Sunday, June 4, 2017

Finishing Up (180 + 16 weeks)

We are pushing to finish up not only our homeschooling year, but my (D's) time at the job I am leaving after nearly 7 years, and to pack for a camping trip, a 2 week trip to Louisiana, and to move house when we get back.

We went to the Zoo:



All the kids attended their MAHC classes.  W's Yearbook class finished their production:




W attended Teen program and played D and D several times.

All the kids attended the Flower Communion service at our church.

W, R and D worked hard on finishing their LOF books.  W and R worked with me on their portfolios.  R worked on completing his 5th grade standardized testing.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Silks (180 + 15 weeks)

W and R had their semi-annual dentist's visit.

All the kids attended their MAHC classes.  In our bake sale class we dipped pretzels and fruit in melted chocolate!




The boys went to the woods with their class:







W attended his Teen Program, and played D and D.

D attended her last circus class until later in the summer.  She's got some skills on the silks!






The girls explored the element of fire on a cool, rainy day:







All the kids attended their religious education classes.



W, R and D worked with LOF.  R and D practiced reading.



Many podcasts were listened to and documentaries watched.



I read to them:








Shawn Loves SharksShawn Loves Sharks by Curtis Manley


Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid BalletFancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Jane O'Connor


Cars and Trucks and Things That GoCars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry


Fancy Nancy: The Dazzling Book ReportFancy Nancy: The Dazzling Book Report by Jane O'Connor


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Plays! (180 + 14 weeks)

All the kids attended their classes at MAHC.

We went to the Arden Theater's production of The Light Princess.

W attended his Teen Program and played D and D several times.

D attended her Circus School class.

We attended the School Free Players' production of One Man, Two Guvnors.

All the kids attended their religious education classes, which included meeting a screech owl!



W, R and D worked with LOF.  R and D practiced reading.

I read to them:


Make Way for Ducklings (Viking Kestrel picture books)Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey


Pecos Bill: A Tall TalePecos Bill: A Tall Tale by Steven Kellogg


Billy Goats Gruff (Read It Yourself)Billy Goats Gruff by Fran Hunia


Pinkalicious: Tutu-rrificPinkalicious: Tutu-rrific by Victoria Kann


Rufus M. (The Moffats, #3)Rufus M. by Eleanor Estes





Robin read this one to everyone! The Foot Book: Dr. Seuss's Wacky Book of Opposites (Bright and Early Board Books)The Foot Book: Dr. Seuss's Wacky Book of Opposites by Dr. Seuss


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Circus Arts (180 + 13 weeks)

W and R went to their MAHC classes (D was sick.)

W went to his Teen program and D went to her Circus class.

W played D and D several times.

We went to a show featuring circus arts at D's circus school:

R, D and J went to their Religious Education classes.

R finished

Life of Fred: Ice CreamLife of Fred: Ice Cream by Stanley F. Schmidt

And W and D worked with LOF as well.  R and D practiced reading.

Lots of podcasts were listened to and documentaries watched.

I read to them:


Easter ParadeEaster Parade by Irving Berlin


Hula LullabyHula Lullaby by Erin Eitter Kono


Pancakes For SupperPancakes For Supper by Anne Isaacs


The Boston Tea PartyThe Boston Tea Party by Russell Freedman


For Liberty: The Story of the Boston MassacreFor Liberty: The Story of the Boston Massacre by Timothy Decker


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Tree climbing (180 + 12 weeks)

All the kids attended their MAHC classes.  In our Practical Lego Building class they finished a Rube Goldberg Machine.  The part W worked on worked perfectly; some of the other parts did not function correctly, which was frustrating:


R turned 11!

The girls discovered a nearby park with a great climbing tree and decided to get a portable rope swing to hang from it sometimes:




W attended his Teen coop classes.  D attended her Circus class.  W played D and D several times.

All the kids attended their religious education classes.

W, R and D worked with LOF.  R and D practiced reading.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Reading (180 + 11 weeks)

All the kids attended their MAHC classes.

W attended Teen coop.  He also played D and D three times.

D attended her Circus Class.

All the kids attended their Religious Education classes.

W did a lot of piano playing, teaching himself theme songs from favorite cartoons or video games:



R's reading is really coming along.  One morning he picked up this book and told me he didn't want to read it to himself because the typeface was too hard (it's a courier font). But when I came back from walking our dog, this is what I found:


He read the whole picture book to his sisters!

W, R and D worked with LOF.  

R read this book (over weeks of time):



Your Grandparents Are Zombies! (Choose Your Own Adventure: Dragonlark)Your Grandparents Are Zombies! by Anson Montgomery


And some of this book: The Warning (Animorphs, #16)The Warning by Katherine Applegate

D read this book (over weeks of time and mostly by memorization): Today I Will Fly! (Elephant & Piggie, #1)Today I Will Fly! by Mo Willems


I read to them: Brown Honey in Broomwheat TeaBrown Honey in Broomwheat Tea by Joyce Carol Thomas


The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty & the Beast TaleThe Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty & the Beast Tale by Laurence Yep


Gold FeverGold Fever by Rosalyn Schanzer


The Twelve Dancing PrincessesThe Twelve Dancing Princesses by Marianna Mayer


When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young PatriotsWhen Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots by Lynne Cheney


Alligator SueAlligator Sue by Sharon Arms Doucet


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Riding a bike! (180 + 10 weeks)

All the kids attended their MAHC classes.  R's Move It Move It class did a zip line!



W attended his Teen MAHC class.

D attended her Circus class.

All the kids attended their religious education classes.

W played Dungeons and Dragons three times.

W listened to a lot of podcasts.  He is enjoying absorbing everything he can around storytelling in Dungeons and Dragons.  He lights up when he hosts his friends for a game.

R did a lot of 'tinkering'.  We bought a bike at the thrift store which he tuned up and stripped down.  He bought a monitor and looked up correct cables etc. to get his grandmother's old computer working again to have for himself (still a work in progress.)

D spends most of her time crafting or playing socially with her sister and the neighborhood friends.  She is rarely bored (but when she is bored, she is VERY bored.)  After days and days of fights over our rope swings, she and J finally found a way to swing together (not to imply that the fighting is all over. Apparently that's got enough entertainment value to continue on the daily.)



J is also very busy most of the time, a snuggle bug ... and learned to ride her bike no training wheels herself today!