching for the Moon
I saved over $100.00 at BookCloseouts.com
There are loads of living books available at BookCloseouts, grab your list of favorite authors and see for yourself. There are a number of Jim Arnosky, Jean Craighead George and other wonderful living author's books available.
You know how some women get excited about finding new shoes or clothes for discount prices? I'm the same, just with fabulous books. Lol. Here are the recent books we've gotten from Bookmooch.com