Monday Fundays!

April 5th, 2013 by Rachel

We started meeting with two other families in our Classical Conversations community for what we call Monday Fundays. We meet together to delve deeper into our science memory work. This allows time for messy activities that I may not make time for otherwise. It also allows for some fun time with friends for both moms and kids.

We were inspired to do this from this blog, and have gotten some great ideas from her.

Some things we have enjoyed doing include:
-making edible kinds of rocks (sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous)
-making models of the each continent’s highest mountain
-labeling the parts of the earth
-making volcano models and “erupting them”
-learning about ocean floor and ocean zones and the animals in each
-making our own paper mache globes

It has been a great learning experience for all of us, both in academics and learning how to get along with others.

March in Our Home

April 3rd, 2013 by Rachel

I can’t believe it is already April. This spring is flying by!

Basketball season ended, and while Bud lamented, we enjoyed free Saturdays again. He has been wearing his basketball jersey almost daily since then. It helps that it is reversible, so it gets double the wear. With the end of basketball, soccer season has started for Bud and Sugar. Sugar’s favorite part so far is picking out her outfit for practice, but her coach is really great about engaging a group of 4-5 year old girls.

We made a weekend trip to Houston to visit our friends, the Culpeppers. They are very hospitable, and we had a great time catching up. We took the kids downton on the Metro rail, which blew their little minds. They live near the museum district, so we went to the natural science museum before heading home. It was great reinforcement for our science learning this spring.

The kids were invited to several birthday parties this month, so we had a lot of fun with friends.

Uncle Jason came to town for work, so we made a trip to the hospital lobby to hang out with him for a few minutes and load him up with snacks.

I busted my shin doing 13.2, the second workout of the Crossfit Games Open, not competing, just for fun at home. It was going great, but I missed the box somehow attempting to jump on it. It felt okay, but then it was swelling like crazy and I couldn’t put weight on it. I spent a morning at the ER, but thankfully, it wasn’t broken. I got some crutches which helped me a ton for a few days. I took the rest of the month easy and sat around reading and eating bon bons all day.

We spent a lot of time outside playing basketball, which Speedy calls “shoot, ball!” He can now scale the ladder of our playground in the backyard, bypassing the barrier we put on the bottom two rungs. All the kids continued their digging exploits in the empty area of the garden.

Speedy started making “choo-choos” by lining up his cars and trains. It is so cute and nice that he is playing more on his own for longer periods of time that doesn’t involved climbing on furniture.

We invited friends to join us at the skate park during a weekday midmorning when it is normally empty. The kids loved using their scooters and bikes, but all that concrete nade me a nervous wreck.

I started a new Bradley series in a new location. It is closer to my house and accomodates a larger group of students. I had a few minutes of Bradley teacher fame, and I got to doula at a beautiful hospital birth last week.

March Books

April 3rd, 2013 by Rachel

6, 7, 8. – I read the prequels to the Wool books by Hugh Howey. These were the Silo/Shift books. I read these during my two days on the couch following my box jump injury. They were really great, and he had better hurry up and write the next one.

9. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – I have been taking the two little ones to play at B&N while Bud has art class. This book was advertised everywhere there, so I figured I would give it a go. It was entertaining, and I read it in a naptime and evening. This was like a Romeo and Juliette for modern day, angst-filled, though highly literary teens (minus the dueling families). I give it three out of five stars.

10. Insurgent by Victoria Roth – this was the second book after reading Divergent. It was really entertaining, but it had been too long since reading the first book so I had a hard time remembering character’s names and back stories for a bit.

I guess I am in a teen-dystopia book rut. Anyone have any recommendations for me?

The kids and I just started listening to audio books in the car. I was shocked at how many books we listened to just running errands and driving around our small, no traffic city. I’m counting these this year. I loved listening to them, and it has made for nice peaceful car rides, fun discussions, and new vocabulary words.

11. Mary Poppins
12. Winnie the Pooh and the House on Pooh Corner
13. Anne of Green Gables (I loved introducing them to this one. I didn’t think they would get so into it, but the big kids both loved it.)

January & February in Our Home

April 3rd, 2013 by Rachel

Long time, no post. Here’s a quick recap of some of the highlights of January and February with the Supercinskis.

  • Bud played his first season of Upward basketball with Thomas as his team’s coach. They had a blast, and Bud loves all things basketball these days.
  • Bud turned seven and we had a little family birthday party. He got a basketball goal for the driveway. Instead of a party, he requested a family trip to The Woodlands to eat at Five Guys and go to The Woodlands Mall, which he thinks is just amazing. There is a Lego store there, so he had a blast. We enjoyed a low-key celebration.
  • We started meeting with two other families for science activities once a week. This is a nice time to delve deeper into our science memory work and to make messes all at once. The kids get to play afterward, which is their favorite part.
  • We went on a really great field trip to one of the Bryan fire stations. They put the ladder truck up all the way for us, which was really amazing.
  • The kids started digging a huge whole in the unused part of our garden. This has been a lot of fun for them, but quite a mess.
  • I finished another Bradley series and enjoyed a little break in February.