In our home, even kitties do school… with their pj’s on…. in the cat tent 🙂
School has been going fairly well this semester. Â It’s been a little harder with 4 year old energy around the house while Kaia and I are working on more advanced subjects. Â She has a hard time concentrating with Leif doing anything in her vicinity. Â If I sent him up with something fun for him to do, she wants to play along. Â If I’m not doing school with him, he often gets mad, “Why don’t I have more schoolwork?!?” Â 🙂 Â I can’t complain that he loves learning. Â He’s reading simple sentences and started writing short words. Â This morning, as I watched him write, my mind flashed forward to him writing me a little letter, “Dear mommy, I love you!” or something like that. Â My whole body feel warm and fuzzy.
Kaia’s semester is falling into place in a way that I hadn’t planned, but am very thankful for. Â We’ve begun studying Einstein and his though experiments using the book Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids. Â The experiments can be done with household objects and are fairly simple so Leif can enjoy them. Â Kaia and I take them a bit deeper.
While we learn about the life of Einstein, we are also studying this same time period in history. Â We’ve read Miss Spitfire, about Annie Sullivan and Hellen Keller, read a bit about Nikola Tesla and his inventions, and looked through If You Lived 100 Years Ago. Â We just finished up a fabulous book about immigration in the early 1900’s calledÂ Shutting out the Sky.Â Kaia has decided that she wants to take a trip to NY to visit Ellis Island and the NY Tenement Museum. Â (She has come a long way from wanting to visit NY because of the American Girl Doll factory.) Â We’ve just moved intoÂ The Unsinkable Molly BrownÂ Â (Titanic) and will go from here into discussing women’s suffrage and WWI (A Time for Courage) and WWII (Number the Stars). Â I may be enjoying the history reading even more than she is!