06 September 2011

1st Day Back to {home}School, Among Other Things

We did it! We finally got unpacked enough and got our new learning room organized enough to start back to school! Frankly, I was starting to get worried...ha

Today went very well though. So far I am extremely pleased with our new curriculum choices for math and language arts. Now, if I could just actually get some lesson planning done... And get the finishing touches done in the learning room, so I can blog it!

In other news, it has been a bit of a traumatic week...pet-wise.

Last weekend a sweet friend (who had asked my permission beforehand) brought the kiddos their very own little fish tank with two goldfish. Well, on Sunday we noticed that The Princess' fish was pretty lethargic...dead, actually. She was sad, but she handled it fairly well. And we went to the store that evening and let her pick out a new goldfish.

Well, today during our school time~the fish tank is in our learning room~we noticed Mr. B's fish was acting funny.

And then he was dead.

It was a bit of a rough time. My son is a drama king and my daughter is the drama queen...they both melted down. Of course, I felt terrible, but what can you do? We'd already had the talk about how goldfish have short lives. "Just work on your handwriting page, kids. Ignore the fish floating on his side...." Oh my. We had to just stop for a short while, say a prayer, flush the fish and make a promise to go fish shopping right after school before things could go on.

Sandwiched between the fish funerals, the kiddos found a baby blue jay in our backyard. It was a fledgling, fully feathered. I think it may have fallen out of its nest, but there were no protective parents trying to peck our heads, so I'm not sure what happened to it. When my kids went to look at it and talk to it, it started following them around like a little puppy. It was pretty cute and they, of course, were enchanted by it. Gave it a name and everything:) My kids are big animal lovers, if you can't tell.

Well, the next morning they ran out to see if the baby bird was still there (I was a *meanie* and wouldn't let them bring the bird in the night before, of course). And it was dead.

So then there was a bird funeral.

Needless to say, I hope there are no more pet funerals this week. It's been a bit much for the kids, bless their hearts, and a bit much for me, too, because I like to protect them from hurt.

Here's looking forward to a drama-free day tomorrow!

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Nancy ~Lessons Learned on the Farm said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog. It made finding yours a lot easier!

It was fun meeting you today and I look forward to getting to know your family better. Sorry to hear about the fish & bird funerals. I know how hard it is as a mama to try to comfort a grieving child's heart. (((hugs)))

April said...

Goodness - that is a rough time with the animals. I have a very tender-hearted son. He's learning that life has a cycle and death is end of the cycle. It's hard, but an important lesson to learn. Those fish must have been in a sick tank. How's the new one? Did you condition the water? We have a fish that's not doing well. :-( Hugs to your tenderhearted kiddos.

Fresh Start Academy said...

Following from the TOS Hop and It was sure nice to meet you today and get to know you and your family

Our Homeschool Reviews said...

Oh no. What a sad animal week. My daughter was given a fish a few years back and it didn't last very long either. No more fish for us. Stopping in from the Crew.

Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads said...

Ugh! We've had those pet/animal weeks, and they're not fun - at all. Hope things go better...

Our Village is a Little Different said...

Oh, that was a hard week for the pets! I guess it's part of the learning process, too.

I'm glad your school room is unpacked and ready. I hope you have a wonderful year with those super cute kids!

Phyllis said...

I am amazed you could still carry on the first day of school with all the animal funerals. It would have been all over as far as a school day for us. It was probably good for them to have something else to focus on, however.

TIFFANY said...

Poor kids! I hope your luck with pets gets better. :) Stopping by and following from the TOS hop.

Jennifer said...

Losing pets can be hard, even when they are relatively new. I hope the new fish last a while.