Sunday, August 13, 2017

Basket! (27/180)

This was a quiet week.

R & D won a raffle basket from our new local library:




 J went to her circus class.



W played D and D.

We went to the pool.

R, D, and J went to their religious education class.

W read independently: Crazy Is the New NormalCrazy Is the New Normal by Tom Tomorrow

And I read to them: My Somebody SpecialMy Somebody Special by Sarah Weeks


I Can Be a Gymnast (Barbie) (Step into Reading)I Can Be a Gymnast (Barbie) by Kristen L. Depken

This week included 4 days of instruction.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Goodbye, Great Grandpa (23/180)

J and D went to their Circus School classes.

D made an entire paper birthday party to enclose in a birthday card, and J copied the words "Happy Birthday" all by herself:





R baked cookies, reading a simplified recipe independently:



The kids' great-grandfather died on Friday, and they were able to go visit him to say goodbye earlier in the week.  He was conscious, able to accept touch, hugs, and kisses.  We also got silly with their great-grandma:


W played Dungeons and Dragons twice.

R, D, and J attended their religious education classes.

I read to them:


Lola at the LibraryLola at the Library by Anna McQuinn


My Baby and MeMy Baby and Me by Lynn Reiser


Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Imperial China Ms. Frizzle's Adventures: Imperial China by Joanna Cole


You Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan MuseumYou Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman


The Bear Who SharedThe Bear Who Shared by Catherine Rayner


Do You Still Love Me?Do You Still Love Me? by Charlotte Middleton


Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish ChickenBeautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken by Daniel Pinkwater


TreatTreat by Mary Sullivan


The Princess in Black (The Princess in Black, #1)The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale


This week included 5 "days of instruction".


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Aerials - Human and Gorilla (18/180)

D and J had their bi-annual dental cleanings/exams.  No cavities!

D went to her Aerials class.

D and J went to the zoo to celebrate D's birthday, with friends.  I love this picture of D in front of a baby gorilla doing Aerials!


W played D and D.

R was given a small ATV and has been working with his dad to figure out what is wrong with the electrical system in hopes of getting it up and running!

W, R, and D saw Shakespeare in Clark Park's production of Coriolanus.  


All of the kids participated in a worship service and R, D and J participated in a religious education class.

These pictures are from last week, when W helped deliver over 1000 pounds of non-perishable food to a food pantry with his Coming of Age group.





This week included 5 days of instruction.

Friday, July 21, 2017

End of year, beginning of year (13 of 180)




Waaay back in June ...



We finished our year at MAHC.  Here are D and R in their bake sale class.  We raised a total of ~$120 which the kids decided to contribute to PAWS, the Veteran Multi-Service Center, and an organization working to remediate the Flint, MI water crisis.










W and R got evaluated (playing with cool magnetic thingies!)













D made good progress in addition in LOF using manipulatives, and also built creative flower sculptures out of them:







Then we embarked on an adventure.  First, camping with MAHC at Hickory Run State Park:







Next, a brief visit with their fairy godmother and her family:










From there we went to New Orleans.  We went on a paddle boat ride/historical tour including a tour of the Chalmette battlefield.  It was historically troublesome in that it failed to mention slavery and glorified Andrew Jackson, but a lot of fun and exciting because we got stuck on dock due to high winds and had to be rescued by a tug boat.













The kids walked around the French Quarter:







En route to our next destination, we went to the Whitney Plantation, the only museum in the world dedicated to showing what life was like on a sugar plantation for enslaved people.  This was truly a highlight of our trip.  You can read about this history, but going there and physically seeing the cabins where they lived and the big house where they served, touching the tools of sugar making, and experiencing the intense heat, cannot be duplicated from afar.





















We spent time at Lake Bistineau State Park with family:













We hiked, fished, and PLAYED.



D and J went to an exotic animal park where we saw a wide variety of cool animals, watched them feed the adult alligators, and got to hold a 2 year old baby alligator!





















As soon as we returned home, we packed up and moved.  So we haven't been doing much else.



W has been playing D and D.



R has been to the Parkour gym.



W and R spent a weekend in the mountains with friends complete with fishing, kayaking, swimming, etc.



D and J have been to Circus School, and went to the library.



We saw part of the Commonwealth Theater Company's Romeo and Juliet.



We've all been hiking and exploring the new neighborhood.



I read to them (well, several of these were audio books):





Bluffton: My Summers with Buster KeatonBluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan


Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery


Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables, #2)Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery


The Birchbark HouseThe Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich


The Moffat Museum (The Moffats, #4)The Moffat Museum by Eleanor Estes




This period included 13 days of instruction.