"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one."
- Malcolm Forbes
Gotta make this one short and sweet because I'm itching to finish my book, The Meaning of it All by Richard Feynman. I've caught the reading bug again, which is why blogging has been down. My Mondays are so hectic now that I forget manners posts until it's nearly Tuesday. I should probably try to do something in the middle of the week and just have it scheduled. We've got a lot going on in the coming weeks, so it'll probably be a ghost town around here for a little longer. I promise I'll put up the AIR post this weekend though!
Robotson is still reading A Wrinkle in Time to me. He seems dedicated to finishing it now, though we aren't anywhere near done. I'll help him out if we are getting down to the wire. The girls got a reading bug themselves this week. We read several of our books of nursery rhymes, and many of their favorites. I don't think we read anything I haven't already posted about before. I picked up a dozen new Charlie and Lola titles last night. They were thrilled! Off topic a little, I read the intro for From Eternity to Here while hanging out at Barnes and Noble last night. I want! Waiting until my birthday though, so instead I picked up The Chemical History of a Candle. Speaking of my birthday (hint, hint, nudge, nudge for B) if you like physics, classic literature, and quirky fiction, I highly recommend Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next Series. I've read the first two and they are brilliant.
We did a whole bunch of fun and interesting stuff on the 'Net this week, but I suck and didn't keep track of where I got the links. I know it was all blogs I am subscribed to, but I can't give proper credit. Sorry!
We learned about Homonyms. Words that sound the same, but are spelled and mean something different are a problem for Robotson. It was fun to talk about all the different words and try to find the ones that always trip him up.
Learned how to find the volume of something at Math Live. Robotson picked up this really quickly. I was impressed and we got to use our multiplication skills.
Learned about Seismic Waves at Learning Science.org.
Found out I am a terrible typer at PowerTyping. Actually, I think I'm a bad typer when it isn't real words and I have to copy it from a website or book. I type pretty well when it comes from my brain.
Checked out the Scale of the Universe. This was really cool and mathy.
And the FBI has a cool site for kids. We learned about dogs with jobs, and reiterated the never go with strangers message. I liked the part about online safety.
Since I can't remember where I got the links from I'll just give a quick shout out to a few blogs that I always find great stuff from. Instructify, Free K-12 Education, and Free Technology for Teachers.
Doing a little spring cleaning around here as well. I cleaned out my closet this week. The kids found it interesting because I let them go through all of our Disney pins and rearrange their lanyards. We probably won't be going back to Disney for a while, but our pins remind us of all the fun times we had on our previous trips. I also cleaned up my Reader. I had been subscribed to 142 blogs, and I am down to 98. Of those, only around half post daily. A dozen or so don't post even monthly. It's so much more manageable to deal with 200 posts a day rather than the 600+ I would be facing before.
The only other news I have is that we are seriously considering a membership to the YMCA. Yes, I know it's a Christian organization. I've been assured by other members that there is no prosthelytizing. Our branch does seem unique though in that they keep a bible at the front desk, have bible verses on the walls, and offer Christian yoga. So far, no one has been able to beat that. I need to start working out, so for the price and distance, I can ignore the rest.
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