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!

Valentine’s Day Dinner

I have done fancy Valentine’s Day dinners in the past, but this year, I decided to do something fun. Make-your-own pizzas is always a big hit around here…this year, I found pizza bagels to use as the base for our dinner, and they were amazing! We also had a nice selection of toppings…two cheeses (mozzarella and Provel), mini pepperoni, green onions, mushrooms, and olives. Add some festively colored strawberry Crush, and Valentine’s Day Funfetti cupcakes for dessert, and I think we had a very nice family feast!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Quote of the Day

This has been our every Valentine’s Day, for as long as I can remember…and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

“Well, after I finish up here, I’ll go home, and Jackson, wonderful man that he is, will have made a lovely meal and opened up a bottle of Syrah and lit a candle. And then he and the kids and I will have a nice, romantic meal together.” Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls

Valentine’s Day Dinner

For our Valentine’s Day dinner, I decided to make salmon oscar, according to the recipe Maggiano’s uses, with a mocha mousse cake for dessert.

There was a lot of prep work for dinner, from the bread crumb coating, to the vegetable and pasta prep, to the salmon itself!

It was worth it though…the end product was delicious! While not all of the children liked every aspect of the dinner (particularly the asparagus, although Ladybug did enjoy it!), they all liked the salmon, which is all that really mattered!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

2013-14 School Year–Week Twenty

This was a really good week of school!

First of all, everybody scored 100% on their math tests…success!

We learned more about Russia and the Winter Olympics…fun!

And, today was Valentine’s Day…more fun!

We did eliminate our regular history and Scottish history studies, to make room for special Russia, Olympics and Valentine’s Day books. We learned about the Winter Olympics and how technology has changed them in Eyewitness: Olympics. We also learned more about figure skating in A is for Axel, a wonderful book by champion figure skater Kurt Browning. And, we read a nice Russian tale in The Littlest Matryoshka, a story about a family of nesting dolls. We also watched the Royal Ballet production of Giselle, one of Bunny’s favorite ballets, as well as the Bolshoi Ballet Nutcracker, and listened to several different Russian composers, as well as some other classical music commonly used in figure skating.

We also made family valentines this week (since we made valentines for others last week). The chidden have gotten very creative in their valentine making! I saw a few Tardis valentines, and I personally received two different valentines that said, “Hello Sweetie!” I guess it’s obvious which show we’ve been watching in the evenings (when we haven’t been watching the Olympics, of course!). Today we read our two favorite Valentine’s Day books…a serious book about the life of Saint Valentine, and a fun little book called The Night Before Valentine’s Day.

Of course, we did our regular schoolwork, too. Turkey and Bunny continued to work on geometry in math, and Ladybug worked more on counting money in different denominations. We continued working on spelling, writing, and reading…we definitely had the “Three Rs” covered! We also started reading The Bronze Bow, and Turkey and Bunny started on the accompanying workbook. Science was another subject that was abandoned this week, in the interest of spending extra time on the arts, but that’s OK…we don’t have very much of the text left, because the children have been so eager to learn about space!

Next week, we’ll probably follow a similar schedule, to make sure we have enough time to finish our Olympics studies. I’m hoping we might fit in a field trip, as well!

2012-13 School Year–Week Twenty-Two

We had another fun, busy week of school! Of course the highlight of the week was Valentine’s Day. In addition to making traditional Valentines for our loved ones, we also made Valen-“swines!”

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We read about the real St. Valentine, and had a Valentine’s Day tea party, as well:

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We did do some actual work in school this week, too. We learned about the liturgical year and the liturgy in religion, just as a refresher before the beginning of Lent, and started our Jesus Tree. Turkey and Bunny continued to work on geometry in math, did a fun writing assignment that took all week to perfect, and worked on some easily confused words in grammar. We all finished the lesson on the nervous system in science, and got to World War I in history. Ladybug continued her two-week study of the letter “O,” and has moved on to capital letters in handwriting.

Only a month until our next big vacation…is it wrong that I’m already looking forward to it?