Chickadee knows about as much about soccer as I do (so pretty much next to nothing!), but we’re still excited about the inaugural season of St. Louis City, which begins in less than a month!
Having fun in school!
At the Missouri History Museum last week:
Yesterday, Chickadee and I made a “Birthday Cookie Cake” from the My Little Pony Baking Book:
She was very happy with how it turned out!
2022-23 School Year–Week Sixteen
Following our extended Christmas break, we finally got back to work this week! But we started with something fun…a trip to the St. Louis Zoo. It was the perfect January day to visit, because many of the animals were very active!
We also did actual work. Ladybug did a lesson on ratios in algebra 2. She started reading To Kill a Mockingbird. In history, she read about the life of Muhammad and the continuing decline of the Persian Empire. She identified noun clauses in grammar. She wrote a short play in creative writing, using Stitch from Lilo and Stitch for her inspiration. In chemistry, she worked with the concept of stoichiometry, and found that the math wasn’t too intimidating!
Chickadee worked on identifying polygons and drawing circles with a compass in math. She started a chapter about ungulates in science, beginning with her favorite animal, the elephant. All of her grammar this week was review, which was convenient after so much time off! She read about Greek mythology, and also some of the battles of the Greeks, as well as the first marathon, in history. We started reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and we made Turkish Delight!
We hit the halfway mark in both math classes this week, so it’s all downhill from here!
We were back at the St. Louis Zoo during daylight hours on Monday to see the animals…the weather was surprisingly mild for January, and Chickadee was very excited about how many animals were active!
Last week we went to see the Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo before they closed for the season…Chickadee loved all the displays!
One more picture from Christmas morning!
I’m not sure how many years it’s been since Chickadee has gotten to see a fire truck up close (maybe five?), but yesterday she had the opportunity not just to see one, but actually climb up in the driver’s seat!
2022-23 School Year–Christmas School
This year’s Christmas School theme was Christmas in Germany (and Austria). Everything came together in an amazing fashion, so that we had lots of experiences, read lots of stories, did lots of baking, and made some cool crafts. But first, an ornament craft to remind us of our summer vacation…memory spheres:
Back to Christmas in Germany. We got to meet the Christkind (an angel who is often the present-bearer in Germany) when we were at Christmas Traditions in St. Charles, MO:
We made five different German Christmas cookies that we had never made before…Lebkuchen (German-style gingerbread), Vanillekipferl (vanilla crescents), Pfeffernusse (spice cookies), Kardamom Plaetzchen (chocolate dipped cardamon cookies), and Zimtsterne (cinnamon stars). We got to try some new baking techniques, which was a lot of fun, and the house has smelled amazing!
We also made five crafts inspired by Germany or of German origin…painted hearts inspired by Lebkuchenherzen (gingerbread hearts), a Weihnachtspyramide, ornaments inspired by the German flag and printed with words related to Advent, Fröbelstern (elaborately folded paper stars named for Friedrich Fröbel, the creator of the first kindergarten in Bad Blankenburg, Thuringia, Germany), and the German classic, Zwetschgenmännle (prune people).
Here’s a look at the Weihnachtspyramide in motion…I think it was our favorite craft!
We visited our town Christkindlmarket several times this month:
And we even got to attend a Weihnachtsgottesdienst (German Christmas service)!
It’s not often that Christmas School comes together this well, and provides us with so many fun opportunities…I really enjoyed it!