IN THE CAR THIS WEEK
"Who would have believed that a knobby-kneed little colt called Seabiscuit would become one of the most celebrated racehorses of all time? Although Seabiscuit was the grandson of the legendary Man O' War, he was neither handsome nor graceful. His head was too big, his legs were too short, and his gallop was awkward. During the depths of the Great Depression, Seabiscuit won against incredible odds and uplifted the hearts of Americans from the streets to the White House. Ralph Moody recounts the thrilling tale of the plucky horse who refused to quit, the down-on-his-luck jockey who didn't let horrendous accidents keep him out of the saddle, and the taciturn trainer who brought out the best in both."
9:30 – 3:00 Homeschool in the Forest Today was the annual HARVEST FESTIVAL where familes join in at the end of the day. It was a cold, damp morning so they bundled themselves up well, and I packed their lunches with warm meals and hot tea.
Each family was asked to bring one dish inspired by the forest or harvest. Each group of kids worked during their day to prepare one item - like tea brewed from freshly picked forest berries.
The tween boys made truffles from elderberries and cocoa, and formed them into the shapes of various woodland scat, ya know, just for extra credit.
Buckwheat dough was available to wrap on found sticks and to roast over the fire.
After the harvest festival, we headed home to pick up our friend for play time. She couldn't really wait to do homework and in doing so, took on the task of teaching division to my kids. I love it when that happens!
9:00 - 12:00 Last day in our 8-week series of Drawing out Arithmetic and Language Arts. When I drop them off, D is SO EXCITED to teach them about the Pythagorean theorem. D is the best!
Final message from language arts teacher, sent 11/21:
"I just wanted to say I am proud of your children, and how much progress they have made in a difficult subject area. Writing is hard work for most people (there are a few for whom it comes naturally and easily, but not most!) They learned how to take notes in 2 different outline forms and use these to write paragraphs; to avoid using banned (boring!) words; to use interesting, colorful verbs, adverbs, and adjectives (and how to find synonyms in a thesaurus or online); how to add who-which clauses to add interest and variance to their writing; and have a greater understanding of the literature forms of fables and myths. They also practiced public speaking on a regular basis, and got better at making eye contact with appropriate pauses. Keep up the good work, and please try to continue in these practices in all your subjects as you educate your children! Your children are treasures, and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas."
12:00 - 2:00 Open studio art class for the big kids
1:00 - 4:00 PreK for Tiny Buns
2:15 - 3:15 Music for 10yo. He's back on the piano learning a Christmas song and happy.
10yo comes home and knocks out some math homework, Tiny Buns plays a board game with E, and Beanie pulls out an old Kiwi Crate and continues working on the projects.
It's raining today so our tennis class is canceled. Our Spanish tutor calls in sick. We play around the house until it's time to head to science and poetry.
11:45 - 12:45 7yo science class (while 10yos bake and play)
1:00 - 4:00 Tiny Buns does PreK
1:00 - 2:30 10yo's science class, they review their first semester anatomy work.
1:00 - 2:00 Beanie's poetry class:
3:00 - 5:00 Beanie is at her grandma's house. They bake an appetizer and work on needlepoint.
8:15 - 9:15 Daddy takes 10yo to math tutor
9:30 – 3:00 Homeschool 4-wheel drive - the 10yo's second day a week in nature. Run by the same organization as Monday's class, this group happens have only boys enrolled at this time, which I love. It's great to see them just go off on a wild adventure with a great male leader. This week's summary:
"We went to Madrone Canyon (Baltimore Canyon Open Space for a super rainy day - we ended up focusing on shelter. Beyond learning some essentials for rainy day clothing, we found an amazing redwood cave, thanks to Quinn's explorations. We all crawled in and some of us stayed for a song, and some for snack. It was completely dry, making it suprising to come out and see it still raining. A little farther along the trail and we found a partially made debris shelter...well, as you can imagine an hour later, we had a nearly water proof shelter to eat lunch in. Pretty amazing to see everyone working together to bring it to form. C. was stoked (as was I) when we saw an Ensatina salamander walking in the leaves of the big leaf maple (which was our roofing material) Funny how much time we spent building it, ate lunch in it and then took off. As the rain let up, we made our way to Dawn Falls. Since the water wasn't quite falling, some of the boys decided to see what else they could make "fall" over the rock ledge - plenty of sticks went flying into an already giant pile of sticks and logs at the base. I look forward to a return trip when the water is really flowing."
9:00 - 10:30 Beanie has her second private art class. This week her teacher takes her down the street to the local cafe where they work on pen sketching. I set her up with a bagel and hot cocoa before Tiny Buns and I leave them alone for the morning.
10:30 - 11:30 Tiny Buns and I pick up Beanie and together we walk across the street and hang out at the library for a while.
1:00 - 4:00 PreK for Tiny Buns
1:15 - 2:15 French immersion for Beanie. The kids work on building a play candy store and are all so proud to show off their work when it's time for pick-up
3:00 Pick-up the 10yo and am greeted by a soaking wet kid. He loved their day in the canyon but begs to go home for a hot shower and downtime.
Our county libraries have started stocking these PLAYAWAYs and we've checked a couple out. The kids love them and enjoy listening to them while working on something with their hands, or just hanging-out by themselves.
She's listening to:
9:00 - 10:00 Family Spanish class. J plays Who Is It? with the kids, but in Spanish! It's the perfect game for them at this stage, utilizing colors and facial characteristics.
12:00 - 4:30 San Francisco Zoo! Our sitter has to go for a school project and offers to take the kids for the afternoon. I exercise and do some Christmas shopping.
EXTENDED LEARNING (aka THE WEEKEND)
Daddy set his dusty keyboard up in the 10yo's room for use. He's super into it and I find him practicing without any nudging. :)
Inspired by a catapult she crafted from a Kiwi Crate, Beanie and Tiny Buns build a castle in the playroom.
On Sunday we head to The Dickens Fair for our annual tradition!