Tuesday, October 21, 2008

rainy day to sick day... sigh

But all in all... it was a good school day.

Yesterday we were supposed to go see the Midnight Circus with some homeschool friends... but it was a rainy day here so we stayed home instead.

A quiet day at home was nice after our crazy week last week.

We had finished reading The Secret Garden last week so we curled up in front of the TV to watch the movie.

This is the version I got from Netflix...
The Secret Garden
I have to say that I was not impressed with this version. It might have been okay if you hadn't read the book... but if you had, it was troubling. All kinds of odd stuff went on in the movie that wasn't in the book. One odd thing was that Colin wants to marry Mary and gets jealous of her and Dickon. Seriously? They're 10 years old. Why in the world was that a good idea to add to this story? Anyway... one good thing about movies like this is that I really see how well the kids had listened when I read to them as they were yelling out what should have been going on throughout the movie. :-)

After the movie we watched The Way Things Work - Inclined Planes DVD I had gotten from the library. I will say that it was a bit odd... but it was short and the kids seemed to enjoy it. So, we'll probably keep getting the DVD's as we work our way through the book.

Once we were done with the DVD, the kids and I read some more of The New Way Things Workand built the splitting wedge with the K'NEX EDUCATION Intro to Simple Machines: Wheels, Axels and Inclined Planes kit...

After that we got on our rain gear and got ready to head out the door for Clara's dance... however, Alex rushed back and threw up (lovely)... so Clara went to dance with a friend and Alex and I stayed home.

The funny thing about homeschooling is that school never really ends, does it? Alex settled himself on the couch and wanted to watch some of our backlog of Ancient Egypt shows we had recorded off of the History Channel. One was on the excavation of a tomb and the other was about the 10 greatest discoveries. Then he watched a couple of Cyberchases we had recorded as well.

Today he's feeling much better and the weather is much better so we're heading outdoors after lunch to tackle another nature challenge!

(Kelly... I haven't forgotten about your photography questions... I'll post about that soon!)

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