Friday, February 27, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up–Snow, Snow and…Snow

Winter has finally arrived in our neck of the woods.   Granted the below zero temperatures have been here a while, but we’ve finally gotten snow.  A LOT of snow, often, as in three times in a week.   It truly is lovely though, don’t you think?



With all of that snow has come lots of extra curricular cancellations. We’ve had some lovely long evenings at home this week, and to be honest, I’ve enjoyed it.    

We’ve started studying World War II, and thanks to the weather cancellations we’ve been able to spend the evenings reading aloud from The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.   I can’t fathom the amount of love and forgiveness the Ten Boom’s walked in during their time in the concentration camps and beyond.  

I think I’ve mentioned before that Olivia has a love for history, and a knack for art.   She’s been reading a book about the Great Depression, and I asked her to do a”book response” for me, as opposed to a boring old book report.   She turned in this charcoal drawing of a “Shanty Town” based on the description given in the book.

Shanty Town

Today we had our 6 month dentist checkups for the girls (they were also rescheduled from the storm several weeks ago.  Both girls were cavity free, and it looks like we’ll be hitting the orthodontist with child #2 shortly after child #1 is out of braces.

The dentist office isn’t in our town, so we turn it into a bulk food shopping day when we go.   The greatest part of our trip is I went to a thrift store and found next year’s science and geography curriculums for $2.25 each!!  I just may have done my happy dance right there in the store.

Olivia will be attending her first all day training session for the John Lewis Society this weekend.   She’s so excited, and just can’t wait to be working at the museum as a costumed interpreter.

How has your week been?

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up– The Break Week

This was our break week.   We had dentist appointments and other appointments scheduled and I had high hopes of getting a lot of thigns done around the house.    Then life happened.

Monday went as scheduled.   I was able to deep clean the house and get the laundry caught up.  


Then the snow set in and all activities and appointments for Monday evening and all day Tuesday were cancelled.   Bitter cold set in and the day time highs have been in the negative numbers.  

Child #2 picked up the bug that child #1 had, but much more so.  By Wednesday the husband had fallen victim as well.   It hit me on Tuesday, but well you know, we mothers don’t get sick days.

I did manage to get to the library to pick up books for next weeks lessons and have disinfected the house.    Both children are well now, just those annoying coughs still linger.

That’s about it for our week.  Hoping to have something more exciting to share next week.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

World War 1–Unit Study

In studying history, I try my best to make it relevant to the children in some way.   As we began studying World War I, I learned of a local cemetery that has a life size doughboy standing guard over the grave of Pvt. Russell Snyder.   This young soldier died October 8, 1918, just weeks short of the end of the war.  His parents paid a hefty sum to have a life like statue built, to honor their son.  The girls and I made a pilgrimage out to his grave to pay honor to him as well.



Time and the elements haven’t been kind to the statue, as you can see.  But Pvt. Snyder still looks proud as he stands guard.

The core of our study came from  this World War I workbook from McDonald Publishing.  Although it is written for 6-9th grade students, I found that it was easily adaptable for Lindsey.


In addition to the workbook, we added notebooking pages from Jimmie’s CollageWorld War I Notebook Pages.    These workbook and notebooking pages added a nice section to our history notebooks.

We went on a little excursion to the Spoils of War Museum.

As usual, we did LOTS of reading.

Library Resources:
Assassination in Sarajevo: The Trigger for World War I; Stewart Ross
World War One: An Illustrated History in Colour, 1914-1918; Robert J. Hoare
Super Spies of World War I; Kate Walker
Leaders of World War I; Steward Ross
Bold Leaders of World War I; Red Reeder
Battles of World War I; John Hamilton
Campaigns of World War I; Nick Hunter
The First Book of World War I; Louis Leo Snyder
An Illustrated History of the First World War; John Keegan
The Doughboys: America and the First World War; Gary Mead
American Women in World War I: They Also Served; Lettie Gavin
Those Extraordinary Women of World War I; by Karen Zeinert
When Christmas Comes Again: The World War I Diary of Simone Spencer; by Beth Seidel Levine
Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation; Ann Bausum
Rags: Hero Dog of WWI: A True Story; Margot Theis Raven

I was horribly disappointed to find that our local library system didn’t have one single book on Sgt. Alvin York.   I’ll be picking up a couple of books to add to our own library when I order curriculum this year.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up–Time For a Break

This week we finished up our World War I Unit Study (I’ll be posting about it next Monday).    That means this is the end of our 6 weeks on, and now we’re heading into 1 week off.   YES!!   Now, lest you think I don’t enjoy homeschooling, I do.   However I have a few bit items on my things to do list and those are scheduled for next week when I have a little more time to myself.

Lindsey had asked if we could make Valentine’s for some of the folks at the Senior Center.    I called on Monday and they were delighted at the idea, and said to plan on maybe 15 people being there.  I brought out the scrapbooking stash and the girls spent an an afternoon crafting, they made a total of 20 cards.


They worked a long time on their projects, and they turned out lovely.



When we took the cards over this morning, Olivia had a bad cold/allergy issue.  To be on the safe side, she stayed home so as not to put any of the seniors at risk.   Lindsey had such a good time.  She’s really good with the elderly.    She got a hug and kiss on the cheek from a 98 year old Hungarian man.   It made her day, and his.  They asked if she could come back and visit soon, so we’ll be adding that to her things to do list.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Sonlight–Mom to Mom Curriculum Giveaway

Sonlight is celebrating 25 years in business.  In honor of this huge milestone, Sonlight is giving you the opportunity to win a full year of curriculum, for you AND a friend!!   How amazing is that!

Click HERE to enter to win and to get your referral information.   The more people you refer, the better your chances of winning (and of course, the more competition you have, ahem).

Mom-to-Mom Curriculum Giveaway

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