Ladybug graphed parallel and perpendicular lines as well as inequalities in algebra 2. She learned about solubility in chemistry, and did an experiment with various temperatures of water and table salt to discover how temperature effects solubility. In creative writing, she wrote a poem about an object. The trial began in To Kill a Mockingbird. She read about Krum, Khan of the Bulgarians, who was known as “The New Sennacherib,” in history.
Chickadee added and subtracted mixed numbers in math. We started reading The Journey Begins, the first of the Kaya books in the American Girl series…we’re hoping to read through all of the historical characters’ stories. She started a chapter on reptiles in science, beginning with snakes. She learned how to properly write direct and indirect quotations in sentences in grammar. In history, she learned about Siddhartha Gautama, and how Buddhism came to be.
We also did a simple but fun craft for Valentine’s Day. I had some wooden hearts left over from Christmas, so Chickadee and Ladybug painted them in shades of white, pink, and red…I really like how Ladybug made hers look like candy melts!
This Valentine’s Day-inspired mani is my most complicated to date! I alternated Sally Hansen Miracle Gel “Can’t Beet Royalty” (red) with a lovely shimmery pink, “Quartz and Kisses” and added some white accents with “Get Mod.” I tried my hand at a bit of nail art, too, with some stripes, polka dots, and even a heart!
I really think February is my least favorite month of the year for school (really, for anything), but we’re surviving, and it’s already halfway done!
Turkey and Bunny started a chapter on periodic motion in physics, and did some experiments with springs. They also began The Merchant of Venice, which is one of my favorite of Shakespeare’s works. In US history, they started what is going to be a long section on the Civil War. In world history, they learned about both the fact and fiction surrounding William Wallace.
Ladybug learned about mass in pre-algebra. In science, she started reading about the five kingdom classification system, beginning with Monera and Protista. She learned about the French Revolution in history. The Door in the Wall is her new literature study, and I don’t believe I’ve ever read that book myself, so I’m looking forward to reading it with her!
Chickadee worked on borrowing from the hundreds’ place in math. She started a chapter on space rocks in science, beginning with comets. We’re almost done reading Winnie-the-Pooh already…I always forget how quickly the chapters in that book go by!
I decided to take the day off of school yesterday, not because it was Valentine’s Day, but because Moose had a half day at his school, and I wanted to share his good fortune with his siblings. We did do a fun Valentine’s Day craft, though. Since the Makit & Bakit ornaments we made at Christmas were so popular, I thought it would be fun to make sun catchers, too…they’re so pretty!
I am almost positive that next week we’re going to finally get around to one of the field trips I’ve been planning…stay tuned!
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has been holding a special in-game Valentine’s Day event this month. One part of that event has been daily login bonuses, which included a pair of matching heart t-shirts. I assume the intended purpose of these shirts was for the player and their favorite villager to wear so they could match I decided that instead, I wanted my favorite penguin couple to be t-shirt buddies!
Aren’t Roald and Aurora adorable? Just a little over a month until the new Animal Crossing game comes out for the Nintendo Switch, and I can’t wait!!!
Turkey and Bunny didn’t have a whole lot of new work this week. They did start graphing inequalities in algebra, and I was very impressed with how much they remembered about doing so from algebra one! They got to write a nonsense poem in creative writing, which was fun for them and me! Their history lessons focused more on Charlemagne and the time immediately following his reign.
Ladybug reviewed time zones in math. She also calculated the surface area of different objects. She read about the War of the Roses in history. Her horse science lessons focused on how to tell when something is wrong with a horse. In horse literature, she finished King of the Wind and started Brighty of the Grand Canyon. She also wrote a five paragraph essay about octopuses.
Chickadee continued to add three-digit numbers in math. She also worked on putting events in the correct sequence. Her spelling words all contained different ways of making the long “e” sound. She’s trying to read everything she sees, in and out of the house!
The girls also made a fun Valentine’s Day craft which is now hanging in our school room:
We still have a full month before we have any kind of a real break…I hope we make it that long!
Some years, I make something fancy for Valentine’s Day, and some years, I make something fun. Whatever I choose, though, I try to make something special. This year, I decided to go with a sandwich bar similar to the one we had on New Year’s Eve, because it was such a hit:
I also made a Piña Colada cheesecake for dessert:
Valentine’s Day may not be a big deal around here the way some holidays are, but I still like to do a little something for my family to show them I love them!
And, I will leave you with this…a Valentine’s Day poem, written by Bunny:
“Roses are red, Violets are blue, Spock wore yellow, In pilot number two.”