The past week is a blur of tiredness and illness. We all came down with the infamous rotavirus, and had fevers and horribleness. (And just as I’m publishing this, looks like the baby has roseola on top of everything. Wow. What a bad week.)
World maths Day!
The Boy participated in World Maths Day, competing against kids from around the world in doing addition and subtraction problems against each other in real time. He was so delighted he declared his two favorite subjects to be “math and competition”. So I signed him up for spring soccer — but I’m sure this is one of those teams you’re not supposed to be too competitive on. Whatever. Like you can stop kids.
We also are moving our facts memorization to a cabinet. If you open the right door you can quiz yourself! Plus, it’s right next to where he eats, so he’ll get it by osmosis. The girl is enjoying quizzing us on math and doing simple addition and subtraction still.
We played with acids and bases and red cabbage
indicator, planted plants, and saw the tulips start coming up in the
backyard. We talked about spring and signs of spring, too. In the past
few days they’ve learned a lot more about earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear reactors, as well. 🙁
We learned a lot about electrolytes, dehydration, and ways your body fights disease. Hands on!
|A guy with a urine-based laser gun|
A lot of our sick time we’ve been doodling and drawing things.
We started re-watching Liberty’s Kids since we’re about to read the chapter of our book about the American Revolution. We’ve also been talking about all the uprisings going on around northern Africa right now and discussing different sorts of governments.
The boy has been typing emails and text messages to me, family and friends a lot lately. He’s also started reading Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke. He’s heard it read to him twice, but it’s an enormous book written somewhere in the 4th-5th grade level, and he’s already about 50 pages into it, I think. I’m proud of him just for trying! The girl has been doing a lot of writing of letters, and trying to sound out small words. The baby is using more and more words and has started playing with consonants. Which should help us be able to understand her. (Right now, she mostly talks in vowels, which makes me slightly crazy.)
|Painting with dirt|
We went to PE class right before we came down with the evil
illness. With spring just about here, it was impossible to keep the
kids happy playing in a gym. So we adjourned to the park. 😀 Also, we
went to gymnastics class last week (but not this week).
The kids went to their cousin’s band concept and enjoyed it thoroughly! Excellent band. We also listened to some Irish music in the lead up to St. Patrick’s Day. Plus, they listened to their dad work on a song he’s been composing for, um, 10 years or so. The boy went to a singing class where they talked a bit about harmony, chords, and rests.
While they weren’t sick, they did some cooking and enjoyed cleaning. They both suddenly like mopping (which is a good thing, since they keep tracking mud everywhere) and the girl constantly begs to help scrub dishes!