|Evan's hard at work|
We started reading Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary. They all loved the mouse and the motorcycle so much that I offered to find books like it for them; I had no idea it was a three book series. So we eagerly started reading a few chapters of this book and I had the boys make predictions about what they think will happen. We already know, by the cover, that Ralph goes to school so they had all sorts of ideas of what it would be like for a mouse to be in a classroom. But, our reading didn't end there. Alec has a new favorite song by Train called 50 Ways to Say Goodbye. It's not easy to understand all the lyrics so I offered to look them up. We read them over today as part of our poetry study. We read poetry often enough that the boys know what it is, but I wanted to show them that there's a practical application to poetry too. My boys love to sing and make up lyrics so perhaps one day I'll hear them singing poetry.
I was feeling kind of bad that I haven't planned any art activities in a while, but I guess I needn't have worried. As I was packing lunches and sent the boys upstairs to get dressed and ready for the day, Alec decided to start a craft project. He pulled out his duct- tape crafts book and started making a heart pillow. He needed a bit of help here and there finding materials or understanding the directions but for the most part he was on his own. He got it half done and so far it looks great. The other two boys started playing Lego's together and came up with some wonderful creations. I knew Ian was great at making up things with his Lego's but I was really surprised by Evan's plane that he made up. They had a ball!
|Ian's double sided jet|
|Alec's 1/2 pillow|
We headed out to have a picnic lunch at a new park in a nearby town. We were meeting up with our homechool group and the boys were excited about seeing their friends. Another homeschool group was meeting there as well today and so we all met many more families and the boys made even more friends. It was hot and very sunny but the boys happily played for over 2 hours. I barely saw my kids; thank goodness I had drinks and food or I wouldn't have seen them at all.
After the park Ian headed home with one of his friends to play and I took the other two boys to the library. I really just needed to return a few books and movie but they ended up picking out many more books and eagerly started reading them on the way home. We quickly changed for soccer, packed dinner and got back in the car. Since Alec and I were the first ones home I took a bit of time to go through all of our books. Evan has started trying really hard to read us each night and I wanted to find some easy reading books for him. It's been so long since he's read that he forgot most of what he had learned through the Bob's books. I still think the attempt at reading is half- hearted and just a ploy to stay up a bit later but I'm totally game to play along as long as he wants to try.