|Oliver, a.k.a. "The Exterminator"|
What made the week so stellar was the fact that Matty knuckled down and did his independent work, well, INDEPENDENTLY. Wow. What a difference that made. We also figured out that "Math With Dad" is way fun. They made a line graph of silver prices over the course of 2010, which is an area of interest to both those guys. Glen and I decided that a weekly homework assignment with Dad is going to be an institution, and Matty is excited about it. We'll revisit it in a few weeks and see if they still feel the same. Another thing that was a major improvement was the deal I made with Molly to only require her to cover a page of her Pathway Reader per day. She thought that she could handle that...Today she read three. Matty has finished his "mini-book" (I feel like it's more than a tome) on famous kings of the middle ages. He will begin working on "The Plague" and "Religion" and "The Feudal System" in the next week. Hopefully now things will start moving a little faster. So history was good this week, math was good, writing, and spelling was good, science was, well...interesting...
when the cat brought a freshly killed shrew up on the deck this morning and was tossing it around. He tossed it over the edge down to the ground and the kids immediately left their cereal in their bowls to see what would happen. Both fascinated and a bit horrified, they watched the feline completely (and I mean completely) consume the rodent. Molly reported that there was "a lot of crunching when he ate the head" and that she "nearly threw up when he ate the eyeballs, Mom." Yeah...well there's a reason I didn't participate in that lab. Matty described the experience in less graphic terms to protect my squeamish sensibilities, I think, but reported that he felt like he had witnessed something amazing. They both just chalked it up to the cycle of life. That's great, but somehow they were grossed out when I severed the neck of the chicken that they ate for dinner last evening. I don't get it. "EWWW--Is that BONE there, Mom? And Blood? EWWW!" (Give me a break. That was one delicious chicken.)
In the cooking department, I learned not to mess with Jamie Oliver's roasted chicken recipe. Yum. :-) And that's all I have to say about this week.