"We can get too easily bogged down in the academic part of homeschooling, a relatively minor part of the whole, which is to raise competent, caring, literate, happy people."
~ Diane Flynn Keith
Light blogging this week since I'm not reading as much to Robotson and reading more for myself. I'm in the middle of Parent Effectiveness Training: The Proven Program for Raising Responsible Children by Thomas Gordon. It's another in a long line of books on emotionally intelligent parenting. About halfway through, I realized I was going to have to buy it and noticed Amazon was having a sale. I love book sales. (The library's annual book sale is tomorrow!)
Since there was a sale...Jennifer Morgan wrote three gorgeous (and brilliant) books on the universe and evolution. We've checked out Born With a Bang from our library before, but I went ahead and purchased the set. I would highly recommend them to introduce the concepts of evolution to young kids. My girls love the vibrant illustrations and that the universe is talking to them. Funny Girl immediately understood that we are all made from the stars since on Here Comes Science, TMBG have a song called Meet the Elements. It all made perfect sense to her.
Robotson and I only read one book this week, One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin. Light reading after Little Women. He wants to read Little Men next, but we'll wait until Monday to start. He followed up on his desire to do more reading and math on his own. First, he wanted to practice multiplication. Did I mention no paper was involved? He came up with all sorts of games and fun ways to not only multiply three and four digit numbers, but also turned them into word problems where you had to add, subtract, and divide as well. I admit, my brain hurt just a little bit. Then he wanted to work on fractions. He spent the next two hours making musical fractions. Love this site!!
It's been a bit of a musical week. We've been dancing around to Epcot's Illuminations Reflections of Earth, including the pre show music. I can't watch it without getting teary-eyed and goosebumps. This is by far our favorite Disney experience.