Sunday, December 10, 2017

J turns 5! And it snows. (119/180)

R and W went to the dentist and had no new cavities per se.

All the kids went to their MAHC classes.  This is a new session so they had new classes.  J is taking the 4s/5s class.  D is taking Warrior Women, Art Through the Ages, and Winter Crafts.  R is taking Capture the Flag, Card Tricks, and Lego Mini Figure Customization.  W is taking Capture the Flag, Programming in Python, and Lego Mini Figure Customization.

W's new Teen Program classes are Logical Thinking and Countries of the World.

J celebrated her 5th birthday!  And it SNOWED!



All the kids attended their religious education classes.

W, R, and D worked with LOF.  J worked with Explode the Code.  W and R read indpendently.  D practiced reading.

I read to them:


This week included 6 days of instruction.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Home again, home again (113/180)

We went for more hikes:


And some playgrounds:


Then we drove back to our home.

All the kids attended their religious education classes.

W and R read independently.

We are celebrating Advent by reading holiday books:


MuhammadMuhammad by Demi


Clifford's ChristmasClifford's Christmas by Norman Bridwell


This week included 4 days of instruction.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Thanksgiving Trip (109/180)

We drove to Austin, Texas to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family.  On the way we listened to a lot of podcasts, some with actual educational value ...

J baked with her cousin:


We all went to The Thinkery, a sort of science/maker museum/play space.  The water room was the biggest hit with the widest range of ages:







The kids all experimented with their uncle's virtual reality setup:


D (and to some extent J) did a lot of sewing, enjoying using her grandmother's classic Singer sewing machine.


R did some archery.

We went for a hike:


And D and J went to an Anglican worship service and made Advent wreaths afterwards:


This week included 5 days of instruction.


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Yellow Fever (104/180)

R played soccer!

All the kids attended their MAHC classes.  W attended his Teen Program classes.





W played D and D.

We went to a Yellow Fever interactive workshop at the Pennsylvania Historical Society.






All the kids attended their religious education classes.

W, R, and D worked with LOF.

R completed Life of Fred KidneysLife of Fred Kidneys by Stanley F. Schmidt

W and R read independently.  D practiced reading.  J worked with Explode the Code.


The Little Bear Treasury: Little Bear/ Little Bear's Friend/ Little Bear's VisitThe Little Bear Treasury: Little Bear/ Little Bear's Friend/ Little Bear's Visit by Else Holmelund Minarik


Making TracksMaking Tracks by Stephen Savage


The Little LambThe Little Lamb by Judy Dunn


Having a FriendHaving a Friend by Betty Miles

This week included 7 days of instruction.



Sunday, November 12, 2017

In which we have a rare, ordinary week (97/180)

All the kids attended their MAHC classes.

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

R played soccer.

All the kids attended their religious education classes.

W, R and D worked with LOF.  J worked with Explode the Code.  R and D practiced reading.  W read independently:
OpalOpal by Jane Boulton



I read to them:  Angels, Angels, AngelsAngels, Angels, Angels by Andy Warhol
Waiting for BabyWaiting for Baby by Harriet Ziefert


One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue FishOne Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss


Old Turtle [With CD]Old Turtle [With CD] by Douglas Wood


Press HerePress Here by Hervé Tullet

This week included 7 days of instruction.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Halloween (90/180)

R had soccer practice and a game.

The boys both worked hard on assembling a new couch (here's the finished product:



All the kids attended their MAHC classes.

And then it was Halloween!  We traded kids around and W and R went trick or treating with friends in a different neighborhood, while we took D and J's friends trick or treating with us.

W attended his Teen program.

He played D and D.

R, D and J attended their religious education classes.

W, R and D worked with LOF.  J worked with Explode the Code.  

W read independently.  R read (alternately with me) 

Minecraft: Combat HandbookMinecraft: Combat Handbook by Stephanie Milton

D practiced reading.

I read to the girls:

MannersManners by Aliki



Each Peach Pear PlumEach Peach Pear Plum by Janet Ahlberg



Anno's Math Games IIIAnno's Math Games III by Mitsumasa Anno

This week included 7 days of instruction.


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Pumpkins! (81/180)

R went to his soccer practice (but missed the game for a family event.)

All the kids attended their MAHC classes.

W attended the Teen program and played D and D.


We carved our Halloween pumpkins:



R, D and J attended their religious education classes (W's class only meets sometimes.)

W, R and D worked with LOF.  D finished Life of Fred: DogsLife of Fred: Dogs by Stanley F. Schmidt.

W read independently and R and D practiced reading.  J worked with Explode the Code.

R did not quite finish The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan


(but he's done reading it for now).

I read to them:

The Cat in the Hat Comes BackThe Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Seuss


The Little Red Train StorybookThe Little Red Train Storybook by Benedict Blathwayt


A River Ran Wild: An Environmental HistoryA River Ran Wild: An Environmental History by Lynne Cherry


Three Little KittensThree Little Kittens by Tanya Linch

This week included 6 days of instruction.