Sunday, June 17, 2018

Cousins (180 + 14 weeks)

R went to parkour.

All the kids attended their last day of MAHC classes, closing with field day games!



We had family visiting from out of town so we visited a working hobby farm in Central PA.

W attended his final day of Teen Coop classes, completing a final project for Evolution.



We scattered the kids' great-grandparents ashes at their church:


And did lots of swimming, sand-building, and kayaking at the beach:


The girls made Father's Day cards, with some help on spelling from W:



W, R, and D worked with LOF.

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

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

I read to the girls:



Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew PeasGregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas by Cheryl Bardoe


Puppy!Puppy! by Keith Graves


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Showcase (180 +13 weeks)

R went to parkour.

The kids all attended their MAHC classes.

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

J danced in a ballet Showcase!

Here she is on stage:


D attended her religious education class.

W, R and D worked with LOF.

W read independently.  R read with support:Trouble RiverTrouble River by Betsy Byars.  D and J practiced reading.

D worked with Handwriting Without Tears.

J worked with Explode the Code.

I read to the girls:

Lili at BalletLili at Ballet by Rachel Isadora

New Shoes for SilviaNew Shoes for Silvia by Johanna Hurwitz

Triangle and Circle: How Embracing Each Others Differences Can Lead to Beautiful FriendshipTriangle and Circle: How Embracing Each Others Differences Can Lead to Beautiful Friendship by Sarah Claxton

Mucumber McGee and the Lunch Lady's LiverMucumber McGee and the Lunch Lady's Liver by Patrick Loehr


Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist ExtraordinairePocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo



Sunday, June 3, 2018

Balance beam (180 + 12 weeks)

R went to parkour.

All the kids attended their MAHC classes.

W attended his teen program classes.  D went to circus and J went to ballet (twice).



W played D and D.

The girls made themselves a balance beam:




W and R attended a sleepover with the junior youth group.  D and J attended their religious education classes.

W, R and D worked with LOF.

W read independently:A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1)A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.  R read with support.  D practiced reading.  J mastered
Peg And Ted (Bob Books For Beginning Readers, Set 1)Peg And Ted by Bobby Lynn Maslen.

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

I read to the girls:
The Secret Life of Walter KittyThe Secret Life of Walter Kitty by Barbara Jean Hicks


Leopardpox!Leopardpox! by Orna Landau


Who Wants to Be a Princess?: What It Was Really Like to Be a Medieval PrincessWho Wants to Be a Princess?: What It Was Really Like to Be a Medieval Princess by Bridget Heos


Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie ClarkSwimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark by Heather Lang.




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