It has been a few weeks since my last update but we are still hanging in here! Big changes are coming for us, more details later.
Still enjoying the warm weather and going out for walks as much as possible.
Still having fun making the kids special meals. I have recently discovered these adorable little whole wheat "slider" buns and use them for mini burger sliders, mini ham and cheese sandwiches and even mini chicken salad sandwiches.
Still trying to come up with new ideas for "salads"...taco salad, cheeseburger salad, spicy chicken salad, etc.
I did manage to lose a few pounds but I wouldn't recommend the method...STRESSED out over the severe weather threat + NOT eating much for three days until it passed = weight loss. Advice: Find a healthier weight loss plan in order to avoid a "gain" of stomach ulcers and added gray hairs to the weight loss! :D NOT worth it!
Finishing up our school year and working on individual projects. Aaron made a cute board game for us to play during rainy days.
We have been reading through Indian Captive ~ The Story of Mary Jemison. One of the sad things we discovered in our study of Indians is that sometimes they did, on occasion, capture the English settlers' children. In the case of Mary Jemison, they massacred her whole family and took her captive. She spends the remainder of her life with the Seneca tribe of Iroquois Indians and shares her experiences. It is quite an amazing story.
Sydney wanted her hair braided so that she would look like Mary Jemison.
Tadpole update: Note to self ~ if you want to take on tadpoles for the "fun of it" to watch the metamorphosis in action...be prepared to have to take care of the little guys or gals for WEEKS and WEEKS depending on whether they turn into toads or frogs. It is worth it, but one of the main issues that we have had with them is that you have to keep the water clean and fresh or they run too low on oxygen...then belly up to the top of the water they go. Don't flush them though! :D Just change the water and within a few hours they will be fine. We have to change the water about every 3 to 4 days max.
They are getting quite spoiled now! I couldn't help but chuckle when I saw them chillin' out on their backs eating lettuce leaves with their skinny little legs dangling in the water, without a care in the world! :D
Doesn't everyone eat meals like this?!!
I have been busy studying and planning for the new school year. I don't have the time, nor the finances to tackle any college level teaching courses but I can put together a great home study on teaching tips and techniques to better prepare myself for the upcoming year.
The weeks are just speeding by! Here's to another weekly update!
We are off to a good start to the week.
Our Bible studies have been focused around the final days leading up to Jesus' arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection. As the week of studies unfold, a large cast of characters play out a drama that touches on every extreme of human emotion; joy, hope, fear, betrayal, pain, and grief.
- Jesus Enters Jerusalem
- Jesus & the Temple Traders
- Judas Plots to Betray Jesus
- Preparing for the Passover
- The Last Supper
- The Garden of Gethsemane
Today we were grief stricken and full of sorrow with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. The joyful, incredible conclusion to the story awaits us on Easter Sunday.
Today we worked on an Easter tradition that has been in my family as long as I can remember - egg coloring. Lindsay was always excited to take this project and run with it. Had she been here, the creativity with the egg coloring would have been on a whole other level.
Syd's Science Unit Study for the week ~ FROGS
Vocabulary: cold-blooded, hibernate, amphibian, metamorphosis, gills, camouflage, habitat, species, prey, predator, etc.
"Amphibian" comes from two Greek words: amphi meaning "both", and bios which means "life". This refers to the way in which amphibians start their lives in water and later live on land.
We are taking a few days this week to answer questions about frogs. What are they, what do they sound like, how many different kinds of frogs are there, how are baby frogs born, what are tadpoles, how do tadpoles grow, what do frogs eat, the frog anatomy, what kinds of enemies do they have, frog vs. toads, etc.
Since frogs take in air and water through their skin, sick frogs often mean that the air or water is unhealthy for people, too. Scientists now watch frogs closely, especially in city areas. If they find sick frogs, they do studies to be sure that the air and water are safe and clean for people and frogs.
We will gather information this week about frogs and collect the information to use in a lapbook activity.
I sent my request in to the library to have them pull a few books from their shelves on frogs to help with our study.
We caught three tadpoles from the lake on Saturday to observe them change and grow into frogs (metamorphosis). The kids will record their observations in their notebooks.
Well, that's a little preview of what we are doing this week. Yesterday I gathered up some Easter goodies for the grandkids and shipped them out today. ;o)
I better get to making the cookie dough for the special cookies we will be making tomorrow, keeping with our week of celebrating the Easter season.
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