Saturday, November 22, 2014

Week 25 - Landmarks, Crocheting, and Chilling at the Hotel



This week was another week in Washington DC.  But we didn't play tourist all week.  Instead we just chilled at the hotel.  I had a weird episode Monday, so the kids did some of their work, but mostly played video games and watched TV.   Tuesday we did schoolwork and caught up on what we didn't get done on Monday.  We were able to even find time to watch the new Xmen Movie in the afternoon.

I don't have pictures yet, but Lydia and I are trying our hand at crocheting again.  She unfortunately is having a hard time with the black yarn she picked out.  It's hard for her to see the individual stitches.  So we are going to try to use some of the other yarn she picked out when we get home.  She tried her hand at a special knitting/crocheting set and it just stressed her out too much.  So I showed her a basic single crochet stitch and she seems to be doing good with that, except for the color of her yarn.  I am working on a pair of leg warmers for Caty.  She wants to dress as a parrot for an upcoming geography club event.  We are working on her costume together.  She is making a mask and we are going to tackle some wings when we get home.  But she picked out a rainbow skirt to wear.  It's rather cold, so we thought leg warmers would be cute as her "legs".  I have never made leg warmers before.  I got the first one done and it doesn't look too bad.  Now to see if I can make the other leg look the same...lol.  I think I am going to crochet more.  I want to make a couple large afghans for the girls in their favorite colors.

Here's Brayden working on his book work...

 Joey working on his math.
 Caty being silly with the fake mustache kit we found on clearance at the drug store.
 This week the girls and I started a human body study unit.  So we started building Caty and Lydia from the inside out.

Since we are seeing so many of our Nation's landmarks, we also started a National Landmark study.
 Brayden playing his video game and chillaxing until it's time to go and get dad from the train station.
 Lydia is learning about writing stories.
 I caught him searching for the answers for his comprehension questions, instead of actually reading each chapter.  You would think it would be easier to just read the 5 pages of each chapter so you know the answers, instead of spending so much time searching.
 Watching movies in their room.
 Lydia and I played Boggle while watching X-men.
 Enjoying cookies and milk while watching one of Brayden's favorite TV shows.

Here are some of the videos that we watched this week about the first of the landmarks we learned about.  The dome renovation is going on right now, so Caty is only used to seeing the Capitol building with the scaffolding around it.  She was shocked to see pictures of the dome without it....lol





We are played tourist on Thursday.  We plan on visiting the National Galley of Art, the Jefferson Memorial and the Library of Congress.  We keep passing these and still haven't visited either.

Since we were in DC though I really wanted them to see the buildings we read about this week.

 (This wasn't in their landmark study this week, but Brayden was learning about Thomas Jefferson this week.)
 The Capital dome restoration project in the background.
 The National Gallery of Art.
 This was the main reason for our visit here.  The bronze statue of Little Dancer.  One of the girls favorite art pieces.

 The Supreme Court Building was on our Landmark list this week.
 And our final touristy visit this week...The Library of Congress.  We started the day with Thomas Jefferson and finished it with his creation also.
 We rushed home because the girls had their dance recital Friday night.



And Joey and Lydia had archery.  They both absolutely love that class.

We have logged another week in DC and will have more to come.  Our next city to visit is Pittsburgh, PA in a couple weeks.

It's been an exhausting week of travel, yet again.  Now a day spent on cleaning....yuck.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

American Girl Julie - Book 5 - Julie's Journey Reading Guide




I am very excited that I finished another Comprehension and Activity Guide for American Girl - Julie to share with everyone.  This reading comprehension activity is for Book 5 in the Julie series.  Watch for the remaining guides as I complete them over the next couple weeks.

My goal with these guides is to improve comprehension skills, vocabulary, and tie in extra projects and ideas to really bring history to life for kids.

American Girl Julie - Book 5 - Julie's Journey 

Other reading guides in this series:

American Girl Julie - Book 1 - Meet Julie
American Girl Julie - Book 2 - Julie Tells Her Story
American Girl Julie - Book 3 - Happy New Year Julie
American Girl Julie - Book 4 - Julie and the Eagles 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

American Girl Julie - Book 4 - Julie and the Eagles Reading Comprehension Study Guide





I am very excited that I finished another Comprehension and Activity Guide for American Girl - Julie to share with everyone.  This reading comprehension activity is for Book 3 in the Julie series.  Watch for the remaining guides as I complete them over the next couple weeks.

My goal with these guides is to improve comprehension skills, vocabulary, and tie in extra projects and ideas to really bring history to life for kids.

American Girl Julie - Book 4 - Julie and the Eagles 

Other reading guides in this series:

American Girl Julie - Book 1 - Meet Julie
American Girl Julie - Book 2 - Julie Tells Her Story
American Girl Julie - Book 3 - Happy New Year Julie

Please note my terms of use:
This is for personal use only. 
I am providing them free of charge.  
You may use this at home or in a classroom.  
You may print as many copies as you would like. 
You may share the link to our blog to others interested in our packets. 

You may not:
Sell or distribute this file.  
Host this file on your website without permission from myself.  
Upload this file to a shared website (Ex. 4shared.com)


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Homeschool Travels - Visiting the Castle



The Kuehners have been visiting Washington DC.  Daddy has been working a lot in the DC area lately.  So we have been going with him to keep him company.  I am way behind blogging about our adventures.  We are actually in our 3rd week in DC, and I am just now starting to blog about our first week here.  We actually were able to spend a day in DC a few years ago, so our goal was to not duplicate any of our adventures.  Although I did make an exception.  The Smithsonian Museum of American History is one of my favorites.  So we did do that again.

This week, we were able to visit the infamous Castle. The original building.

 Caty cannot resist stopping and smelling flowers.  She loves flowers!!
 Checking out a map of the National Mall with Daddy.
 These are a few of the treasures you can see right now in the Castle.  There is a bunch of construction, so treasures out are limited.

This is from the cottage of the person who owned the land where Washington DC was started.  David Burnes owned the land and negotiated with George Washington to put our nation's capital here.
 A piece of the Berlin Wall.
 A piece of the Washington Monument that someone produced art on.

 We actually saw this exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of American History a couple years ago.  Tradition many years ago was to take a piece of hair from a dead loved one to treasure.  This is a frame of presidential hair, until it was no longer viewed as a good tradition.
 More hair from famous people.


 The architecture in this building is beautiful!
 Watching the National Zoo cam.  The girls were excited to know we were going to see the baby that week.

 Meal place setting from the Concorde.
 He whined, but he had fun.

 Seed catalogs.  People collected these and based their decorating around the latest seed catalog covers.
 Tax stamps from early Civil War era

Space food from the 1960s....yeah time has not made it more appetizing.

 Bird eating spider....yuck!

 Head rest....yeah I dont think so.

This was a neat museum to visit.  The Smithsonian museums are free and have some very unique and neat items to see.  The next couple weeks we will be posting all the sites we have seen around DC.  

If you are looking to spend a lot of time at this location, it's not really that big.  I would budget about an hour of time at the Castle.  There are two art museums located by the entrance that are also free to visit.  We did not visit those yet, but plan too.  The 3 museum complex could be covered in about 5 hours, with lots of walking in each of the buildings.