We went to see the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra's spring Young People's Concert on Friday morning. Friday evening we camped in the backyard -- with a campfire and all. It was freezing cold when we woke up on Saturday morning! We spent the day puttering around the house. And, did the same on Sunday.
Benjamin is still doing well with the Reading Horizons Discovery-At-Home program. He prefers to have his lessons offline, so we have discontinued our use of the software. He is reading a lot on his own, and choosing books at the library which spark his interest. This week he found a neat little book called How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World. We were also excited to receive sixty issues of the history magazine, Cobblestone -- given to us for free by the children's librarian. She had recently pulled them from the shelves and they were free-for-the-taking. They are all late 1990s/early 2000s, ranging in topics from Manassas to Irish Americans. Yesterday Benjamin asked me to reserve the Mouse Guard books for him -- Mouse Guard Fall 1152 and Legends of the Guard. I reserved the next book in the Redwall series for him, too. So, today we picked up all the books and we started listening to Martin the Warrior.
I am reading Builders of the Old World to Benjamin this summer. We began reading it on Monday -- starting with our favorite topic, prehistory. We've enjoyed sketching the early people living in trees and hunting with stone tools and weapons. Sketching and coloring together each morning has been so nice -- and Benjamin really enjoys sharing his drawings with Michael when he arrives home from work.
I particularly love this drawing of a trap fall -- sketched into his Main Lesson Book:
|The Hunt, 2013, Colored Pencil on Paper|
If you haven't noticed, I've simplified my blog quite a bit -- new name, new web address, fewer distractions. It reflects what we're doing. Less work, more living. I'm revising my Grade Three plans. The material is still the same but the process is changing drastically.
I'm going to try to post a once-weekly wrap up like this one...and look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions/advice. Now, I'm off to watch Call the Midwife (Thanks Mom, you were right. I love it!).