Sunday, October 03, 2010

October, really!

The month of September flew by. It wasn't helped by the fact that I have not really felt well for the past month and my mood has been in the dumps. Every day we have had something that needed to be done, generally outside of the house. So, I've just been concentrating on making it through each and every day.

School, surprisingly has been my saving grace this month. We are having a very good fall term so far this year. It is busy though, because I am basically doing three different curriculums/approaches for each of the girls. My days are very long, but every one is having a much better time of school this year and much less fussing over the work that needs to be done.

Mary is doing a physics unit for her science. She loves the hands-on, building approach of physics. Here is one of her recent projects studying force, angles and gravity.
Emily is doing a weather unit study from Intellego. The lesson for this day was to examine the sky and determine what type of clouds were in the sky. As you can probably tell from the picture, we had to postpone the activity due to the weather being too nice. Not a cloud in the sky to identify.
As you can see, on the days Robbie is home he is very involved in our school day.

Katie is studying Whales. She is also using an Intellego Unit Study. Here, Mary is working with Katie for her activity about whale blubber and how it helps them to stay warmer in the cold waters. Mary had actually done this activity somewhere else, so she and Katie did it all by themselves.
Emily has spent a lot of time lately 'creating'. She has been building with legos, doing recycling art, and lots of painting.
And, of course we have had soccer. Lots and lots of soccer. Mary practices three nights a week and we have had to travel for a few games so far. This past weekend we had a game in Wilmington.

Because, I have been driving to soccer games DH has been pulling softball game duties. It works out better because he can actually help with the base running/coaching duties. But, the camera goes with me. I don't have any recent pics, but Katie is having a lot of fun and has improved since she started last Spring.

Katie has also started her Brownie group for the year. She is in a new troop this year and has meet with them once so far. She says the new girls seem really nice and her troop leader is very experienced.

My big boy turned 4 this weekend. WOW! He is enjoying his 'school'. He gets up in the morning and "helps" me pack his lunch for him and gets ready to go with no fussing. He is funny though, on school days he insists he has to wear a shirt with a collar, "just like Daddy". Every other day of the week stained t-shirts and shorts are what he wants.

I'm hoping that I will feel much better during October than I did September. The girls and I are looking forward to taking our nature study out to the woods now that it has gotten cooler. Not to mention just how much needs to be done to get the house ready for the winter months.



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