Chickadee Thursday

Today we had our first field trip of the 2017-18 school year! We went to explore The Discovery of King Tut at the St. Louis Science Center. Chickadee was especially interested in the replica of Tut’s mummified remains, but that doesn’t make for a very good picture, so here she is in front of the replica Rosetta Stone:

We also visited the Missouri Botanical Garden:

And a bonus picture from our first day of school…the Lego Ideas Saturn V we built is almost as tall as Chickadee!

Schultüte 2017

I really love finding special little things to put in the children’s schultüte every year. This year, I included some fun tape, stickers, and Lego minifigs. Chickadee also received her first pair of scissors and a pencil sharpener in hers!

The children had fun opening them, and also had a good time trading minifigs. In the end, I think everyone was happy with what he or she ended up with.

I love this tradition, and I always look forward to seeing the looks on the children’s faces as they go through their schultüte each year!

My Students

This is a year of beginnings and endings for my students.

Turkey and Bunny are beginning high school.

Chickadee is beginning kindergarten.

Moose is ending his time in elementary school…next year, he will move on to the junior high!

Ladybug is stuck in the middle…which is a good thing for me! No emotional beginnings or endings for her!

First Day of Ninth Grade

High school is upon us! Turkey and Bunny are now in ninth grade, and looking forward to studying ancient history, the Old Testament, biology, and geometry (among other things), as freshmen. It should be a very interesting year!

First Day of School 2017

Today was the first day of the 2017-18 school year!

We started with everyone’s favorite first day of school tradition…opening the schultüte:

Of course I took a lot of pictures:

After everyone looked through their new workbooks for the year (and put them away), we had a short Matins service. And then we started on our other favorite first day of school tradition…building our new Lego set for the year. This time, it was the Lego Ideas Saturn V rocket, the biggest school set we’ve built so far (it took about four hours!!!)! Since we started school before Moose this year, he got to join in the fun, too!

That’s about it. We didn’t do any real work today…that can wait for tomorrow. We’re looking forward to all the new and interesting things we’re going to be learning this year!

Ready for the First Day of School!

We had our End-of-Summer-Back-to-School-Super-Fun-Barbecue 2017…ribs, corn on the cob, salt & vinegar chips, and root beer floats for dessert:

The school room is clean and organized, with all this year’s books ready and waiting:

The first day of school outfits are ready to go:

So, that’s it. Summer 2017 is drawing to a close, and we’re ready for our first day of the new school year!

2016-17 School Year–Week One

The first week of our ninth year is homeschooling is complete!

I wanted this to be a special first week of school. I’m still not sure what we’re going to do for Turkey and Bunny when they start high school next year, so I wanted to make sure this year’s first day was memorable, just in case it’s their last year of homeschooling. So we got started with some of our main subjects, including religion, math, language arts, our first read-aloud, and science, but we also had a lot of fun!

We started on Monday with our traditional first day of school celebration. They received all of their workbooks for the new school year, took a look through some of the books we’ll be using, opened their schultüte, and built a new Lego Architecture set. Chickadee was especially excited to have her very own workbook, which she wanted to get started on immediately! The only real work we did that day was math, spelling, and vocabulary, and we began reading The Iliad.

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Tuesday and Wednesday we added in more subjects, including Lutheranism 101, our new church-year commemoration study using Celebrating the Saints, writing, and science: physical science for Turkey and Bunny, and zoology (focusing on swimming creatures) for Ladybug.

Yesterday, we had our first field trip of the year…we visited the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Missouri History Museum. While at the garden, we had a nice walk, and we also visited the new Brookings Exploration Center, where the girls got to make nature masks (Turkey is too cool for such things these days, I guess!). At the History Museum, we visited “Little Black Dress: From Mourning to Night” one more time before it closes, and took another walk through “Route 66: Main Street Through Saint Louis.” We also managed to sneak in math and language arts, but not much else, because we were out almost all day!

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Today we got back to work, but I made sure we were done shortly after lunch, so we could watch The Young Victoria. Our history studies this year will begin around the Victorian Era, so I thought it would be a good way to familiarize ourselves with the time period, and and have a pleasant end to our first week of school!

Next week, we’ll be adding in our history and literature studies…two of my favorite subjects!