2019-20 School Year–Week Nine

Let’s do something different this week, and recap all the special activities first!

We attended Legends and Lanterns in St. Charles, MO, last Saturday. If I was going to count a Halloween event as a field trip, this would be it. In addition to being a lot of fun, there’s also a lot to learn about characters from history and literature, and it’s become one of our family’s favorite annual events!

We took a four-mile walk around Creve Coeur Lake last Monday when Moose had the day off. This is another favorite annual event, but we missed out on it last year due to my broken ankle. We may actually repeat this activity later in the fall, when the fall foliage is at its peak!

And Thursday after school, we visited Braeutigum Orchards to pick a pumpkin (or two!):

Now on to the normal “stuff.” Turkey and Bunny worked on proving trigonometric identities in pre-calculus. In writing the practiced drafting questions without bias. They finally started “The Paradiso” in their study of The Divine Comedy. In physics, they learned about the parabolic motion of a projectile.

Ladybug worked with English and metric conversions in pre-algebra. She finished the chapter on simple machines in science. We started Anne of Green Gables, a book I really enjoy…I hope Ladybug will, too! She wrote a 600 word essay about horses using the brainstorming map she created last week.

Chickadee reviewed telling time in math. She also practiced counting by sevens. She continued to read about Venus in science. She started memorizing her fourth poem in First Language Lessons. She has also been doing a great job with her memory work in catechesis!

I don’t think I have anything particularly exciting on the schedule for this week, which is ok…we could use a couple of quiet days!

An October Afternoon at Braeutigum Orchards

Yesterday, the Fab Five and I headed out to Braeutigum Orchards to pick our pumpkin for the year. It was a beautiful day to be out…clear, and fairly cool, and lots to see:

We picked two pumpkins this year…a really cool pink and green one seen below:

And a beautiful yellow (yes, yellow!) pumpkin that I just couldn’t leave behind (I couldn’t leave the apple cider or the apple cider donuts behind, either!):

This is the third year in a row we’ve visited the pumpkin patch at Braeutigum Orchards, and I’m so glad we decided to start going there regularly, because it’s a lovely and friendly place!

Chickadee Thursday

Today we visited the most sincere pumpkin patch in the St. Louis area! As always, Chickadee loved the experience:

And a bonus picture from our visit to Legends and Lanterns in St. Charles, MO, last weekend. The first characters we ran into (Josephine Clofullia, who is better known as the Bearded Lady, and Captain George Costentenus, the tattooed prince), were eager to get a photo with her!

At the Pumpkin Patch

It seems like we visit the pumpkin patch later and later every year. I was really starting to think we weren’t going to pick one this fall, but we decided to head to Braeutigum Orchards to try to beat the rain after school on Thursday, and we were rewarded with what was one of the most perfect fall days we’ve had for pumpkin picking…it was just the right amount of chilly, which around here, can be hard to find in October!

2018-19 School Year–Week Eleven

Each week seems a bit crazier than the last!

Turkey and Bunny did begin conjugates in math, as promised. Fortunately, they mostly thought they weren’t too bad. Their history lessons focused on medieval India, particularly Java. They had their choice of writing either a horror or crime short story in creative writing. In science, they began dealing with polyatomic ions. They also finished the second act of Romeo and Juliet.

Ladybug thought math was interesting, because she got to work with base-2 this week. She finally got to meet the title character in Misty of Chincoteague. She learned about the Vikings, and a bit of Norse mythology in history. (I discovered how much of my knowledge of Norse mythology comes from the Marvel movies!) She also worked on rewriting sentences without using clichés.

Chickadee started subtraction in math! She began her second I Can Read It book, and was very excited to discover that the first story is about a family of her favorite animal (the elephant). She had her first handwriting lesson that was not straight review, and got to use one of her fancy pieces of handwriting paper, which was very fun.

Yesterday, we had a field trip to the most sincere pumpkin patch we could find, where we picked out what Turkey thinks is our best pumpkin yet (not the biggest, but the one with the most perfect shape), and his standards are very high! Since we waited to go after Moose was done with school, I’m not sure it counts as a school field trip, but I’m going to share a picture anyway!

I have a few fun things planned in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, including our annual nature walk, but I’m still hoping that we can keep going without taking a full fall break!

Chickadee Thursday

We finally made it to the pumpkin patch today!

Chickadee had a great time inspecting all the pumpkins…

…until she discovered a few burrs stuck to her boots. She started shrieking, and would barely stand still long enough for me to pull them off. Once she finally calmed down, I was able to figure out what the problem was. She had never encountered a burr before, and thought she had “baby porcupines” stuck to her! In the end, she still had a great time, and I don’t think any of us will forget the porcupine story!

The Most Sincere Pumpkin Patch in Belleville

I was on the hunt for a new pumpkin patch this year…the one we used to go to just wasn’t sincere enough anymore. I was beginning to think that we were going to run out of time to find one, and then I remembered Braeutigum Orchards, a place we’ve visited a few times in the past to pick apples and other fruit (including a school field for Moose about eight years ago!), and even once to pick pumpkins. So after we went to Legends and Lanterns on Saturday, we headed out to the pumpkin patch!

I wasn’t disappointed…the pumpkin patch was very sincere, and even though it was warmer than I like for pumpkin picking, it was a beautiful day. I’m glad our pumpkin picking tradition survived, and now I know where we should head next fall!

Apple Picking

We had a fun afternoon at one of our local apple orchards. Moose had a field trip for school, and like last year, his teacher was kind enough to let his brother and sisters tag along and enjoy the day.

Turkey and Bunny love picking apples–it was hard to slow them down enough to make sure they didn’t overload their bags!

Ladybug loved running from one thing to another–she did slow down a bit when our wagon went over a big bump, and she almost fell out of her seat (thus the look of apprehension on her face!).

We didn’t just pick apples–we also got to visit with (and feed) a variety of farm animals, including this adorable calf.

After the apple picking and animal feeding, all the children had a chance to play in a really cool outdoor play area, complete with pony swings, corn tables, gardening equipment and different kinds of ride-on tractors. Guess which part was Moose’s favorite?