Day 126: Ben Franklin

Day 2 of the Very Cold Week.

We should have had Geography Club today, but our host family has been sick, so we’re skipping this week. It’s snowing now, so co-op has already been cancelled for tomorrow.

Papa had errands to run today, and I wanted to get things cleaned up a bit, so our plan was to just let the kids play, with a little violin practice and math.

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This is the 'owl roost' that Boy built for Girl, and they were playing with it this morning.
This is the ‘owl roost’ that Boy built for Girl, and they were playing with it this morning.

First thing this morning, Boy asked me to read to him about Benjamin Franklin. I’m not sure whether to credit an exceptionally engaging book, or just the content of Franklin’s life, but this is the most interested Boy has been in a historical figure. Our book calls him ‘Ben’ but Boy doesn’t like that. He thinks it’s more polite and respectful to call him Benjamin Franklin.

While I was reading to Boy, Girl made this drawing of girls who live in the 'Redwoods' using some of her stickers.
While I was reading to Boy, Girl made this drawing of girls who live in the ‘Redwoods’ using some of her stickers.

Right after Papa left on errands, I got a message from a neighbor that she really needed a sitter for her son for a couple of hours; this boy is also eight, but he and Boy had never met. They both like Legos, and seemed to get along just fine.

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While the boys played Legos, Girl set up this tea party right next to them.
While the boys played Legos, Girl set up this tea party right next to them.

After lunch we read some more Ben Franklin and did a little bit of violin, but Boy was having a hard time today with it. And he wasn’t very happy that we didn’t go to ballet because of the snow. Tomorrow I’ll try to sit down and do ballet and math with him in the morning and see if he’s a little cheerier.  I think he just wants to do his Things. Tomorrow I think we might also try to make tortillas, and that should be fun.

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