Sunday, February 27, 2011

Weekly Wrapup- Feb 21-25

This week was an action packed week for us. Academically wise it was short due to Daddy having a day off for President's Day (yay for red letter holidays!) and I have learned that the "normal" schedule just doesn't happen when Daddy's home. And that's ok. It seems as though he's so rarely home without a laundry list of to-do's or to-go's.

Any who- Monday we laid around doing a whole bunch of nothing except for a little outing to Whole Foods. They had a Rainbow Food Snacking workshop for the kids. It was so much fun for the kids to taste all sorts of foods and they were indeed every color of the rainbow.

Since I felt like last week's lessons on the Iroquois did not contain my best efforts I decided to extend our look into these peoples for our three day week. Our week included three more legends, a little beading, and exploration with a water drum. We learned that the Iroquois used water drum instead of conventional drums so that their sound was different than the neighboring tribes. Our "drum" was an empty coffee can but we could definitely tell the difference with water and without. Fun times.

Jakob took the lead on an activity this week and wanted to create a candle vase from a craft book he happened upon in our stash. The kids drew their designs on cardboard and wrapped it inside the jar and painted the outside based on the design inside. I think they turned out beautifully.

This week was a vacation week for public schools so the local library hosted some pretty awesome events to keep the kids busy. Although I was very tempted to just Library hop all week, we only attended our regular story time and the awesome Celtic Music hour. This was a total indulgence on my part, but thanks to Jakob's inquisitiveness and youtube's awesomeness, we had a little mini lesson on Ireland, instruments, and family that have traveled across seas to visit this beautiful land. The kids were "River dancing" for the rest of the day. It was so much fun.

Hazel's fun this week really came in a win again from Fairy Tale Feasts. We made a very creamy carrot soup and read Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby. This was such a fun story for me as a child as I use to have records of Jackie Torrence telling all the Uncle Remus tales. Although I doubt I came close to doing the story justice, we had fun listening to the silliness of Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby.

Hazel also decided that this week would be puzzle week. So she had to have all of them.

We took a break from our music lessons this week to focus on the songs that Jakob was to have learned for his Blue and Gold ceremony this weekend with his Scout troop. Jakob also worked on a skit that he and his den leader performed for the ceremony which led to a discussion on using one's diaphragm to project out voices and how practice is just one more way to help us overcome our nerves.

The rest of the week was full of spelling lessons, readings, a little sewing, and a whole lot of inventions.

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