What makes learning so joyful?
In the words of Plato...
“Do not train children in learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
Here's what amused our minds this week-
Drawing- A. spends a lot of time drawing and lettering and it shows. Her skills are really improving and I love seeing her challenge herself to get better at something she enjoys.
Wii Fit- we have a bit of a competition going here. No one can beat Hutch at skateboarding or A. at Hula Hoop, but we are desperately trying.
Nursing Home Visit
Making dinner- I'm letting the girls handle dinner- start to finish- at least one night a week
Egg business- A. balanced her books and ended up with $78 profit for the girls to split...not bad for selling eggs;)
Research on Australia- the girls are making travel brochures for each place around the globe that they research:)
Board games- Life and The USA (a BrainBox game)
Animal science- Butterflies, koalas, and crocodiles
Cupcake business- M. had an order for two dozen cupcakes but then she got sick:( A. and I filled the order for her which was funny really. She was resting on the couch but could see us in the kitchen, so she'd bark orders at us while we scrambled around trying to do things her way...a little stressful, but it all turned out well in the end!
Natural health- lots of home remedies this week to treat sickness and keep the rest of us well
Reading- Trixie Belden, Dog Heroes, and the Betsy-Tacy books
World Book Encyclopedia- we have a set and look things up all the time.
Handbook of Nature Study- so happy I have this on the Kindle now! Way cool;)
Poetry- talked about rhyme scheme and how to analyze poetry
Adam of the Road- our read aloud
Creative writing and editing- M. finished her story (the Civil War diary of a girl her age:) We made corrections together and she printed out her final copy to share with family and friends.
What's the Word? And Wheel of Fortune- two of our favorite apps
Surviving the Applewhites- our bedtime story
Sign Language- A. is learning signs to a few songs and teaching M. as she goes.
2.-3. Maple cupcakes with chocolate frosting and bacon. Yep, bacon. They are one of M.'s best sellers. A. and I made lemon cupcakes with lemon frosting too...pretty good for two novice bakers:)
5. M. spent most of the week here on the couch, soaking up a lot of animal science, a little Civil War, and a new Trixie Belden mystery.
6.-8. Rather than focus on what they can get for Valentine's Day, I want the girls to see what they can give to others. We made cards for the nursing home and took a group of kiddos to sing and visit with the residents. We will definitely be going back again soon.
9. We love our set of World Book encyclopedias! There's just something about seeing the girls looking something up in a book or encyclopedia (as opposed to just googling it) that makes me happy.
10. M. asked me to help edit her story first thing one morning. It was urgent that she finish it that day for some reason. We spent half the morning reading, correcting, and laughing, but we got it done. She spend the afternoon making corrections. This is the passion that encourages me as we pursue interest led learning!
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