Sunday, May 27, 2018

Fairy houses and ice cream at the pool (180 + 11 weeks)

D and J made a fairy house in our yard:


All the kids attended their MAHC classes.  Here are D and J in Fairytale Cooking, with corn on the cob and homemade butter to go with two stories from the southern part of Africa:


W attended his Teen Program classes.  D went to circus.  J went to ballet.

D and J went to the library.  R went bowling and laser tagging.

Our neighborhood pool opened, although there were thunderstorms so we didn't get in a lot of actual swimming:


D and J attended their religious education classes.

W, R and D worked with LOF.  W read independently.  R read with support, completing I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 (I Survived #15)I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 by Lauren Tarshis.  D and J practiced reading.

I read to the girls: 
Rosie Revere, EngineerRosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty.


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Spider's Web (180 + 10 weeks)

Somehow, I forgot to include mention of last Sunday's Stepping Stone program recognition and service for D.  She took part in this 6 week program to learn about our faith and helped create a Children's Chapel for the other children.  D introduced and led two songs during the chapel service.  Here she is being recognized in the larger worship service:


R went to Parkour.

W went to his Teen Program classes.  D went to Circus.  J went to Ballet.  W went to D and D.

We went to the School Free Players production of Agatha Christie's Spider's Web.  It was great!

All of the kids attended their religious education classes.

W, R and D worked with LOF.  W read independently.  R read with support.  D mastered The Sad Cat (Bob Books Set 2: Advancing Beginners)The Sad Cat by Bobby Lynn Maslen.  J mastered
10 Cut-Ups (Bob Books for Beginning Readers, Set 1)10 Cut-Ups by Bobby Lynn Maslen

D worked with HWT and J worked with ETC.


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Talent Show! (180 + 9 weeks)

R went to parkour.

All the kids went to their new MAHC classes.  W is taking Current Events, Yearbook, and Movie Class.  R is taking Current Events, Teen/Tween Storytime, and Movie Class.  D is taking Air Dry Clay, Fairytale Cooking, and Spring Read-Alouds.  J is extremely stoked to be taking not only her 4s & 5s class, but also participating in the Fairytale Cooking class I am teaching, along with her best friend.

W attended his Teen Coop program.  He played D and D several times.  D went to circus, J went to Ballet.

They all attended the MAHC talent show!  J was the only one brave enough to perform (in two separate sets!)


R, D and J attended their religious education program.

W, R and D worked with LOF.  W read independently.  R read with support.  D mastered 
The Red Hen (Bob Books Set 2: Advancing Beginners)The Red Hen by Bobby Lynn Maslen.  She also worked with Handwriting Without Tears.  J practiced reading, and worked with Explode the Code.

I read to the girls:

Terrible StormTerrible Storm by Carol Otis Hurst


Twelve Terrible ThingsTwelve Terrible Things by Marty Kelley


Mary and Her Little LambMary and Her Little Lamb by Will Moses


Fancy ThatFancy That by Esther Hershenhorn


The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's WonderThe Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder by Mark Cassino


Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian SpringBallet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring by Jan Greenberg



Sunday, May 6, 2018

R turns 12! (180 + 8 weeks)

R went to parkour.

All the kids attended their MAHC classes. It was the last week of this session.


R turned 12!  He celebrated with a bunch of friends including nerf guns, water guns, slip-and-slide, and cupcakes and ice cream.



W attended Teen coop.  He played D and D.  D attended circus and J attended ballet.

We went on the MAHC camping trip.  Fires, rope swings, boulder field, and much hiking occurred!






W, R and D worked with LOF.

W read independently.  R read independently.  D and J practiced reading.

D worked with Handwriting Without Tears and J worked with Explode the Code.

I read to the girls:
ChloeChloe by Peter McCarty


Jitterbug JamJitterbug Jam by Barbara Jean Hicks


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Volunteer! (180 + 7 weeks)

R went to parkour.

All the kids went to their MAHC classes.  Here's W in debate:


W attended Teen Coop.  He played D and D.  D attended circus and J attended ballet.

All the kids attended their religious education classes.

W's coming of age group volunteered at Del Val Community College's A Day state fair.



We all went to enjoy the festivities!  D climbed a traveling rock wall:


W, R and D worked with LOF.

W read independently.  R read part of  HatchetHatchet by Gary Paulsen.  D mastered
Go, Bus (Bob Books Set 2: Advancing Beginners)Go, Bus by Bobby Lynn Maslen.  J mastered
Muff and Ruff (Bob Books For Beginning Readers, Set 1)Muff and Ruff by Bobby Lynn Maslen.

D worked with Handwriting Without Tears and J worked with Explode the Code.

I read to the girls:
Too Loud LilyToo Loud Lily by Sofie Laguna


I'm Not a BabyI'm Not a Baby by Jill McElmurry


Everything but the HorseEverything but the Horse by Holly Hobbie


Marie Curie: Scientist Who Made Glowing DiscoveriesMarie Curie: Scientist Who Made Glowing Discoveries by Mike Venezia


Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit StillNadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still by Karlin Gray


That Book WomanThat Book Woman by Heather Henson.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Coming of Age (180 + 6 weeks)

R went to Parkour.

D, J and W rode the local trains.  W is babysitting and our goal is for him to be able to get to the job and back on the train independently.



All the kids attended their MAHC classes.  D made cupcakes with beet-colored frosting, to accommodate classmates with sensitivities to food coloring in her Tea Time with Beatrix Potter class:



We completed our first draft design for our MAHC t-shirt:



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

J went to ballet


and D went to circus.

W completed his Coming of Age program year.  He participated in leading the recognition worship service by lighting the chalice and speaking joys and sorrows for the congregation.  He also presented his Credo, or statement of belief.  The other kids attended the service to honor him!  Before hand we had some exploratory play in the woods.





W, R, and D worked with LOF.  D worked with Handwriting Without Tears and J worked with Explode the Code.

W read independently.  R practiced reading, completing his first full-length chapter book (he read part, we read part each day:
Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons, #1)Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome.  D mastered
Rub-a-Dub (Bob Books Set 2: Advancing Beginners)Rub-a-Dub by Bobby Lynn Maslen and J mastered

Jig and Mag (Bob Books For Beginning Readers, Set 1)Jig and Mag by Bobby Lynn Maslen.  I read to the girls:

Letters Home From Our National Parks   Yosemite (Letters Home From Our National Parks)Letters Home From Our National Parks Yosemite by Lisa Halvorsen
Do They Scare You?: Creepy CreaturesDo They Scare You?: Creepy Creatures by Sneed B. Collard III


The Mummy Makers of EgyptThe Mummy Makers of Egypt by Tamara Bower


AnasaziAnasazi by Leonard Everett Fisher.