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.

4 comments:

  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!

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    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.

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

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

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