Monday, August 26, 2013

Graves' Mountain Lodge

Robin very much enjoyed our family vacation with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in Syria, Virginia!

He went horseback riding, swimming, and hiked the White Oak Canyon trail in the Shenandoah National Park.

Just for a moment, we were lucky enough to see a bear cub!  He and his cousins also captured a toad for a time.  Robin also attended his Religious Education class, which focused on the ecosystem of the Fellowship grounds.

Robin created a tie-dye t-shirt.

We read to him, including these books:

The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus, #2)The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

The Demigod Files (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan

Monday, August 19, 2013

Two Noble Kinsmen

This week we went to the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater and saw their summer production: The Two Noble Kinsmen.  I can see why it's not one of the most performed Shakespearean plays, but it was certainly worth the (free) admission.  Robin especially liked the sword fight.

He worked with Explode the Code, completing the letter P.  We read to him lots, including Five Children and It (Five Children, #1)Five Children and It by E. Nesbit

Encyclopedia Brown Saves the Day (Encyclopedia Brown, #7)Encyclopedia Brown Saves the Day by Donald J. Sobol

Robin worked with Saxon Math 2.

We went to the Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum, which Robin has been to several times.  They have very assiduous docents, one of whom followed us around and answered all of our questions about everything, even showing us his own military medals. We also read posts from Paul Salopek, and this book:  How I Learned GeographyHow I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz

Robin went to a playground with lots of monkey bars and did them several times.

Monday, August 12, 2013

More Minecraft

Robin learned to do more things in Minecraft this week, including redstone wiring and multiplayer.  He also worked with Saxon Math 2.

I read to him, including the followings books: Sheep in a ShopSheep in a Shop by Nancy E. Shaw

A Child's Day: An Alphabet of PlayA Child's Day: An Alphabet of Play by Ida Pearle

Daisy and the BeastieDaisy and the Beastie by Jane Simmons

Robin wrote in his journal and worked with Explode the Code.

He watched an episode of History Detectives with segments on early aviation (Charles Lindbergh) and letters from the Civil War.  We read article by Paul Salopek.

We went scootering.

Robin attended his RE class, which focused on butterflies and moths.

Monday, August 5, 2013


We've had Minecraft for a while but Robin and his brother hadn't figured out how to really enjoy it until this week.  Now we've figured out how to switch back and forth between Creative and Survival modes, meaning they can both relax and have fun, but also gather the resources they need to succeed pretty easily in the Survival mode, making it a lot more fun.

Robin explored weighing with non-standard units and several other topics in Saxon Math 2.

We continued working on the letter P.  I read to Robin. Including these books: Having a FriendHaving a Friend by Betty Miles
Ten Things I Love About YouTen Things I Love About You by Daniel Kirk

Robin practiced writing by choosing a word to write in his journal.  He also drew in his journal.

We read some posts by Paul Salopek.

Robin continues to be kind of obsessed with the skate park.  Besides visiting them multiple times this week, he is at this very moment scootering over a makeshift ~1 ft jump he rigged up in our living room, over and over again.  He also biked, and swam.

He attended his RE class, which focused on wood, and observed a skilled woodworker turn tops with a lathe.