{SQT}Highlights From A Typical Week

Joining with Jen again this week for another installment of Seven Quick Takes.

1.Everyone loves my hands on Alexander the Great unit study. And, it no wonder, honestly. It’s chocked full of all the things kids love; rote memorization, pop quizzes, ditto pages, tons of tiny intricate pieces that need cut out and glued back together in a very specific order, etc. But this week, Byron really outdid himself. He built a one-quarter sized replica of the Pharos lighthouse from Legos, filming the entire construction process in stop animation. Once uploaded to youtube, his video became a viral sensation, again, and we’ve already had calls from Lego headquarters in Denmark and Lucas Arts about possible summer internship possibilities.

2. After our recent lessons on the election of Pope Francis, Edie was quite taken with St. Francis of Assisi and the entire Franciscan order. I thought it was something that could be cured with an extra lapbook, but low and behold, it seems to have turned into a vocation.

Although not formally professed, Edie has taken up residence in her closet, calling it her cell, and wearing a habit in the style of the Capuchin Poor Clares fashioned from some old dark bed sheets. I’ve tried to get her to come out, but she insists she’s taken a vow of enclosure.  Our parish priest paid her a visit and came away saying we had a Blessed Imelda on our hands. He suggested she write a journal which she has dutifully done for a week now.

Pilgrims have set up tents on the lawn under her window. While I’m happy to allow them the opportunity to visit with Edie, or Sister Mary Francis of the Five Wounds of Christ as she prefers to be called, our septic system is not designed to accommodate this kind of traffic so I’m looking into port-o-pots. And thankfully, the township isn’t giving us too much trouble. Well,  except for last week when an impromptu penitential procession delayed Thursday’s garbage pick up.

3. When Fulton started showing interest in Addie’s Latin books, I must admit I was skeptical. Sure, I was prepared to begin Henle with him in the fall (don’t worry we slow it down to a pace suitable for most five-year olds) but studying the Latin Vulgate at only four? It seemed too good to be true.

But bless my soul, if he didn’t just take right off with reading it, like it was his native tongue! Certainly he hears Latin at Mass, during story time, on long car rides, plus over headphones while he sleeps, but his grasp of verb tenses and the subtleties of differing translations has astounded everyone.

My only fear is Fulton will get bored with his Latin assignments and not focus on his lessons like a proper preschooler. Tony has suggested adding Koine Greek so we’re flying over experts from the Holy Land to tutor Fulton and hopefully, keep his interest in classical languages piqued.

4. I decided to hold an impromptu dinner party this week with just a few of our closest friends. Although everyone stayed way too late for it being a week night, I don’t regret it. The following morning we started school an hour later at 7 a.m. to help ease into our day.

Charity ball 'dancer against cancer' at the Hofburg in Vienna
I was so glad a took the time to clean the chandeliers last weekend.

5. On Monday I planned meals for the next three months, made up my grocery list, collated my coupons, went to the store, spent $75, cooked for 4 hours Tuesday morning and now we’re all set. Phew! It’s hard work, but what a relief to know there are months worth of homemade meals and snacks ready to go. All that’s left is to finish threshing and grinding our home-grown wheat for our daily fresh-baked bread.

6.On Thursday, I updated my Powerpoint presentation and Excel spreadsheet on chores and responsiblity. After a quick review of material, I informed the children that we’d not only met, but exceeded our expectations for fingerprint free glass, crumb-less floors and stain-free carpets. Unfortunately, productivity fell in regards to van cleanliness, with a stray apple core sullying an otherwise spotless record. We all resolved to redouble our efforts by next months appraisal and closed the meeting by reciting our families mission statement and saying all 20 mysteries of the rosary.

7. And of course, you know our family and bonfires; Happy Easter season!

Thankfully, the Fire Marshall is a Knights of Columbus member.

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  1. #3: No April Fool’s joke — I have actually taught Koine Greek (or “ghetto Greek”) to guys in the local medium security prison where we lived in Montana. (I’m dead serious. I did.) Maybe I should be Fulton’s tutor. 😉

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