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

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up #28 --The one with the Snake

Welcome to another Weekly Wrap Up!  

The kids found another snake in the back yard.

I've gotten to the point where I kind of feel sorry for snakes that venture onto our property.  If the cat misses them (and he's getting old, so it's more likely these days), the kids find them.

Picture this:  I holler out the school room window, when I see the kids out front with a box.  "What are you doing?"  They answer, "We're taking the snake for a walk."  Oh.  Okay.  It's not like you can put a snake on a leash...

We've started a new art curriculum that I'm really excited about.  We're getting into some mediums we haven't tried before.  Bri just divvied up some self hardening clay for us to work with.

These are new, even to me.  Watercolor crayons!  I'm anxious to show you the fun we had with these, but it will have to wait until our review post next month.

We'll call this free reading time to make it sound educational, okay?  See my Honest Company treelings in the pots beside her?  Those were freebies at Christmas.  I do hope we don't kill them.

Hard to believe we went from nice and sunny to rain this week.  Crazy weather.

I just love this picture.  Sam floating mid-air, and Eli out to get him.

Yes, she's singing, "I can ride my bike with no handlebars," thanks to big brother Zach fixing her tire.  It's been so wonderful for the kids to be able to ride again.

This week, we read the book of Jonah in the Bible.  So we made Big Fish projects.

Eli's on top and Brianna's on bottom.

I think I was more into this project than the kids were.  I told them they could glue beads on for air bubbles, or use googly eyes or add undersea stickers or put craft sand along the bottom....  and got bare minimum in response.  Ah well, they come up with enough creative projects on their own, I guess.

Like these bracelets, for example.  I had the beads out for Katie recently, and Brianna and Eli swooped in and started beading like crazy folk.  I'm now the proud owner of a bead pencil, a bead tree, and a bead ballerina hanging onto my water bottle for dear life.

The kids were sent outside (in the COLD--you know, 58*) to find 5 leaves to study "shape."

I have to say, this wasn't a favorite with them, either.

The idea was to trace the leaves onto construction paper, cut them out, and affix them to a different color construction paper.

I love watching them concentrate.

Brianna decided to use both the leaves and the cutouts.  She stuck them on with packing tape.

Cute picture of Katie has NOTHING to do with homeschooling, but she's so blasted happy about the Hello Kitty dress, I finally got pictures of her smiling.  Usually, she does the 3 year old grimace when she sees the camera.

On Friday, we met up with some friends from our old homeschool co op.  We're trying to get something new off the ground.  The talk was about the digestive system, and the kids traced each other and drew in their organs.

It was a little weird to have one of the kids say to me, "Hey mom, what do you want me to do with the bodies?" when they brought them in from the van.

Zachary hung out here with us on Saturday.  He's got quite a fan club around here, and everything turns into a group activity.

Next week, it looks like we'll be learning about Hezekiah, Josiah, and Jeremiah, as well as finishing up Assyria and moving on to Babylon.  Watch for a couple of exciting reviews coming up, as well!  Speaking of reviews, I hope you had a chance to read about new Spelling You See, and also enter our open giveaways.

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  1. What a great week of creative projects and fun!

    1. It was! :) Sometimes I don't realize how much fun we had until I look back on our week.

  2. What a lovely family you have! It looks like your weather is much warmer than ours! I'm glad I am not the only mom whose kids are not as excited about the cool projects we moms come up with as we are! I agree with you. That little sweetheart is adorable! My 18 yr old daughter loves Hello Kitty too!

    1. Shoot, *I* love Hello Kitty, LOL! She's on my cell phone case. :D

      I love sunny California, but we did get some rain here this week.

      Hoping I can come up with more popular projects for this coming week. Working on that now, actually.

  3. When I was around 12 years old, my science teacher had a pet garter snake that he let us touch. I watched it swallow a live frog!

    1. I stayed with a family that had a boa and 5 corn snakes. :) The little corn snakes were fun to hold, but the boa ate mice... I was on the mice's side.