I spent some time at the end of last week finalizing my plans on paper and in my head for next year’s curriculum choices. I love the fact that I already have purchased everything we will need, with the exception of experiment materials, possibly a few more games, and any other materials for hands on projects that we will need. As I mentioned in my post with next year’s line-up, it seems at the end of each year that the next year’s materials are so much more exciting than what we are trying to finish up. I am trying really hard to enjoy the rest of this year, instead of wishing for next year….
On Monday we went to The Carson Center to watch a Junie B. Jones musical with our friends The Underwoods. Merideth had really been looking forward to this, because she has read about every Junie B. Jones book that is out there this past school year.
Science: This week we finished our Real Science for Kids Biology book by studying the section about Our Balanced World.
Read Alouds: We started reading The Story of Eli Whitney. I think I am enjoying this book as much as the kids are. When we started reading the only thing that I really knew about Eli Whitney was that he invented the cotton gin. Because of this book we had some great discussions about what life was like for black people back then. My son put it very simply, it was wrong for people to be mean to them because of their skin color. They just have different pigment than we do. Then he said “what is that word that means to treat or look differently at someone because they are different from you?” I asked him if he meant discriminate and he said yes. If only the whole world could see through the eyes of a child! I am so thankful that my children have friends that look different than they do and that they realize that we are all created in the image of God.
Readers: Grant finished 100 Cupboards and began the next book in the series. He flew through this book, and couldn’t wait to get to the library for the next one. Merideth is reading Emily’s Runaway Imagination.
We also pulled out our educational games and had fun learning through those on Wednesday and Thursday.
Grant had his final baseball practice before games begin next week and the coach had them do a practice game against another team. He did great. Both times up to bat he got on base and scored a point one of those times. He also was the catcher during one inning and somehow I managed to miss it. I think it had something to do with my friend’s three-year old who was putting on a show for us the entire game!
Merideth was back at the gym after having last week off. She will start her training for level 3 in about a month. She almost got her back handspring by herself this week!!!
Our neighbor who is a corporal for the Highway Patrol, came to speak to Grant’s Cub Scout den about crime prevention. This was Grant’s last meeting that he can go to this year, due to baseball games.
Alright, all of you with little girls here is a post that you may want to check out. We have friends who have just started the adoption process to adopt a little girl with special needs from China. They are selling hairbows to help fund their adoption. If you live away, we can ship them to you for a few more dollars to cover shipping. Here is a picture of what they have right now, but in the post you can see close up pictures and detail of each bow.