The Third Week

Well, this was a week where we didn’t get much done. And, I’m okay with that.

Monday, Lillia climbed Mt. Monadnock with my mom (lots of pics at the end of this post).

Tuesday, she woke up with a terrible sore throat, so we shelved school for the day, and she rested.

Wednesday, same deal.

Finally, on Thursday she was feeling better, so we took up our history, math, and independent reading work. She tried to learn the cursive letter “D,” but that ended in tears.

Friday was mostly normal. The baby is now sick (poor thing!), so that is taking up a lot of my time, but we were able to do some really good work in our history book. Lillia is now illustrating her drop-down webs without my even suggesting it (we were printing out pictures from the internet). I am so impressed with her initiative. We also did our math work (we’re now on Life of Fred: Butterflies, and still loving it!), and then she watched a one hour NOVA documentary called “Evolution: Great Transformations.” (I found it on YouTube.) She really enjoyed it.

I love our cursive curriculum, but I think we need to do a lot more practice with each letter. I purchased New American Cursive from Memoria Press, to see if it might be useful as a supplement (also, I love the meerkat!). We haven’t been working much on science because I am trying to figure out what I want to do — we may do the Thornton Burgess books, and an astronomy book I ordered from Memoria. I will write about that more later, after my thoughts have had a chance to coalesce.

I’d love to hear from other homeschoolers regarding how you deal with “sick days.” Obviously, she could have done her work in bed, but it seemed cruel. I know when I’m sick my head is all foggy, so probably not much good would come of trying to think about anything, but maybe that’s just a lame excuse…

Pictures from the hike (she was pretending to be a wolf the whole time — check out the “paws”):

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So proud of her for making it to the summit! I wish I could have been there.


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  • Jade

    I’d say reading books would be a good sick-day thing, but that’s something she’s already mastered. Listening to new kinds of music might be a nice passive thing to do. I remember being 9 or 10 in bed with a fever and listening to tapes of the music from Fantasia and imagining wild stories that went along with the classical music. It wasn’t a lesson, but in retrospect I see I was absorbing the qualities of the music and being creative. It doesn’t require much concentration, and doesn’t really feel like a lesson. I hope everyone feels better soon.

  • Jade, that’s a great idea! I love Fantasia. She hasn’t seen the movie, so her mind is still pure. I guess an audio book might also work. When you’re sick, sometimes it’s nice to just tune out the world.