A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Weekly Wrap Up - Australia Week One

And we're off to Australia!  At least, in our imaginations, that is.

Passports.  Brianna couldn't find hers, so the boys teased her about being stuck in Russia, which would not be cool in real life, you know?  

Um, Houston?  Or, Oriental Trading Co?  We have a problem, lol.  I pulled our flags out and discovered that they were assembled upside down.

Fortunately, it's just sticky on one end, and we were able to peel them and reattach them correctly.  

Brianna took this kit from box to finished in a couple hours.

It's smaller than the St. Basil's model, but still quite the feat of construction.

We watched an interesting BBC documentary on cassowaries, Brianna and Eli read The Mystery on the Great Barrier Reef: Sydney, Australia (Around the World in 80 Mysteries).  Eli also found a book in our home library and read about the wildlife of Australia and New Zealand.

Confession time:  My absolute favorite part of homeschooling this week?  Sitting with another homeschool mama, in my half-rearranged school room (photos coming soon!) talking over curriculum options for next year.  

Although chocolate is probably a close second.  This week, in Window on the World we read about Papua New Guinea, and we ate the New Guinea bar from our Trader Joe's Chocolate Passport.

Only a couple countries left now!  We'll have to figure out a way to tie those in over the next couple of weeks.  

Another bit of excitement for this week is seedlings!  
Eli has been wanting to garden.  Like I need another thing on my plate right now, right?  But I finally decided to just let him go for it on a small scale, so he and Brianna took over some empty planter boxes, and they have carrots, peppers, broccoli, marigolds, morning glories (above) and more starting to send up seed leaves.  Very cool.  I hope they're able to remember to water them while I'm gone.  

So much fun going on around here!  I'm hopeful that we can wrap up school for the year in the next 3 weeks.  Looking forward to another week of Australia this coming week.

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