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.

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