Homeschool weeks 17 & 18

Two weeks in one post here.

Last week, we wrapped up our three week block studying the Middle Ages. Have I mentioned how much I love history? Probably. I’m grateful that my boy also loves it. He was most fascinated with learning about the weapons and the clothes of those times. He also started getting very interested in lutes. He has been pretty much glued to his fiddle lately. So, this reading on lutes lead him to mandolins. His old fiddle teacher also plays and teaches the mandolin, so it isn’t a new instrument to his awareness. But, his recent love of fiddling has kindled a general love for playing music.

We had been planning and saving up to upsize his violin to a full size this month, although he hasn’t totally maxed out his 3/4. And when we went to the music store for some new strings (one of his broke), he saw they had this lovely used mandolin for sale. I got the make and model of it and went home to research. It turns out it was made in Japan in the late 70s and is solid wood. Perfect condition. I. agreed that instead of upsizing his violin, he’ll stay on his 3/4 one and buy this lovely mandolin instead.  So, that was the big event last week. He loves it. It is strung like a fiddle, so he can already pick out some basic tunes on it.

This week, we’ve had more and more fiddle music. I. has taken to listening to Irish fiddle music on pandora when he washes the dishes after dinner. He’s learned quite a few of the songs, and has pretty much only Irish fiddle music on his iPod now. The times are rare that he isn’t fiddling, listening to fiddle music, or looking up new music to play. All his free time is fiddling. What a change from 6 months ago when he hadn’t touched his fiddle in months.

For lessons this week, we are doing a short physics block on energy. Namely, static and magnetic energy. I. did some reading on Tesla and Edison and he’s been playing around with some fun experiments.

This week, H made hedgehog-shaped bread, to tie into the story I told him this week. I’ve been steadily reading the first grade curriculum and am getting more excited about starting that with him in the fall.

H also built, on his own, this little shelter today.

Trying it out.

He had plans to sleep under it tonight, but thankfully finally changed his mind after about half an hour of trying to fall asleep.

In animal news, I gave all four hens a full bath this past weekend. That was a new experience. They all survived. I got pretty wet when our moodier then decided she’d had enough and tried to fly away, wet, while I was holding her. I even blew dry two of them who were needing some help drying faster.

Enjoying a new garden bed that we just put in. They think it was just for them, I think. 


The babies (as I call our chicks) are all doing well. They are 6-9 weeks old. We’ve been taking them out to the yard to get some greens and dirt when the weather is warm. They love the dandelions and the clover!


The kids have already started playing in the sprinklers. Late April/early May seems just too early for that. I think we are going to have a HOT summer.

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