So, I know last week I said that I would possibly start doing a weekly end-of-the-week homeschool post. Here is officially the first edition (possibly the last – haha)…
This past weekend was Paprika’s Big 8th Birthday – I have to download the pictures from my camera still – I have been SO busy this week, I haven’t had a moment to get to it. All the pics I have been using lately on the blog have been from my phone camera – I don’t know if I’d call that lazy or efficient! 😉
On Sunday, we went to the Natural History Museum in Downtown LA. I had these plans that we’d have a calm day by ourselves down there (since it’s usually empty) – but there was something going on, and it was PACKED. Oh well, even a crowded day at the Natural History Museum is still fun. 🙂
Mostly, it was just great being together and exploring our fair city.
Wonder why they couldn’t fit this inside the museum?
Violet (2) hasn’t napped at all in about six months (maybe longer?) – so you can imagine my surprise when I walked in to check on her playing and saw this:
It lasted five minutes, until Daisy dog started barking…ahhh, well it was a nice five minutes. Haha.
Paprika has been keeping up with her crazy math schedule – she is doing 13 lessons of math/week – she alternates 2 lessons, then 3 lessons – back and forth. She is REALLY hoping to earn that Elsa costume. 😉
We are also reading Life of Fred (math) aloud at night – it’s mainly for Ginger’s benefit, and Paprika loves it, too. Paprika had been doing math drills on Reflex Math – but she’s burned out on it, so we’ve stopped.
We signed back up for Time4Learning – and she did all the lessons in a day. We basically sign up, she completes everything, I cancel the subscription – and then a month later, she asks me to sign up again. It’s a vicious cycle. Haha.
Paprika has been reading the Little House on the Prairie books aloud to Ginger. They are hooked! They really want to live like Laura – well, actually, they want to live on a farm with wide open spaces, and lots of chickens and goats…and snow! They dream about snow!
Poor little California girls. Haha.
Paprika has always LOVED picture books and even now is not really hot on chapter books (even though they’re often easier to read!) – I think it’s that she’s so visual, she just loves the illustrations and gets lost in them.
Anyhoo- I have been assigning her a chapter book to read every day, and for the most part, she’s been reading one chapter book per day!
I’ve been able to get quite a few of the books on Amazon Unlimited (I am on the free trial) – which has been great.
This week, I read the Boxcar Children myself before I let Paprika read it – (I usually read her books first to make sure they are appropriate) – and anyway, I just loved it and it even made me cry! Boohoo! Haha. So, now she’ll be reading all the Boxcar Children books – they are so precious.
Paprika loves the new Nancy Drew Mystery Series called Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew – she’s reading those mostly, and wants to write her own mystery series. Her favorite one this week (which she said was her favorite book of ALL TIME) – is Nancy Drew and The Halloween Hoax.
We haven’t JUST been sitting inside all day reading books and doing math – haha. We have been having tons of outdoor time, too!
This day I thought was hilarious because I gave everyone a bath and then at the last minute, we decided to go back out to the park and the girls got SO dirty! So, it was back to bath time again when we got home. 🙂
Paprika got a bow and arrow for her birthday (it was her big present!) – and she LOVES it. She has been practicing with it non-stop and is always begging for “bow lessons” from her dad when he gets home from work.
Paprika and Ginger are both chugging along in piano lessons! They both finished their Alfred leveled books this week – Paprika has moved onto Bach’s Anna Magdalena Notebook, and Ginger leveled up to the next Alfred book. They were both so excited!
What else? In addition to our other subjects – which I’ll have to write about that later – we’ve been watching a lot of Nature Documentaries! This week, the girls loved Wings of Life by DisneyNature (available on Netflix).
In doggie news, Daisy continues to be lazy. Haha!
And last but not least, Violet (age 2) potty trained! I will spare you the pictures of that – LOL – and leave you with this sweet image. One morning, the little girls got up super early, and when I came out of the bedroom, I found them like this on the couch, singing Little Mermaid songs to each other.
Be still, my heart. 🙂