As I mentioned, we’ve all be sick-ish, so school has been weird, plus brother didn’t have school on Monday, and we ended up doing piano lesson in the afternoon, rescheduled from Thursday per his teacher’s request, so it was an easy day. I’ll just hit reset and start with Tuesday. I really should have done this yesterday, because if I wait a day, I invariable forget the rabbit trails, which are the best part.
- Prayer began with Mass readings – focus on the Gospel and then a discussion of the meaning of the number 7 in Scripture.
- Voting time! First, I explained to him what was going on. I don’t watch TV news, we don’t have the television on much, so it’s not like it’s in the atmosphere. I just explained the entire process up to the General Election. We then walked down the block and across the street to the polling place and he observed the process.
- Back at home, we hit math – we only have a few more page of Beast Academy 5A left. It’s still expressions and equations – that day was questions like “Grogg skip-counts by 7, starting with x. the sum of the first our numbers he says is 58. What is the value of x?” and “If 7x=3,1222, what is 21x?”
- Remember, this is a 5th grade curriculum. As has been my experience with this curriculum before, a week or so ago, he began the study of this unit with a bit of confusion, but now, after working through all the problems, it’s effortless. He gets it.
- 5B is not out yet, and all I can get for a timetable is a vague “spring” – which could take us up to June 19! I am thinking about what we will do after we’re doine – which will probably be today. We may move on to regular 6th grade math – I have his brother’s enVision curriculum from our first year of homeschooling, so we might just
do that combined with some other problem-solving books.
- The next chapter of history is Louisiana Purchase/Lewis & Clark/War of 1812. Over the weekend he had read the issue of the excellent Cobblestone magazine dedicated to the first two topics, so history today was talking about all that.
- Writing and Rhetoric – he read the first chunk of the next chapter which explored the difference between “unbelievable” in fiction and “improbable.” An interesting discussion followed
- Oh, I forgot about copywork. Since it was March 1, he did the first stanza of an Emily Dickinson poem and we talked about personification:
Dear March – Come in –
How glad I am –
I hoped for you before –
Put down your Hat –
You must have walked –
How out of Breath you are –
Dear March, how are you, and the Rest –
Did you leave Nature well –
Oh March, Come right upstairs with me –
I have so much to tell
- Then it was time to practice piano – recital this weekend and then sonata competition (his first – he’s playing this) the following – and then go to boxing.
- What was supposed to happen in the late afternoon and early evening was the night zookeeper class and a tournament basketball game. The timing of the ending of one and the beginning of the other was terribly close, so we made the decision that I would get him from the zoo class after an hour and then get him to basketball, which was mercifully close. That happened – they had prepared food for the tortoises and were feeding them superfood mix and strawberries – but then by the time we got to the gym, torrential rain was falling, tornado watches had been issued and the gym roof started leaking. So, initially a rain delay then a rain cancellation.