Monday morning began with Caleb getting sick to his stomach twice. I felt a bit let down at the prospect of taking a sick day on only the sixth day of our new school year. I’ll risk being called a slave driver and announce that we ended up doing a full load of schoolwork that day! (self-satisfied grin here) We went slowly, one subject at a time with breaks in-between (starting with his math DVD, the lesson being an easy concept); and to my surprise, we finished. He wanted to eat a full meal for dinner that evening. I limited the fulfillment of those desires though! I am thankful to the Lord for keeping the rest of us healthy this week. Our entire family has already experienced three bouts of stomach flu in the last eight months, so my stomach literally sank when I saw him get sick.
Caleb also lost a tooth on Wednesday. I call it his first lost tooth, though it is his second. Why the juggling of terms? He lost his first tooth when he was three. It shouldn’t have happened so early, and we don’t know why it did. The dentist said not to worry unless we saw when he grew older that no replacement tooth was coming in. Now he is 5½, which I still think is early, but is closer to a more acceptable age for losing a tooth. So I’ll call this his “first” lost tooth. It’s the tooth adjacent to the missing one, so I wonder now if he had a bad bump as a toddler, and connected with some bad teeth genes, lost those two early. I told myself not to worry about the early timing, and instead we celebrated his “growing up” (sniff!) with chocolate chip pancakes and reading Franklin and the Tooth Fairy.
This week Caleb “mastered” two more lessons in math, bringing the total to three. He probably could have completed a fourth as well, but I’m new to a mastery-style math curriculum, and am still feeling my way as a teacher to know how fast to go. I’d rather go slowly, cementing the knowledge.
Caleb began reading and language this week with ABeka. Language is just one side of a worksheet, and so far, has just reviewed phonics in a fun, painless way. We started learning our second poem, a sweet one that makes us both laugh.
We studied the story of Noah for Bible this week, and since it only took three days for me to read through the story, I took Thursday and Friday to ask the boys to narrate the story to me. Colin talked about the animals, but Caleb did fairly well with some prompting. He tends to start a story in the middle, which could be encouraging if I consider that finding the main point! On Thursday I asked what we could learn about God from the story of Noah; on Friday, what can we learn about man from the story of Noah? These are two important questions that my husband shared with me to ask when reading the Old Testament. The boys enjoyed a song about Noah from Wee Sing Bible Songs, and we’re also using the Old Testament song to learn the OT books of the Bible.
We are now studying light (the first day of creation) in science. We experimented simply to show reflection and refraction and traced our shadows in chalk on the sidewalk at different times of the day to show how our shadows will change in accordance with the sun’s (or rather, the earth’s) movements. We related this study on shadows to a description of God in James 1:17—“…the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Isn’t that a neat thought? I am surprised to find myself enjoying these studies in science so much when it’s always been my least favorite subject, in which I feel most inadequate to teach!
And this week we read about the Old Kingdom of Egypt in history, enjoying (and a bit grossed out by) the process of making mummies, and fascinated with the incredible pyramids. We made our own pyramid! We were reminded of the futile, and in this case, untiring attempts man makes to preserve his soul without a true knowledge and acceptance of Christ as the way to eternal life.
Our studies of the arts are progressing—I did manage to do a sort of preliminary lesson for Drawing with Children today and feel quite good about that!! I also did not forget to quiz Caleb on Tsonga every day this week.
Colin finished the letters E and I this week, so we borrowed Incredibles from a friend to watch in celebration and ate ice cream as well!
Callie, unfortunately, is learning, and loves, to wash her hands. This creates a wet mess, usually right after I popped the last load of laundry in the washer. She also plays with the tap outside. (Think dirty, wet mess.) This is a big no-no. And Carson is learning the word “no” as well; he’s delighted with his ability to reach the Christmas tree with the help of his walker.
We also found the time on Thursday to make a special birthday lunch for our neighbor Lawrence, who has met with Seth for evangelistic Bible studies for two years now. When asked by Seth if he wanted to continue Bible studies or quit, he said (as he’s said before) that he cannot follow Christ yet because he can’t quit his sin; but that he will come to Christ eventually, and that the Bible studies have helped him immensely. We would appreciate your prayers for Lawrence.
I’m sorry I can’t have more pictures this week. Ita vita African—even though we have 6 replacement batteries, they’re all so cheap that none work.