Friday, April 9, 2010

An Overdue Update

This has been our Spring Break week, and we've both been enjoying a break. Tuesday through Thursday, Cullen spent most of each day at a mini gymnastics camp where he takes his regular classes. He came home each day completely exhausted, but raring to go again the next morning! I felt pretty strange to be without his company for so long, but did manage to clean out a particularly messy closet. Yes, it took me all three days.

The previous week, we spent a little time in the Elizabethan era, just beginning to learn about Shakespeare and Galileo. Cullen is reading Frindle right now to go along with part of a unit in our language arts. A great story with plenty of humor, it has us talking about how words are made. I foresee a bit more willing use of the dictionary as an aftereffect.

A highlight of the week was a tour of the CNN Center in Atlanta with our friends from Wednesday enrichment classes. My nephew, Walker, joined us for this one. Here are the two of them hamming it up at the anchor desk.

The basic subjects are moving along nicely. Math was a little more exciting because of the most basic algebraic equations being introduced in his Horizons math curriculum. Figuring out the value of a variable is more like solving a mystery than just filling in a blank. Cullen likes treating each side of the equation equally to keep it balanced.

In addition to his assignments from me, he's been writing in a new journal (inspired by the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, of which he blew through all four, plus the movie edition over the past several weeks on his own) and composed a paragraph about boats. He also completed his short chapter book, Star Navy: Rise of Abor.

During our Easter Sunday worship at church, Cullen was baptized as an expression of his recent decision to follow Christ. He was so excited, and we are so proud of him! After church, most of our family gathered at our house for lunch and just enjoying time together. I didn't eat, though. There was our cute little grandbaby, and I'd much rather hold him!


Carrie said...

How wonderful that Cullen had put his faith in Jesus and was baptized! That's great news! Praise God! ;)

Ethan read Frindle earlier this year. He really liked it, too!

Daisy said...

We have a lot of those books on our reading list for next year!

Congratulations, Cullen.

Cyn said...

We have one of the books on Shakespeare too. Another 2 favourites here are:
"Who Was William Shakespeare?", by Celeste Davidson Mannis and "Bard of Avon- The Story of William Shakespeare", by Diane Stanley & Peter Vennema. The latter one has wonderful illustrations!
Hmmm- cleaning out closets- I could/should try that one day!

Chef Penny said...

Yay, Cullen! How exciting for your family!

Tonia said...

What a wonderful memory he'll have each Easter - having come to faith in Christ. What a happy occasion!

MissMOE said...

Congrats on your son's bapitism. Don't you love it when kids take to writing and such on their own!