October has great weather, in general. It’s after the heat of summer is over, but before snow. So everyone plans a billion activities in fall. It’s a really, really, really busy month. It’s also when my allergies try to kill me again and I always end up sick. It’s a bad combination.
- Kid #2 and Kid #3 brought me the Magic Treehouse book about Halloween to read.
- The kids demanded a spelling “test”. So I found spelling lists online and they wrote them out. (It doesn’t count as a test, it’s not timed, graded, or even required… )
- The younger two kids practiced handwriting in their new cheesy joke handwriting books.
- Kid #2 practiced typing.
- Update on Bravewriter projects:
- Kid #1 worked several more days on his Zombie Apocalypse catalog.
- Kid #2 had me print out some pages from the NaNoWriMo kid’s workbook so she could work on her main character for her story
- Kid #3 spent several more days working on her alien book with me.
- Our regular Friday night visit with family didn’t happen, so we stayed home and watched Galaxy Quest and The Princess Bride.
- Kid #2 wrote a song for her Tomodachi Life people to sing.
We started going through Zaccaro Challenge Math as a group. Sometimes things are better on teams. We decided we were a secret band of math geniuses who have to solve problems to save the world. Kid #1 helpfully named us the M Team and played the theme from the A Team to inspire us.
The first day we did this, it went great! The kids took turns, everyone was involved, it was great. Then, stupid me, I decide to do it again. In the same week. Like, what am I even thinking? Oh, I know what I’m thinking, I was a math geek as a kid, and doing math all day long for a week was my idea of fun. So we worked on it for 45 minutes and the kids got bored, tuned out, and were sad. BAD MOMMY. So I apologized. Profusely. They are now under orders to set a timer during math time so I stop doing that.
- Kid #1 made a parachute for a stuffed snake out of yarn and a plastic bag and it worked really well. The girls helped out by observing the test flights.
- All three kids went on a nature bike hike on their own. They saw a ladybug, grasshopper, mushrooms, and I don’t know what else because I wasn’t there.
- Kid #1 did his first chemistry experiment, separating a mixture of solids using recrystallization.
- He also spent a lot of time in Kerbal Space Program. He’s so far past where I got…
- While the youngest was at soccer practice, the older two and I played 20 questions… which has a large amount of science content the way we play it. “Is it a chordate?” and other cladistics questions come up a lot.
- When I felt horrible on Friday, we watched a video about heat transfer and rubber bands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfmrvxB154w
- We talked about hurricanes and weather. A lot.
- Kid #2 and Kid #3 learned about the vehicle that moves big rockets and stuff to the launch area. (Thanks grandma!)
- Kid #2 and Kid #3 read about the Gregorian Calendar with me. Grandma printed out a nice article about it.
- Caught up on Story of the World activities, coloring pages and maps.
- We ate at a Persian restaurant. I learned that it’s been a while since I took the kids to new and different places… but it all worked out.
- What do you do if the house is on fire, the door is stuck, the window is stuck, and everything is on fire. It was a weird conversation about risk.
- More fire safety: How to brulee a creme crulee.
- Kid #2 and Kid #3 made a lot of beaded bracelets and other beaded decorations.
- I have no idea what else, I was sick and tired much of the week.
- We all watched Dancing With the Stars — it’s a great introduction to different dance styles and music.
- We went to a celtic fiddle concert.
- Grandma printed out an article that explains the difference (or not) between a violin and a fiddle.
- All three kids did a lot of bike riding.
- The girls went to soccer practice and dance class.
- Kid #1 trimmed the hedges.
- Kid #1 and Kid #2 played basketball for about half an hour with me.
So, to summarize:
- We’re really busy with soccer and activities and concerts… and I’m sick. And tired. But we still gets stuff done!
- I need to just not be a crazy math-pushing wacko.
What interesting things did you do this week? (Or two, or three?)