We took the entire week to get back into the school spirit. Another plus of homeschooling, no one has to jump up and be ready at 6 am after two weeks off. We used Monday as a planning day. Sims is starting his block on Rome. Sawyer is beginning NC history (her last block was more on NC geography) and Parks is finishing up Life of Fred Cats and starting a unit on woodworking. So of course, we hit the library and sat on youtube looking at videos on Rome, NC and woodworking ideas for kids.
Tuesday, we woke up and hit the books. Luckily, the ball kept rolling throughout the week. It was nice to be back on a schedule, even if ours is a very loose schedule. Everyone jumped into reading, maths, grammar and main lessons with copy work daily. Next week, we will add in spelling, extra projects and their classes at Latta (although they did one class this week).
For those of you up north and out west, you will get a giggle out of our adventures this week. For the south, this week was COLD! By cold of course, I mean below 32 degrees. We were freezing, but I am determined that the cold will not stop us. Monday we went for our walk and saw a hawk in a tree. From that day on, we have seen the hawk everyday in the same area. After speaking with a neighbor, the hawk is there all the time. Evidently, we had a new neighbor move in, and we never knew it. We look forward to watching him through the seasons! Wednesday, the weather began to drop. Parks had his first horseback riding class in two years. He was VERY excited. The cold was not about to stop him. He bundled up in his ski gear and running socks (yep, I didn’t notice that one until he was on the horse and half of his leg was showing) and went to his lesson. He loved it even though by the end he couldn’t feel his feet or his hands. Thursday the temperature dropped to single digits (note that in the south, we have heat pumps which cannot keep up with the cold. Thus, you could not warm up inside either). Sims and Sawyer had a three hour class outside. I spoke with the instructor, and we decided to cancel the class.. Why, I am not sure. The kids built a fire and played outside all afternoon. Personally, I bundled up by the fire inside and read my book.
Friday, Sims and Sawyer had Adventure Journaling (a class is based on the adventures of Lewis and Clark) at Latta Plantation. Before the class, the kids played on the frozen pond. Yep, another problem in the south. Kids have no idea what happens when you stand on ice in a pond, but they do find out real fast. Sims and Parks fell into some COLD water up to their knees (luckily, this is a tiny pond). So, Sawyer went to class, and we went to get dry socks for the two boys who wouldn’t listen to the adults but learned the lesson anyway (I wish that I would have gotten a picture but I thought it might be looked at as one of those “bad parenting” moments if I was taking pictures instead of helping them. It was pretty funny). We were gone about 45 minutes and headed back to the nature center where another instructor took us bush wacking through the woods to find the group. Parks and I got to join in the class which was fun. We hike this park ALOT, and we had never seen the spot we were at. Evidently there are 14 homesites in the park but only 9 have been found. The instructors have found one of the homesites, and this is where the class was. The kids had to make a map of how they got to the abandoned house and what they thought happened to the house or who they thought lived in the house. Then we packed up, headed to the nature center and listened to the stories. It was a terrific way to end the first week back to school.