Friday, August 12, 2011

Weekly Wrap Up–The Wisconsin Edition



Our second week back to school had some snags along the way.  Monday we were off school to take a family member to have some medial testing done.  Tuesday was one of  those math day for Olivia where her brain went to mush.  Thursday we were going to work on baking skills and the oven died.  So through it all we learned about patience, kindness and self control (me being the one having to use the self control).

On a super positive note, Olivia had an answer to prayer this week and we added a piano to our home!   Read more about that here.


Math, as I mentioned was not Olivia’s shining moment this week.  So we had to stop and do a lot of review of borrowing when subtracting, and paying attention to wording in word problems.  Lindsey is working on her addition math facts.

Olivia completed Lesson 2 in All About Spelling.  I’ve also added spelling lists from Super Teacher Worksheets.   Lindsey’s spelling lessons haven’t begun yet.

The Writing Strands program is really working nicely for Olivia.  It took her a while to get used to working independently, as she tends to get easily distracted.

Science was fun this week.  We learned about the eyes, ears, and teeth.   We did a fun experiment with a glass of water to show how the fluid in your inner ear keeps swirling after you stop twirling.  It was a great way to show the girls why you get dizzy after going around in circles.   And yeah, we also practiced going in circles until we could no longer stand up, all for the love of scientific investigation.

In geography we focused on Wisconsin this week.  We even tried a few different types of cheeses.  Our famous person was Laura Ingalls Wilder, and you seriously can’t go wrong with my girls and that topic!

Books we used:

“Wisconsin”; by Bettina Ling
”Wisconsin”; by Gretchen Bratvold
”Wisconsin”; by Jean F. Blashfield
Wisconsin; by Janice Parker
”Extra Cheese, Please! Mozzarella's Journey From Cow to Pizza”; by Cris Peterson
“I Remember Laura”; by Stephen W. Hines
”The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook”; by Laura Ingalls Wilder
”Laura Ingalls Wilder Country”; by William Anderson
”Homesteading on the Plains, Daily Life in the Land of Laura Ingalls Wilder”; by Mary Dodson Wade
”Caddie Woodlawn”; by Carol Ryrie Brink

We were going to make Laura Ingalls Wilder’s gingerbread recipe.  However, our oven picked this week to die.  So we’ll be making that sometime later I guess.   Here is the recipe if you’re oven is more cooperative than mine!

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup molasses
2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup boiling water
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. each ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ground cloves
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease 9X9 baking pan.

Blend sugar, shortening and molasses.

Add baking soda to boiling water and mix well.

Combine flour and spices and sift together.  Combine sugar/molasses mixture with flour mixture and add the baking soda water.  Mix well and pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

The county fair started this week.  I had NO clue how many things the girls could have been participating in until this week.  So I have our handy dandy fair book and we’ll be working on entries over the winter for next year (where have I been all this time?).  In the meantime, we went on a little field trip this afternoon to watch one of Olivia’s friends show his goats at the fair.  And, yes, I did take photos…but I can’t find my camera.

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  1. Ah, the fair. I'm thinking that I need to figure out how to go about entering stuff at the fair. I think it would be good for the boys, in years to come. But I have No.Idea. how to proceed. [sigh] It just sounds like so much fun!

  2. It sounds like you managed to focus on the positive during the week, despite the setbacks, well done :)


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