Friday, January 12, 2018

Back to the Grind

We started back the grind this week.  We held Science/Art Club on a different day.  And we had a field trip with our Girl Scout Troop.  We started back to school with not having a full load.  I did my best to keep the workload down and not let them feel overwhelmed.

For our field trip, we got to visit our local service units historical archives.  We watched a GS movie from 1918 and got to go through all kids of neat stuff, such as old uniforms and skill patches you could earn.

Sang old songs.

The kids had their first basketball game of the season.  It was a lot of fun.

The past few months we have worked harder as a family to make sure we have daily Bible time.  Everyday we start our morning with a daily scripture text, Bible reading/discussion, and prayer.  It's starting to make more of an impact on the kids, and I'm so happy for this.

Some of the kids have started a couple 4H projects.  Caty is trying to decide if she wants to do the sugar cookie project.  So she tried the first recipe to take over to our friends house.

(I heard they were

One of our exciting new projects is letter writing to share the Good News of God.

I made tamales for the family.  Joe loves tamales, but I always avoid making them.  But I made a huge batch in my pressure cooker.    We invited my parents over to watch television with us.

My poor dad works 3rd shift and fell asleep while watching with us.

I was tired and told Brayden he was going to make dinner that night.  He made bubble pizza.  A cheese one and then he tried making a BBQ chicken one also.  It was a hit!!  He did it almost totally by himself.

The boys finished reading their latest books.  Brayden finished The Westing Game and Joey finished Wrinkle in Time.  Next week they will switch books.  I also have them starting to read the Who Was landmark series as part of their schoolwork.

In Art Club we learned about Raphael and did Perspective projects this week...

We got a new kitchen table.  It seats 8.  I love the square design.  But we are not sure about the pub style yet.  Caty is struggling a bit.  But I like it so far though, and there's room at the table again!!!

Brayden had Craft Night.  They made snowmen from ceramic flower pots.  He really enjoyed this craft (and the puff corn snack).

In Science Club, we worked on currents.  We took a large tub and talked watched the rubber ducks in the currents that they made.  We talked about ocean gyres and about how toys were used to track ocean currents.

We used balloons to represent the sun, moon and earth to show tides.

In History, the girls learned about St Patrick

Muhammed the Prophet....The Fall of the Roman Empire:

We watched a lot of videos for history the last couple of weeks.  I found this series on Amazon and really like it.  Animated History with Pipo 

We also learned about Ancient Japan and the Huns.  For the fun of it, the girls watched Mulan also.  (I said we were watching a lot of history and history fun

Caty has been taking my Animal Vs. Animal Class with Homeschool with Minecraft.  So we have been learning about sloths, narwhals, honey badgers and so much more!!!

Caty started back in a Spanish Class.  She loves learning Spanish and I have been rather relaxed with it lately.  So I was excited to discover this class for her at a local Y.  I printed color and number puzzles for her to practice with.  Since we were iced in for her 2nd class, this at least gave her some extra practice.

Lydia and her friend started back with American Sign Language classes using ... Signing Online.  They work on the lesson during the week and then meet up to practice the conversational side of the program.   I'm glad Lydia has a friend to practice and learn with.

And that is our catch-up from last week.  We have so many cool things coming up!! Stay tuned.  Some super awesome field trips and a great NASA science club for the girls, and that's on top of our other work.  It's going to be a busy 3 months!!

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!  See you next week!!

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Lots of Activities In A Two Week Period....

This was the first week of winter....did I mention that I really dislike winter.  YUCK!!  I am not a cold  and snow person.  It really just hurts me badly.  I guess it's a pretty good thing that we never moved to Alaska!!  Well with the first day of winter this week, we pulled out the's time to pull down all the fall leaves.

This is just a fraction of the snowmen and snowflakes around our living room.  I love to decorate for the seasons.  Already thinking about what we can change and add for the spring.  But maybe that is only because I really want the cold to be over!!

I did plan some special treats for the first day of Winter.  Everyone got new coffee/tea/hot cocoa mugs.  Whatever they like to drink out of them. Plus we got a couple new board games to play this winter.  Daddy's mug shows a cool Star Wars scene when it's hot.

I made snowman cinnamon rolls for breakfast and had snowmen plate out for them.  They also got new blankets to keep warm now that it's even colder!!!

We happened to get a good amount of snow, and I can't believe I almost forgot to make snowcream with the kids!!  Thankful my friend reminded me.  The kids loved making and eating it!!

I was quickly reminded about the mess of winter though... and this is with coat hooks and a place to leave boots.

In Home Economics this week, the boys finished up their studies by learning how to use the crock pot and made crock pot lasagna.  This has now become a favorite meal and we have made it several times now.

In Science/Art Club we work on Layers of the Ocean experiment.  We set up 3 glasses of water and layered the colors of blue.  Then they used a mirror to see which layer that allowed the most light to reflect through it.  Obviously the Sunlight Zone reflected the most light (as you can see at the top).

The girls watched a few ocean videos as they made their way through their unit study:

For Art History we worked on DaVinci and drawing human form.  The kids watched a Youtube video on how to draw the Mona Lisa.  They had fun with this one.  I drew one also!


We finished up the rest of Central America this week.  Caty found a recipe for Homemade Eggnog in one of the country books we were reading.  She made a big batch and really liked it.


Raining Fish in Honduras

Lobster Diving in Central American (near Honduras and Nicaragua)

Caty found a recipes Honduras -  Egg Nog.  The link here is close.  The recipe she used contained no condensed milk.

Costa Rica

Stone Spheres of Costa Rica

Agua Dulce - Drink of Costa Rica...the girls didn't love this, but they said it was different.


The girls and I visited Pompeii this week.

We also covered more on the Roman Empire and Constantine the Great

And a Lesson on the Silk Road too.

We are almost done with Volume 1of Notgrass From Adam to Us.  We'll be done by the end of January.  Then we will be doing a unit on Ohio History to meet Lydia's grade level requirement.

Caty wanted to watch something weird.  So she and I found some weird videos to watch:


They had cheerleading practice.

And Caty had an eye checkup.  We will have several follow-ups to keep watch her eyes.  She did test that she does not have visual perception delay.  So we're not sure whether her eyes are causing her struggles or if she has a different type of learning delay.  But she did have to get new lenses for her glasses, since her prescription strength needed to be upped.

We took the last week of December off, and only met for Science Club and we also had a couple game days with friends.  It was a lot of fun!

This is how we spent our time off....

Playing games....

In one of the  Art clubs over break, they learned about Rembrandt and did a carving project with soap.  It was a very messing project.

Playing our new Scrabble  Tiles game.

Going to friends for lunch.

Caty working on her spelling while playing games on the Xbox with us.

We had a hawk in our back yard.

Sent out caring cards.


 Played Bingo using a Firestick app.

In another Art Club meetup they learned about Michaelangelo and painted pictures like they were painting on the ceiling.

It was a busy couple weeks, but we got done and the kids got a break (not much for me).  But a week off to catch up on a few things.

Hope everyone had a great time.  We'll be up and running through January!  See you next week!!