A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Our Week - with Lots of Reading

As we continue to learn about pollinators in botany, I figured it was time to refill the hummingbird feeder.

Hannah got to learn what a funnel is and what it does, as we put the sticky powder in and helped it pour down with a chopstick.

Daddy hung it back up for us.  We need to be more vigilant about checking to see if they've noticed it yet.  Out of sight, out of mind, I guess.

Speaking of Paul, he's re-doing another one of the bathrooms.

Jack has been going through the Magic Tree House books at an alarming rate.  On the weekend, he can do 5 in a day.

I'm glad we've picked up lots of these over the years.  I just got him the Revolutionary War ones, since that's what we're learning about in history.  We need to get to the library again and see if any different ones have come in.

And I have been between book reviews long enough to pick up some pleasure reading myself!  I've read through the whole series a couple of times over the years, and I think I'm ready to do it again.
If you don't know Amelia Peabody, you're missing out.

Did you catch our Sketching at the Zoo trip this week?  It was a really nice day.

We've started another GrapeVine Studies lesson pack.  My stick figures are getting better all the time.  Review coming soon.

We did half a craft this week.  It involves pink clay, heart cookie cutters, and letter stamps.  I'm hoping I get motivated to finish it up soon.  I think they'll be cute when done.

Luke managed to get himself into a pickle, getting stuck under the rocking chair.  He's having a new strange symptom, although, for Lukey, strange is normal.  His hand or foot or cheek will be pink/purple and warm to the touch.  The other day, I was upstairs, talking to Paul, who was downstairs, and as I looked down at Luke from above, I could see that not only was one foot purple, it was swollen larger than the other foot, too.  Paul mentioned it to Luke's doctor at a recent appointment, but no one is sure if it's a neurological issue or a circulatory issue.

I mentioned in last week's wrap up post that we're going to be setting aside most of our regular stuff to focus on literature and language arts more intensely for a while.  This is one of the programs we'll be working on.  We did placement testing, and it was interesting to see some gaps, so I'm hopeful that this will help address those.

The big kids had no school on Friday.  Which means we had no school, too, since we follow their schedule, for the most part.  Bri needed a sports physical, so we got to get out and run some errands just the two of us, which was nice.

She hadn't seen the automated return at the library yet, and was duly impressed with the machine that scanned the bar codes as the books get sucked in on a conveyor belt.

Next week should be interesting as Paul will be taking another class and the big kids are off Monday, and we have 2 birthdays!

This post may be linked up at these linky parties.

Top Mommy Blogs - Click To Vote! Thanks for clicking for us!


  1. Great week! How wonderful to have such an avid reader in your home. I hope Luke's foot is not a big problem.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. I despaired of him ever learning to read! I'm really grateful Reading Kingdom helped make things click for him.

      Luke's pediatrician said she would refer us to other specialists if we wanted, but didn't seem to think it was a big deal. Paul's thinking it's a brain stem thing.

  2. Thanks for sharing your week at the #LMMLinkup. I hope you enjoy your focus on literature.

    1. It's fun to change things up every once in a while. We're stretching the language arts part of our brains for sure!

  3. You guys are always so busy doing WONDERFUL things! I am loving the book suggestions! Your kids are soooo lucky!

    Thanks so much for sharing, and for the awesome recs!

    1. Oh, thanks for the feedback! I stopped at the library yesterday while I was out with Bri and Sam getting sports stuff. Finished a book last night and brought some home for the kids, too, so I might give those a mention in this week's wrap up. :)