Weekly Update – Two Weeks in One

I have a love/hate relationship with blogging. Sometimes, when I have a good deal of free time, I enjoy writing posts every few days or so. Other times I just need to completely ignore it. The last few weeks has been one of those times.

Anyway I felt I should update since it has been a while. Hmm, now if I could only remember what we have been up to…

Autry – She had an audition at OCHSA. She was nervous about that, but you would have never guessed it. She has two more auditions at OCHSA at the end of the month. Autry also auditioned for a play yesterday, and I was very proud of her. The play is at a community college, and she went and auditioned in front of a room of college students. I told her I would have never done that at her age, but she was fearless. I have no idea where she gets that strength, but it is something to see.

Tru – Tru has been enjoying his engineering LEGO class, his piano lessons, and making Little Big Planet 2 Levels. He has also been golfing a lot lately, and his swing has gotten better.

Together the twins have been plugging along with all their curriculum. They officially finished LOF Decimals and will begun Pre-Algebra next week. They are working on a research paper for LLLoTR. Tru is writing about Tolkien and Lewis’s relationship over the years, and Autry is researching the character Tom Bombadil. We are still studying Europe in our Eastern Hemisphere studies. This week they began reading Twelth Night and have enjoyed watching BBC Shakespeare Animated Tales.

I also took the twins to see The King’s Speech which they loved. Tru decided it was his favorite film ever, and he wants to see it again.  The kids and I had a great discussion about the rating system used in this country as neither they or I could believe this film was rated R. There is nothing in it that makes it objectionable besides about 20 seconds of cussing. The kids are amazed that a film as beautiful and heart warming as this gets an R rating, and so many violent films with sexual overtones get a PG-13 or PG rating. Anyway if you haven’t seen the film, I highly recommend it.

We also listened to the original King’s speech.

Speaking of movies Tru has always been very interested in films and film history. He has decided that he is going to try to get into OCHSA in 9th grade for film making. Unfortunately that discipline does not start until 9th, so he won’t be starting in 7th like Autry (if she gets in, but I am hopeful), but they would be there together for the high school years. It is a far way off, and many things could change between now and then, but I do think it would be fun for them to be there together.

Decca made a Poppy finger puppet and a home for her for his final Poppy project.

Decca – Sadly, Decca finished his Poppy unit from MBTP. He decided to make his own study unit for Poppy and Rye when he finished his unit, so he has been spending time on that. He also started a new unit on American Heroes. I thought it would be boring for him, but I have been suprised by the fact that he actually likes it. This week he learned about Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson.

Decca has also been working on his piano and math daily. He was stuck for a few weeks in piano, unable to pass anything. He seems to have gotten over that little road bump, and he is once again enjoying the piano. He is working on multiplication  in math. He understands the concept so now he just needs to memorize his facts. We will probably work on this for the next few months until they are cemented in his mind.

Together the kids have been making numerous levels on Little Big Planet 2. I love this game because it is so creative. It is the one game I will let them play all the time. They have created levels inspired by Lord of the Rings, Poppy, and Angry Birds. It is great to see them have so much fun together.

And that is our two weeks in review.

2 thoughts on “Weekly Update – Two Weeks in One

  1. I love the curriculum the kids are doing with Lord of the Rings and how it spills over into their other activities. The video for Twelfth Night is great!

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