The week started off with the most fantastic nights sleep in over a year. Not a single child woke me all night:
It was a really hot week, which means I had difficulty keeping the kids outside for very long. So there was a lot of blocks, puzzles, etc.
Felicity worked on composing her own song. I missed recording her first verse, but this was her comments on her song:
Brigid's godmother crocheted Teresa a Minion hat. We've been joking that the minions are "her people" and she absolutely loved it.
If you'd like her to make you one, you can find her at Sweet Stitches Crochet on Facebook.
When they did get outside, it was either to swing on the swings early in the morning or just before bedtime or to play in the water table. Brigid and Teresa love to take baby dolls outside and give them baths. So this was not an uncommon sight:
music as it might have sounded in ancient Babylon and blew on empty Coke bottles to hear the sound. We talked about the four basic types of instruments and how they could have been made very simply from things found in nature by early peoples. And then, for fun, we watched Disney's Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom:
In religion we talked about the hierarchy of creation and the unique role humanity plays. We talked about what it means to be created in the image and likeness of God, what the relationship between humanity and God would have been like before the Fall and why human beings have an intrinsic dignity simply because they are human beings. We considered how important this was in the subjects of abortion and euthanasia. What started as a fairly simple lesson progressed into some heavy material with some difficult recent related subjects but it was a very fruitful discussion.
In Latin we did a review of the first 8 lessons. In History we read "Ox, House, Stick: The History of Our Alphabet" which went through the origins of each letter of our alphabet from the sumerians, to the Greeks to the Romans and how many of the letters began meaning a word. For example, the letter A originally was rounded and upside down to depict the head of an ox. It was quite a fun and fascinating book. We also looked through "A Journey Through Time: Excavating Life on Earth."
By mid week, my night looked like this:
|My sleeping little angel with his tiger.|
Brigid especially loved it. She did need a little help when her numerous ducks would get stuck at the end from lack of water, but just a pump or two of help and she was back in business. Teresa tried to take every pink duck there was.
I LOVE Brigid's face in this one. And it was a sweet treat to get all the girls in one shot.
IMG 7293 from Katherine S on Vimeo.
From sandboxes to ride on toys to swings and slides to climbing equipment, they really had just about every form of play equipment there is.
There was a cart of all sorts of objects and wooden sticks for the kids to make their own music.
Cecilia and I milked a real cow. The others were a bit hesitant but we did actually manage to get some milk out, although I admit I had a harder time of it than Cecilia did. And the oldest four even took pony rides
|I asked Brigid to go up and get a shirt. She dumped half her clothing on the floor and brought down pants. This is why I don't fold my kids' clothes.|
In the meantime I rearranged and cleaned the playroom. I absolutely love this half of it now: