Sunday, January 29, 2017

Love, don't take, don't be mean, don't grab! (172/180)

J went to her ballet class.

D and J had dentist appointments - no cavities!

All the kids went to their MAHC classes.  This was the last week of our Board & Card games class and we made our own game:






W went to Teen program and played Dungeons and Dragons three times.

D and J attended a rally opposing the congressional retreat in Philadelphia.  They dictated the messages on their own signs:






W did a lot of musical improvisation - shown here with Ball jars, but also piano etc.


The kids all attended their religious education classes.

W, R, and D worked with LOF.  R and D practiced reading and writing.  I read to them:



Going to MeccaGoing to Mecca by Na'ima B. Robert


Come Along, Daisy!Come Along, Daisy! by Jane Simmons

This week included 6 'days of instruction'.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Rock Climbing (166/180)

All the kids attended their MAHC classes.  Here's R in his science class:


W attended his MAHC Teen program classes, and played Dungeons and Dragons twice.

I took W to check out rock climbing.  It may not be a regular activity, since he's not allowed to belay or boulder until age 16, but it was fun!



R built a coin-pushing machine from scratch in just about an hour:



All the kids attended their religious education classes.

W, R, and D worked with Life of Fred (R finished 

Life of Fred: HoneyLife of Fred: Honey by Stanley F. Schmidt)!

R is working on reading a Choose Your Own Adventure book.  D is working on reading an Elephant and Piggie book.

They listened to podcasts, and newscasts.  We did not participate in a march in person, but we did follow along on social media at home, as well as noting the Inauguration.

We walked, exercised, and listened to lots of music.

W baked cookies.

I read to the kids:

Little HumansLittle Humans by Brandon Stanton


These Happy Golden Years (Little House, #8)These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Old TurtleOld Turtle by Douglas Wood


Blue Hat Red Coat (Baby Day Board Books)Blue Hat Red Coat by Clara Vulliamy


Rosie's Magic HorseRosie's Magic Horse by Russell Hoban


The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from IraqThe Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq by Jeanette Winter


Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest: Where Birds BeginEven an Ostrich Needs a Nest: Where Birds Begin by Irene Kelly


Saint ValentineSaint Valentine by Ann Tompert


Shh! We Have a PlanShh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton


RecyclingRecycling by Charlotte Wilcox


Just Like You and MeJust Like You and Me by David Miller


All The Magic In The WorldAll The Magic In The World by Wendy Hartmann


King Bidgood's in the BathtubKing Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood


Bugs and Beasties ABCBugs and Beasties ABC by Cheryl Nathan




This week included 5 'days of instruction'.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Happy Birthday, Mommy! (161/180)

J went to ballet.

All the kids went to their MAHC classes.  Here R and D are in our Card and Board Games class:


We went for a hike in the woods:


R and D baked and decorated cakes for my birthday:



And we went to the zoo:


We went to the library.

W played Dungeons and Dragons three times with different groups of people.

He also attended the ShakesPEER production of The Tempest.

The kids attended their religious education classes.

W, R, and D worked with LOF.

W read independently:  



The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies (Weenies, #4)The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies by David Lubar

R and D practiced reading and writing copywork.

I read to them:


The Darkest DarkThe Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield


Baby SaysBaby Says by John Steptoe


Dot.Dot. by Randi Zuckerberg


Billy's Big-Boy BedBilly's Big-Boy Bed by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes


Queen Victoria's Bathing MachineQueen Victoria's Bathing Machine by Gloria Whelan


What Happens to Our Trash?What Happens to Our Trash? by D.J. Ward


W and R exercised and we did a lot of walking.

This week included 7 'days of instruction.'

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jog (154/180)

We began this week in Austin, Texas and returned home, driving on Wednesday and Thursday.

 W managed the baking of pies:


J enjoyed 'actually touching!' her baby cousin:


Aaaaand, then we spent a really long time in the car.

After we got home, the kids cooperated to decorate gingerbread houses:


All the kids went to their religious education classes.

W went for a walk.

Again, this week didn't include a lot of educational time, but it was fun (maybe not the driving.)  It included three 'days of instruction'.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Texas Trip! (151/180)

Beginning Monday afternoon, we drove from Philadelphia to Austin, Texas. That's about 24 hours of drive time, plus stopping for gas, bathroom breaks, meals, and sleeping. We arrived midday on Wednesday. In the car we listened to an audiobook:


Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, #1)Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

and a bunch of podcasts.

Once we arrived, W and R spent most of their time hiding in a boy-cave of video games with their cousins (no pictures, please) and D and J spent most of their time playing with cousins.  W and R did emerge occasionally.

We also went bowling.





We celebrated the New Year with family, and went for a walk in the 80 degree (!) weather.



There was not a lot educational about this week, but it was a lot of fun!  It included three 'days of instruction'.