Thursday, March 26, 2015

My Father's World - Exploring Countries and Cultures Weeks 25 & 26

I'm trying my best to catch up.  On something.  I can't remember the last time I vacuumed and things are starting to crunch under my feet.  That can't be good.  I'm pretty sure the dog licks up most of the edible stuff, so whatever is left on the floor is not edible.  Hopefully that means we aren't attracting mice. 

This is the crazy week in my life where things compounded on each other.  Wait, every week is crazy.  One appointment meant another appointment had to made and on and on.  Soccer starts, so that's one more practice to add in to the schedule.  I will keep my soccer ranting to a minimum, because the kid just loves to play.  At least I'm not coaching this year!  But in other news....we found our first geocaches this week!  Five of them, actually.  While the girl was at her church performing arts practice, Biker Boy and I took Scooter geocaching and found all that I had on my list to find in an hour.  I think Biker Boy is our lucky charm, because we've gone without him and haven't had any luck. 

Ohhh...we went to another performance at the local university's theater.  We've gone to quite a few this year and the one we went to this week was our favorite!  We saw "The Smoke and Mystery Tour" presented by Nelson Illusions.  It was awesome!  We've been brainstorming how they do some of the illusions.  We have one more show left to go to this year.  We're seeing "Dino-Light" next.  We're looking forward to that one too.  We've seen "The Nutcracker," "Cirque Zuma Zuma," "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley," and "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse."  Scooter would like it known that he did not attend that last show (Lilly).  Chewy entered the art contest for the Lilly show and was runner-up.  She was delighted to have won a Broadway edition Lion King CD.  (The winner got a pizza party...which would not have gone over well in this household with a certain child). 

Alright, let me back up and get on with Weeks 25 and 26 of school.

Week 25

We entered China this week.  I do remember that it snowed.  We had a Friday with some snow and we got out in it.  Then that night it snowed nearly a foot and we hit up the local ski area for the first time this year.  We'll call that PE.  In other school stuff, we skipped art. Kind of.  The kids made cards with rubber stamps, which was close enough to the art for the week.  I'm again lacking on the photos.  What's up with that?  You'd think I don't like taking photos.

Oh, the kids watched "Pippi Longstocking" at their grandparents house and we had the book, so I decided we would read that next.  Pippi makes pepparkakor - a kind of Swedish cookie - in Chapter 2.  I had a cookbook with a recipe for pepparkakors, so we made some!  Ours were in the shape of a rabbit, rather than a pig. 

I think I forgot to mention that we also read "Return of the Indian."  We've listened to some Carl Hiaasen books and the kids have loved them.  "Chomp" was their favorite!  I ordered the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan for next year in school.  I think we'll be done with them by then!  I've already read all 5, Scooter is on Book 2, and Chewy has started the first book and loves it!  I'm happy that Scooter has found some other chapter books he can get into and I'm surprised that Chewy is enjoying them so much.  They're a little more "scary" than other books she reads.  My poor family...I don't read books all that often because I am horrible when I read books.  I totally ignore everything going on around me.  I couldn't put the Percy Jackson books down!  Maybe that's why I haven't vacuumed in awhile.  Thankfully I just finished the last book yesterday.  I will not read any more books for a bit.  Except...Chewy just checked out a "Whatever After" series book by Sarah Mylnowski out of the library and it's one I haven't read or listened to yet.....and we all love those books!  We've listened to the first three in the series and they are a hoot!  Yes, yes...books get me all excited!  I have so many planned for next year that I don't think we'll have time for all of them.  Next week we're starting "Island of the Blue Dolphins."  I can hardly wait!  But I really should get back to Week 25....I'm diverging off on a tangent.  But oh, I love books! 

In other activities, we watched two episodes of The Magic School Bus.  We saw "In a Pickle" and "Inside Ralphie."  I'm still busy writing a science curriculum for next year!  I should probably be doing that instead of writing this.

Week 26

We were still in China this week.  We did some Tangram Designs.  We also finished the unit up by ordering Chinese from the local Chinese place.  I love getting take out from them, they give you so much food!  We hadn't ordered Chinese in awhile and I forgot how much you get.  I think we ate Chinese food for lunch for the next 3 days.  We expanded beyond our usual things we order from there and tried some new things.  The kids had fun helping to pick out things to order.

We were studying oceans, so we did some salt experiments.  We watched Planet Earth: Shallow Seas.  We also watched "Ups and Downs" and "Goes on Air" for our Magic School Bus episodes.

Alrighty, I really should be getting to bed.  It's hot chocolate Friday in the morning and I'm really looking forward to that!  Plus, we've already put some seeds in the garden (oops...I may have mixed a few up...that could be fun) and I'm excited to start seeing some seedlings pop up!  There will hopefully be some tomorrow or in the next couple of days!  What are you excited about?

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