Hope all the dads out there had a happy father’s day. (I haven’t forgotten about you either dad 🙂 )
With all the female homeschooling bloggers sometimes dads don’t get as much recognition for the role they play. Homeschooling is hard, I am glad to have Papa’s support.
Language Arts: They girls copied the peanut butter fudge recipe into their cookbooks and copied the days of the week poem by Elsa Beskow from the chalkboard.
Sky finished the American Girl, Rebecca series and worked on coined words. Little Sis read Owl At Home and Grasshopper On The Road.
We will be taking 2 weeks off, with the exception of the girls picking out our next read-aloud (always reading something we are), for me to get caught up with some reorganizing and cleaning. I wanted to hear Arnold Lobel once more before boxing up the books the girls have outgrown to make room for the new ones. Bye, bye Elephant and Piggie. I can’t wait to introduce you to my grandchildren.
I mentioned always reading, Sky is reading her way through the Sailor Moon series.
Little Sis I’m sure will pick up on her independent reading as well.
Mathematics: Blink solitaire, games and more review. This is pretty much how our summer will play out. Working on basic multiplication with Little Sis while Sky works more on long division and multiplication review.
(She blinded me with) Science: We watched Bill Nye’s episodes on farming and plants and observed Friday the 13ths honey moon.
Social Studies, American history: After finishing the Rebecca series we had yet another hours long conversation about striking, the union, and the women’s rights movement. We learned about Clara Lemlich and her leading the 20,000 people strike against the shirtwaist factories and watched the PBS Triangle Fire documentary. We also watched the Dear America, Dreams In The Golden Country episode again. It really brought the Rebecca series alive.
P.E./ Health: Walk Away The Pounds
The Arts: We watched the 2005 King Kong movie and the Nostalgia Critic’s Old VS. New episode of the movies. We also did our own comparisons. Before leaving our New York studies you know I couldn’t pass up watching my favorite musical West Side Story. 🙂
Home Economics: The girls decided to make Muddy Buddies again.
While looking back over my blog it seems we eat lots and lots of sweets, which we do all have a sweet tooth which is why we always have them around. I did however want to mention the girls are working on the dessert portion of their cookbooks right now. As they grow so will their cookbooks and the entrees they bake.
Little Sis finished her sewing project.
Now getting that out of the way I do want to mention a few more of our favorite “no bake” treats that take us through the heat of summer. From the kitchen:
Kettle Corn, which is my personal favorite. I don’t really have a “recipe” it’s just kind of go with the flow type of thing but it comes to about 1/2 TBSP coconut oil, to about 1 TBSP sugar per 1/4 cup of popcorn. Oh and a whole lot of shaking the pan making sure not to let the sugar burn, why I only do 1/4 cup of popcorn at a time. Add 1 kernel to the oil for your “tester”. When it pops add rest of corn to the pot and sprinkle with sugar (shake, shake, shake pan over medium high heat). Quickly remove popcorn from pan into bowl once popping slows down and salt.
Sugar Coated Almonds. In a skillet mix 3/4 to 1 cup sugar with 1 TBSP cinnamon and 1/4 cup water. Add 3 cups almonds. Continue stirring until sugar gets nice and bubbly then allow to cool on wax paper.
Last but not least our favorite summer dinner.
We purchase our year of chickens from the farm baking 2 at a time using the dark meat. I boil the backs for broth and make soup or shredded BBQ with the meat. I take the boneless skinless chicken breasts and freeze them in a marinade to grill in the summer for salad. I set it up salad bar style and add baked potatoes so everyone can eat however they like. The dressing is a Balsamic vinaigrette from the cookbook Feeding The Whole Family. As the veggies come out of the garden they get added in the rotation.
From the garden: Our plants are doing well. I planted carrots in container pots filled with top soil and this year we will be planting spinach, radishes, and turnips late summer to have a “fall” harvest crop. I am also going to try chamomile and mint in containers for my tea. Caffeine free for over a year!
Peace for the journey.