Monday, December 11, 2017

December Learning Notes: Week 17

On Monday we had our Catholic girls meeting. On Tuesday, the oldest three and I finished reading the 13th chapter of Matthew and its many parables and Teresa and I did the 15th lesson in her religion book all about the Our Father. Then the three oldest and I did their last Zoology lesson on insects focused on butterflies, skippers and moths. It was really neat to learn the differences between them. When we begin zoology in January we will shift our focus to water animals. We also began reading Herbert Eugene Bolton's The Padre on Horseback: A Sketch of Eusebio Francisco Kino, S.J. Apostle to the Pimas.
On Wednesday the kids were all a bit sugar-high after St. Nicholas' visit. We still managed to read about the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas as well as Cabot and Cartier in The Story of the World and then read O'Brien's Travel with the Great Explorers: Explore with John Cabot and Jennifer Lackey's Jacques Cartier: Exploring the St. Lawrence River.
On Thursday, Felicity and Elizabeth finished all their bookwork before we went out for a tour of the JellyBelly Factory Warehouse.
After we got back, Teresa finished her bookwork and Brigid did a second reading lesson. We also read Stuckey's Travel with the Great Explorers: Explore with Hernando de Soto, Rachel Eagen's Ponce de Leon: Exploring Florida and Puerto Rico, and Joan Goodman's Beyond the Sea of Ice: The Voyages of Henry Hudson. Then we finished reading Bolton's The Padre on Horseback.
On Friday we finished up the remaining bookwork for the week and went to Mass.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

November Learning Notes: Week 16

We went back to work with 3 weeks of school work before Christmas break. No one really wanted to do much but we got back to work anyway. Monday we did religion, Teresa's lesson focusing on the parable of the Good Samaritan and the Corporal Works of Mercy and the older three and I reading through the first 30 verses of the 13th chapter of Matthew. We also began reading Milton Lomask's Ship's Boy with Magellan. Unfortunately, Monday evening, Brigid threw up. So Tuesday morning we were taking it a bit slower and easier. We got less bookwork done than Monday, but we did read Katharine Bailey's book Ferdinand Magellan, Lorene Lambert's Who in the World was The Forgotten Explorer on Amerigo Vespucci, Carole March's Pedro Alvarez Cabral, Katharine Bailey's Vasco da Gama, and the Story of the World's section on Magellan and Vespucci.

Wednesday I did have a doctor's check up, but we did manage to do our zoology lesson on praying mantises, dragonflies, grasshoppers, crickets, katydids, aphids and cicadas.

Thursday I got the Thanksgiving/Fall decorations all put away and all the Advent things out. Even with Advent not beginning until Sunday, since many items begin counting down from December 1st, I figured I should have it out for Friday.

On Saturday, Felicity and Brigid had their zoo classes. Felicity's was on rocks and how animals use rocks from digestion to nests to homes to toys. Brigid's class was on reindeer.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


The Monday of Thanksgiving week we went to the Milwaukee Public Museum, particularly to see their temporary exhibit on weapons, their Streets of Old Milwaukee all decorated for Christmas, and the living butterflies.
Unfortunately, I came down with strep, so we did make some pumpkin bread, but otherwise I had to take it easy Tuesday and Wednesday, although on Wednesday James took the oldest 4 to see Coco and Thomas and I ran to the library and had a yummy soup lunch.
Thursday James was sick so after we watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, I cooked dinner and the kids and I ate without him.
Friday we used our new leaf blower and clean up the back and side yards and I made new chore lists for all the girls. I also put up the outside Christmas decorations. The only store I ran to was Ace to get extra lights. We don't really do Black Friday.
Or Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday... But Cecilia saw how many emails I got through them so she drew this:
James, Thomas and 3 of the girls got much needed haircuts/trims on Saturday, but with a GI bug working its way through the house, we tried to take it easy the rest of the weekend.