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

Monday, March 13, 2017

Our Week That Turned Into 2 Weeks

The weekend got away from me, and I didn't get to share pictures from last week.

This was from one of our art projects, called Fish on a Dish.

This was a video lesson from Arts Attack.

The kids did the oil pastel part one day, and the painting part the next day.  We have one more lesson in this program.

Birds, birds, birds.  They matched up our toy birds with the corresponding bird cards, and looked up information about the birds in one of our bird books.

We learned about concave and convex lenses in our Groovy Lab box.

We actually finished up one box and moved on to another one.

Paper Mola was our final lesson in Home Art Studio, fourth grade.

Although not every single project was a hit, I really like this series.

I would really like to order another disc.

I think we would finish another one by the end of the school year, but I'm also trying to focus more on using up what we have around the house, so maybe I'll just do Pinterest ideas for the rest of the year.

Both Brianna and Eli have been willing to help out from time to time by scoring the other kids' work, which I really appreciate.  Getting backed up on corrections is one of the hardest parts of homeschooling for me.

The weather is nice, and we got to play at the park!

So happy to see spring arriving here.  The trees are bursting into bloom, the daffodils are up, I'm not freezing cold all the time.

Hannah and Jack discovered foos ball when we attended an adoption fundraiser dessert auction at a local church.  We came home with a plate of cookies, a pan of brownies, and a box of ice cream cone cupcakes.

I had a birthday.  My dad sent me flowers.

And Paul took us out to dinner at Black Bear Diner.

Paul's burger looked a little bit scary when it arrived.

Dentist appointments for 4 of us this week.  I'm so glad our dental office will take them in pairs or groups, lol.

Our next Groovy Lab box is about flight.

We're learning about wing shape, and lift, and all sorts of interesting things.

I've always been a holiday craft kind of person, but since I did the Ancestry DNA test and discovered I'm 18% Irish, I feel like I need to step up my game for St. Patrick's Day this year.

So we made these really cute construction paper rainbows.

And I read the kids The Story of St. Patrick.  Did you know he taught literacy?  He was a Britton, who went around to Irish villages, teaching the people to read and write, and telling them about God.  So reading a book is a great way to celebrate.

We have various logic puzzles around the house, and this one keeps getting left out on poor Katie's desk.  She can do it now!  I'm so thrilled!

Another day, more hands on science about principles of flight.

We made thumb print shamrocks for art one day.

And then I got out the thumbprint art book.

The kids loved the idea!

I liked how they really took off with their own ideas.  In fact, Jack included some thumb print art in his next letter to Sam.

Sam's old room is getting PAINT!  I'm so thrilled.  We picked a sage green, and it looks really nice.

So, this isn't how it looks.  Brianna made apple juice, and she was pouring it into the glass on the desk, but the green shirt, and the pitcher...  It looked like she was "indulging" on St Patrick's Day.

Little Miss Katie has finished her first grade math book!  Woo hoo!  She's working on XtraMath (an online drill site) while I figure out what to do next.  I thought I was going to have her use a math app on my iPad, but my iPad is being stupid.

Hey, look!  More hands on science.

We made our own airfoil.  This project called for the use of some air dry clay.

Which led to the kids playing with the clay.  (Hannah's shirt that we glittered last year still fits!)

So, we'll call this "creative art free play" since we were done with book work for the morning.

And there were several airplanes made, which made it relevant to our science study.

And then this weekend got away from me, too!  I was much better about posting every week when I was on the Review Crew, and was required to have an active blog!

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  1. What a wonderful two week review. Lots of great hands on learning. I get behind on correcting work and I only have two students~ LOL.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. Science boxes make for much better pictures than science book learning! ;)

      Isn't scoring the worst? Bleh! Eli corrected almost all our California History tests for me this year. <3

  2. I gotta say that school at your house looks waaaay fun!!!!

    1. Thanks! We do have a lot of fun around here. We also have tantrums and tears, and sometimes even the children misbehave. ;)

  3. Could those construction paper rainbows be any cuter? :)

    1. They started out adorable, but after a few days, they lean quite a bit, lol. I guess it's time to toss them and start on Easter decor?