A busy weekend is coming to a close! We had Rosey's confirmation this morning and some snow fun yesterday before it all melts away. Speedy made a checker set with wet snow and food coloring.
This afternoon we had our first TOG end of unit celebration. If you are not familiar with TOG, they suggest having an end of unit celebration at the end of the 9 week unit study. Because of the busy weekend we had a simple one but it was nice nonetheless. We invited my aunt over for the celebration and the kids displayed all the things they worked on throughout the 9 weeks. Goosey said her favorite project was the bed and cardboard canoe while Speedy said his favorite was the book binding.
We begin tomorrow with Unit 4 of TOG and begin to learn about Ben Franklin, the Revolutionary War, and the Constitution. In geography, we begin our travels to Europe!
YAY, it has snowed! We decided to take a "snow day" off of school!! When the kids woke up early this morning, Goosey decided to make snow cream! If you
are in an area where it has snowed and you haven't tried snow cream, give it a try!
It is really simple to make!
-5-8 cups of clean snow (we scraped the top layer off our porch rails)
-1/3 cup of sugar
-1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
-1 cup of milk
Mix the sugar, vanilla, and milk together until the sugar dissolves.
Then add the snow one cup at a time until you get the consistency that you would
like. Taste. You can add more sugar if it is not sweet enough for your taste.
We even added nesquick to it to make it more chocolatey, yum!
If you are in a place where there is snow, enjoy it while it is here as spring is just around the corner!
As we are winding down with our Tapestry of Grace Unit 3 and wrapping things up, we are beginning a literature study on the Wizard of Oz and then planning to see the new Disney movie Oz the Great and Powerful on March 8th. Incase you haven't seen the preview for it, here it is...
We began by reading the first 7 chapters this week and we discovered that the book is a little different than the original Judy Garland movie! :oP We are definitely enjoying it though! We are using a literature unit study we created, The Wonderful Study of Oz, which is currently on sale. This week we learned about the differences between a cyclone and a tornado and found a website with some great tornado information here. Goosey made a cute mini scarecrow using a section of an old pair of jeans (original instructions here) that she is placing in our pineapple potted plant! And she made a floatable mini raft out of corks!
It has been another hectic week of activities and we are behind in school so we will have to play some catch up next week! Our highlight of the week was receiving our first package from our cultural exchange! The first package came from our friends in Canada! YAY!! We received a cool looking hat, some play money, a Canadian flag, some smoked salmon, some post cards, informational brochures, and some great information from our friends about their family and life in Canada!!
We have been getting our packages ready and it has been a lot of fun trying to collect things that not only represent our state but also our country! We are having a lot of fun with this and it has been complementing our Map Travelers study! If you are interested in setting up an exchange, the Worldwide Culture Swap is what we used.
Well we are on week 25 so only 2 weeks left to our end of unit study! This week we concentrated on finishing up proejcts such as quill pens. We also received our wax sealing kit and it did work a lot better than regular candles! The wax was much thicker in consistancy and the stamps that came with it were very cute! The kids tried their hand at more wax sealing.
Goosey's project for the week was a salt dough map of the US with the 13 Colonies outlined.
Speedy's big project for the week was book binding! He researched how they were made and became determined to make one himself! He started by dying sheets of paper with coffee and then Goosey created a clothes line across our kitchen (it was quite the site to see)! Then Speedy created a loom of sorts to thread the book together. Next came the cardboard covers and gluing of the spine. The last step was gluing on the leather cover.
This is the final book. Speedy said he would like to tool the leather but that is a project for another day!
Welcome to our little space on the web!! I'm a mom homeschooling my kids and blogging about our school days. My kids are 19, 17, and 14 years old and we share a household with 2 crazy cats, an African grey parrot, 2 hermit crabs, and a turtle.
Curriculum we are Using...
Rosey-17 year old
-Sonlight British Literature
-Math U See Pre-Calc
Goosey-14 year old
-Tapestry of Grace Year 1
-Math U See Geometry
-Bible Road Trip Year 2