Here is M doing the performance part of the class fair. They memorized the 50 state capitals!
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Temperatures dropped down into the twenties last week. Everything is officially done in the garden except a few sturdy lettuces.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
We read a lot of great books so far this school year:
1. Magic Tree House Series -- Their are sooo many of these. They are great for helping kids learn history, but kind of annoying for grown-ups listening along.
2. Ramona the Brave, Ramona and Her Mother, and Henry Huggins By Beverly Cleary
Classic read aloud books -- I love these because they are so funny.
3. Who was... series (TV and Movie Biographies); I am terrible at all things pop-culture, so reading these books was an education for me.
4. Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider by Jean Fritz; Hamilton the musical has been very popular listening around our house this fall. We have most of the words memorized and have been able to link things from the musical with things in his biography.
5. Thomas Jefferson by Cheryl Harness. We have been focusing on the founding fathers and the revolutionary war this fall -- big sister A wrote an essay on Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence. They also had a special night on "Liberty" for her activity girls group. She brought a copy of the Declaration of Independence and talked about it with the other kids.
6. Story of the World: Volume 3 Early Modern Times, Queen Elizabeth to the Forty-Niners by Susan Wise Bauer -- this is our history book for this year. We finished reading it over the summer and have just been delving into specific events during that time period (like the American Revolutionary War).
7. Liberty's Kids - DVD -- I have a lot of Relief Society meetings at our house lately and this DVD is a great history activity to keep the kids occupied during the meetings.
I always forget to take out my camera at the pool. We have been doing homeschool swim lessons twice a week for the last two months. I love it because it is a LONG lesson (1.5 hours) and at a gym so that I can drop the littlest off at the kids club while I swim laps too. The teachers are the swim team coaches too and they do a great job teaching correct technique.
Then our homeschool co-op party on Monday:
The next day they organized their loot and traded in most of it for 10 cents a piece. We feel like this is a good deal -- much cheaper than fillings at the dentist.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Activity girls' campout was this weekend. It was cold that night (low of 46F), but we had a nice big bonfire that kept things pretty cozy. We roasted and ate hot dogs, s'mores, chips, salads and fruit for dinner. Then we told silly ghost stories, played funny circle games like "would you rather", and looked at the stars trying to see the meteor shower.
we picked up at the Pilgrim Festival? It popped so nicely. I was not sure that the seeds from it would grow the same variety, but I figured it was worth a try. I left it hanging out on the stalks while I was waiting for it to dry.