Tuesday, December 29, 2009

a break from our usual studdies

We took some time off from the usual studies to spend time in the kitchen preparing Christmas goodies and to work on presents for others and our Christmas cards, we watched Christmas movies and read Christmas books. We would have done even more, but teacher was sick the whole week. As you can see they decorated their house all by themselves.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Week 15 Jesus isThe Way, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, Birds

Christmas caroling with our co-op group at Woodland Ct. Nursing home
I just love how homeschooling can be done on occasion in your Pjs under a desk with your little sister.
These are donkeys like what Mary would have had rode on to Bethlehem

Week 14 Jesus is The Way, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Birds

Science gone bad, we are reading Farmer boy in the little house series and Almonzo takes a cup of popcorn and adds it to a cup of milk and it's supposed to fit, I don't know why ours did not work.

Molly has been begging to learn cursive, so I got out this dry erase book to practice letters, I will let her work on it a few minutes a day and see how she dose. I have been trying to tell her her printing is not perfect yet and maybe we should work on that before cursive.
In Science we have been learning about the state bird for each state we study. We learned about Robins and then made a robin's nest. Mud - chocolate and Peanut Butter, dried grass - shredded wheat, twigs - chow mein noodles. We were suppose to use green grapes for eggs but all I had was red so not all that authentic.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Week - Giving Thanks, Thanksgiving, Pumpkins

Molly's hand Turkey
Counting by tens to determine the number of seed in our squash
Hand and foot turkeys
You might be a Homeschooler if you combine bath time with science, history or any other subject.

Indian Vests
Woven place mats for Aunt Kiki and Uncle Nick

Molly's Thanksgiving poem, she read to her uncle on Thanksgiving day

for this week we only did 3 days and spent time learning more about the first Thanksgiving, we did crafts and because I could not find a pumpkin we had to use a squash for science. We had to make predictions about the squash and then through experiments determine the actual. We made predictions on weather it would float, it's weight, it's circumference, and number of seeds.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Week 12 Birds, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Birds

Molly's bird watching binoculars, don't worry dad got out the real ones and taught her how to use them.
Welcoming home troops in Rhinelander

painting pictures from the Nutcracker while listening to songs from the Nutcracker Ballet
Making Peach Cobbler for the state of Georgia
Celebrating with Chocolate the conclusion of our reading of a biography on Milton Hershey for the state of Pennsylvania
Learning to play Monopoly after learning about it's beginning from the state of New Jersey

What a fun week this was. We began a study of birds and are beginning to study each state in the order it became a state. We learn about the state's location, state bird, abbreviation and some other fun facts and whatever we find interesting. For a special field trip we went with my friend Susanne to a welcoming ceremony for troops returning from Iraq. It was a real tear jerker, thinking about these men and women and what they have endured over the past year and their families. When we were leaving Molly said "mom can girls be soldiers too?" " I think I might want to do that someday."

Week 11 Giver of Living Water, President Washington, Water

Molly's liberty bell

Waiting for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to begin

This week on Monday we went to another play at the Grand and Papa came with. Molly was excited because we got to sit up top this time. It was a short musical version the the Chronicles of Narnia. During this week we study more about the life of George Washington and how he became the first president. We studied more on the revolutionary war and the Constitution.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Week 10 - Giver of Living Water, The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, The Revolutionary War, Water

We have been using this every night at supper for our water - it says John 3:37 if anyone is thirsty let him come to me and drink.
This is our hasty pudding, not so appetizing as you can see they did not eat much, but that is what they had for lunch and they ate just enough to make it to the next meal, we put milk and sugar on it so it wasn't the worst thing but not one to make again.
Our blueberry ink and quill pen. We used it to sign our John Hancock and then Molly wrote a letter to her cousin using it.
Phy Ed with Dad
The musical 1776

This was a full week and with being sick, we barely got through it. I took Molly to see the musical 1776 at the Grand Theater, the timing couldn't have been better since we just study the first Independence day this week and the Declaration - must have been a God thing. I wish Molly would have enjoyed it more, but compared to The Sound of Music - the last musical we went to - it just didn't measure up in her mind.

Week 9 - Rock, George Washington, Seasons

Tricon hats just like, Molly had to pretty her's up a bit with some lace lol

not such a great week - sickness at our house but we did what we had to finish things up, lucky with homeschool no sick days - I read a lot! We did most books from book basket since Molly could listen to me read while resting.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Week 8 Jesus is the Rock, Benjamin Franklin, Composition of the Earth

Making Apple Butter

I don't have a lot of pictures from this week, but we had a good week studying the mid - late 1700's. We learned about Benjamin Franklin. we read a biography mainly about his younger years and then we have been reading the first 2 books in the Felicity series. We made apple butter just like Felicity and her mom did in the second book, we also watched the Felicity movie. Molly made her own almanac. On Thursday we went bowling with a few of the kids from our Thursday group.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Week 7 Bread of Life, Pioneers in Michigan, Bread

Experimenting with Flour - paitence mom it can be swept up, this is learning right
We made play dough and then that afternoon her and Keely played with it. We tried baking some of Molly's creations, but they didn't turn out so well, it was like they leaked out or somthing. I think they were just too thick.

Molly made a Jesus is the bread of Life napkin holder, which I now proudly display full of napkins on the diningroom table. The directions said to use a cracker box, but the pattern seeme too big for that box, plus my napkin would not have fit. Luckly I had this old camera box.
Kneading our bread in the kitchen aid. I really just wanted to get this bread made and with the least mess possible, but baking with kids is never all that tidy.
The bread turned out good, but we may have cooked it a little too long, it was pretty dark.
Molly's canoe, we were suppose to fold over some paper and punch holes and sew together, it was kinda generic but Molly liked it.

We had a great week of school. We learned about the french settlers and their use of canoes. Last week we did yeast experiments this week we did flour/dough making play dough and bread dough. We cheated a little and used the kitchen aid mixer instead of kneading by hand for 10 minutes. We made mini loaves of bread for 2 of our neighbors including a picture stating Jesus is the Bread of life and our verse from this week. I am going to try adding a unit study from a book called potraits of an american girl or something like that using the American Girl series. I am going to take and combine the unit on Felicity over the next 3 weeks I think it should fit in nicely, I just hope we don't get overwealmed, it's suppose to be fun, since Molly and I are big fans of the dolls and books (thanks Grandma!)