In spite of sore throats, headaches, and fevers, we still managed to have a nice week of learning around here. I am so thankful for how you can take a more relaxed pace when sickness visits your home and yet still manage to make progress in your learning.
The older two children are reading Freedom Train and will finish it up next week. My youngest child read A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman and did her very first timeline sheet and did a very nice job. I love Jimmie's Squidoo lense about timelines and I finally tracked down the source of the great timeline page offered by freeology.com.
Since my children are reading about the Civil War, I decided to read Gone With The Wind again. I read it in high school and it is still one of my all-time favorite books. However, as an adult, I am definitely picking up on a lot more things the second time through. Are you ever drawn to read books which line up with the time period you are teaching your children?
On Thursday afternoon (because no one was running a fever that day), we took the time to visit a local state park. This place is absolutely beautiful. We love climbing on the rocks, walking the trails, flying kites, and playing on the various playgrounds throughout the park. The weather is absolutely gorgeous and I'm sure we're going to be seeing some vibrant fall colors very soon.
While at the park, we saw a toad and a snake. My son identified them as an American toad and a common garter snake. He is seriously a walking animal encyclopedia. All these years of doing simple nature studies have paid off. I learned about nature studies from reading about Charlotte Mason's methods in For the Children's Sake when my kids were just little ones.
We squeezed in a couple P.E. lessons this week and the children enjoyed playing "monkey in the middle." Do you remember that game from childhood? I had such a fun time watching them play.
The weekend is upon us and I have a couple kids just starting to come down with the virus their little sister had earlier in the week. So, we will be taking things slow and easy around here and pray for healthier and stronger kiddos for week #7 of our school year.
I am linking up this post with Homegrown Learner's Collage Friday. Take a minute to take a peek at this fun weekly link-up. It is a fun way to "meet" other homeschool bloggers and get some encouragement and inspiration.