November 19, 2009

Homeschool Days 11/19/09

"It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man."
– Benjamin Franklin

This was a much more productive week. It felt good to be reading and working. Despite how much I might want to slack off, it always feels so much better to be doing something.

We'll be finishing Black Beauty tomorrow. B is still reading By the Shores of Silver Lake, the fifth book in the Little House series, with Robotson. I'm not sure where they are in the story, but I'm very glad to see them finding a way to school on their own when I'm not available. B has a lot to give the kids, and I think it would be a shame for them to not see their dad as a teacher as well. The Tales of Beedle the Bard is our next book club selection. I want to push for another non-fiction selection after that.

On Monday, we talked about needs versus wants, something that's been coming up more in the conflict resolutions. I showed him Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and we discussed different desires and where they fit into pyramid.

We got caught up on many of the photo series from the past couple of weeks on The Big Picture. The most interesting to Robotson were the shots of Mars. Then we checked out Google Mars and could easily have spent hours there. The photos from Kazakhstan were incredibly sad.

The girls and I spent some time in Mister Roger's Neighborhood. We sent a postcard to Granny and Papa, heard the Three Little Bears, and played with the kaleidoscope. I promised we would go back tomorrow. (via Instructify)

Here's a fun link I ran into this week, learn to type online for free. I haven't tried it yet, but it looks pretty neat. Robotson was using a program with Timon and Pumbaa for a while, but it's been a couple of years since we've played it. His hands were too small at the time to move to the top row. I think maybe it's time to try again. (via Instructify)

The girls and I read a few interesting books this week.

Funny Girl got How To Be a Princess for her birthday. It's a bit too detailed for the girls right now, but they enjoy the idea of being princesses. We mostly just talk about the pictures and I read little bits until they get bored. I like what I've read so far about being mannerly and gracious. Included are princesses they know from other stories like the princess and the pea, and Rapunzel. I think it will be a favorite for many years.

In The Pink Suit, Eugene's mother got a great deal on a new suit. The problem is it's pink, and he is determined to dislike it. He skirts his friends and tries to find clever ways to hide himself, while fantasizing about ways to get rid of the thing. In the end, he trades it with another boy who thinks it's unique. It cuts off abruptly there. I guess there wasn't much left to say. The girls weren't that interested and I didn't find it a very fun read. I think it will go in the donate pile.

The Snowy Day is something I picked up at the library book sale. It's a cute story about the first snow of the winter. We very rarely get snow here, so it's always fun to read about them.

Tomorrow's agenda includes Evolution in two minutes and Marty Beller's new website.


  1. I am glad that things are looking up on homeschooling front. I plan to take the Snowy Day for December. My plan is to read one new Christmas/Winter book each day.

  2. Wow! Good week. Something that definitely comes and goes in our household! I haven't thought about Maslow since University.

    Enjoyed the post on the other blog about your son too. Talented boy!
    best wishes, Julie.

  3. The boys really like this free typing program: Of course, T-Bear sometimes gets distracted and starts purposely mis-typing so he can giggle at the funny "oops" sounds. :)

  4. Raising a Happy Child--Oh I might borrow your idea and read a winter book each day in December as well. :)

    Thank you Julie. I think so too :)

    Hah, I bet he'd love that making the oops sound too. Maybe I should stay away from that one LOL.