It is definitely that time of year – it’s Christmas time and all of the crazy that comes with the holiday season is in full swing (as expected). This week has been full of all things Christmas related (including 3 visits with the fat man already) and we still somehow squeezed in our school work wherever we could! Here’s what we’ve been up to this week in our homechool.
Let the Holiday Season Begin!
We started our week on Sunday with the local annual Christmas parade, and this year was the girls first time riding in a float with their American Heritage Girls troop. Last year was supposed to be the first year, but due to the cold their troop leaders thought it would be best to stay home and keep warm. It was rainy but luckily not too cold. The girls said Santa came and gave each of them a personal welcome while they were parked in the starting lineup, which totally made their day. I bought each of the girls a flashing red nose to wear, and Santa seemed to be a big fan of that:
On Wednesday Katelyn finally got her glasses, and she seemed to age about 3 years as soon as she put them on. I literally had to hold back the tears, because it was as if that baby face of her’s was just instantly gone! I know its still there hiding under the lenses, but I know I wont see her as often without them, so it was a tough thing to swallow. Of course she looks so adorable in them, and more importantly she can now SEE! I’m so happy to know she wont struggle anymore with her vision.
On Thursday the girls had their American Heritage Girls mid-year ceremony where they were presented with the “home care and repair” badge they’ve earned so far this year, as well as their 2 service hours for the community service they performed when we packed shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. I’ve been slacking on the badge work and service hours, so we’re going to get started on that this week.
On our way home from their ceremony we noticed Santa standing outside at the local Santa House, and no one was in line! So of course we had to slam on the breaks (almost literally) and get another visit in. This is the first year all three girls willingly went to sit on his lap and wasn’t afraid of him (my babies are growing up!).
For “Friday Funday” this week we started watching the “Liberty’s Kids” series, which is a cute cartoon series that teaches about the history of how our country came to be. The girls seemed to like it, so I think this will be included every Friday from here on out. This weeks episode was about the Boston Tea Party, and why the rebels threw all the tea into the harbor. I really love how they use the cartoon to teach our nations history in a fun way!
I also gave the girls a fun painting challenge for this weeks lesson on primary colors. I talked more about the book we use for our art lessons here. For the challenge they were only allowed to use the three primary colors (no blending to make new colors), and each had a vision they had to try to bring to life. Madison’s challenge was to paint a picture of a rowboat in a lake on a warm sunny day, Katelyn’s challenge was a child holding an umbrella in the rain, and Allyson’s challenge was a beach ball floating in the sea on a summer day. I thought they did a really good job, and they seemed to have a lot of fun with it.
We ended our week with yet another visit with the fat man himself and had breakfast with Santa at the firehouse where most of my family volunteers as firefighters. They spent time eating cookies and cupcakes for breakfast (because what else would Santa eat for breakfast?!) with Santa and opening the presents he brought for them. 3 Santa visits in one week? I’d say my girls were beyond blessed!
Things We Learned This Week:
- Read a Christmas Carol for Literature (Until we noticed our book skips FIVE chapters and had to stop. Thanks Target!)
- how to use the surrounding context in a passage to determine a words meaning that we’re unsure of.
- 2 digit subtraction with regrouping (2nd grade)
- Review Multiplication (2nd and 3rd grade)
- action verbs
- Facts about the state of New Jersey
- Began learning how to say the different pronouns and conjugate verbs in Spanish using our awesome Spanish curriculum.
- Sign Language words and phrases used at a birthday party
- how to package food correctly so that it stays fresh (4h project 3rd grade)
- practice typing and writing skills by sending emails to family members
- How to write a cursive “K”, “L” and “M”