Sunday, October 15, 2017

Torah Scroll (70/180)

All the kids attended their classes at MAHC.  W attended his Thursday Teen classes.

W played D and D twice.

R attended his religious education field trip to Temple Sholom, a Reformed Temple.  He was particularly impressed by the value of the Torah scroll ($2500) and why it was so valuable - that it was written by hand every day for a year.

R played soccer.

All the kids attended their religious education classes.

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

D and J did a lot of crafting and baking.

I read to them:

No More Yawning!No More Yawning! by Paeony Lewis


Welcome to Zanzibar RoadWelcome to Zanzibar Road by Niki Daly


This week included 5 days of instruction.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Saying Goodbye (65/180)

R attended his soccer practice and game.

All the kids went to their MAHC classes, and W went to his Teen program classes.

We were able to visit the kids' great-grandmother one more time before she died.  While she was not really lucid (being ill as well as far into the last stages of Alzheimer's) when we left the kids waved good-bye and she waved good-bye too.

W played D and D several times.

The kids had a lot of good cousin time, including a trip to the Franklin Institute:






The kids attended both memorial services for their great-grandparents.  W read the chalice lighting words at the first service, and the rest of the kids helped light the chalice:


R, D and J attended their religious education classes.

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

I read to them:


Amazon RiverAmazon River by Valerie Bodden


When Owen's Mom Breathed FireWhen Owen's Mom Breathed Fire by Pija Lindenbaum


Snip, Snip ... Snow!Snip, Snip ... Snow! by Nancy Poydar


Grand CanyonGrand Canyon by Valerie Bodden


Applesauce SeasonApplesauce Season by Eden Ross Lipson


What Moms Can't DoWhat Moms Can't Do by Douglas Wood

This week included 6 days of instruction.



Sunday, October 1, 2017

Snails (59/180)

R went to his soccer practice and game (they lost, but by a lot less than they lost the last time they played this team.)

We went for a family hike in the woods (down to the Wissahickon Creek):



All the kids attended their MAHC classes, and W attended his Thursday Teen program classes:



W played D and D several times.

All the kids attended their religious education classes.

W, R, and D worked with LOF.

R read independently.  D practiced reading.

J started working with Explode the Code!


D experimented with a new drawing style:


I read to them:



Barbarians!Barbarians! by Steven Kroll


Time For Bed, SpotTime For Bed, Spot by Eric Hill


NumbersNumbers by John J. Reiss


Triangles (Yonezu Board Book)Triangles by Yusuke Yonezu


One Sheep, Blue SheepOne Sheep, Blue Sheep by Thom Wiley


A Little PrincessA Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett


This week included 6 days of instruction.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Downtime (53/180)

Another lee week.

R went to soccer practice and a game, which they won this time, including goals scored by him.  Exciting!  The girls did a lot of climbing during the practice:




All the kids went to their MAHC classes on Tuesday.  W attended his art and writing classes at Teen MAHC on Thursday.

Here is J in her class making counting sculptures:


W played D and D several times.

D did (lots of) spontaneous crafting and creating, including this lovely depiction of her favorite treat:


(Don't worry. She took a bath shortly after this was taken.)

R did some independent reading.

This week included 4 days of instruction.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

217 Steps to the Top (45/180)

We didn't go back to school - but we did go to our MAHC social:


We visited the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, where we climbed to the top (217 steps!) and explored the neighboring tidal pool environment.







W played D and D several times.

W, R, and D worked with LOF.  R completed Life of Fred: Jelly BeansLife of Fred: Jelly Beans by Stanley F. Schmidt.

W read independently:

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan.

R and D also practiced reading.



Sunday, September 3, 2017

Fort Box (41/180)

D was very creative this week.  She made some play food out of hot glue and paint:


And she and J made, painted, and interior decorated a fort out of a big box:


R and D and J attended their religious education classes.

W, R, and D worked with LOF.

W read independently.

R practiced reading, as did D.

J asked to do 'real' lessons so we got her the first pre-Explode the Code workbook.

I read to them:


Knight: A Noble Guide for Young Squires (Genuine & Moste Authentic Gdes)Knight: A Noble Guide for Young Squires by Geoffrey de Lance


Big Red TubBig Red Tub by Julia Jarman


John Coltrane's Giant StepsJohn Coltrane's Giant Steps by Chris Raschka


Five for a Little OneFive for a Little One by Chris Raschka




Sunday, August 27, 2017

Partial Eclipse! (38/180)

We were able to get away to the beach for the partial eclipse (having decided not to drive 10 hours south for the complete.)  We all saw the 79% eclipse and noted the dim light for about 20 minutes on either side.  Plus had an awesome time swimming and sand-castle building.


W went on another ride to the lock on the river/canal.  R went with a friend to the parkour gym (they made it up this wall!):


W played D and D once.

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

R read independently, finishing these books:


The City of Ember: The Graphic NovelThe City of Ember: The Graphic Novel by Jeanne DuPrau


Today I Will Fly! (Elephant & Piggie, #1)Today I Will Fly! by Mo Willems


Green Eggs and HamGreen Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

The later two he read to his sisters.

I read to them:


The Butter Battle BookThe Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss


Locks, Crocs, and SkeetersLocks, Crocs, and Skeeters by Nancy Winslow Parker

W, R, and D worked with LOF.  D worked on learning to read.

This week included 5 days of instruction.