This week has been our first quiet week in a long, long time. If Christmas weren't enough, my husband has a New Year's Eve Birthday. So when the first week of the year comes around, I'm not ready for it. The kids had class at their charter on Tuesday, instead of Monday, like usual. So, of course, my days got mixed up and I forgot to take my daughter to her art class on Wednesday because I thought it was Tuesday. Don't tell her, though.
For our family lessons, we finished up learning about the Ancient Middle East and Ancient Israel so we can move on to Ancient Greece next week.
#2 In Pictures
I keep my homeschool photo journal on Instagram @freelylearned. I didn't post this picture of my daughter's "Kitty's New Year's Eve Party" so I'll share here. She was sobbing because I took her and her brother home before midnight, so we had a little two minute party with her beanie babies complete with a countdown and the remains of some party streamer poppers as hats and all of a sudden it was the "best New Year's Eve ever."
#3 Free Reading
Mr. 3 Years Old loves pouring over the pages of Smithsonian's Picturepedia. He also likes the predictable "That's Not My..." series from Usborne because they are tactile and he can "read them to himself."
Miss 5 Years Old returns to the library books that I've read to her earlier in the day so she can practice reading. She has cracked the reading code and is enjoying every minute. Her favorite book to read to herself this week is the classic Little Bear.
Mr. 12 Years Old is working his way through Percy Jackson and the Olympians for the second time. It'll be good prep for our upcoming Greek history unit.
I've taken to reading through several books at a time. It's easier to switch between books than to plow through one at a time. In addition to prereading some books for my kids, I'm reading a couple of letters a week from the Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis. I finished The Light Between Oceans at the beginning of the week and I'm also working on Huckleberry Finn on my iPad.