Week In The Life (Happily Ever After)

Well, we had another break-in on our street this week. It happened between the hours of noon and 4 p.m. It really pisses me off.

We are actually really good friends with our neighbors, and living here as long as we have, we know our surrounding neighbors, including those in the back of us, too. We all look out for each other. So, to hear our street is being burglarized during the day when a good amount of us are home, blows my mind.

Our small town, I imagine it’s everywhere though, has a big heroin problem.  Actually, not that many months ago there was a huge drug bust. The main dealer was a secretary for the police station, and the bust included dealers that worked prominent township high schools. This too boggles my mind.

One thing history has taught me, is that we humans seem to always find ways of getting around laws.

Take prohibition for instance, we knew the effects of alcohol. Yet not only did humans find ways of sneaking it, and allowed one of the most famous American gangsters to become rich, we created a sport out of it. NASCAR.

Then there was the 60s, with humans still looking to find that buzz, because alcohol was no longer enough, and while trying to make these drugs illegal, we’ve again allowed gangsters to become rich. So, what do we do? Spend millions of dollars on a “just say no” campaign. Yes, it really seems to have worked too. I mean after all, it had worked so well in the past.

Let’s see kids, “just say no” to street drugs, but since you can’t sit still in your seat during class, you need to take this.

Of course heroin isn’t anything new, it just proves that we humans have a major weakness to want to alter our brains. The scientific part of me, wants to know why.

I, for one am one American that is tired of seeing millions of tax dollars spent on band-aids. There is a problem here, one that has found its way into our neighborhood.

So, how does this week’s local event find its way into our homeschool discussions? Better yet, how does this homeschooling mama tie this week’s local event in with this week’s history lesson about Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution?

Homeschooling

This and next week, we will be finishing up any loose ends before going on spring break. In other words, we won’t be starting anything new.

Language Arts

Reading:

We finished Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I don’t want to say too much about it, because the girls will be writing a critic of it next week, but the girls did not like it. I, myself found it entertaining enough. I can honestly say that for YA, it didn’t get on my nerves too much. I am curious enough to finish the series. Then again, I do like science fiction.

We continued reading the poems from Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann. We are just reading a few each day, and discussing their meanings. The poems have been a hit or miss with the girls, again though, in a good way. The girls really can’t connect well with them. There are a few though, where the girls really liked the symbolism. I am glad we are reading it.

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We finished Basher Punctuation. Another great thing about an e-reader, is that the girls can read along on their own device while I read out loud. We have been observing, and discussing punctuation examples in our reads. “See, how the dash is used here. Look, how they used a semicolon there.”

We started Splintered by A.G. Howard. This will be our last read before our spring break. Both girls are really enjoying this one.

Handwriting:

The girls copied A Brief History of Feminism from Poisoned Apples.

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(Little Sis)

Mathematics

Sky finished Kumon’s Pre-Algebra workbook 1. I am considering this as 1 math credit. Indiana has a weird credit system. You must have at least 40 credits to graduate. So, each semester equals a credit.

I know Pre-Algebra doesn’t really count as “high-school” level work, and I do hope we get through Algebra 2. However, that would really be pushing it. Math is just not one of Sky’s strong points. Since she doesn’t want to go into mathematics or science fields, I really don’t understand why this is such a big deal. I would much rather her be able to complete, and understand how to do her taxes than solve an algebra equation, but I’ve vented down that road already.

Little Sis is continuing with double digit multiplication.

We will not be starting any new math work until after our break.

History

World:

We finished the Princess Dairy about Marie Antoinette. The girls are really liking the diary stories. Sky actually asked to read Anastasia’s, which is kind of a big deal.

If you are not already familiar with the diary series, they have a brief biography afterwards of what ends up happening to the main character, and what was happening in history during that time, like the American Girl series. The girls learned about Marie Antoinette’s final fate. It explained how she, and her husband, was raised to respect etiquette more than learning how to run a country. Louis the 16th never saw outside of his court, meanwhile his citizens were starving.

It was Sky that actually made the connection: “Wow, kind of like today.”. Okay, I am not saying Americans today have it as bad as during the French Revolution, but I do believe there are a few who need to step outside of their “courts” for a while. Especially, if they plan on running this country.

It’s pretty easy to turn a blind eye and think that just because there are “facilities” available to help with mental health that the “average” person can actually afford, or will use them. It is my personal opinion, that until we can get to the bottom of drug abuse (mental health), we will never win the war on drugs.

Art:

We watched Art & Propaganda ArtSleuth 4 – VIGÉE-LEBRUN: Marie-Antoinette and her Children -YouTube. This is actually a very interesting series.

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P.E.

The girls had homeschool gym, and Yoga Walked.

Fine Arts

We watched the movie Pan.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3332064/

Sky would call this movie a “mind F”. It was a very interesting take on the story of Peter Pan, and that was the point of us watching it. Would I recommend it other than that? No.

Culinary Arts

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day this week, the girls made green cake.

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It is actually a jello poke cake with lime Jello. They did a really good job.

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/wearing-o–green-cake

Today, the girls had a friend over and Sky cooked lunch for them. I am pretty proud of them, and how they know their way around the kitchen. That is one thing I can say about all three of our girls, they can cook. 🙂

Peace for the journey.

 

 

 

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