Sunday, March 26, 2017

Geocaching (180 + 6 weeks)

J went to her last dance class for a while.  She's been on strike from her classes in general, and clearly needs some time away.  But she was having fun this time!





















We celebrated the first day of spring with free ice cream AND water ice.  Fun!






All the kids attended their first week of the new session at MAHC.  W is taking Practical Lego Building:









This was his lego dice roller!  He's also taking History Through Music and Craft-A-Doodle.



R is taking Move It Move It, Fiber Arts, and Craft-A-Doodle.  D is taking Chinese Language and Culture, Fiber Arts, and Art from Junk.



W went to his Teen Program at MAHC.  D went to her Circus Class.  W played D and D twice.



I took R geocaching.  We found three caches and tried to place a cache.  We're waiting to hear if it's in an acceptable location. 






All the kids attended a square dance at our Fellowship.  R in particular danced all the dances!



All the kids attended a worship service and W attended his RE class.



W, R, and D worked with LOF.  R and D practiced writing.  Lots of documentaries were watched and podcasts listened to.



I read to them:





The Moth and the SunThe Moth and the Sun by Gary Bernard


Daisy Gets Dressed: A Book about PatternsDaisy Gets Dressed: A Book about Patterns by Stella Blackstone


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Snowstorm! (180 + 5 weeks)

J went to her dance class.

We did NOT have MAHC classes due to a late snowstorm! It was a bit disappointing in terms of total accumulation, but it was great for sledding and snowboarding and snow cave construction and everybody had a good time.  Here's R with a friend:


W attended his MAHC Teen program.  He also played D and D multiple times.

D attended her Circus School class.  

They all attended their religious education classes.

W, R, and D worked with LOF.  D completed 

Life of Fred: ButterfliesLife of Fred: Butterflies by Stanley F. Schmidt

W completed
Life of Fred: FractionsLife of Fred: Fractions by Stanley F. Schmidt

R and D continued practicing reading and writing.  R is reading about a page a day from one of the "Amazing Things" science books which I have from my childhood.  It is very slightly too hard for him, which makes it good practice.  He also read:

Monster at SchoolMonster at School by Ellen Blance








Lots of documentaries and podcasts!

I read to them:

The Moffats (The Moffats, #1)The Moffats by Eleanor Estes


Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the EarthBuried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth by Molly Bang


The EARTH BookThe EARTH Book by Todd Parr


Everyone is YawningEveryone is Yawning by Anita Bijsterbosch


Blown AwayBlown Away by Rob Biddulph


Wolf!Wolf! by Becky Bloom


Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Midsummer Night's Dream (180 + 4 weeks)

J went to her dance class (bribed to actually participate by playing with friends afterwards - we will be taking a break after this session!)


All the kids attended their MAHC classes.

We went for a hike in the woods:



W created a 'world creation' algorithm and enjoyed using it:


W attended his afternoon class at Teen MAHC.  D attended her Circus class.

W played D and D three times.  

W attended the Arden Theater Company's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with a group of his classmates from MAHC:



R, D and J attended their RE classes.  W worked in the church Nursery.

W, R and D worked with LOF.  R and D worked on reading.

R did a lot of independent reading:





Monster Goes to the MuseumMonster Goes to the Museum by Ellen Blance


Monster Has A PartyMonster Has A Party by Ellen Blance


Monster Goes to SchoolMonster Goes to School by Ellen Blance


Monster On The BusMonster On The Bus by Ellen Blance


Monster Goes to the ZooMonster Goes to the Zoo by Ellen Blance


I also read to everyone:


Two Little TrainsTwo Little Trains by Margaret Wise Brown


The Steel Pan Man of HarlemThe Steel Pan Man of Harlem by Colin Bootman


Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel


Z Is for MooseZ Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Digging (180 + 3 weeks)

J went to her ballet class.

All the kids went to their MAHC classes.


We went for a family hike, complete with vine swing and ditch digging:








W went to Teen program:


And D went to Circus class:



W played Dungeons and Dragons three times.  


All the kids attended their religious education classes.


R did a lot of reading, including more or less voluntarily reading to J!  That was exciting!


Book he read were:  
Monster Looks for a HouseMonster Looks for a House by Ellen Blance


Monster Meets Lady MonsterMonster Meets Lady Monster by Ellen Blance


Monster Cleans His HouseMonster Cleans His House by Ellen Blance


Monster Looks For A FriendMonster Looks For A Friend by Ellen Blance


Monster and the Magic UmbrellaMonster and the Magic Umbrella by Ellen Blance


I read to them:



Easy as PieEasy as Pie by Cari Best


The Market BowlThe Market Bowl by Jim Averbeck


Ballots for Belva: The True Story of a Woman's Race for the PresidencyBallots for Belva: The True Story of a Woman's Race for the Presidency by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen


Perfect SnowPerfect Snow by Barbara Reid


NightsongNightsong by Ari Berk


Mama Panya's Pancakes: A Village Tale from KenyaMama Panya's Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya by Mary Chamberlin

W, R and D worked with LOF. 

Lots of podcasts were listened to, and documentaries watched.