The Linnean House–November

It’s Christmastime at the Missouri Botanical Garden! The Linnean House, in addition to being lit up, is located next to several of the 12 Days of Christmas displays. It’s always so much fun to see Garden landmarks all dressed up for the holidays!

2018-19 School Year–Week Fourteen

I think this week of school felt a bit more “normal,” although we haven’t had school in the actual schoolroom since I broke my ankle. We’ve been making do with having our lessons in either the living room or even my bedroom.

Turkey and Bunny worked more with factorials this week, and they both scored 100% on the test, so it was a good math week! In chemistry, they learned about physical and chemical changes, as well as density, and did a few experiments to illustrate those concepts. Next week, they get to balance chemical equations, which was always one of my favorite parts of chemistry! They finally finished Act Three of Romeo and Juliet, and got to write a short story in the style of experimental fiction in creative writing, which was a lot of fun to read!

Ladybug worked with fractions in math, which was a nice follow-up to her review of decimals last week. Her science lessons focused on horse health, especially as related to the digestive system and vision. She also started her literature study of Justin Morgan had a Horse. In history, she learned about the feudal systems of medieval England and Japan, and their knights and samurai.

Chickadee practiced more subtraction and learned how to count by 2s in math. She also reviewed counting coins. She did a great job on her spelling lessons this week! She is continuing to improve in reading and handwriting, and she loves the stories in Treasures from Grandma.

We also had an unexpected mid-November snowstorm this week, which gave Moose a snow day. Since we had already taken the day off on Monday with him for Veteran’s Day, we still had school, but the children did have time to go out and play in the snow for about an hour yesterday afternoon. Bunny came in and grabbed my phone to take a picture of their snow creation to show me (snow and a broken ankle don’t really mix!)…I love their interpretation of Iron Man and Spider-Man:

The one thing we didn’t do this week that we normally would have was our annual “Thanksgiving School.” I place the blame for that partly on my ankle, and partly on the fact that Thanksgiving is so early this year. We weren’t going to be able to take our normal field trip to Cahokia Mounds, because there’s just too much climbing there for me right now, but I didn’t mean to skip over the books and crafts we should have been doing. I’m hoping to make up for it a little bit next week, with the reading of at least some of our favorite Thanksgiving books, and our favorite Thanksgiving craft: hand and footprint turkeys, but we’ll just have to see how it goes. At least we’ve more or less kept up with our Thankful Tree…I am thankful for many things, especially this CAM boot that allows me to walk around more than I would have been able to in a cast, and all of my helpers who have kept the house running!

Chickadee Thursday or “Unexpected in November”

It’s not unheard of for the St. Louis area to have flurries or even a light accumulation of snow towards the end of November. But to have a snow event big enough to send Weatherbird into “French Toast Map Mode” and cancel schools across the region this early in the month…well, it almost never happens! Chickadee was delighted to see how much snow there was when she got up this morning, and she couldn’t eat breakfast fast enough…all she wanted to do was play in the snow!

French Toast Mode

They’re forecasting our first significant snow of the season tonight and tomorrow. Actually, they’re saying it might be one of the biggest November snowstorms in St. Louis history! In honor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Weatherbird’s “French Toast Map” and all of the people who hit the grocery stores to purchase large quantities of milk, eggs, and bread before a storm hits, I made French toast for dinner. It’s a win-win situation…we like the snow and don’t freak out about it like so many in St. Louis do, and French toast is one of the children’s favorite special dinners!

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Quote of the Day

“As the Ferengi say: a good lie is easier to believe than the truth.” Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager

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Quote of the Day

With all due respect, Major, you’re beginning to sound like a Romulan…there is no piece of technology in existence they don’t claim they invented before everyone else. Colm Meaney as Chief O’Brien on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

2018-19 School Year–Weeks Twelve and Thirteen

What a week(s)!

Originally, I was going to do my weekly wrap-up for week twelve last Sunday…a few days late, because I was feeling lazy last Friday, and I wanted to share our Extra Life for Kids marathon on Saturday. Which I did…kind of. Except that on Saturday, in the middle of the marathon, I broke my ankle. By the time Sunday rolled around, I was lucky I could remember how to type anything, much less a homeschool wrap-up, so instead, I saved it to go with this week’s summary. Despite my ankle, we had a mostly normal week of school, except for the part where we did all of our subjects downstairs, because I couldn’t make it upstairs to the school room!

Turkey and Bunny have had all kinds of fun in math. They learned about Paschal’s Triangle, factorials, and binomial theorem. In chemistry, they learned about molecular geometry and non polar and polar covalent bonds. Their creative writing assignment had them writing a scene from a play, which went nicely with their continued study of Romeo and Juliet. In history, they studied Justinian, among other things (I think…it’s been a very long week!).

Ladybug got to learn about horses’ hooves and teeth in science. In math, she has been working with decimals. Her history lessons focused on medieval England…Edward the Confessor, the Norman conquest, the development of the English language, and the history of English castles. So basically all my favorite stuff! She’s almost done with Misty of Chincoteague…had it not been for the topsy-turvy week thanks to my broken ankle, she probably would have finished it already, and started her next horse literature selection, Justin Morgan Had a Horse.

Chickadee continued to work on subtraction in math. She practiced reading words that begin with blended sounds. She also enjoyed learning about English castles…she would like to play hide and seek in one! We finished Still More Stories from Grandma’s Attic, and she’s a little sad at how quickly the books are going. We get to start Treasures from Grandma next, which I’m really looking forward to, because it contains some of my favorite stories to share!

We’ve also been trying to remember to do a thankful leaf every day. That’s been a little challenging, because the tree is upstairs, and we’ve been doing school downstairs, but I’m sure we’ll catch up. I always love seeing what the children are thankful for, and how that reflects what we’ve been doing!