Thanksgiving 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving week! Instead of doing our regular weekly schoolwork that we would enjoy a light week. We already took a fall break, so I thought it would be fun to just have a week of cooking and learning about Thanksgiving. The kids loved just taking some time to enjoy a slower pace, and so did I. It was a lovely week!

One of the very first homeschool curriculum books I owned was Five in a Row. A dear friend bought me a copy when she knew I was considering homeschooling the kids. That year one of our first rows I did was Cranberry Thanksgiving. What sweet memories I have of that first year with little Silas at home (happy sigh.)  I decided to re-purchase a copy of this book. I tragically sold my FIAR books (and have re-bought many since.)

Week in Review - HOD MtMM - Unit 13

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

We ended our study of WWI a few weeks ago. It's always nice to leave the heartache of war for a time and learn about the good things that were happening after it ended. This week we learned about the advances of agriculture, transportation and communication in the period of peace that followed.

One of Aedan's history projects was to make a paper airplane. Silas and I made one too! There was a website address in the guide that led you to a site that let you design your own airplane. Aedan's is the red one, Silas the clouds, and mine is the floral one.

Week in Review - HOD CtC - Unit 13

We made it through robotics season this week! Silas was a part of First Lego League's Animal Allies this season. His meetings started in August and ended this past week. Phew! They met twice a week for the last several months, and he really worked so hard. I'm so incredibly proud of him. We struggled with whether or not the commitment would be worth it. There were days I wasn't sure when I saw him sacked out on the couch. He told me he didn't think he would want to do it again next year until he had to say goodbye at the end. I think he made real friendships that he truly enjoyed, and even though it was a commitment he felt it was worth it in the end.

There were 6 kids on his team, 3 of which were first time robotics members. This was Silas's first year. They didn't qualify for the next competition, but they got a lot of really great feedback. They got especially high marks on their project. I was surprised that Silas said he would like to do it again. He said he knows they would be even better next time. I suppose we will see what he ultimately decides next year. It's such a great organization to teach teamwork, leadership and presentation skills. Overall, it's an excellent program!

Somehow we managed to fit in some school work this week. Next week we will be taking a very light week to enjoy an old FIAR favorite and to learn about Thanksgiving. It will be a nice break from all our driving all over the world this fall.

Silas's team decided to do their project on how water conservation can help the coral reef. They did a sketch where each of them was an coral reef creature. He decided to be a sea polyp (with lots and lots of glitter.) He was so nervous about presenting in front of the judges, but he said it really wasn't as bad as he expected it to be. I'm so thankful for the coaches who committed so many hours to be a part of this year's team!

Week in Review - HOD MtMM - Unit 12

Sunday, November 20, 2016

We are entering the final days of fall. The leaves are mostly blown away, and we have dug out our winter coats. We fortunately had a mild warm autumn with plenty of days to enjoy the changing colors of the season. I love the slowing of autumn and winter. There are fewer sunny days to feel guilty for wasting, and sometimes our souls just need to take a breather. I'm ready for these slower days with fewer places to go and more time to just enjoy each other.

There were still a few leaves floating around outside for a leaf study for Aedan's nature journal.

Week in Review - HOD CtC - Unit 12

We are nearing the end of robotics season, so we have had a little more work to do in that area over the past few weeks. Silas has learned so much working in a team environment. At first we wasn't as excited about having fewer free days. However, as he grew in relationship with the kids, he gained not only knowledge but friendship too. I am looking forward to slower afternoons and time to linger a little longer on the fun stuff. Silas is looking forward to that too.

Our poem this week was "Going for Water" by Robert Frost.

Raddish Cooking Kits for Kids

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

My mom collected cookbooks. From a very young age I remember her cooking away in the kitchen. Now that she's retired she is often found on the doorstep of friends, sharing food from recipes she has refined over the years. She is a very complimentary guest as well. She has always gathered recipes from her friends and family. Her own personal collection of recipes will be a legacy that I will treasure. I guess the apple didn't fall too far from the tree, because I too grew up to love being in the kitchen. One of the things I can look back and say was that my mom always let me make a mess. The moms who raise creative kids must allow spills, and counters floured to high heaven. There has to be room for mistakes and messes or there's really no way to grow in learning a skill.
My boys also cherish having a mom who loves to cook. Silas, my youngest, has taken an interest lately in learning how to make his way around a kitchen without my help. As a homeschool mom any time I see my kids take interest, I want to do whatever I can to nurture that growth. I have had my eyes on Raddish Cooking Kits for a while now. I haven't done many reviews here on the blog because I have always wanted to write about the things we use and love without bias, but I decided to write to them to see if they would be willing to send us a box to review. They kindly sent one for us to try. I wasn't sure if the concept would appeal to boys as much as to girls. As soon as the box arrived, however, my son leaped into action!

Week in Review - HOD MtMM - Unit 11

Monday, November 7, 2016

I never loved history growing up. It wasn't until I took art appreciation and literature that I started seeing what I was missing. I loved reading about and seeing history from the perspective of those who actually lived it through poetry, fiction of the time period, and through art. History had always been so cold and dry. It was presented by, more often than not, history teachers that I either didn't like or were far too opinionated for their own good. I didn't really start loving history until I had the opportunity to homeschool my boys. I'm especially loving as we are finally rounding the end of a full history cycle and seeing how it all comes to where we are today.

Week in Review - HOD CtC - Unit 11

I didn't get as many pictures of our school work this week because we were having a ton of fun cooking (which I will share in another post.) Some weeks we have tons of activities and others are more quiet. I like it that way. I couldn't sustain week after week of super full school days anyway. Silas is nearing the end of his robotics season, and he is looking forward to more time with his buddies. I am too! I'm excited to see his competition and hope he does really well and is glad that he did it even though it was quite a commitment.

This week we played an ancient Phoenician board game. I love that we have a few of these projects left over from when Aedan did CtC. We got to enjoy the game without the fuss of having to make it. We left the game out and played a few times. It's a fun one!

Week in Review - HOD MtMM - Unit 10

Saturday, November 5, 2016

This was our first week back to school after our fall break. While a break is nice, I'm always happy to be back to home and our daily rhythms. Aedan has decided lately to get up at the crack of dawn and start his day far before any of the rest of our feet have hit the ground. He is very motivated by free time which he often spends drawing or reading books he enjoys. He of my two boys is far more schedule oriented. He likes to know what to expect each day. I often will set out a stack of work that he can choose to do early or not. I was worried at first that he would rush through things, but he has done a really great job. I think his brain works best in the early morning.

This week our nature study was a flower study. Aedan picked a few mums to sketch.

Week in Review - HOD CtC - Unit 10

I'm a little behind on posts! Somewhere between the end of week 9 and the beginning of week 10 we took a family vacation to Kentucky and then to Florida. I'll hopefully get some of those pictures up eventually. It was wonderful to enjoy time with friends and time of from work and school. We came back and hit the ground running after a lovely 10 days off.

The week we came back was the last week our favorite pumpkin patch would be open. Silas really wanted to carve a pumpkin this year, and this was our last chance.

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