April 1, 2010

Secular Thursday: Homeschool Days 4/1/10

"Schooling, instead of encouraging the asking of questions, too often 
discourages it."

-- Madeleine L'Engle 

We got so much accomplished this week!  Our garage is (mostly) cleared out; just a few things that need to go to Goodwill.  We mulched our bushes, and added more rocks to our path behind them.  On Monday we are getting our last three boxwoods, finishing the mulching, and finishing the rock path.  At least the front of the house will be done!  We still have a bit of weeding to do around the porch, hopefully finishing up next week.

I've kept up my exercising!  Yesterday I went walking with Mo before our weekly coffee date.  It felt good, but boy was I tired!  All the weeding and garage cleaning today kicked my butt again.  I had to nap after dinner before I could muster up the energy to do the shopping for the kids Easter bags.  Anyway, it looks like next Tuesday we'll be members of the YMCA.  I noticed they had a fan page on Facebook.  It's umm....interesting....to say the least.

Alright, so here are a few things we did this week.

Driving past a local business, Robotson noticed they had yellow ribbons and a welcome home sign out for the soldiers.  Wonderful news that all the men and women who served from Winder are coming home safely!   My cousin is coming home from Afghanistan in July, but he has to go back.  Robotson made a song for him in GarageBand.

The Big Picture had several awesome photo series in the past couple of weeks.  There were robots, an update on Haiti, and pictures from Earth Hour that show before and after the lights went out.  The kids love it when you can click on the pictures to change them.

Garfield is just cool.  We learned all about Internet safety and cyberbullying (which is a lot like neighborhood bullying).  I found it interesting that kids are taught not to give out information about where they are going and when, but I see people doing it on Twitter all the time.  Heck, I'm even guilty of that.  I worry about my friends that sending updates detailing their movements and I'm trying to be more conscious of it myself.  We can't wait for the other lesson to become available.  I think they did a really great job with that site.  (via Free Technology for Teachers)

What happens when insects fall asleep and wake up covered in dew?  They sparkle!  That first one is spectacular!


A Wrinkle in Time
Robotson is still plugging away at A Wrinkle in Time.  We are on chapter eight.  Fortunately, the book club meeting got pushed back a couple of weeks so he still has plenty of time to finish it, although I doubt we'll get much reading done this weekend.

The girls and I reread some favorites, but we still aren't reading much in general.  Still feeling bad about that.
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
I picked up some really cute books for Easter though!  For Robotson, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.  We recently stumbled back upon PEM Origami, and I'm not sure there is anything cooler than an origami Yoda.    I need to buy some paper!

Here Comes T. Rex Cottontail  Here Comes T. Rex Cottontail is for Funny Girl.  I asked her the other day what her favorite animal was and she said, "Pteranodon."  I couldn't find a good book on them at Barnes and Noble, so I went with a dinosaur.  Yes, I know Pteranodons are not dinosaurs.

I got Dimples There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Chick.  

Hmm...what else did we do this week?  We participated in Earth Hour and listened to Night of the Living Dumb about Ninja Zombies.   We filled out our census form.   And more stuff, but I'm tired.  We have a big weekend coming up, so I'll leave it at that.

Don't forget, if you live around Atlanta, come out to AIR's first annual unEaster picnic!  I'm totally nervous and excited at the same time!  Oh and check out the other Secular Thursday bloggers!


  1. You have very interesting and eclectic links. Origami Yoda sounds like a perfect book for Robotson, and I hope that everyone will enjoy Easter.

  2. Origami Yoda looks very interesting. Captain Science is also reading the Madeleine L'Engle books right now!

  3. RaHC- Thank you!

    Kit- I need to check those out. We don't have any, but everyone else loves them. Maybe I can borrow a few to try out. I think FG is ready for longer books, but Dimples doesn't have the attention span. That gives me a reason to spend some one-on-one time with the big girl.

    Smrt Mama- Cool! I think the series is really fun to read.