7:00 am to 9:00 am ~ Time to do their "Just Five Things" (brush hair and teeth, eat breakfast, make bed, put on clean clothes and watch CNN Student News) plus free time. Tom Sawyer is the only one that is up with me at 7:00 am. Most of the kids show up around 8:00 am.
9:00 am to 12:15 pm ~ Main school time
12:15 pm to 1:50 pm ~ Lunch and media time
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm ~ Chores, errands, doctor appointments and outside play
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm ~ Dinner, out of the home classes (cheer leading, gymnastics, dance and math tutoring)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm ~ Time with Daddy, bath, snack, bed
|At the park|
|Tom Sawyer doing a back stretch with his physical therapist|
Math and History at the Graveyard ~ We took our learning to a graveyard this week. Since we are currently learning about the 1918 flu, I thought a concrete way of understanding this topic would be to do a bit of research at the cemetery. The cemetery manager helped us find out about the 12 local people who had died of the 1918 flu epidemic that are buried in this cemetery. Thankfully, the manager was as much of a nerd as me and had already pulled together some great statistics so we also could make a math day of it. Even so, we did not have much luck finding most of the grave sites. Our local cemetery is 100 acres and has over 15,000 graves going back to the 1840's. While we managed to find the family of one victim, the victim's marker was gone. We also found Thomas Wolfe's brother who died in this epidemic. Our statistics ended up being similar to the national statistics. One thing that made the 1918 flu so unique was that most of its victims were killed in their prime. The weak, elderly and young children usually did not die from it. In this cemetery the victim's average age was 36. The youngest and only victim in our graveyard who was under 20 was just 10 years old. Yes, my son is walking barefoot around the graveyard. He is that comfortable! I have been taking them to various cemeteries since their infancy. As always, the kids got side tracked by looking at the graves of babies. We were working in different sections than usual so they found lots of different graves of infants that they hadn't seen before.
Speak Like a Pirate Day ~ Little Red Riding Hood was listening to the radio this week and heard that Krispy Kreme Donuts was giving away a dozen donuts to anyone dressed up like a pirate on International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19). The girls made costumes for themselves and Tom Sawyer. For fun, we went to Krispy Kreme and practiced our best pirate brogue. Ah, mateys, they feared us so much! Krispy Kreme turned over the treasured donuts faster than we could say, "Shiver me timbers!" We rarely eat donuts, so this was a huge treat.
Books We Read This Week ~
- Freaky Friday
- War Horse
- Helen Keller's Teacher
- The First Teddy Bear
- Life of Fred Farming
- Girlfriends Exploring Women's Relationships in the Bible (me)
- The Last Runaway (me)
- Camping with the President
- Garfield several books
- Girls are reading different Animal Ark books
Super Finds ~ I found a really cool deal at a yard sale recently. I found this nearly new word processing typewriter for only $5. It is still sold on Amazon for over $100. The kids love typing on it, and I love that I don't have to worry about a certain kiddo sneaking onto the Internet when she is supposed to be doing a book report.
I am joining ~