This week we fought off the Muslims invading the Frankish empire from Spain with Frankish kings Charles Martel “the Hammer” and his grandson Charlemagne. The kids acted out the Muslims’ part by making tents in the living room, bringing in their plunder and “spoil” with them, thus losing the war as they worried about protecting their tents. Then we experienced going “i viking” with Norsemen.
Caleb read fairy tales and folk tales, like Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves (from our Muslim studies last week), Puss in Boots by Perrault (a French fairy tale–I have a hardcover steal from a library sale), and Snow White (not sure what country that’s from). Then he began Viking Adventure by Clyde Robert Bulla, a wonderful children’s author. Caleb’s literature was at a good level for him this week, but his copywork included some difficult spelling words. In spelling, he learned the fifth job of silent “e” and some common words that use the “ur” spelling.
We finished studying pinnipeds for science, but the next chapter on aquatic herps includes an experiment that I wasn’t sure if we’d be able to do this time of year; so we skipped to chapter 5 on swimming dinosaurs, or “sea monsters.” The intro had this interesting tidbit: the tongue twister, “She sells sea shells by the seashore,” comes from the history of a girl who discovered bones of a “prehistoric” swimming creature. We used petroleum jelly to show how blubber helps pinnipeds to stay warm in freezing water. The boys enjoyed getting all gooey for that demonstration.
The children drew fish and painted a watercolor blue over them while listening to “Water Music: Overture” by Handel. Caleb learned about contrast in art today and tried to incorporate it into his drawings. Caleb and I also went running a few mornings this week as soon as our stomachs had settled from the flu last week.
Colin began reading the ABeka K5 readers this week! We have also been introducing our family to Narnia. We finished The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe right before Easter (perfect timing with Aslan’s death and resurrection!) and went on to The Magician’s Nephew this week. I know it’s not the usual order, but we wanted to start with The Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe. Caleb got quite concerned at Aslan’s death, but all was well when Aslan came back to life again.
Home and Ministry:
Callie had her third birthday over the weekend. We saved her celebration until her stomach was at least settled enough for cake. I missed both the Good Friday and Easter services because of illness. We did enjoy getting to live stream our U.S. home church’s passion play way over here in Africa!
Water was short this week, which was an extra trial after stomach flu and our recent burglaries’ stresses. Seth managed to get a protection order against our neighbor so that if he enters here again, he can be put in prison. (It was time-consuming, but I’m so proud of my husband’s untiring efforts when he has to work with the South African government. Sigh–it would drive me nuts.) We hope this will be sufficient to keep our neighbor out!
Seth and I began tutoring math one hour on Wednesday afternoons to boys who consistently play in our yard and come to our church. I teach them some math tricks and skip counting songs, and Seth drills facts (addition, at this point).
Tomorrow our coworker is bringing several church members of his up to help finish installing a fence on our church property, which will hopefully keep people out over there as well. 🙂 It will be wonderful to have that step accomplished.
We ourselves may go “i viking” this weekend, not to the sea, but to see some certain African “monsters” on a friend’s farm this weekend. We hope the children will enjoy seeing the animals.