Cool Things Happening in Our Homeschool This Week

Truth: Every Friday I think I’m going to post a fun, detailed, and complete log of our homeschool adventures and every week I fail because I don’t have time to post every little thing we did so I instead post nothing. This is my attempt to break out of that need to present a perfectly crafted summary of what we learned and offer some highlights instead. Here are just a few of the cool things we are doing right now.

As part of our current mammal study {mongooses} we started watching Meerkat Manor. The kids find it hilarious that Special Agent Oso {aka, Sean Astin} narrates. While this is our first time watching from beginning to end in order, they have seen a few episodes in the past, and know about the {spoiler alert} imminent death in the middle of season three. We know it's coming and we will inevitability bawl. 

We found a new early chapter book series that Agent A {1st} loves: Dr. KittyCat. This week we also read Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and checked out {per Agent A’s random request} a copy of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We finished The Story of Diva and Flea {a longer chapter book by Mo Willems of Elephant and Piggie fame} and have our sights set on the next Bad Kitty. I think that we have finally made it over the hump of “too many words” and now simply grab a bookmark and settle in. I do think it will still be a while, however, before he is comfortable just grabbing a book and reading on his own the way his sisters do. He likes—needs?—someone to be sitting with him and listening as he reads out loud.

Agents J and E got to meet another one of their favorite authors this week: Sarah Mlynowski, who writes Whatever After and Upside Down Magic. We are fortunate that our local bookstore sponsors a lot of great events; in the past few weeks they also got to meet Nick Bruel and Raina Telgemeier. Current reads for Agent J {3rd} include The Red Pyramid {the first book in Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles} and Little House on the Prairie. Agent E {5th} is in the middle of The Two Towers and The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy.
Agents E and J with Sarah Mlynowski
and their copy of Whatever After #10
We recently discovered the Really, Really Big Questions books, and have been working our way through the human body and world religions ones. Both are highly recommended; we’re looking forward to reading the others in the series.

Hubby and I do not exchange holiday gifts, but every year around this time we tend to purchase a few new “toys” for the house. Alexa {Echo Dot} is now a member of our family. The Agents {and Momma} have been having tons of fun testing her search abilities and listening to music. Because she is so sensitive to her name {which serves as her “wake” word} we have taken to calling her Voldemort when discussing her. We also both now own Fitbits and I have a new Kindle. {Agent E was thrilled to claim my old one, as that means she no longer has to share with her siblings.}

We’re in travel-planning mode here, as a return trip to Washington, D.C. {one of our favorite cities} is coming up soon. We are also counting down to our next Disney trip {shortly after the new year}. As usual, we'll make an effort to incorporate Disney-related learning into our homeschooling during the weeks leading up to our trip.

I’ll be sharing this post at the weekly wrap-up hosted by Kris over at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers, so be sure to pop by and check out some of the other homeschooling bloggers linked there.


  1. Ooh! Disney and Washington, DC how exciting! We often end up watching the Science of Disney Imagineering videos before our trips; my boys can't wait to be old enough to have lunch with a Disney Imagineer!

    1. My kids LOVE "the Asa videos" . . . we've watched all of them at least twice, most probably 3 or 4 times. Do they still do the lunches? That would be AWESOME. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  2. big questions about God book sounds interesting. I will need to see if I can find it. :) visiting from the linky

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Annette. It is interesting so far. We have also enjoyed What Do You Believe? {published by DK}.