I got up at 7:30, Chuck shortly after. Noah (8) was next up at about 8:45, followed by Fiona (21 months). I worked on the computer for a while, with my coffee. I’m still trying to get my new ‘puter tweaked and all set up with my favourite software and all my restored files. Noah played Neopets for a few minutes but then opted for Playmobil in the loft. Fiona followed.
At 10:00 I got Erin (10) and Sophie (5) up. They stay up very late reading, and are always last out of bed. If I don’t get them up they will sleep later and later each day, staying up later and later at night, so I make sure I have them up by 10 am or our ability to do things as a family really starts getting hampered by the unmeshed schedules.
At 10:30 we went to violin lessons. Sophie was first. She’s working on Gossec Gavotte at the end of Suzuki Book 1 and everything is finally clicking. It was a very exciting lesson for both her and her violin teacher. Erin was next. Erin is practising very little lately; her enthusiasm is for piano. Yet despite having spent little time on her violin in the past week, she’d clearly done some good thoughtful work, because her Bach a minor last movement was much better! Noah is struggling lately. His teacher (my mom), he and I had a bit of a talk about how we can work best around his perfectionistic tendencies. He did some work on the Suzuki viola book 3 piece he’s polishing up for performance at group class. He was given a bit of a nudge to get busy learning his next piece, because he’s more than ready for it and just has to get down to the note-learning.
We got home at about 12:30. We ate lunch, fed & watered the chickens, collected the eggs, and did a bit of work on the Hallowe’en costumes. (Almost done! Fiona is Little Red Riding Hood while Erin is The Big Bad Wolf Dressed Up as RRH’s Granny. Sophie is an owl. Noah is Anubis, the ancient Egyptian jackal god.) We went outside and did some garden work. Erin and Sophie planted flower bulbs. I planted garlic. We took down the plastic greenhouse, discovering to our surprise that there were three just-ripened tomatoes beneath it, despite the frozen ground elsewhere. Sophie and I pulled some carrots and jerusalem artichoke. We raked some leaves.
We came inside. I started pizza dough. We watched the first two hour-long episodes of “Canada: A People’s History” on DVD. We have been reading aloud from “The Story of Canada” so that we get the somewhat same information in two different formats from two different points of view. Before we put it on Erin asked what would be covered in the first episode. I said “probably everything up to Leif the Lucky and his crew — remember him? She said “well, yeah” (in a kind of a “duh!” voice) and then remarked “I learned about him in school.” (She had tried school out for two days last spring.) I asked what else they had been studying. She explained that actually she hadn’t learned about him, she’d been there for the end-of-unit test. I asked how she’d done.
“Oh, pretty well,” she said, shrugging. “I got perfect, ’cause I was the only one who got the spelling of ‘Leif’ right.” I had to laugh about that. She was the only one who hadn’t been taught the material and the only one who got a perfect mark.
We watched the DVD. Noah lost interest partway through and went back to the Playmobil. Fiona napped.
Sophie and Fiona and I made the pizzas. Erin and Noah practised piano.
We had a late supper after Chuck got home. Afterwards we built a bonfire and watched the eclipse. Noah and Sophie had showers. Sophie did four exercises from her new Singapore Math book. Erin wrote some stuff on the computer and played around with Geometers’ Sketchpad for a while. I read aloud from “Firewing” by Kenneth Oppel. Noah went to sleep. Erin and Sophie went off to bed with their respective novels and who knows when they fell asleep.