Thursday, December 13, 2012

It's a Wrap! Session 2 Week 6 - Let the Holidays Begin

In My Life This Week
Poor Sugar Maple woke up Monday morning with a sore throat and coughing. She spent the day in bed watching Netflix movies on my Kindle, reading or napping. Fortunately she felt better after a couple of days and it doesn't seem like she shared with the rest of us. Yet.

What We're Cooking
French Fried Onion Meatloaf from Tilly's Nest! Meatloaf is such an easy dish to prepare, but it's also "blah". Adding dried onions and cheese chunks sure spruced it up for us! 


Homeschool High School
White Pine assembled some really cool DNA strands from colored construction paper that represented guanine, adenine, thymine, and cytosine nucleotides for a Genetics "modeling" lab. All those G, A, T, and Cs! But mostly he spent the week finishing up his learning goals for English and Algebra.

White Pine and His Paper DNA Models

Accomplishments
Dumas Persuasive Paper, Conrad Author's Profile and Approach Paper, Algebra: Solving for N, Biology: Genetics (DNA/RNA)

Homeschool Elementary
We wrapped up our volcano unit study. Sugar Maple and Balsam Fir put together their lapbooks, reviewed volcanoes and the rock cycle on StudyJams, and made an erupting volcano model. Don't forget to click here to see the creation of our volcano and 2 ways to make "lava" eruptions! Balsam Fir was SUPER DUPER excited with Mt. Boom!

Top L. to R. Front Page of Lapbook and Back Page of Lapbook. Bottom L. to R. Center
Section with Flap up and Center Section with Flap Down

We finished a tad bit of SOTW on Ancient Greece: Minoans, Mycenaeans, Dorians. And, ahem, watched "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief". It's about mythology, right? ::wink::

Sugar Maple's Accomplishments
The Story of Helen Keller (Hickok), Personal Letter, Creative Writing, Writing Process, Idioms, Cursive, Volcanoes, Word Processing, Ancient Greece, Mapwork, Band Practice, Pasta Ornaments

Balsam Fir's Accomplishments
Little Bear (Minarkik), Creative Writing Notebook (Complete Sentences/Main Idea), Handwriting, Rounding Up, Subtraction with Borrowing, Volcanoes, Ancient Greece, Mapwork

For the Love of Books
With the movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" coming out soon - or did it release already ::laugh:: - Blue Spruce dug up his copy of the book and I started reading it to the saplings. None of the saplings nor myself have read this book so it's a new "adventure" for us. Have you read it? I'm still undecided as to whether it's a good read ALOUD book or not.

With Our Hands
Fiori Pasta Snowflake Ornaments from Katy Elliot! Using pasta and Tacky Glue, we created snowflake shapes and let them dry. After 2-3 light coats of white spray paint, we "painted" them with Tacky Glue and covered them with silver glitter. Sparkly!

Sugar Maple Making Fiori Pasta Snowflake Ornaments

Places We Went and People We Saw
☃ Library (SM) ☃ Scouts (All) ☃ Band Concert (SM) ☃ Girl Scout Nursing Home Singalong and Holiday Party (SM) ☃ Boy Scout Camp In (WP) ☃

Helpful Homeschool Hint
Having maps for Geography is a great resource to have! Not only do we label places and landforms, but we also jot down historical notes. Tying events to places can be a very powerful learning tool! Education Place has some great, but simple outline maps to print out for free! 

Around the 'Net
☃ Advent Christmas Lanterns from The Tiger Chronicles
☃ Gift Boxes and Envelope Templates to Print Out and Assemble from Katilbalina
☃ Printable Paper Grinch from The Flying Dachshund

Well, that's a wrap! I've got a few more posts lined up for December so don't forget to come back. Linking up to these fun blog hops! Click over and check them out! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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28 comments:

  1. Bummer, no pictures. Well, it sounds like a cool week anyway. Make sure you share your snowflakes with us soon.

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  2. Ohhhhh that meatloaf looks delish! I think ill be making that tomorrow! XOXOXO

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  3. Even without pictures, it looks like a great week (productive!). I love the volcano lap book. I don't know about the Hobbit, but LOTR is a tough read aloud.

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    1. I'm still deciding whether The Hobbit is easy or not! I have it on CASSETTE, but we don't have many cassette player options these days. ;)

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  4. Great week, love the meet loaf. Thanks for the snowflake idea. I've been looking for a cute craft for my children's church class. I think the snowflakes would be wonderful.

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    1. Try making one first, Tracy, as they're not the easiest ornaments to make. They're pretty when done, but patience is needed or assembling. My youngest didn't have the patience or fine motor skills to make these.

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  5. The lapbook and DNA look great! We love lapbooks here. :-) And, we are just going to have to make those snowflakes. They are so awesome. Hope you have a good weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!" The meatloaf looks really good. I like the idea of sprucing it up! :-) Have a very Merry Christmas, friend.

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  6. I really like those snowflakes. Will have to do that with the girls!!

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  7. Do you know you dropped off my blog feed AGAIN??? What is up with that?? Oh well, thankfully I love you so much that I check on you every couple of days anyway! Enjoy your Christmas break.

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    1. LOL Thanks, Nicole! But I'll be over to read and comment often to remind you! ;)

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  8. Your snowflakes are so beautiful!! We have had sore throats and sniffles here, too. I love the DNA strands and the beautiful lapbooks!! You always have such beautiful, productive and fun weeks!

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    1. Thanks, Phyllis! I always feel the same about what you guys are doing! LOL

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  9. We're doing SOTW too, and are definitely doing Percy Jackson when we get to Greek Myths! My son has been loving the Kane Chronicles series by the same author which is about Egyptian mythology.

    I think I would have understood biology better if I would have done DNA projects like that! So cool.

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    1. Oh, see if you can find D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths! My daughter loves that book!

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  10. Would you be willing to guest post for me for the Geography Meme while I am unable to post during my treatment? We could work it out however you wanted...I could just post it on my blog or we could dual post it on both blogs. I could give you the meme code so you could add the link-up for that week. It is up to you -however you want to do it.

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    1. Phyllis! I messaged you on your blog. I would love to help you out!

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  11. Love all the science, crafts and food(yummy)!!
    Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Will little boys ever tire of volcanic explosions?? ;) You did a wonderful job making it educational.

    Have a great Christmas break!

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    1. Never! In fact, poor Mt Boom is pretty soggy by the time we left for our family visit on the island. ::wink::

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  13. Love those snowflakes! We have to try them! Thanks for sharing the idea:)

    Hope everyone is well...we're dealing with sore throats here too:(

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  14. lots of great fun stuff! thanks for linking up with us! Merry Christmas!

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  15. I am so glad you enjoyed the meatloaf! My kids just love it too. Thank you for linking up again this week. Merry Christmas to you and your family~Melissa xo

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  16. I am thinking about lapbooks for my younger ones. Hope the family is feeling better

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