I have done enough whining about the winter for everyone to know that it's just not my best time. This winter has been particularly gray, cold, and blah for me. As a result, I have fallen into a mundane rut with life and learning. It's been hard to school creatively and intentionally these last few weeks, so we have just relied upon some old, faithful standbys like books on cd and board games.
I was sick in February and just didn't have the voice for read alouds, so we borrowed Inkheart by Cornelia Funke on cd and the kids have been listening to that. We've played Scrabble and Monopoly on some of the more depressing afternoons. Lindsay began a new photo blog and all the kids have been playing lots of music; some have even written their own.
Lindsay recently finished Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and is working on Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. She is also trying to get ready for the SAT in June. This will be her first time and she is a little anxious. She is also reading America's Hidden History by Kenneth C. Davis.
Alex read The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and has been reading The Trial (he really doesn't care for his style, but he is reading it). In addition, he picked up Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. He is still working his way through Apologia Biology and reading Don't Know Much About History by Kenneth C. Davis.
Jonathan finished the Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi and is barreling through The Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne. After ten of these books, he gets a trip to Pizza Inn. I love that it is so easy to entice them to read when they are young. He recently moved into a new math book and we are still reading The Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer.
We have made a couple of trips to the library for Kelsey and puzzles and Moon Sand have kept her little hands busy on the yucky days.
Hmmmm....think it helps to take a look at the things we have actually done these last few weeks since Christmas. Spring is supposed to officially arrive this week and I must say that I can't wait. Sunshine and warm weather brightens my spirit, makes me feel refreshed and energetic, and sparks my creativity.