Today was Kitten and Chubber's doctor appointment for their 2-year-old check. They are on the chart for everything except Kitten's weight! Thank goodness. They are also doing really well with verbal development. They have a several different words and this morning I heard Chubbers singing "Sunbeams" to himself. He and Kitten also like to mimic what other people are saying and know all the kids names. I took all the little boys with me and left the rest of the kids to do schoolwork independently. It went pretty well; nearly all the schoolwork I asked to be completed got done.
Math - Ladybug and Sunshine have one last lesson in Funnix Math. I was looking through Math Mammoth 1 since that is their next step and realized that they know almost all the material already. I printed out a couple of sheets that I thought they needed to work on from the first book and printed most of the second book of Math Mammoth 1. I really like how Funnix prepares the kids for math. This week, Ladybug and Sunshine get to start doing Xtramath also. Chicklette and Turtle are getting the hang of the new real life math we bought and I think they are enjoying it more.
All About Reading - As I mentioned, Turtle started level 3 of All About Reading today. He was able to skip the first lesson because it was just review and he didn't need it. We haven't taken a break from the curriculum so why review? The second lesson went by quickly too as the AI and AY phonograms are pretty simple. Chicklette did All About Reading with Ladybug and Sunshine today. Sunshine's bad attitude delayed them a little bit, but they finally got the work done.
The weather outside has been just gorgeous this past week. Our apricot has been tricked into flowering early, hopefully not too early, and the kids have just loved being outside. Kitten and Chubbers especially love to go outside and ask for it any time anyone else is out.
History - In history, we started discussing the slave trade. It's a pretty sad subject and I am glad that my kids have no real frame of reference to understand it. It is one thing that I am glad is completely foreign to them. Racer is enjoying doing history more on his own and I'm thinking about getting him the high school level next year. We'll see because it might throw his high school schedule off a bit.
Science - Our science topic today was sandstorms. Turtle was so intrigued with the concept that he looked up several videos about sandstorms on YouTube. I had to pull him away to get the rest of his school done. The height they reach is pretty amazing. Did you know that sandstorms from the Sahara actually make it all the way to the Amazon? Crazy.