Week 21 – Snow on Snow on Snow [posted belatedly]

Despite my best intentions, this ended up being a short week.  We got lots of snow Wednesday into Thursday, and the fun lasted well into Friday.

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The snow is so reflective, even at night.

All the neighbors were off, there was a lot of shoveling to do, and hunkering to keep warm [ok, I exaggerate a bit there, but just looking outside is making me cold].

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We have a long drive. And the snow was deep, wet, and heavy.

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A panoramic for fun.


L finished reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by O’Brien.  On Friday, we watched the animated adaptation Secret of NIMH.  It was ok.  Neither boy, nor our neighbor friend, were all that interested in it.  We are wrapping up the unit this week; more on that in another post.

L also finished his WWII essay.  It’s not perfect, but he’s getting better.  Progress, not perfection.  :)

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Some technological advances from WWII

Here is another example of his writing, a “brief, constructed response” inspired by issues brought up in the Rats of NIMH book.  We discussed this quite a bit before he started writing, both the content and how he’d need to organize it.  Some of my words ended up in the final product below, but I’m still impressed with how he constructed the paragraph.  He followed the prescribed structure without being overly formulaic.  Yay!

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L’s position on using lab rats


We are a smidge behind in science.  I didn’t look ahead carefully enough and didn’t have the whipping cream or egg beater we needed to do an experiment.  We tried to go on as much as possible while I collected those items over several days, but some things we couldn’t do until we’d done the whipping cream experiment.

We should have finished Beast Academy 3D this week, but the snow days prevented that.  We’ll get started with 4A early next week.

I’m a little concerned how long it’s taking us to finish our MBTP units.  They are designed to be done in 3 weeks, but we will have spent about 5 on this set, and at least that much on the Civil War set.  I was hoping to use these units as our primary curriculum next year, but we won’t get through much if it takes us a month to go through a set of units.  :/  We only work 4 days a week because of co-op.   Hmmmmm, maybe I’ll completely rethink again.  I love seeing the awesome unit studies my friend is doing, but I’m overwhelmed by the amount of work necessary to create a good experience.  I dunno…

On Monday, we followed a tip and drove to a library across the county line in Laurel, MD.  They were having a huge book sale.  We got some real gems [and some chaff that none-the-less attracted the boys' interest].  I wish I’d had more time/patient boys so I could have scoured the adult stuff more.  I only paid $5 for all of this.  I would have loved to have gotten some stuff for myself!

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Our treasure!

One thought on “Week 21 – Snow on Snow on Snow [posted belatedly]

  1. Wish I had known about that library book sales, too. You should come to the Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale in Odenton the end of February with me..just sign up as a homeschooler and you’ll get an entry pass and sale coupon to bring! :)

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