This past week+ the kids and I have been suffering from the dreaded Back to School cold. How we get it as homeschoolers is by participating in several different classes where we do things like, gasp!, socialize. =) The kids missed one of their farm school classes while ill, but were better in time for music and Spanish class, which is new this year and they are really enjoying! The theme is Mother Nature and Father Time so they are learning all sorts of autumn words right now.
Big kid tried Mapping the World by Heart at a local co-op for the past few weeks but it wasn't a good fit for him, so we decided to drop out. I love the idea of the curriculum, though, so I purchased it through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op so we can do it at home together instead. This is the first time he has tried a class and not loved it, so I am okay with him deciding it wasn't for him. While home, he finished a book he's been reading for awhile, Wings of Fire, and all of us listened to one of my favorites from childhood: Half Magic! We have started listening to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe now, it's nice to use audiobooks sometimes and a good skill to work on.
Soccer is in full swing, which Little kid does and loves, and we have been practicing a lot in the backyard! Some other fun stuff we did this week: engineering walls (materials engineering with mortar), handwriting, study of some mid-Atlantic states, finishing up a 1500 piece puzzle (minus two pieces that disappeared) and poring over our new Student Atlas.