Sunday, December 30, 2018

Christmas! (114/180)

We celebrated Christmas at the No-Rehearsal Nativity Pageant, in which Day played a Wise Person and Juniper played an Angel. 

R, D and J decorated gingerbread houses.




D and J did MUCH gymnastic practice on their new gym mat for the living room.



Preparing for travel next week, things other than the holiday were kept simple.

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

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

W read independently.  R read with support: I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 (I Survived, #14)I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 by Lauren Tarshis.  D and J practiced reading.

This week included 4 days of instruction.




Sunday, December 23, 2018

Too busy getting ready for Christmas to do very much else ... (110/180)

The girls went to the library.

R went to parkour.  J went to ballet.

D went to circus school.

J went to hip hop.

All the kids attended a solstice celebration.

All the kids worked with LOF.

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

This week included 5 days of instruction.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

J turns 6 + Nativities + Slime (105/180)

R went to Parkour.

J went to dance.

All the kids attended their MAHC classes.


W and R went to the Nativities Around the World display at the Glencairn Museum with friends.




D attended circus.

W played D and D.

D and J helped create and host J's 6th birthday party.




They also made lots of slime with a friend and sold it all at the MAHC Handmade Market.



All the kids attended their religious education classes.

All the kids worked with LOF.

W read independently.  R read with support.  D mastered

Fun in the Sun (Bob Books Set 2: Advancing Beginners)Fun in the Sun by Bobby Lynn Maslen.  J mastered
Ten Men (More Bob Books for Young Readers, Set 2, Book 1)Ten Men by Bobby Lynn Maslen.

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

 I read to the girls:
SnowSnow by Uri Shulevitz


Tamar's Sukkah (Revised Edition)Tamar's Sukkah by Ellie Gellman


The Bear's Sea EscapeThe Bear's Sea Escape by Benjamin Chaud


Adventure Annie Goes to WorkAdventure Annie Goes to Work by Toni Buzzeo


Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American RevolutionIndependent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution by Laurie Halse Anderson


Another Way to Climb a TreeAnother Way to Climb a Tree by Liz Garton Scanlon.

We went to the library.

This week included 6 days of instruction.







Sunday, December 9, 2018

Lots of reading (109/180)

R went to parkour.

J went to dance.

All the kids went to their MAHC classes.  Here's the second week of Bake Sale (W, R, and D):


D went to circus.

The kids attended a Holiday Workshop and a potluck.  They all attended their religious education classes.

W, R, D, and J worked with LOF.  W completed Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra 2 with EconomicsLife of Fred: Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics by Stanley F. Schmidt.

W read independently:
A Brief History of TimeA Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.  R read with support:
The Japanese Tsunami, 2011 (I Survived, #8)The Japanese Tsunami, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis.  D and J practiced reading.

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

I read to the girls (and sometimes R):
Impact!: Asteroids and the Science of Saving the WorldImpact!: Asteroids and the Science of Saving the World by Elizabeth Rusch


I Spy a Freight Train: Transportation in ArtI Spy a Freight Train: Transportation in Art by Lucy Micklethwait

Jumbo's LullabyJumbo's Lullaby by Laura Krauss Melmed

Richard Wright and the Library CardRichard Wright and the Library Card by William Miller.

W made dinner for the family.  He also biked on a stationary bike.

This week included 5 days of instruction.



Sunday, December 2, 2018

Goblet of Fire (104/180)

R went to Parkour.

All the kids attended their MAHC classes.


D went to Circus.

J went to Hip Hop.

W led a D and D game.

All the kids attended their religious education classes.

All the kids worked with Life of Fred.

W read independently.  R read with support.  D practiced reading, mastering
Bed Bugs (Bob Books Kids! Level B, Set 1, Book 8)Bed Bugs by Bobby Lynn Maslen.  J practiced reading, too.

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

W watched NOVA Wonders What's the Universe Made Of?  He cooked meatloaf, dinner rolls, mashed potatoes, muffins, etc. for the family.

I read to everyone:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

I also read to the girls (and sometimes to R):
No Hugs for PorcupineNo Hugs for Porcupine by Zoe Waring


Mulan: A Story in Chinese and EnglishMulan: A Story in Chinese and English by Li Jian

This week included 5 days of instruction.







Sunday, November 25, 2018

Thanksgiving (99/180)

R went to Parkour:



We celebrated Thanksgiving at home.  W made great mashed potatoes.  The girls helped a lot with a lot of the cooking and setting up.  J took leftover pie crust and blueberries and made cup-pies for everyone:



D and J attended a performance of The Nutcracker, with most of the performers members of J's ballet school!

D and J attended their religious education class.

All the kids worked with LOF.

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

W watched a variety of YouTube videos on physics topics.

W stationary biked.  All the kids went to a Laser Tag birthday party.

I read to the girls:


The Littlest OwlThe Littlest Owl by Caroline Pitcher


Seababy: A Little Otter Returns HomeSeababy: A Little Otter Returns Home by Ellen Levine


If You Decide To Go To The MoonIf You Decide To Go To The Moon by Faith McNulty

This week included 5 days of instruction.



Sunday, November 18, 2018

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (94/180)

We went to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, taking the fairly boulder-y Inner Loop up to the North Lookout.  We didn't see any hawks, but it was a great hike, and we learned a bit about birds of prey.




All the kids attended their MAHC classes.

An unseasonably early snowstorm created a chance to practice snowboarding on the hills around our house.  R, D, and J had a great time!




J went to dance.

W played D and D.

All the kids attended a multigen worship service, hearing live music and participating in ritual.

W cooked a roast beef dinner for the family.

All the kids worked with LOF.

W read independently:
First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera, #6)First Lord's Fury by Jim Butcher.

R read with support.  He also read independently without us telling him to for the first time I'm aware of, parts of
The Dangerous Book for BoysThe Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden.  D practiced reading:
Funny BunnyFunny Bunny by Bobby Lynn Maslen.  J practiced reading too.

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

D and J went to the library.  I read to them:
Frederick's Journey: The Life of Frederick DouglassFrederick's Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass by Doreen Rappaport


Once Upon a Starry Night: A Book of ConstellationsOnce Upon a Starry Night: A Book of Constellations by Jacqueline Mitton


Sea Clocks: The Story of LongitudeSea Clocks: The Story of Longitude by Louise Borden

This week included 5 days of instruction.





Sunday, November 11, 2018

Soccer Champions! (89/180)

R went to Parkour.

D and J observed me vote.

D went to circus.

J went to dance.

R played in the championship for his soccer league and his team WON!

All the kids attended their religious education classes.

All the kids worked with LOF.

W read independently:
Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera, #5)Princeps' Fury by Jim Butcher


Captain's Fury (Codex Alera, #4)Captain's Fury by Jim Butcher



R read with support:
I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011 (I Survived #12)I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis



D and J practiced reading.

I read to the girls:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. InequalityRuth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter


Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill (Betsy-Tacy, #3)Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace.

This week included 6 days of instruction.