It feels like the term is winding down. Only one more week until holidays. Whoohoo!
*This week, we spent a morning at a Trampoline centre, jumping and playing laser tag with friends. It’s great exercise.
*We’ve been busy trying to wrap up some written work that I want finished before the end of term. It’s nice to start a new term with fresh topics and tasks.
*We’ve also been trying to finish a stack of books before the holidays. Our favourite is “Albert Schweitzer: Genius in the Jungle”.
It’s a gem of a book! If you’ve ever heard a Classic Educator say that they aim to introduce their children to the true, good and beautiful, this is the kind of book a Classical Educator might read to achieve this. Albert Schweitzer is amazing and the author’s descriptions of Albert’s time and work in Africa is fascinating. And the language of this old book is just wonderful. I want to find more books of this caliber and read them all with my children.
*As always, we’ve been watching all sorts of interesting things in the evenings. “Greeks, Romans,Vikings” was an excellent overview or introduction to the founders of Europe; “Jandamarra’s War” introduced us to an historic event we hadn’t even heard of before; and “Burke and Wills” was a movie retelling of these great explorers. This weekend I need to do some library searching to refill our documentary box. We are running low.
*It’s been a big week of nature here. First, we found this neat paper wasp nest in our letterbox. We’d previously sprayed the wasps but hadn’t found the nest. But, this week, a parcel knocked down the nest and it was lying neatly in our letterbox waiting to be collected and observed. How convenient. 🙂
Can you see the two emerging adult wasps? The spray obviously killed them in the act of emerging. Of course, we grabbed “The Wonderland of Nature” (yes, we still use it from time to time) and read up about paper wasps. Next week, the nest is off to my niece’s kindie for the show and tell table.
Another night we spotted this gecko dining on a moth. In a household of boys, this is a major event that everyone is expected to come and witness. For all you soft hearts – the moth eventually got away and Mr Gecko had to go hungry.
Oh and all this rain has bought out so many groovy mushrooms. There are all different sorts. We need to get a mushroom guide.
*Yes, books also arrived at our house this week. Two for me, one for the boys. “Different” and “Hidden Girl” are mine to read. “Augustine” is for the boys. It’s not as long as I expected it to be though. It’s clearly for a younger audience. But, oh well. We’ll read it anyway. 🙂
*We also spent an afternoon at the park with friends. Our kids love this park. No, not for the playground equipment, although it’s pretty awesome.
The boys love the bush surrounds with all its little nooks and crannies and interesting things to discover. And it’s what kids need more of – time in nature. Man-made stuff is great, but God-made stuff is better. And I’m glad our boys realise it.
(Don’t my two little men look like twins in those seemingly matching outfits. From the front they were different. Honestly. But my boys often end up looking similar as we don’t care much about clothes. When we find something appropriate, we just buy two in different sizes so they often end up with the same shoes, hats, shorts and sometime shirts. The less time and money we spend on clothes, the more money we can spend on books and reading them. We are book people, not clothes people.)
*On other interesting news, this week my parents went up to North Queensland to visit my Aunty Debbie in Ayr. However, it seems that another Debbie, Cyclone Debbie, will be visiting while they are there. At this point, it’s looking like Ayr will get a direct hit. Mum and Dad might want to rethink their accommodations. Staying out at the ‘beach hut’ doesn’t sound like a secure location. :O
And now I need to go and deal with this desk. I feel it might need a little attention…or perhaps a lot.