Week In The Life (Blue Beards and Ballet Shoes)

We ended up having a very productive week while Papa was on vacation; sometimes I need to lighten up our school week in order to get stuff done around here. That’s okay, it’s just one of the many perks of homeschooling year round.

We discovered, like the majority of our neighborhood, that we have hail damage and will be getting a new roof. The bad part of that is, like every bloody thing else we’ve discovered about our home, whom ever put the roof on before we moved in our home didn’t add a run off into the gutters, so some of the boards under the roofing are rotted and need to be replaced. Financially, it doesn’t matter because our insurance is covering it. I just get a little peeved at being reduced to eye rolling when discovering everything that was constructed wrong in our home.

When we had central air conditioning added to our home, we found out our wiring, was not only dangerous and was known to cause fires (that has actually happened in our neighborhood), but also completely outdated to the point we would never be able to find breakers if the need ever arose. I question how the hell our house ever passed inspection.  I mean, our door entries are not even sized to where we could have doors replaced without them being custom made. Sometimes, I wonder if we even have a slab under our floor, and not just dirt. Our neighbor, that has lived here since our neighborhood was built, informed us that the contractor that designed these homes went bankrupt a couple of years later; I can kind of see why.

Enough grumbling though, I was able to go through the girls’ drawers and clean out all their outgrown summer clothes and replace them with new ones; just in time too, because summer sure has hit Indy.


Changing the line-up a bit.


Our garden is planted and ready to go.


All the way on the left, our garlic is about ready to be harvested, and over on the right (growing down the hill) our strawberries have arrived.


Our crop, so far has been large enough for me to make jam, however we can’t stop eating them. Little Sis goes out every morning to collect the berries and makes fruit salad for breakfast. Next year, we plan on planting raspberries.

Down at the bottom of the hill is our tomato plants. We planted 20 this year, the majority being Roma tomatoes that I use to make into sauce. At the top of the hill, we planted 30 potatoes, 2 rows of broccoli, and one row mixed with jalapeno and green peppers (for salsa). We also planted one watermelon plant. Last year we grew cantaloupe, without even trying, but I am the only one that will eat it. So for Little Sis’s sake, I hope we get a good watermelon harvest.

I will be counting our garden toward one of Sky’s science credits. We compost, test the acidity of our soil, and add fertilizer as needed. Our garden is completely organic, at least as organic as one can be in the 21 century. We plant sunflowers to help the bees pollinate (and help keep birds distracted), we use nature to fight nature (we love our Praying Mathis, and ladybugs). This, in my opinion, is an example of a “real”science project.

I’ve never been a been a big fan of science fairs (and I love science). I think it has to do with my personality, that everything I do needs to have a purpose. Making a volcano out of baking soda and vinegar is a fun way to explain chemical reactions, but I don’t really see it as an “experiment”; we already know what happens, it has been done before. Trying to figure out how to contain fire inside a bulb, or understanding how electricity works when it’s never been done before is an experiment.

Science is constantly evolving and changing. When you write something down in a textbook, it is already outdated. Past science, to me, is history. I do realize the laws of science never change, and how we need to be able to grasp certain concepts before learning others, but that is with anything.

Again, this just me. 🙂

We watched lots of videos this week.

For starters, we watched what happens when cracking an egg underwater from Tune Channel (Facebook).

Then, What Video Games Teach Us About the Aging Brain, Last Week In Science, and Science of Thrones from It’s Okay To Be Smart-YouTube.

Bees, Mosquitoes and Dragons with Joe Hanson

We listened to The Show About Science podcast interview with Joe Hanson, and Why do some people have seasonal allergies? – Ted ED- Eleanor Nelsen – YouTube



We are reading our way through chapter 4 of The Way We Work, and we watched: What Causes Food Cravings? – by SciShow- YouTube

I purchased: The Smart Girls Guide to Going Vegetarian for Little Sis, and we have been reading through it together.


The girls had homeschool gym, we walked around the block, and weeded the garden.


The girls warmed with XtraMath.

Little Sis finished the Kumon multiplication workbook and is moving on to division. Sky is continuing with the Kumon pre-algebra book 2.


Language Arts


We finished The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Ogre of Olglefort. I liked both of these books. The Ogre of Olglefort was different from any book I’ve read. I am interested in reading more from this author and sad our library doesn’t have anymore of her novels. I loved the humor from the movie Stardust, and this book was kind of like that. This story fit in perfect with our fairy-tale theme. It is a great example of taking folklore creatures and creating your own unique story.

We started The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I love this story, and have waited until the girls were at the right age to share it. There is so much wisdom packed into this little novel that I don’t think small children can really grasp. I don’t think Little Sis really understands its message, and she is a mature 10.

We are listening to The Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild, and read Bluebeard by Charles Perrault.


The girls copied a part of speech poem to add to their grammar notes.


(Little Sis)


The girls learned how to write a book analysis, and wrote an analysis about the story: The Ogre of Oglefort.


The hardest part the girls are having trouble with, is not using I in writing about the  positive and negative attributes of the story. Of course when reviewing juvenile fiction, there’s really not much to analyze. I know the more they write, the better they will get at it.


We read from Basher’s Grammar book: Chapter 2, Team Sentence.


modify, maternal

Sky orally recited her poem: One Not Be A Chamber by Emily Dickinson.




We read chapter 46 from: French History for English Children about Louis the 15th. The girls added notes to their timeline notebook.


We also watched:Versailles, France: Ultimate Royal Palace by Rick Steves. YouTube


We learned about Edgar DeGas, and watched:Degas Biography from Goodbye-Art Academy – YouTube

The girls took notes and colored Practicing at the Barre.


The Arts

We got caught up with a few movies, and watched Shrek, Shrek 2, Puss in Boots, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast.

We watched:Grimm’s Fairy Tale Classics: Bluebeard and Briar Rose – animated YouTube

We also watched: The Nostalgia Critic’s Old vs. New Cinderella episode -YouTube

Theater Appreciation (Big Screen):

We watched: The 1934 movie of The Scarlet Pimpernel. -YouTube/Prime


Now I am on a Leslie Howard movie kick. 🙂

I think that is about it, peace for the journey.


4 Responses to “Week In The Life (Blue Beards and Ballet Shoes)”

  1. redheadmom8 Says:

    I want to plant a huge vegetable garden and learn how to compost so badly, but I don’t know the first thing about any of it. I seriously think I have a brown thumb instead of a green one!

    • dkjsv05 Says:

      Composting is great for brown thumbs because you want decay.

      We have a container that looks like a trash can with slits. We throw any organic material (leaves, grass clippings, dog hair, my husband’s hair, tea or coffee grounds, vegetable or fruit peelings, cores, etc. (No animal products like bones or scraps.) Throw in the compost can, like you throw away garbage, and let it decompose. That is it. Add water if it looks dry, maybe stir it a few times, and you get wonderful smelling, nutrient rich soil. 🙂

  2. Bronwen Lee Says:

    Watching things grow, to me felt like the first real science experiment. Gardening can be so magical to kiddos.

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