Week 4 Announcement: All my curriculum has finally arrived including Literary Lessons from Lord of the Rings! Oh, happiest of days! DD15 & DD13 started immediately and plan do lessons on Saturday and Sunday, too.
We probably won't do that every weekend but DD15 has to get 4 permanent teeth pulled next week. We have a new orthodontist -- his assessment & x-rays reveal a myriad of problems that have been caused by the braces and/or should have been corrected over the course of these past two years. I'm angry. But DD15 (to my amazement and motherly pride) is willing to do what it takes to get it right, even if that means two more years in braces.
DD13 has been researching sugars and sweeteners for her nutrition course. I told her to put all the informations she learns about polysaccharides, glactose, xylitol, etc, etc into an easy to read format so that I can read and understand and join knowledgeably into conversations!
DS10 started The Great Latin Adventure 2! He did GLA 1 last year and I had planned to review all summer, but alas... He is reading Chemistry: Getting a Big Reaction this week. Not a literary tome but I couldn't remember what book I'd picked for him this week! He does read a lot on his own but all fantasy brought home from the library by his sisters...primarily Dragonlance novels this month.
DS8 has been reading a lot. I still can not believe that he has only been reading since last summer! He started Little House in the Big Woods (thank you, Writing with Ease!) and I read him the first few chapters of the original Pinocchio (again, thank you, WWE!). He then read the next six or so on his own and I read 3 more aloud tonight. I've never read it before. Only watched the Disney movie, years and years ago.
DS5 is wrapping up learning the sounds of the letters with OPGTR. We'll do XYZ tomorrow so we can start reading on Monday. He is easily making his way through Singapore's Earlybird B...academics are seeming to come naturally for him! Which means less stress for mom & student. :)
DD9mo is taking more and more little steps...often two at a time. I'll say she's toddling. Her new favorite game is "roll the ball." Her 1st top tooth as finally cut through -- and she's slept better the last two nights. Happy baby! Happy Mommy!
Yesterday it rained and rained and rained some more. DD15 &13 took a long walk. Elves don't mind the rain, you know. DS8 & DS5 played outside for most of the day. They came in to "do school" and have their "computer time" but the rest was spent outside. Several changes of clothing and washings of muddy feet and many worms rescued... DS10 & DD9mo & I stayed inside, though it was neither warm nor dry. Sort of damp and clammy. We've some adjusting to do from moving from the Western Desert to the Eastern Swampland! Including to the size of the insects. The person who told me "the bugs are bigger" was not kidding.
Thus ends the first month of the 2010-2011 school year!