Each week holds some of the same things: homeschool at the house, piano lesson, CBS, Classical Conversations, and PE+.
Here’s a little glimpse of Classical Conversations this past session. We were studying famous artists and trying to copy their work for art. This is my favorite part of the year each year – it’s really neat to see their creativity and to learn about each artist.
E finally got to give his presentation on his Vex creation. I can’t quite remember now what Micah chose to present on, but he’s been doing a nice job in his class, apparently.
And this past week we stayed after our morning of Foundations in order to see what the Essentials program will be like. Ethan will be in Essentials next year and we’re both a little intimidated by it! There is a bigger focus on writing well, grammar, and learning a lot of vocabulary words. I’m sure there’s more to it than that, but that’s the big focus as far as we can tell so far. E was very tentative at first, but ended up really liking it and is already looking forward to starting it next year! In fact, he had some tears at the beginning because everything seemed like a different language (they were diagramming sentences and labeling them with direct object, object of the preposition, etc.!), but everyone was so kind and encouraging to him. And he was even able to play the review games along with them. Also, Micah amazes me – he can sit for hours very quietly without interrupting or doing anything disruptive. It’s kind of remarkable.
On Fridays we head to PE+ where Ethan takes a gym class with other homeschoolers from around the city. He absolutely loves it. Micah will start next year; he currently just hangs with me and reads books or draws.
And Ethan has piano lessons (with cousin Matthew) every week. He LOVES playing piano and plays songs scattered throughout every single day. He has already surpassed my playing ability, I think, and I took lessons for a couple years. =) Here is the video he sent to his piano teacher this week, as per her request:
Sometimes we “play school” and Micah is the teacher. He gives spelling tests…like this one:
In case you are wondering, a peeologist is a person who studies pee. Obviously. Sometimes I have to embrace the grossness that comes with raising boys. 😉
We’ve been enjoying the Olympics, too. The boys even did their own version of figure skating at the house the other night. We awarded red, green, or yellow (which eventually turns to red or green upon further review) squares for their scores. And sometimes we threw Pooh bear out on the rink.
And I’ll leave you with a funny story… The boys are planning to live in Canada when they are older and would like to live in a camper, or maybe two. (The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…this was very similar to my plan as a child!) When asked if they’d like to get married, they both respond, “NO! If we get married we might have to deal with babies and their drool and stuff.” I said, “well, just because you are married doesn’t mean you have to have children.” Their response, “Yeah, but you never really know. If you get married, you might have a kid. We just don’t want to risk it. There’s no way of knowing if you’ll have one or not.” Hmm…