Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tuesday Things

Yesterday was Laundry Monday, and I forgot! Since you are dying to know what I found in the laundry this week, here ya go!

At the 12 o'clock position we have a brown scapular, belonging to Romeo. He was wondering where that went! Going clockwise, we have a Lego figure at the 2 o'clock place. I like that he looks upset have having gone through the wash! Next in our loop is a marble. I wash shocking amounts of these.
The last two items in our laundry round-up last week are actually the property of ArtGuy. A receipt, and some candy. I always tell him I find all kinds of little candy wrappers in his pockets. I know he thinks I am exaggerating, but it is true! Here is proof!
That is all for the laundry this time. I...well....I kind of did not do much laundry last week. I am paying for my sins now, though.

Today was a good school day. All three school kids had history tests. Not sure the stars have all lined up that way before! History has been a little bit tough for us. All three big boys actually like history. They enjoy our curriculum, they like the stories and the information. It is remembering it all that is hard. And the maps. Yikes! The maps!!!
Romeo is using Memoria Press's Famous Men of Greece. He is still in the first part, where it is mainly mythology, which he loves. I simplified the test a little for him. I gave him a word bank for the 28 "identify" questions, and only had him answer one of the essays, instead of the six given. At eight, his writing process is fairly slow, and I don't want him to feel discourage. I also simplified the maps this time. They wanted 25 places identified on the maps, including Lake Stymphalus, Nemea, and other more obscure places around Greece and the Peloponnesus. I had him stick to the "classics", like Crete, the Hellespont, Troy, Athens, and so on. He made an 98!!!
Cookie Boy is using Memoria Press's Famous Men of the Middle Ages. If you ever have read the Harry Potter books, you will be familiar with the History of Magic class Harry took with Professor Bins, filled with crazy named goblins, wizards, and other creature. Well, this part of the Middle Ages reminds me of History of Magic! It is full of crazy names, like Theodric the Ostrogoth, Aetius, Genseric the Vandal, or whatever! I did not pare down any of Cookie Boy's test, including the map. He made an 88%! I was very proud of him. A tough test, but a great grade.
The Young Adult is using Story of the World volume 4. He loves modern history, but wow! Susan Wise Bower jumps all over the globe. One week he is studying 19th century China and Britain, and the next he is reading about Paraguay and the Triple Alliance, and Canada and the British North American Act! It is hard to keep up with, and a MUCH more thorough grounding in world history than I ever received! The format is quite a bit different than Memoria Press, which he did for several years. Poor Young Adult has been making C's on all his tests, really struggling with processing the right information. Well, today he scored a 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was so proud of him! He was proud of himself, too!

1 comment:

Melissa said...

I can't even begin to count the number of legos in my laundry. Today's find was a lego star wars gun. That always makes me a popular mom!