Saturday, February 25, 2012

Hmm. Things progress.

"Schoolwise" - we're doing a lot of unschooling. Pretty much every waking moment is a teachable moment. We kind of let our thoughts and questions carry us to learning as it arises. We're also doing some more structured learning, but nothing that resembles a school day. It's pretty sporadic. For whatever reason, I thought my little bean would be so much more cooperative. HA. HAHAHAH. She is a bundle of activity, and needs constant supervision, and will not consent to being trapped in "baby jail". She's also loud, as most babies are, and so it is hard to read over her, when she is content to explore on her own. Tack on sporadic naps (as in some days, she takes none), and some days, not much structured learning gets done.

We're moving along nicely in Story of the World, and we're adding on more as we go. So, right now we're studying ancient Egyptians, and I've stuffed a whole lot more into that unit than they have in the book. Of course we're doing the arts and craftsy type activities they have in the book, as well as doing some of our own. When I get home from work today, we're going to pretend we're Khnum, and make people out of clay. (And maybe make them seed bombs...that would be a neat way to keep in with cycles of life....) We're watching documentaries on Egypt, and reading Egyptian mythology, took some books out of the library on Egyptian Temples and other such things.

We're also using a free Scott Foresman grammar workbook geared towards second grade, but we're definitely doing it sporadically. Language arts, aside from reading and spelling, are a major sticking point over here. We've been hung up on writing for awhile. I'm letting it go and we're going into some of the actual mechanics of writing, like sentences and paragraphs and stuff like that. It's funny, because A is well spoken, he has no problem with subject/tense agreement. Because he reads extremely well, he has little problem with spelling. But geez Louise. Try to have that boy write a story. I'd rather not come to blows over it, so we kind of jump around. I've got him doing Rainbow Rock on my laptop to play with multiplication and division. We're also working on fractions as they come up, and the mister and the boy are playing Mythmatical Battles when they have time, which is an awesome card game that focuses on mythology and multiplication tables.

In another news, little bean's surgery got put off. She came down with a cold 4 days before its scheduled date, so there was nothing we could do. It's been rescheduled for March 6th. I am praying that everything looks good enough to proceed.

Housewise, we are supposedly days away from getting the sale approval. We've gotten the FHA approval, and for the offered amount, it was just left up to the bank to approve or deny. We were supposed to have an answer yesterday. I was, of course, on pins and needles and irritable and crazy all day, and the answer did not come. According to my lawyer's assistant, we should have an answer Tuesday. In the meantime, I am nervous that the house we want to rent will slip away. We're about to put in our lease application and kickstart the process.

Foodwise, nothing particularly exciting to report. We're out of squirrel. Our 1/2 pig order just came in. Meat for everyone! Our farmer's market has early hoophouse greens. I cannot tell you how in love with them I am. Oh my goodness I miss the greenery so much.

I am thinking about doing a portable vertical garden this year. Gonna have to do some research on that. MM, work beckons. Of course, on my scheduled day off. *headdesk* Time to coffee up and motor out.

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