What We Are Reading and Watching February/March edition

In the midst of snowy days and winter we started adding to our weekly schedule with an afternoon movie on Wednesdays.  Along with our Tuesday Poetry Teatimes, we have a little groove going in our mid-week.  There are a few “rules” we follow on Wednesdays:  math must be completed before swimming lessons in the morning, I choose the movie without much input from anyone, and we have to share a giant bowl of popcorn.  My intention is to have two hours in the week dedicated to watching a story together, snuggling.  I don’t want it to be a tv time like I use to get dinner on the table (though with the decent, sunny weather everyone is outside playing until dinnertime!).  My choices are ones that are deliberate, meant to introduce Lily and Ollie to something new or interesting or connected to what we are studying.  So far this winter we have watched A Little Princess {O’s reaction surprised me as I just thought it was more of a “girl” movie; he wanted to re-watch it immediately}, Stuart Little {which inspired a mini-lesson on the author by Lily for Ollie}, Hercules {they loved trying to spy all the gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece}, The Sound of Music {after we saw the middle school production}, and today:  The Apple Dumpling Gang {after which the neighborhood played “bandits” all afternoon}.

As far as reading is concerned, we are waiting for the second book of The Odyssey, Lily and I are reading some Ramona Quimby before bed and Ollie joins in off and on.  For some language arts work for school I checked out four Mr. Putter and Tabby books by Cynthia Rylant and who ended up reading them over and over?  Emmy!

I just finished Peaceful Parent, Happy Child by Laura Markham, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, and started Peace Like a River by Leif Enger.  And I am trying to still watch the last episodes of Downton Abbey.  Thanks to Netflix, we are back into House of Cards and loving a new one:  The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

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