We finished our first week back after Christmas break and it went quite well! We finished up week 19 of TOG. This week was concentrated on Asian history (China/Japan), we focused a little more towards the Japan side and traveled along with Map Travelers! Goosey made a Mount Fuji (well a little version of it) out of clay and then painted it. Once everything was dry she added the baking soda, food coloring, and vinegar. Then came the explosion!
I found these snacks over at World Market so we taste tested these and they were quite tasty!
We've had these kits for a couple of years. I found them clearanced out at Barnes and Noble so they painted these Japanese gold panels.
Last but not least I found these Zen gardens at the Dollar Tree last year as well. Originally we were going to make our own but then I thought for $1.00, I can't go wrong!
We plan on carrying over our journey to Japan next week as well!
We all had so much fun learning about the Victorian Era that we decided to have a Victorian Christmas Party as our end of unit celebration for TOG! Speedy's ongoing project was the food portion of that time period so he made most of the food that day! Upon learning everything they ate, we opted to create a more "simplified" and do-able menu (we weren't up for trying ox tail soup or oysters)! For our menu we had roast chicken, wasail punch, a variety of cheeses with crackers, mashed potatoes (I don't think this was Victorian but it went well with what we were eating), cranberry sauce, yule log for dessert, and several samplings of coffee. Everything was delicious! Along with Speedy learning about the menus and recipes, he also learned that they set their tables in an elaborate manner where many of us kept asking "which fork do I use for this"!
We also dressed as Victorian as we could get! The kids wore their hats that they made, Speedy had his cane he made, and then I had each of them read a part of the Christmas Carol outloud.
WOW! Christmas and New Years has gone as fast as it has come! I haven't updated the blog in awhile so I thought I would catch up today! We finished wrapping up week 18 of TOG the week before Christmas and are taking a break from school until next week.
For week 18 the kids made Native American paper baskets out of newspaper. They folded sheets of newspaper to create strips (they glued the long edges together) and then weaved the paper to create a basket. They ended up taping several strips together to get the sides of the basket to go all the way around. Speedy painted his and Goosey left hers as is.
We also tried our hand at candle dipping and it was a lot of fun! I had always heard that they were difficult to make but we didn't think so. It was time consuming but not very hard. We picked up a kit from a used curriculum fair last summer and it had all the supplies we needed so we were good to go! The kids had a lot of fun making them and are ready to buy more supplies to make more!
Christmas is fast approaching this year! I think that extra week that we are lacking this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas is throwing me for a loop (or maybe its this virus/cold/flu thing that has suddenly decided to take me over)!! We have managed to stay on task, somewhat, with school! Although I really think next year we will start a little earlier and take the month of Dec off!
We just finished up week 17 of Tapestry of Grace (YAY) and have this week left before we break for Christmas! Although the guide suggests a pioneer, chuck wagon type of party, we are opting for a Victorian Christmas! :o) Speedy is in charge of cooking and recipes-he tested some out during Thanksgiving and made an AWESOME, definately to be repeated, Yule Log cake!! I am looking forward to eating that!! And Goosey is in charge of decorating! Rosey said she will come as a guest to the party! I will post an update when we have our Victorian Party!
Rosey has finished CC for the semster. Her final project was a cost of living portfolio and a Shakespeare project which she had a FUN time doing!! She has told me tidbits about Shakespeare that I never knew like he invented some phrases and words that we still use today!!
For the last 2 weeks of TOG, it has been mostly reading. We have covered the pioneers before in the past so my kids have already done many of the projects and crafts. My aunt however did find this AWESOME wood wagon model that she had aquired many years ago so Goosey decided to take on the challenge and build it! I say take on the challenge because the model says easy to assemble and it was anything but easy! She did manage to finish it and it looks really good! The packaging did say that you can convert the model into a lamp stand by adding electrics to it and she said she wanted to do that so that may be her next project!
We completed week 13 last week of TOG and begun our Victorian Era. We plan on having a Victorian Christmas party at the end of the unit. For now we are just cruising along with the readings from TOG and I have been adding extra Victorian Era stuff. We have been making crafts and working on projects using A Victorian Christmas. Goosey made Jam Biscuits using the recipe from Samantha, the American Girl Doll Cook Book.
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We began week 10 this week of TOG after taking a week off. This week we did some pioneer crafts. Goosey made a braided rug to put in our kitchen. She tore some rags we had into strips and then braided them. Once braided, she wove them through some yarn and then tied the ends together.
Speedy has begun reading David Copperfield as we enter into Victorian England in the next few weeks while Rosey is working on a Shakespeare project for CC.
We finished up week 3 of TOG. The kids had a lot of fun learning about Robert Fulton and the steam engine. I thought it would be a great idea to find a model of a steam engine that the kids could build. I came across this awesome site that shows how to build a steam powered put put boat. The kids LOVED it!! We followed the video's step by step directions and were able to get it to work! I'd say this was the highlight of our week!! :o)
We are on week 2 of TOG and are starting to get into the swing of things! We have been watching John Adams the mini series which has been very interesting! I would recommend it to older kids as there are a few graphic scenes of surgery and tarring which we all gladly agreed to fast forward past (a little too much information displayed there). Speedy has been enjoying it and Goosey has lost interest in it so she has been watching it on and off while doing something else.
One of the assignments for Goosey in TOG for the week was to create something from France since they are learning about Napoleon so she decided to make a model of the Eiffel Tower out of paper mache. She first created a base with marker, cardboard, and toliet paper tubes and then covered it in paper mache and then spray painted the tower.
Rosey started CC this week and is back into the school routine! She was excited to see her friends from there and also to meet her new teacher for Challenge 1! She is excited to start her Shakespeare project from there!
For Geography we "travelled" to Germany via Map Travelers to finish up where we left off in the spring. We sampled many different chocolate treats from there-yum!! Then we went to Italy! Goosey made a model of the colosseum with some left over building bricks we had. We are going to attempt to make Gelato tomorrow-yum! :o)
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Well in the last few weeks we had another birthday celebration but this time it was an M&M cake complete with delicious kit kats-yum!
School related, we have just been trying to wrap up the end of the year for us. We have one more week of TOG and then they need to finish up their math assignments for the year. We will also continue onwards with Map Travelers during the summer as well.
Onto what we have done school related for the week (even though it seems we haven't gotten much done in April with everyday life happening around us)! Goosey made a small barrister wig and we learned about what they were and why they were used. She made it using batting as the base and then rolled more strips of batting into rolls and sewed that onto the base. When she was done she added a bow in the back.
This week Goosey made Washington's Camp as an extra project for history! We even found a Lego soldier (except he looks British) but we added him onto the scene anyway!
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