Poetry lessons, Sea Cadets, Italian…normal school day here!

I have been teaching poetry to Belle.

She actually really likes it.

Here is a fill in the blank poem I found online that she did.

014Two of the last lines are:

I dream my kids will have a husky.

I hope I can see 1D (One Direction).

She enjoyed this poem and wants to do more!!

Love when the kids are excited about school!!

I also changed her language/phonics curriculum this semester. We now have the BJU Press.

BJU press phonicsShe loves it!!!

Yay!! I actually have doubled up her assignments in here because she is enjoying it so much!!

My son does not enjoy his vocabulary though.

Here is what he got this week.

Vocab Jan 13-17

Cardi(o)                                Heart                            Greek
cardiac                                (cardi, Heart + ac, pertaining to)
pertaining to the heart
pericardial                            (peri, around + cardi, heart + al, related to)
situated around the heart
cardiologist                           (cardi, heart + ology, study of + ist, one who)
one who studies the heart and its functions

arthr(o)                                  Joint                             Greek
arthritis                                   (arthr, joint + itis, inflammation of)
Inflammation of the joints
arthropod                                (arthro, joint + pod, foot)
creature with a jointed appendage
arthralgia                                 (arthr, joint + alg, pain + ia, condition)
Pain in a joint
odont(o), dent(o)                    tooth, teeth                    Greek
orthodontics                           (ortho, straight + dont, teeth + ic, practice)
the dental specialty of correcting the teeth
denture                                   (dent, teeth + ure, function)
a partial of complete set of artificial teeth
dentist                                     (dent, teeth + ist, one who does)
one who works on teeth

He is sure this means he is getting braces!

Ha ha ha!!

He also spent time at an airshow in our area as a guard. The Sea Cadets were asked to be there as guards and Michael Jr loved it. I think he enjoys the fact that he has a uniform on that people actually respect. He, with his really deep voice, will tell them “hey! You are not allowed over there.” Most of the time the people apologize and leave. He had a few that wanted to pretend they did not hear him, kind of waved him off and continued to the forbidden areas. Again his deep voice “Excuse me sir, I said, you are not allowed over there. Please remove yourself, immediately!” Then they would see the uniform and his firmness and leave. The would throw back some unsavory comments under their breath, but they would leave. Here is what I think he really enjoyed about it. These guys (that were not listening at first) were older than him, slightly intoxicated and they had a good 40 lbs on him too. My son had no weapon to insure that they were going to cooperate, just his authoritative voice, in a naval uniform.

Is that testosterone in the air?

Ha ha ha!

I think the  Naval recruit office may be seeing us in there sooner rather than later.

Rebecca is learning about the ocean.

She does not really care though because she does not like the sea.

She will get her feet wet, even up to her waist, but has no love of the water.


She loves looking at it though.

I keep trying to tell her that this stuff is exciting to learn about!! The jellyfish she did her report on are so amazing!! The seahorses she is looking at now are so small and intricate in beauty.

Nope. Did not get her excited at all.

The tsunami stuff we covered…not impressed, just made her more scared of the water.

Great job mom.

I will find something in this ocean study that has to get her intrigued!!!

We still need to do our Tsunami experiment. Maybe that will get her interested?

The thing that she is really loving right now is reading her own books and listening to music.


She is so thirteen.

Well I will keep taking her to the library then! Reading is a wonderful habit to have. Just wish she loved reading her history as much as she does her chapter books.

We are reading Inkheart and she kind of likes it.

Also we got Italian lessons for in the truck now too. It is the cutest thing!

We got this at Barnes and Noble.

italian learnThis she loves!

It is filled with songs to help remember the words and phrases.

The only thing is that some of the words have different definitions than the program we have here at home.

I know that is true in most languages, different definitions for different regions. Just harder to teach and test for some of it.

Hey it makes her happy and Belle is picking up on some of the Italian already too.
Bonus for me!!

Gotta get back to teaching the little munchkins!!

Have a blessed day friend!



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