2020-21 School Year–Week Twelve

Hymn of the Week–“For All the Saints” (Lutheran Service Book #677)

I’m so happy it’s finally November (even if it has been unusually warm the last few days)!

On Monday, we took our annual walk around Creve Coeur Lake…it was the perfect day for it, and there was still plenty of fall color to see. And most importantly, we got out of the house!

After our very rare field trip day, we got back to our regular work. Turkey and Bunny learned the chain rule for derivatives in calculus. They started reading two new books for history: American Nations and Light in the Dark Belt. Now that they’ve learned about how muscles work in advanced biology, they’re learning about specific muscles/muscle groups.

Ladybug worked with adding, subtracting, and multiplying systems of equations in algebra. She learned how elements are grouped on the periodic table in science. She also learned how to write a scientific paper. We finished reading The Trojan War. In history, she and Chickadee read about the Oregon Trail.

Chickadee started carrying in multiplication in math. Her writing lessons focused on passages from 101 Dalmatians. She learned a bit more about migration in science. We read about the first theater performance of Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

Ladybug and Chickadee put the finishing touches on their election lapbooks this week. The biggest addition was the “Vocabinet,” which summarized all the terms they’ve learned over the last month:

Both Ladybug and Chickadee were very proud of their finished projects!

Next week will be a pretty normal week, and then we’ll add in our Thanksgiving studies!

Fall at Creve Coeur Lake

We took advantage of the beautiful weather and Moose’s day off on Thursday to visit Creve Coeur Park and walk the almost four mile loop around the lake. We saw some beautiful fall color (although not as much as I would have liked), a couple of different kinds of snakes, and some gorgeous herons. We also saw runners, bikers, a few people in kayaks, and even a sailboat…apparently we weren’t the only ones who wanted to take advantage of the lovely November day!

2016-17 School Year–Week Ten

I’m pretty sure the first week of November is always a little crazy, but I’m not really sure why!

We made it back to Lutheranism 101 this week, after our study of denominations in One Christ, Many Creeds. We also reviewed the events of the Reformation on Monday, which included watching The Reformation Polka.

Math was pretty easy this week. Turkey and Bunny have been working with solving inequalities, as well as graphing them. Ladybug has continued to work on finding the factors of numbers, and is also working on multiplying three digit numbers.

Ladybug finished the chapter on aquatic herps in science. She really enjoyed learning about aquatic toads and frogs! Turkey and Bunny also finished the chapter they were working on in science, about water. They still have to take the test before they move onto the next module.

In history we have been learning about South America, Africa, and Australia in the late 1800s. I’m really enjoying learning about some of these events with the children. While I did learn a lot about history in junior high and high school, I didn’t learn as much about what was going on in some of the world’s more far-flung locations as we are learning about now.

We finally made it to Creve Coeur Park for a fall field trip. The weather wasn’t as nice as I was hoping, but we did get to see some good fall color and some interesting animals, and we enjoyed the 3.7 mile walk around the lake.

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We’re going to do things a little different next week, to try to spend as much time as we can with Moose, who only has two days of school (and a birthday!). We have plans for two different field trips…I can’t wait!

Chickadee Thursday

We finally made it to Creve Coeur Park for the fall field trip I’ve been planning. We walked the entire 3.7 mile loop around the lake, and Chickadee did a great job…she kept up with us the whole time! Her legs may be little, but she’s fast!

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Park Day 2013

Today was our annual-ish “Park Day.” We did this two years ago, and decided it should be a yearly event, but last summer was so hot, we never got around to it. Today was absolutely beautiful, so we got out of the house for some playing (at eight different playgrounds!), and a picnic!

Park stop one was at Creve Coeur Park. We found three different playgrounds at this one location (and one of them was a complete surprise, even to me!).

Playground one had a splash pad (or sprayground, or spray park…whatever you want to call it!):

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Turkey tried to get Ladybug under this bucket before it dumped, but she’s pretty scrappy, and wouldn’t stand for it!

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Chickadee wasn’t too sure of the swing at first, but she warmed up to it pretty quickly!

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Ladybug got right to work on her monkey bar skills, which she practiced at pretty much every park we went to:

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Moose liked these “rock, paper, scissors” spinners:

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We also saw some evidence of the storm damage from over the weekend:

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Playground two, still at Creve Coeur Park, with some completely different equipment.

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This is also where we stopped for our picnic, since they have a fantastic pavilion:

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It had an amazing view of the lake:

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Playground three, again at Creve Coeur Park:

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There was a cool braille alphabet and puzzle (which was on the back):

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Plenty of new stuff to climb:

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And a slide built for three, which was great for races:

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We drove past the lake before we left, and saw just how flooded it is right now:

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The fourth playground we went to was at Faust Park. This was one of the most popular stops we made!

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More swinging:

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Then Chickadee got to try something other than swinging:

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Turkey loves rock-climbing walls:

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After a stop at the mall (that was for me!), we went to Central Park in Chesterfield, which is always a favorite.

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Even more swinging:

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And bouncing:

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We drove by “The Awakening,” which is always kind of weird to see.

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And the fairly new Amphitheater, which looks really nice!

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Playground six was pretty small, because it’s just a little park adjacent to the North Pointe Aquatic Center in Ballwin, and yet it was surprisingly popular with the children!

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What I learned today? My children would rather climb on top of the monkey bars than swing across them!

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Something else Chickadee could do:

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The tire swing was a lot of fun!

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This dog statue was very cute:

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The seventh place we visited was Vlasis Park in Ballwin, and it is one of the best playgrounds in the area (I think), because there’s just so much to do.

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Everyone wanted a turn riding next to Chickadee’s little sidecar…she was very amused about the whole thing.

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We found another sprayground (even I can’t decide what I want to call them!). I’m always the most fun mom at any park, because I play in the fountains, too!

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One last stop, at another playground we used to frequent way back when Moose was a baby: Millennium Park in Creve Coeur (back where we started):

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All parks should have signs like this!

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They’ve added a lot of stuff in the years since we were there last, including yet another spray park:

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There’s a bonus playground 8.5 here…it’s within sight of the main playground, unlike the ones we played at at Creve Coeur Park, which are spread out quite far apart, so I don’t count it as a whole other playground. Still fun, though!

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Bunny had fun with the telescopes and binoculars at every park that had them!

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It was a great way to spend a beautiful day…hopefully, the children sleep well tonight!