Friday, February 22, 2008

Slow week

It's been a very slow week around here. At the beginning of the week, we started reading Fairy-Land Science, The Princess and the Goblin, and Anne of Green Gables. The girls also worked on their math in the beginning of the week.
On Tuesday, I went to Wal Mart to make prints of Rembrandt and Van Gogh for our artist studies and got into a confrontation with the Wal Mart photo center manager about copyright. It seems her only understanding of copyritght law was what Wal Mart told her. She had never read or studied the law herself. She refused to sell the pictures to me and was rude to me by yelling at me, being sarcastic asking if I got permission from Van Gogh to print the pictures and telling me that she didn't care if I was a customer there. It was a very ugly scene and I left extremely upset. There are many more details that I won't go into here, but her ignorance of the law is a shame. If it were me in that position, I would research the law before spouting it off to customers.
So that threw my entire Tuesday off.
Later that day, dd(9) had a fever. She was still feverish Wednesday morning, but seemed better in the afternoon. Thursday morning she woke up with a fever again. Then little brother age 3 developed a fever of over 103. So Thursday was spent tending to him.
Today I am supposed to go out of town for a scrapbooking weekend with my mom. We are under a winter storm warning all day today. So I am a little nervous about driving an hour away. I hope the roads clear up. This is something my mom and I do every year and we look so forward to it. It's time we get to spend together by ourselves.
So this week, life happened. We didn't get much done academically. Yet, I'm okay with that.
According to Pa Homeschool Law, we have to get 180 academic days in each year. So we sometimes get cretive.
On Tuesday, we discussed human psychology, public speaking skills and copyright law (civics).
On Wednesday, we covered health - what is a normal body temperature and what it means to take care of yourself when you are ill. We also covered math with taking temperatures. DD(9) is very math minded and she kept figuring out the difference of her current temperature with a normal temperature. It snowed on Wednesday, too. So we got to do some nature study. We didn't record anything in our nature notebooks, but we observed and discussed nontheless.
On Thursday, we continued our health studies to include proper nutrition and "fun food" (our mild word for junk). We also took out the Legos and built towers and houses and such. I think that may be art.
Who knows what today will hold.

"This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it." -Psalm 118:24


Anonymous said...

We had a slow week too. Brody has been running fever on and off too.

I have to tell you I had a similar run in with the walmart lady. I tried to copy an old family photo. I'll tell you what we did. We went to the CVS. They dont care what you are copying and dont even ask. She kept telling us we had to ask the photographer. That photo was in our family for years and am sure that photographer is long gone.

Dont you love how school fits in to everyday. Monday we went bowling- gym and the library language. lol


Anonymous said...

I've been wondering how that 5 hrs/day for 180 days works...somehow can't see being able to comply to that specificity. Thanks for sharing.


Denise said...

I posted a similar post... enjoyed reading yours!!

Anonymous said...

I, too, had an embarassing and annoying confrontation with a "photo lady" at walmart, but I do think I was in the wrong in that instance. I, too, was told by a friend to go to CVS, but I guess I got a different lady because she DID care and immediately upon approaching me stared at the envelope I had in my mind, informing me of the copyright law.
The whole copyright issue is very frustrating for me as a Christian because I see compromises being made all the time. For instance, in the church I used to attend, three of the deacons openly admitted to renting movies from Blockbuster, etc., then copying them for their own personal library.