Monday, September 27, 2010

Chipmunk

Yes, that was our highlight of the week! We saw a chipmunk scampering around our house one day! It hid under the futon on the living room most of the time, where the kids got down on hands and knees to see, but I only saw its little black tail darting out! It ran right between my legs at one point, and we have NO IDEA where it went! We spent one evening with all the doors open last week, maybe it ran out? Maybe it died under our kitchen cupboards and we will notice it in a few weeks...anyway, it was HILARIOUS because we were all screaming and running around trying to catch a glimpse of this chipmunk! Ha!!!

I also had the great idea to switch the boys' bedrooms! So, our upstairs is in a complete upheaval! Zeke is back in the room he had as a toddler, and Eli and Micah are sharing the room Zeke did have...Eli is now on the top bunk, has his own desk...I wanted to give them a little more playing room and storage room for toys. I think it will work out just fine. I am not repainting or anything...just having a little trouble fitting all of their clothes in that one small closet...

The other big thing we accomplished last week was our first day of co-op. I think it was good. Everyone seemed to like most of their classes...Eli thought one of his classes was boring, but is loving his robotics and little ninjas class! Zeke has one teacher that is "very strict", but he could use that :) Abby is loving all of her classes. I am a teacher (not the lead) for 2 hours in the 3 year old preschool class...not my first choice, but I did say I was willing to be with preschoolers. Micah joins me in that class after his little ninjas class. It is much easier to be a teacher when he is not around, though! He is VERY LOUD and oblivious to anyone else in the class except me and him! This is surely an adventure for us and I'm processing our experience with it slowly, as I usually do!

Last week in school we...well, I can't really remember... :) Did lots of stuff :) We ended the week with an attempt at a Rosh Hashanah feast, but it ended abruptly due to lack of self control at the dinner table, to put it nicely. I'm not sure how I feel about having these biblical feasts. I can see how it is very neat to see what God designed for his people...but...I don't know...maybe it is because I can be a little legalistic at times...I just end up feeling that we lose sight of Christ and what He did for us, even though the author of this book does try to bring Christ into the picture. I'm not sure how many more we are going to do. I have done a good job at not going too overboard with the feasts and doing the bare minimum. I do like having an excuse to visit Zingerman's bakehouse so often though...no, I'm not making my own Challah bread! And I don't really see how celebrating the feasts really fits in with the rest of our history this year...am I missing something? Maybe it will come together a little later in the year. Overall, though, I would much rather be doing more hands on activities about Mesopotamia and Egypt. I have been disappointed by the lack of hands on projects this year so far. I read one blog about making a model of the Nile River...that is more of what I was looking forward to. And I am struggling with the music history portion of the curriculum as well...absolutely no interest in it whatsoever, for me and the kids. I shouldn't have bought that CD set!!!! Any way, our core subjects are going just fine, and, as Steve has to remind me, everything else is extra! We have barely even done science this year. I don't want to be disappointed in MFW, but I am really questioning whether it was right for us this year...darn!

Here is a picture from today, with their pyramid built from Magformers. Daddy made an awesome tetrahedron too!

3 comments:

  1. It's disappointing to hear that you're disappointed. There are so many mixed reviews about this particular year in MFW. I have many of the same concerns/issues you have. We started later, so we are just now entering our 3rd week according to the lesson plans. We've not celebrated a single feast. But, we still talk about them. I preread and then give a brief overview. After reading your post and some others, I think I'm not going to stress over the feasts but we may still continue to make some of the crafts/projects that go along with them.

    As far as science goes, it's ok. It's actually very simple (the Genesis book) and quick. My kids have science classes at co-op, so I'm fine with this. Last year (ECC) was loaded with science readings and very little projects/experiments. This year is all experiments. So it's a big change.

    We are enjoying the rest of the curriculum so far. I'm thankful that we borrowed it from a friend. So if we don't follow it in its entirety, I'm ok with it.

    My advice to you is to add projects on your own. If you want to make a model of the Nile, go for it. Skip something else to make time for it. If our kids show an interest while learning, we should foster that. (I plan on taking my own advice here!)

    I wish you the best and pray it gets better for you. :)

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  2. Thanks, Lisa! Yes, I have thought and researched lots of projects to add into our ancient Egypt study. I think I am just a full-immersion person! Looking forward in the curriculum, it does seem to have quite a few projects...so I was probably just having an opinionated day when I posted that last post :)

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