Scenes from our Week Jan 29, 2010

Cross country skiing, swimming, and a new sport was tried – racket ball!  Lots of giggling going on, lots of balls going wild, but the kids asked to do it again next week.

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Some art was done, and a special trip to the Gardens to see a new art exhibit (but more on that another day).

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Some crafting and getting ready for Valentine’s Day.

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Lots of game playing.

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There was some blueberry scone baking and fruit creations.

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There was lots of chemistry going on in these parts.

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I love experiments that have that “wow” factor!

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Asher attempted to duplicate Sprite’s recipe – he got pretty close!

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We visited the kid’s old school to hear Asher’s buddy give his Explorer Report on William Clark.

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Some days we would get weather reports.

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And some days were spent going down bunny trails.  A good mix of life, love, and learning.

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Harry Potter Week

Some scenes from our Harry Potter Week

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Starting a fire using a nine volt battery and steel wool.

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Are you muggle or magic?  Acid and base test.

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Herbology at the Gardens

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2010

Today started by having the kids choose a piece a paper.  One said “Colored” and the other said “White” (to use language from the time).  For the next 2 hours, Avy was “colored” and had to use the “Colored Only Water”  (from the tap), and the “Colored Only Toilet” (the downstairs cold one).

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Asher being “white” got to use the cold water from the fridge and the warm bathroom.  I then gave each of the kids the same job to do – clean a toilet.  The “white” person received more money for the job.  They later used that money to buy lunch.  By that time, the kids had switched who they were and Asher had to eat at the “Colored Diner” (the kitchen) while Avy ate in the “Whites Only Diner” (the dining room).

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Yes, I think this is probably how they felt too.

After a few minutes we called an end to our experience and invited him to eat with us.  We also watched a video about MLKJ and segregation and started the book “Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice”, which coincidentally was just named a Newberry Honor book this morning.

Weekly Wrap-up January 15, 2010

Homeschooling is not about sitting at the kitchen table with a pile of textbooks all day, recreating school in the isolation of the home.  (Unless, for some reason, you want it to be.) For many families, homeschooling is about getting out and about. It is about opening to possibilities, about finding learning opportunities around every corner, and about having the ‘luxury’ of making the kinds of community connections that are sustaining and enjoyable. It is about exploring the world with open eyes and minds, trying new things, going new places, meeting new people. It is a veritable kaleidoscope of experiences that provide a unique educational path for every child and parent.  You can find or create anything you want, and have a blast doing it.” -Shay Seaborne

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Another busy, fun-filled week, which included…

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Snow Play

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Snow and Ice Science Experiments

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Swimming and basketball at the YMCA,

Ice skating and the art museum,

Ice Candle making

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3 dance classes, Tae Kwon Do, piano lessons, and a special trip to the bookstore,

more bread making,

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Lots of book reading, and party planning

(Avy is busy planning a Mexican Fiesta for next month and a Summer Backyard Camp-out for friends)

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A trip to Lansing, to visit Impression 5 Science Center

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The kids each took a hands-on chemistry lab.

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The afternoon was spent at the Michigan History Museum.  A 4-story complex which is free!

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Ohhh, desks!  They’re such a novelty for these homeschooled kids!  Well, one of them was impressed, the other, not so much.

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We ended up at the gift shop and this is where I found them.

Bread

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We’ve been enjoying this book lately, Loaves of Fun: A History of Bread with Recipes and Activities from Around the World.

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Reading about the history of different kinds of bread, the science behind it,

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and then baking up lots of goodness.

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Pretzels, Challah, that good ole Amish Friendship Bread.

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We’re finding joy this winter, wherever we can, and bread is definitely one of those places.

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Yesterday

Yesterday was, reading this book

and playing in the snow.

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It was Avy reading this book, The Man Who Named the Clouds,

which led her to start a weather journal.

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I love what she wrote on the first page.  Luke Howard was the “man who named the clouds.”

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There was some art.

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There were some races, during which the question was asked, “Does this count as P.E.?”

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There was more reading of this book, and her own Spanish dictionary started.

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There was some baking of bread and discussion of Jewish traditions.

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There was also the making of snow cream, some report writing, and a biography on Kurt Vonnegut.  There was some dialogue about the book Lord of the Flies (we haven’t read it, but Asher had heard about it somewhere),  Legos were played and sledding done, piano lessons, and Tae Kwon Do for the boys.  Another very fine day.

A Quiet Winters Day

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The sun shines so rarely in Michigan in the winter.

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It’s glorious to step out the door, walk across the street, and enjoy a quiet Wednesday morning.

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We checked in on Ground Zero, the islands and creek we love to play and work in during the summer.

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We talked, identified animal tracks, tried out some hills, laughed when we fell down, told the ducks we were sorry we hadn’t brought them anything, but promised to return soon.

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And took breaks when needed.  Yes, that’s a bare tummy.  She was SO HOT!

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And when we got home, there were pancakes to eat, and books to be read, and dancing to be done, a Michelangelo video to watch, a new TryEngineering website to try out, a story to be added to, gathering of evidence and calculations and forces to be figured for our crash scene test, a Charles Dickens biography, a poem about penguins written, piano and guitar played, a new Spanish picture dictionary browsed through, and friends to play with.  A very good day indeed.