Whew, what a week! It started out busy but I finally find a nice lull to our evenings around Wednesday. And we really needed the rest.
Our week started out well with a lovely dinner with friends on Sunday. I got to entertain and Adam got to bust out his favorite new toy, his Parrot AR.Drone. Boys and their toys, I guess. Basically, it's a hovercraft kinda thing that flies around the room (or outside). It's controlled by a tablet and takes video, but no audio. Here's a stock photo of a drone:
And now here's a video of the drone flying around my living room while Adam attempts (and succeeds) flipping it for the first time:
We worked on a big science experiment Monday (see my science series blog post) and Adam was able to do a lot of the explaining. The boys love it when Dad is the teacher and I love it when he's teaching science. Adisson is about to finish up his electricity unit and move on to organisms. It will be a fun change of pace as we discuss relationships organisms have with their natural environment during our ecology awareness lessons. I try to match Zander up with Adisson so we can all do science together. Zander just likes to be included in "cool 5th grade stuff!"
On Monday night, we attended a hockey game. It was Scout Night so we included our whole Cub Scout Pack. It was such an enjoyable evening! Adisson even got to be part of the color guard so he held the pack flag during the national anthem. Talk about a proud mama moment! It was nice to do something fun together as a family and as a group of Scouts. Fortunately, we have another awesome activity scheduled for tomorrow night, but you'll have to read about that next week.
This week our lessons have included learning more about the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. We've discussed hardships faced by those pioneers heading west as well as lengthy discussions about the wardrobe of fur traders (my kids are goofy!). I'll tell you, though, I'm very excited about next week's project--the plan is to build a model of the Alamo!
Zander's reading is getting better everyday and he gets so excited about it! I love that excitement!! It's the thing I cling to when lessons don't go as planned, a subject takes longer to learn than expected, when frustrations run amok in our homeschool...I think back to the excitement I see in my son when he finally understands how to read. THAT is what homeschooling is about. I get to be the person who will help him when he struggles, to worry when he's not grasping the concept, and the one who gets to see the light in his eyes when he gets it. It's magical.
Now, it's Friday. It's been kind of an odd week with errands to run and Monday being a holiday. I've decided I want to do something fun this afternoon. Around here, art class is about as fun as school gets. I saw this brilliant post about snowman art, an aerial view of a snowman. I've been waiting for the time to do it. Now is the time. :)
|My oldest artist.|
|My music lover doing some rad art.|
|Batman doing an awesome job at this project.|
|Our finished pieces. |
Jax is the bottom right...he was done for today.
He says he'll finish it later. :)