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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Well, we aren’t really using workboxes this week….this entire month is going to be off a bit with Christmas coming up, and we have company coming later this week, and then we are taking a week long vacation. So, I know I’ve kept up a post a day since diving in head first to this blog, but this month you may find I don’t live up to those standards.
Moving right along, even though we don’t technically have workboxes this week, I did want to share some activities we are doing.
First off, we are doing an Australia Unit Study (Little Passports), it’s a bit different from how we usually do our Little Passports Country Study, but this time we are using Unit Study with Amanda Bennett’s Expedition Australia. And we are really enjoying it. We’ve supplemented some stuff from Enchanted Learning, and Expedition Earth as well….so that’s the bulk of our study this week.
We put our Christmas Decorations up for Family Home Evening this past Monday. So the boys have really be enthralled by them, particularly the nativity scenes. This block nativity set I made several years ago at a Relief Society Super Saturday. Today me and the two littlest guys had lots of fun stacking them and knocking them down! We would talk about the characters on each block, naming the animals, their sounds, pointing out baby Jesus, etc. (I’ll post a tutorial on the Nativity Blocks later this week).
Monday, November 28, 2011
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#21 - I am thankful for Q's job. He has a great job with great benefits, that provides us with the money we need to pay our bills! His getting the job in the first place was nothing short of a tremendous blessing and the answer to prayers! The Lord really helped us out on that one, and it has been a great job that has done very well for our family, and brought us here to beautiful Hawaii!
#22 - I'm thankful to be able to have the extra funds to enjoy extra curricular activities, we are blessed for the most part not to have to live pay check to pay check. I am grateful that Q has always been a stickler on NO DEBT, it has truly been a blessing!
#23 - I'm thankful for this beautiful world we live in, I have traveled to many places and every place I've been the beauty and variety has been different from the place before! Heavenly Father certainly did his best to not make this a boring world to live in...there is beauty and variety all around us!
#24 - I am thankful to have been able to celebrate Thanksgiving with so many of my ward (church) family, since I am far away from my own family. It's so great to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, its the one constant in our lives when we relocate to a new place!
#25 - I'm thankful to have been able to go on a date with 'C'...he drives me crazy most days, but it was fun to have some one on one time with him. Even if they movie was not all that great. (haha)
#26 -I'm thankful for the rain, even though it can put a damper on our day...it makes the beautiful greenery GREEN all around us and usually results in a beautiful rainbow as well!
#27 - I'm thankful for the freedom and ability to be able to homeschool my kids. I know it's not for everyone, and not everyone agrees, and some days I get super frustrated, but all in all it's a great experience, and I wouldn't want to miss it for the world!
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Sunday, November 27, 2011
I’ve been working on some calendars. Close to My Heart sells event calendars. They are used yearly, and you just fill in the dates you want to remember each year…birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc…
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Saturday, November 26, 2011
c (little c) had his first birthday on the 20th. The most important part of a birthday for me is the cake, and I love to make them. This is more of a recent thing for me, but a nicely decorated cake has always been a sort of tradition in my family. My aunt decorated cakes for a living when we were growing up, so she always decorated our cakes, and she did my kids cakes too, until I was living in NZ for one of their birthdays. So I had to try my hand at it, and it was fun. Now we are living far away from her again, so I have taken to cake decorating once again. Giraffes have been c’s theme since he was born, pretty much. So of course I did a giraffe cake for him. I found a cute picture on pinterest that I went off of…and then also made 2 smash cakes, one for his party and one for his first birthday pictures.
I have never been a fan of fondant, but found this great marshmallow fondant recipe, and it is so tasty! So much better than the store bought stuff, and once you get past the sticky, gooey stage, it’s really easy to work with as well.
I own a cricut cake mini machine, and used it to cut out the spots on the #1 giraffe and the giraffes on the smash cakes.
I can’t believe he’s ONE! Had to hold back tears as we sang happy birthday. Time goes by to fast, wish they could stay babies forever!
Friday, November 25, 2011
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
We made mosaic Indian Corn
For Science -
We did a milk and vinegar experiment ( have to say the milk was not the only thing that curdled, my stomach felt curdled too!)
And we tested a variety of food for starch, using iodine.
For music we listened to and talked about this hymn
A great time, as always!
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We have a really light week this week, with the holiday. Basically, we are reading a lot of books on Thanksgiving. We had co-op this week (more on that for BTT), and a field trip (more on that for FTF). So there was really only ONE day of school this week.
Discovery Basket with Gourds, small pumpkin, pinecone and Indian corn. This kept his attention for a good 30mins or so.
Pumpkin Size Sorting (Confessions of a Homeschooler, Letter of the Week, P is for Pumpkin)
Autumn Season Cards from Montessori Print Shop