2017-18 School Year–Week Five

It was another busy week, and we never even did go on a field trip!

All of the children have been learning about Abraham and his many relatives in their various religious lessons. Turkey and Bunny have been studying about Abraham in history, as well, so that has worked out rather nicely. I think Ladybug may learn about him in history next week, too…I love when multiple subjects collide!

Math has continued to go well for everyone. Chickadee is a very mathy little girl, and if I let her, she’d probably be halfway through her kindergarten curriculum already. As it is, even with me holding her back a bit, some days she does two (or even three!) lessons just for fun! Turkey and Bunny learned how bisect angles this week (although I did learn that Turkey looked up how to do that some time ago, because he was curious). Ladybug learned how to measure area and volume. This is the least trouble we’ve had with math as a whole for years, and I love it!

The big excitement this week was science. We took samples of water from a pond in our neighborhood, and have been culturing them. Yesterday, we got out our microscope to see what we had caught. In addition to the bacteria we were looking to find, we also discovered paramecium! All four of the children were truly delighted to see those tiny, microscopic creatures moving through the water. It was one of those thrilling homeschool moments! We get to check back in on our samples in a few days, and we’re looking forward to seeing if there are any changes.

Maybe next week we’ll go on one of the several field trips I’ve been considering…we’ll just have to see how it goes!

Chickadee Thursday

We stopped by church today, so the children could get a chance to help fold the bulletins. While we were there, Chickadee got to help Ladybug put the numbers on the hymn board for Sunday!

And a bonus picture from yesterday. Since Moose had a 1/2 day of school, we all went to visit IKEA in St. Louis. Chickadee and I had been there once in June, but the rest of the children were waiting to get their turn. So we made an afternoon of it, and walked around the whole store before having an early dinner of Swedish meatballs. Chickadee saw this picture of elephants while we were exploring, and made a beeline for it…after all this time, elephants are still her favorite animal, and she loved it!

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“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Christopher Robin to Winnie-the-Pooh

Lego London

My Lego London collection has become quite extensive! The pieces that “belong to me” (even though most of them were group efforts when it came to assembly) are on display around our living room. It makes me happy to see so many iconic London landmarks in Lego in our home! Three of them are Lego Architecture sets: (little) Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and the London skyline. We have two large-scale architecture sets, as well: (big) Big Ben and Tower Bridge, which is the first Lego set Ryan and I built for us, and not for the children. I also have London buses in two sizes…a promo set from last year, and the large-scale bus I built this summer (there are also an additional two buses that came with Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace).  For photo purposes, Turkey lent me his Mini Cooper (and the tiny promo set that matches it), and Ryan shared his TARDIS, neither of which are usually in the living room with the others:

As always, I will anxiously await any other London sets that Lego decides to make…except for the modular buildings, they’re my favorite Lego builds!

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After 356 years and seven lifetimes… I still lead with my heart. Terry Farrell  as Lt. Commander Jadzia Dax on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

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“Coffee should be a little too hot to drink right away…It slows down the experience, gives you time to savour the taste.” Nana Visitor as Kira Nerys on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine