What we’re learning now…

Fish has found a book he loves.  “Tales of Deltora” by Emily Rodda is a fantasy book full of dragons and dangerous sea creatures in a time of violent earth growth and change.  He won’t read it to me but I think he’s been reading on the sly.  Only when I’m not looking.  He’s one of a kind that’s for sure!  He enjoys the quizzes in the ‘prepare you kid for standardized tests’ book he picked up at the library a week ago.  Keek enjoys it too as she gets to do the quizzing.  😉  He read, read, and re-read, “The Mighty 12 Superheros of Greek Myth” by Charles R Smith Jr and P Craig Russell.  The prose is written like the “Iliad” and the illustrations are like comic books.  He really has enjoyed the book.  So much so, that I think a copy of it lies in our future.  Heeheehee…  He also buzzed through “Fred and Ted Go Camping” by Peter Eastman and “I want to Be Somebody New” by Robert Lopshire; the sequel to “Put me in the Zoo!”

Keek has just finished up “How to be A Princess in 7 Days or Less” by Lesley Rees and “Egyptian Princess” by Jacqueline Morley.  She’s more than half way through,  “Excuse Me, But I was Next…” by Peggy Post and has just started reading a big fiction book, ” The Summer King” by OR Melling.  It involves twin sisters, one of whom is dead and spooky happenings in Ireland.  Although Keek isn’t usually into such spookiness she is enjoying this book very much!  She also has “First Aid For Wildlife” by Irene Ruth on her list… but I’m not sure she’ll get to it before it’s time to take it back!

We’ve been neglecting Fish’ math pages in favor of spelling puzzles.  He does one a day and sometimes two… depending.  They have been playing store where they trade items of similar value using the trunk as a store counter.  It’s been a big hit!   Fish has been playing online with his Webkinz and at Club Penguin.  He noticed the return of Rockhopper (the penguin pirate) a couple of days ago and when he finally arrived both kids went to collect their treasure!  Each kid got a red cap and a ringing bell from Rockhoppers treasure trove.  What a fun game! He’s been watching pink panther (free DVD from the local movie store) and old Garfield episodes on YouTube.  He made his stocking this weekend with the help of Grandma.  It has a wonderful underwater scene and is covered in fish and bubbles.  He also put six snowflakes in the water “…because that’s how old I am.” 🙂

Keek has been doing her math faithfully.  She’s decided which multiplication tables she likes and which she doesn’t.  The fours, sevens, eights and twelves are “really hard” and the rest are easy.  I wish I could say the same!  She’s used her skip counting sheet so much it’s practically toilet paper but she refuses to let it go.  She did get busted the other day for cheating and then lying about it but she apologized, did the work (on her own this time) and promised not to cheat again because, “… it makes things easier now and harder later.”  I think it’ll stick.  Her OCD came out of the closet the other day, too.  She took the advent calender and started putting the numbers in counting order.  She was doing quite well when I informed her the picture wouldn’t look right if the numbers were in order and that they were out of order on purpose.  She looked at me like I was crazy and I couldn’t help but laugh.  Once she understood that I hadn’t lost all my marbles we put the boxes back in all the right places.  With the numbers all back in the wrong order… advent chocolates were served this morning on schedule.  lol

Fish went to the dentist on Monday and had 9! cavities! Eeee Gads.  We got four filled today, three this upcoming Friday and the other two are just under observation.  The dentist thought one would have to be a crown but it wasn’t as bad as it looked so all is well.  The others are tiny surface cavities and filled easily.  Keeker has an appointment lined up for Friday as well.  She is really nervous about it and asks Fish lots of questions.  He loves being the expert and handing out his vast knowledge.     Teeheehee

I have taken an interest in regional lore and am studying up.  I have a book that focuses on Ozark lore.  It’s really interesting and many of the phrases are familiar to me already.  For example, “Rain before 7, Dry by 11.”  Really a neat book, but I’m only one chapter in.

Alas the dryer buzzes and I must go!

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