2017-18 School Year–Week Twenty-Two

Believe it or not, we have focused on things other than the Olympics over the last few weeks, so I’ll try to remember what some of those things were now.

Math has been fun. Turkey and Bunny have been working with special triangles (both 45-45-90 and 30-60-90), and they were both surprised by how easy they found the lessons to be! Ladybug has been adding and subtracting mixed numbers with different denominators, and I think she wishes her math was a little easier. Chickadee has pretty much mastered counting to 100, and now she’s working on skip counting, both with even and odd numbers.

History has been really interesting, too. Ladybug spent some time learning about the Americas in ancient days, and then moved on to learn about the beginnings of Rome. Turkey and Bunny learned about the Persian wars…that was a lot of information to cover! They’re starting on the Peloponnesian¬†War next.

In science, Turkey and Bunny have been studying macroevolution. We’ve had a lot of interesting discussions. Ladybug learned about snakes, and then started a section on lizards. We especially enjoyed learning about the “Jesus lizard!”

We didn’t abandon our Olympic studies altogether…we also learned a bit more about Korean culture, and finished reading the last of our Korean folktales. Chickadee has really liked helping keep our medal chart up-to-date, and we’ve all enjoyed learning more about some of the sports in the Winter Olympics, as well as trying to learn something about the various countries we’ve been watching participate. I know we’ll all be sad when the Olympics are over!

Next week is going to be…well, kind of boring, I fear. With the Olympics wrapping up this weekend, it’s just going to be plain old February again, but at least March is right around the corner!

Just Desserts–A Tea Party Celebrating the Winter Olympics and the St. Louis Blues

I’ve been wanting to have a St. Louis Blues-themed tea party for a long time. I thought that would coincide nicely with the Winter Olympics, so I planned a Blue Note and winter tea party for last night. I originally had planned on it being bigger and fancier…one of the dinner “afternoon teas” we like so much. But there just wasn’t enough time, so I went with a desserts only tea party, and while it may not have been as grand as we’ve become accustomed to, it was still fun, and I even had the gold and silver table linens to complete the Olympic look!

Green tea seemed like an appropriate choice for the PyeongChang Olympics. Even though we’ve sampled many kinds of tea over the years, the children had never tried green tea before, and they really liked it!

I made three desserts in variations…sugar cookies, Rice Krispies treats, and Jell-O jigglers. I had fun using my snowflake and music note cookie cutters, and adding in blue wherever I could!

We’re sad that the Olympics are almost over, but I still have one special meal left to make, so stay tuned!

Chickadee Thursday

Today was our much-anticipated Winter Olympics/St. Louis Blues themed tea party, and Chickadee was very excited about it!

Firestone

While I have on occasion photographed some cool vintage signs of local store chains, I have only once ever photographed a sign belonging to a national chain. But this Firestone sign, from the location on Chippewa in St. Louis, has a great vintage shape, and even has functional neon, so I’m making another exception.

Tasty Tuesday–Pan-Asia Supermarket

I’ve been cooking quite a few new Asian recipes since the beginning of the year, so I thought I’d do something different with Tasty Tuesday today, and share a glimpse into a store we’ve been frequenting a lot lately–the Pan-Asia Supermarket on Manchester Rd. in Manchester, MO.

It’s a big store!

It can be a little intimidating to shop there, because so many of the items for sale are unknown to me, but the helpful way the sections are divided up makes it easier to figure out where to start.

The have tons of fresh fish options, in addition to other kinds of meat:

And a large produce section, which stocks some familiar items, and some that are very, very different!

There are all kinds of other interesting things everywhere you look:

We’ve shopped at Pan-Asia quite a few times now, so I feel like I have a better understanding of how to approach my list, but I definitely see something new every time I walk through the door!

2017-18 School Year–Week Twenty-One

I think last week just might be one of the busiest school weeks we’ve ever had! Because it was so crazy, I’m just going to hit the highlights…and there were a lot of them!

On Monday, we had our 100th Day of School (Observed). We technically hit the milestone a few weeks ago, but as far as our “Doodlebug Countdown” was concerned, Monday was the day. I always try to make an extra big deal of the 100th Day when we have a kindergartener, so I assembled 100 of various objects from around the house…Lego bricks, safety pins, m&ms, cotton balls, popcorn kernels, crayons, pennies, and flashcards, all so Chickadee could see that 100 of different things can look (and feel) very different! She even counted to 100 all by herself…twice! To continue our 100th Day celebration, we also took a trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden, where we visited the Orchid Show, and took a walk around the Chinese Garden in anticipation of the Lunar New Year:

Wednesday was also a busy day, as it was both Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day. We were busy at church with acolyting¬†and altar guild, but we found time for a Valentine’s Day craft, as well…”Valenswines!”

And on Friday, we continued our celebration of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, and added in a Lunar New Celebration, as well. This gave us an opportunity to learn not only how the holiday is celebrated in South Korea, but several other Asian countries, as well. We had two more fun craft projects to add the shield kites we made last week…fans and lanterns:

An another fun dinner, where we tried foods from several Asian countries:

We’ve also kept up with our Olympics medal chart all week:

Don’t be fooled…we did all of our regular school work, too. But that’s not nearly as fun to write about when we’ve had such an exciting week!