Archive for April, 2014

Week In The Life (“The Naming Of Cats Is A Difficult Matter”)

April 28, 2014

It only seems fitting to start with language arts.

I read T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats out loud. The girls loved the musical Cats and you betcha it has been added to our growing collection of musicals. So I decided, like Phantom of the Opera,  reading the poetry in which the musical is based was in order.

I am not ashamed to mention either that both girls not waiting for me to read it aloud read more than half the book themselves. Little Sis read The Country Bunny and The Little Gold Shoes and started the Jewel Kingdom series, The Ruby Princess Runs Away. Miss Sky is still deep in fan fiction short stories.


The girls copied a summer poem where Little Sis and I talked about exclamation marks and her word of the week was torpid. Miss Sky had the root word corp and worked on analogies.

Mathematics, continuing with money Little Sis played the money master game from Math is fun


and both girls have worked their way to the super hard problems from the same website. Addition and subtraction for Little Sis and multiplication and long division, for Miss Sky.

Science, last night’s episode of Cosmos brought a huge smile to my face as we just talked about Cecilia Payne’s discovery of the stars being made of hydrogen prior to the show. Yes, lots of conversations about constellations.

On Pinterest, I pinned a picture of Earth rotating around the sun showing the different seasons. The girls had fun spinning in a circle while spinning around me (uhem, me being the sun of course) explaining Earth’s rotation. I enjoyed their staggered walk afterwards. 🙂

I purchased The New DK Encyclopedia of Cats which has been picked up by both girls several times in the past week and we spent the weekend getting our garden ready for planting.


The Arts, thanks to Easter and watching The King of Kings movie it was perfect timing for Webber, Rice, and Jewison’s Jesus Christ Superstar. This was the girls first experience with a rock opera. Then we watched Paw’s musical review of the show.

Which brings me to my Earth, Art, Eh Pinterest board and da Vinci’s Last Supper painting.

Drawing? Yes

Miss Sky




Little Sis




Games, ROBLOX is still all the rage and our usual Wii games.


Let’s see there was Pokémon, Attack on Titan and lots of time spent outdoors.

Health/ P.E., Walking Away The Pounds.

There really isn’t anything new in the kitchen this week as the girls are still working on Easter candy.

Peace for the journey.


A Week In The Life (Easter Time, Easter Time)

April 21, 2014

Alright, here we go!

Language arts, for our read-a-loud this week we listened to the audiobook Mrs. Peter Rabbit.

Little Sis read Jenny’s Moonlight Adventures and about the dormice hibernating (from Highlights Magazine).


Moving on to the 4 seasons, not the hotel, the girls copied a spring poem about Easter and Little Sis’s word of the week was hibernate. Sky’s root word(s) of the week, cis and cision.

Science, another wonderful episode of Cosmos where we learned about Clair Cameron Patterson and the dangers of lead poisoning. We had lots of conversations about the periodic table of elements using our painless learning placemat.

We also did an experiment with blue jellybeans to see which one would dissolve it’s color the fastest.


Both girls were right and chose the 7 up. However, the water seemed to break down the inside of the jellybean the quickest. We had conversations about how jellybeans might digest in our own stomach acid.

Social studies: world history, we watched the Princess Diaries, from the Dear America series, about Cleopatra and a documentary about Alexandria Egypt where we learned about Alexander the Great and Hypatia (both shows can be found on Netflix). We also watched the movie King of Kings.

Mathematics, more mean, median, mode with Sky


and playing around with money for Little Sis.


First, we all played LCR beginning with pennies Little Sis changed the winner’s amount into nickels, then dimes, quarters, and dollars. The girls split and kept the final winner’s amount. Sky figured the ratio of rolling an L, C, R, and dots. We turned the ratios into fractions and found the percent.

They also did circular shopping.


Both girls had a $20 budget to come up with a complete dinner for 4 shopping from the circular ads. Sky started out with $10 but quickly asked for $20, “Who can buy dinner for 4 with only $10.” A lesson for another time. 🙂

Let’s not forget games where we finally unlocked Bowser’s Warped World in Mario Party.


Art, besides drawing where the girls have new pictures that I keep forgetting to snap, Sky has been really getting in with sewing. Time to restock the felt supply


and Little Sis has requested her own sewing box.

P.E./ Health, Walking Away the Pounds.

From the kitchen, birds nest’s


melt 1 bag chocolate chips, 1 bag peanut butter chips and add in 1 bag La Choy Chow Mein Noodles. I think I will try using gluten-free Rice Krispies next year.

Dyed eggs of course,


and by far the best gluten and dairy free cinnamon rolls ever, girls approved.


I used vanilla Silk and Earth Balance for substitutes and the maple glaze recipe from our maple and oatmeal cookies for icing.

Peace for the journey.

Week(s) In The Life (Spring, Finally!)

April 14, 2014

So as big sis nicely mentioned yesterday about how glad I was to finally be posting regularly again Spring came. Okay I know it came weeks ago but like most of the east Spring here in Indy was cold with snow flurries. I guess what I am trying to say is it was finally warm enough to enjoy Spring. Outdoors here we come!




(garlic spouting)


New Papa projects and what is left of our wood pile(it was getting close).

Being that warm weather usually draws us all outdoors I think I am going to try a new way to post. Though we do not separate our topics into subjects as we learn (we just learn whatever the subject), it makes it WAY easier on me to separate them when writing (not to mention it saves me tons of time at the end of the year having everything already separated). So…



for language arts, Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 (split over 2 weeks) which brought up a wonderful conversation on the difference between murder and kill.


Little Sis’s words of the week, monsoon, and harbor.

Sky’s root words of the week, tort, and pan.


A new journal for Little Sis


and Miss Sky finished Junie B. Dumb Bunny, Little Sis finished Jenny Goes To Sea, and I read Peter Cottontail by Thorton W. Burgess.

Which brings me to Science and Cosmos and black holes, the speed of light, photons, sound waves, phantom light, atoms, nucleus, protons and the periodic table of elements.

Social Studies, world history, thanks to Fiddler on the Roof leading us into Passover we watched the movies 10 Commandments and Prince of Egypt. This lead to learning the significance of the Seder plate.


Geography, Globe Trekker Egypt.


Thanks to Jenny Goes to Sea, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, and the Panama Canal.

Mathematics, jelly bean graphing, Mean, Median, Mode, and range.


I split a bag of jelly beans between the two of them, Little Sis graphed. Sky found the Mean, Median, Mode, Range, and she wrote ratios and fractions for each color (where she discovered 83 is a prime number). She estimated there was more purple than any other color in the bag and was right.



She did this with the week’s weather forecast and games have been brought back (pictured up above).

P.E./ Health, Walking Away the Pounds.

From the Kitchen,


flourless peanut butter cookies,


gluten and dairy free sugar cookies (Betty Crocker box),

and gluten and dairy free Chex mix.


I used Earth Balance, rice and corn Chex, and gluten-free pretzels.

Peace for the journey.