Well, that was interesting – and let’s hope that “was” remains the pertinent verb.
No internet or landline for almost a week. Yes, we had data on the Ipad, but I didn’t want to burn through that, plus I don’t have a keyboard and really don’t like actually typing/working on the thing.
I hope the situation is finally resolved – I thought it was late yesterday morning, but then it went out again last night…and here it is back on again this morning.
It’s been a good – excellent – exercise in patience and priorities and a lesson in putting small (really) inconviences like this into perspective. Not joking or being ironic here!
Danielle Bean was here! She was taping a couple of EWTN shows, including At Home with Jim and Joy yesterday, so I ran over during her break and before my afternoon running about and said hello in person at last.
10-year old started a Kabelevsky piece this week, so we spent some time yesterday listening to the Kabelevsky section at Classics for Kids. If you’ve never seen (heard) it, check it out – it might be the best classical music-for-children site out there. It’s centered around recorded radio programs – tons of them – but there are a lot of excellent printables as well.
Finally set up a hummingbird feeder too, and lo – one came! We had a feeder at the old house, but with zero success, so it’s a good sign that we had it up a day, and already had a customer. All nature, every animal is amazing, but hummingbirds are something else.
We also put up the regular bird feeder, and I tell you – as a person who’s never had a bird feeder up at any house she’s lived in her entire life – this is one of the best educational tools you can have. Up until this point, the only birds we had noticed in our yard were the usual – cardinals, jays, crows and robins. Now, all sorts of critters are appearing, and books have been checked out, morphologies and taxonomies studies, and a journal begun:
We had visited the town before, and seen the quarry and toured the Blue Bell ice cream plant, but this time we went down for the festival. (This being last week….I had written this to be pubished last Friday until..well, you know.)
Perhaps there is more “fest” to the festival on the weekends, but in going down during the week, the major thing we wanted to see were the artists at work.
Thirty artists are set up in tents for two weeks –two weeks! – where they work on their pieces in marble.
As it happens, one of the artists this year is the husband of blogger and long-time commenter Nancy Ewing, and so we were able to meet him and gain some insight into the challenges and fruits of working with this stone. It was excellent exposure to a new type of artistic endeavor for the ten-year old.
As I said, that was last week. No travels this week because (not kidding) every day we had to be at home waiting for a tech person. Five visits this week. Next week, however, there’s a short jaunt planned. 8th grader has an overnight class trip, so the 10-year old and I will venture out to an another location…
Beast Academy 4D is finally here! On deck: multiplying and dividing fractions, decimals, and probability. We’ll stretch this one out as long as possible with other resources and ample Khan Academy.
Have I mentioned this before? I don’t think so. This is an excellent series – well, we only have one book, but I assume the whole series is good – published by Oxford – The World in Ancient Times. It’s exactly what I was looking for: very solid content that’s at advanced kid level but doesn’t repeat what every other book on pre-Columbian cultures say. The perspective is not omniscient-expert-for-unknown-reasons. Every chapter starts with archaeology and examines what we think might be true from the evidence at hand. I wish there were study guides for every book, but unfortunately, that is only the case for the book on the Romans. It’s okay – we get excellent use on the volume on the Americas.
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