In our lives… the hot wave broke and we enjoyed cooler days that allow for bike rides and walks. My busy wave at work has finally broke (very temporarily) on Wednesday – not exactly the way I hoped but it is nice to catch a break after several weeks of very long days. Summer camp is going well, and it’s hard to believe that it’s going to be over in 3 weeks and we will say goodbye to her preschool.
Afterschooling. We continue to enjoy FIAR and learn about France at the same time. This week we tackled The Glorious Flight. It was a difficult book, but Anna eventually warmed up to the topic. The book also introduced the concept of roman numerals – something that Anna just asked me about the other day. I don’t think that she fully grasped the idea, since for the longest time I was preaching to her about the universal language of math and numbers :)
We are learning about… how people learned to fly. You can see tomorrow’s WMCIR for some additional books we read on the topic. We watched and enjoyed a short science video from the library All About Flight (I was pleasantly surprised by it) and, of course, we folded and tested our own paper airplanes.
Favorite thing this week… was seeing the last Harry Potter last night! Our best friend works for a company that rented two movie theaters for its employees to preview Harry Potter on July 14th. Since all of us are big Harry Potter fans, it was a very special treat to be able to see the cinematic finale so early (Anna, of course, stayed home with a sitter). My opinion? Ugh and arrgh, but I don’t want to reveal more.
Places we are going… Papa and Anna went on a hiking trip with friends this week to an old farmstead in an area. Anna reported that it was very hot, but she was very proud of being able to walk all the way to the farm and back. To my questions of what she saw there, she said, We saw an adult cow. We watched it eat. She ate something that looked like hay.
- Anna: Fiction means “not real”, right?
- Me: Well, yes, it means a story that was made up by an author.
- Anna: Then I want to start going to non-fiction shelves in the library, because I want to learn about real things, not about fairy tales.