Sept 7- it's a Sunday, so didn't do much, but in the evening Nat flipped through an Eyewitness book about the animal kingdom and we read parts together and talked about the spine and amphibians and reptiles and the different parts of an insect and how some lizards squirt blood out of the eyes. Nat, "That is nasty". After we read the first chapter of The Story of the World, about nomads and the Fertile Crescent and the invention of agriculture, and Nat really liked it and asked that we keep reading it, as well as plugging away at The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle. Of course we'll do both. Should do some Khan Academy with him tomorrow.
Sept 8- read some picture books aloud, managed to make smoothie and feed everyone breakfast and then Nat got sick and retired to bed, so we watched Wild Kratts about caracals . Nat perked up at lunch but had a blood sugar of 27 and was shouty. Did Starfall math with Thomas, girls watched.
Sept 9- Farmers Market day. On the way there picked up acorns and talked about where a plant will grow and where it won't, running down the list of sunlight, water, earth, air. The kids think acorns are exciting because of Tototo.
Out at the library getting a stack of books. Sadly, the children's section is still flooded out but they've moved some of the collection up. Back to the market for brisk running around, ran into the wife of my second cousin and her two kids and chatted. Dropped the books and fruit off at the house and went to get bread at the grocery store. In the way home stopped to watch two honey bees pollinating flowers. Pointed out the pollen on their legs.
Home and wiped. Two hour hike pushing both girls and ten pounds of books.
In the evening Nat and I read a couple of chapters about Egypt and the uniting of the upper and lower kingdoms, the double crown, hieroglyphs and cuneiform. Also mummies.
Sept 10- no storybooks in the morning. Off to my parents in the morning, and then the ROM in the afternoon, very bravely. Dragged the protesting children in to see cuneiform tablets and Mesopotamian money and then parts of ancient Egypt, but everyone freaked out at the mummy. Caught Miriam trying to climb Queen Hatsheput's funerary wall with security glaring. Thomas really alarmed by Ancient Greece and started crying but Nat and I found Zeus and Athena and Apollo, then headed down to the kids section and stayed there aside from a brief stop at the dinosaurs.
|Blurry canopic jars|
On the way home Nat was telling me that the mummy was okay because it wasn't real, and I probably made it worse by telling him that yep, real dead human. Went that colour because it's really old and also the drying out made it brown. I was sort of at the other side farther from the mummy and reassuring the children without going near the thing.
I really hate mummies and also the inorrupt saints. I am a wimp.
In the evening read another two chapters of Story of the World to Nat, plus Khan Academy and Turtlediary.
Sept 11- very tired. Read aloud for almost an hour, assorted picture books. Looked at random things in the Nature Encyclopedia. Told Nat briefly about Sept. 11th but didn't go into detail. Mostly avoided the children all day, although I think we did another few chapters of Story of the World, and got Nat through into the story of the Israelites.
|Thomas helped clear the dishes|
Sept 12- I was gone practically all day doing things for my parents, and various people watched the children. I figure that with all the ancient history plus the hours and hours of stories aloud we're sort of ahead. Thomas is showing more inclination to count higher than five, which is great. Nat read aloud from A Light In the Attic for at least fifteen minutes.
Sept 13- spent all of today in a haze of worrying-about-parents misery, although Nat insisted on doing a lot of complicated geometry, much too high a grade level, on Turtle Diary. It was asking him for something about tetrahedrons. I don't know anything about tetrahedrons. Bah, it's the weekend.
And so, tomorrow, nothing on purpose educational, and start again on Monday!