1. We celebrated Leap Day with a “fun school” day. Despite my previous aspirations, we did not do a 100 days celebration as well. Between the amount of time I was able to find to prepare, and remembering how busy our fun school Valentines day was, I decided we would shelve the 100 days celebration for this year and plan for it next year (since we will, of course, have to wait another four years to celebrate Leap Day!). In the picture, the kids are playing leaping lilly pad games inspired by this post at Toddler Approved.
2. Also inspired by Toddler Approved, we read Frog and Toad stories on Leap Day — including the story about cookies and willpower. Then of course we had to make some cookies. Peanut Butter kiss cookies are a favorite here…and who says they are only a Christmas cookie? Not us! It was fun to talk about willpower and if there is any difference between willpower and self-control. (The kids said “no” initially, but I tried to make the case that willpower is something of our own effort, while self-control is a fruit of the Spirit).
3. Miss M helped daddy to make our second-ever batch of homemade rootbeer! I jumped the gun on opening the first 2 liter of homemade rootbeer, and it was not very fizzy. We’ll open batch number two tonight!
4. While getting out some science and geography worksheets for Miss M (she really likes these, and she is probably learning at least a little bit from them), I remembered I had a Kumon cutting and pasting book for the boys we hadn’t gotten out at all this school year.
5. and 6. With completion of lesson 81 on Tessellations, Miss M has made it through the big section of geometry/drawing lessons in the middle of RightStart C. We had a review day yesterday and a games day today. Miss M was not pleased to hear that we are back to “regular” lessons after this involving mostly adding, subtracting and multiplying. She really likes the drawing and geometry!
7. Mr. E wrote a star wars story inspired by a book we read together. I printed it out on a few sheets of paper, and he enjoyed cutting out and pasting on pictures to illustrate it from the Star Wars preschool pack at homeschool creations and from printables found on the Star Wars website. We even bound it together with my new ProClick binding machine. He told me, “this is a real book now!”
8. Miss M has her own cutting and pasting project — she is working on the Horse lapbook from Hands of a Child. She has chosen horses as the subject for her “Expert Day” project for our homeschool co-op. More on expert day in coming weeks!
9. Aren’t Baby J and Mr. E cute in their almost-matching shirts? One was a hand-me-down and one was from the thrift store — they have the same picture but different words! It’s not the best picture of the two of them, but every picture I tried to take where the boys were looking at me, Baby J’s hands were blocking his shirt! Baby J turned 4 months old this week and is now 15lbs and 12 oz!
Have a wonderful weekend!
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