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Friday, March 25, 2011

Week in Review--Hastings and Hailstorms

We had two days of field trips this week.  We spent a little time in Baltimore, MD.  You can read more about our trip here.

Other than that, we've had a low-key week.  I admit I am not horribly motivated, even though I was delighted to see that Scrappy only needs 35 more days of school to meet the state-mandated 180 educational days.  You'd think that would light a fire under me to "get 'er done" but it doesn't seem to be the case.

I blame the weather.

It's obviously spring, and I have a nearly overwhelming desire to clean out the house and organize things.  It's been too cold to spend a big chunk of time in the basement.  The house is still a construction zone (*sigh*) but there's light at the end of the tunnel.  Hub's brother is coming to finish up the last bedroom and then we can rearrange all the Flour Children.  Well, their rooms, anyway.  So I just want to clean.  Let's face it.  I should go with it, right?  I knew you would agree.

There has been some traditional educating going on here, despite the obscene amount of kids' clothes I've been sorting through.  We had a great discussion on Vikings (wrapping up with that topic) and we've moved into the beginning of the English kingdom.  We learned about Alfred the Great and his battle to keep the Vikings out of southern England.  We studied Harold vs. William in the showdown for the crown (aka The Battle of Hastings).

By the way, I love homeschooling.  I learn so much more than I ever learned in school.  I did take a British Isles class in college, but dropped it after we spent 3 periods watching Braveheart.  It's a huge hole in my History knowledge and I love that we're studying it in elementary school!  I mean, really, battles and kings and castles are very interesting at this age.  Okay, they're always interesting.

It also hailed this week.  Hooray!  Most of it was just slightly larger than pea-sized.  We were in the middle of schoolwork when it started and we all ran outside!  We studied weather in detail two years ago, and it doesn't really hail here too often.  It was very exciting to see some hail.


Hailstone collection.

The boys built everything from this Lego book, all week long.

Funny helped me bake a cake.

6 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great week. I've been suffering from Homeschool Mom Spring fever too!
    Janet W

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  2. This post makes me love homeschooling. I love legos and hail and cake. We had discussions about worms and Surat (the artist). I feel like I'm getting my groove back.

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  3. My kiddos would love that Lego book:)
    And I enjoyed reading your post on your Baltimore field trip. I've been there, but it was before kiddos.

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  4. Yes! When the urge to clean comes--jump to it. Unfortunately, it doesn't come to often at my house. Thanks for sharing you week.

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  5. What a great week! I've also got a boy with lego creations this week. It's amazing the stuff they make out of those! Hopefully you didn't get too much damage from the hail - probably not, if you ran outside to check it out. :])

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  6. Eh, public schools have days off all the time, a break is okay! Small-non damaging-hail-is so neat to see.

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