Christmas Decorations

Grace is getting in the Christmas mood already and wanting to decorate the house!  She loves everything pretty and shiny and gaudy.

In fact, the more gaudy the better for her. 🙂  Anyway, she started yesterday!

Her pretty paper chain hanging over the doorway in the kitchen.

She added ribbon around the stairway light switch.

It makes it “prettier.”  🙂

I’ll be adding more and more decoration pictures when she/we do more.

I’m trying to hold her off until after Thanksgiving. . . trying.

Grace’s Artwork

On Friday, I didn’t know what Grace was doing while the boys and I were having some

discussion time during school.  After we were done talking, she showed me just what she was doing.

We’re obviously learning about Christopher Columbus and she decided to draw him

from the picture of the book we’re reading out of.

I’m rather impressed with my 8 year old’s drawing!

She did great!

Art Class

 Ryan’s battle scene
 Ryan’s tank – multi-cannon obviously.
 Grace’s tiara.
She did most of it, I think Ryan helped with a few last details. 
 I don’t know why Grace’s unicorn photo is crooked.
She drew this without help from her brother.
 Grace made this bracelet this afternoon.
(it’s also sideways)
She drew these earrings, too. 

Weekly Wrap-Up

Week 23
This week was rather uneventful, but much work was accomplished.  
Mainly each week is the same, except for some new breakthroughs and other things the kids decide to do.  
Breakthroughs:  Ryan and his reading.  He was reading some verses for children from The New England Primer 1777.  Some of the words are more challenging for him, but with only some minor frustrations, he sounded out the words.  I had to remind him of some of the phonogram sounds, but he tried first, then I would help him out a little (very little or sometimes not at all).  I lauded his efforts and made sure he knew he did such a great job!  He struggles with not getting anything right the first time.  If it’s not right, then he really wants no part of it and usually doesn’t even try.  It’s hard getting through to him that we learn through trying and through our mistakes.  Mistakes are good, especially in school and when learning is happening.  Grace was practicing her reading skills yesterday, too.  She doesn’t often try and sometimes gets frustrated, but yesterday she did really well.  I pushed her until she had enough, then I let her go for the day.  She did really well with sounding out words she never read before.  We were talking about the phonograms in the bigger words she was reading.  It was good time together for she and I, also for Ryan and I.  
Fruit of the Spirit:  I’m not sure if the kids are enjoying it as much as I am, but it brings a lot of good spiritual conversation into the house.  We start each day with devotions – we’re working on memorizing the “Roman’s Road” Bible verses and the Fruit of the Spirit Bible study.  In addition to the memory work, the kids are doing copywork each day with the memory verses we are working on.  This is Grace’s new favorite thing!  She LOVES to copy the verses. 
ART:  The children have been watching “Wallace and Grommit” movies and are fascinated by claymation (they love any movie made with clay).   Yesterday after school, they popped in Ryan’s newest Wallace and Grommit movie and were watching the “How they make it” segment.  They got out the clay container and all sat on the living room floor and worked on sculpting their characters from “The Curse of the WereRabbit.”  They watched the sculptors in the segments and would stop the  movie and study what she was doing.  It was very cute!  

SPELLING:  Nathan took his test in section P-6 yesterday and was sad to have missed one word (counsel) out of his list of 20.  He loves this subject and loves to do the enrichment activities.  Grace wanted to start a new list of words this week – she had been reviewing lessons A – H-1 since we started school after our Christmas break.  Ryan is continuing to review his word lists (A to H-1).  I have him read them and practice spelling them and he is ok with this.  My next thing for him is to use letters from puzzles so he can make his words with them.  I think the different hands on stuff will be a help to him.

MATH:  Everyone is still moving along finishing a lesson each this week.  Grace finished lesson 28 on Wed. so the rest of the week I had her work on fun pages from her MUS extras book.

GRAMMAR:  We didn’t hit this subject too hard this past week, but I’m planning on working with both boys on sentence structure and the parts of speech.  Ryan did do his Capitalization review pages and took his test on Thursday.  Nathan just did some Sentence Scramble and wrote his sentences in a notebook.

SCIENCE:  We’re continuing our study of the Solar System.  Covered Moons of the Solar System, Jupiter and the Galilean Moons of Jupiter.  They love studying space and the cards we have have wonderful pictures!

GOD’S WORLD NEWS:   We read through our planned pages this week and took the quiz on Friday.  Also we (mostly I) have watching the news on Egypt and had the kids watch some yesterday.  The crowds there were just amazing and we discussed what was going on in that country.  At least as good as I could explain some of it.  There’s still a lot that I don’t understand, but we watched.

All in all it was another productive week!  PTL! 🙂

Art Class

 Nathan is quite excited that “Plants Vs. Zombies” is coming out
for his Nintendo DSi today.  So that’s what his pictures is about today.
 Ryan is drawing “Sonic the Hedgehog.”  He loves to draw him.
And he does a great job, too.
Grace decided to draw “Hello Kitty” today.
It has been quite a productive art day at our homeschoool today!

Snowflake Star Craft

 She colored all her popsicle sticks with her markers.
 This is my first snowflake.
 My snowflakes.
 I totally love this one!
 Grace sparkled up her colors.
Very pretty!
 She wanted me to get a picture as she started gluing hers.
This is after.  She did such a great job!  
Got all the matching buttons in the right places!

The boys glued their sticks together, but that’s as far as they got.
I’m going to have them finish theirs today.
Hopefully. 🙂

Advent Day #7

Obviously this is what we did yesterday, but I wanted to share it. 🙂

Yesterday we read Luke 2:1-5, John 1:1-9 and John 8:12. The verses talked about the Light of the world, being Jesus. John prepared the way for Jesus by proclaiming He is the Light, so that all men through Him (Jesus) might believe.

The craft for yesterday was supposed to be some type of candle and since I don’t have any beeswax onhand, I searched for something else. I found the above Advent wreaths on DTLK. They worked out nicely and we took our time coloring and gluing.

Art, sort of . . .

Grace wanted to do this today.
I found it SO funny that I had to photograph
the entire process.
I mean, who doesn’t love to paint with a maggot??

You get your tweezers and dip
your maggot in the color of your choice!

Grace started with purple.
Let the little fella wiggle for a bit.

Then dipped him in red.

More purple.

She’s so good at handling the maggot properly!

Aww, what a good little painter!

See! He did a lovely job.

More colors.

And she HAD to have pink at the end!
I wanted to squish the maggot at the end, but
didn’t think they’d be too happy.

She glued her finished artwork on a piece of paper for a matte.
It’s just wonderful!
Thank you for giving me ideas for more art classes! 😉