Week(s) In The Life (So Long, Farewell, 2015)

So, here I am behind again.

I hope everyone’s holidays were cheerful. It’s time for me to put 2015 to bed. Whew, so much happened this year, where is one to even begin.

It has been 4 months since my back surgery. I am finally able to say, that I feel like I did before I needed surgery (Yes!). There were times when I didn’t think this day would ever come. I was a roller coaster of emotions. So, what else was there for me to do, but push our lessons hard. I’ve come to the conclusion that in 2016, we will take more time to come up for some air once in awhile. I’ve decided a few other things as well. Only time can tell for those.


We finished our Christmas school lessons, and are officially on break from school until January 11. That is, the girls are on break. I’ll be working on gathering all of Sky’s credits she’s completed so far. First things first though.

Language Arts


Week 1, we read several stories. Continuing with our Christmas around the world theme, we read An Early American Christmas, The Legend of the Poinsettia, and The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie dePaola.

We also read, James Whitcomb Riley: Young Poet (Young Patriots series) by Minnie Belle Mitchell (We actually really enjoyed this story, and learned quite a bit about Riley that I didn’t know.), and Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

I do want to add a warning about Stardust, there are 2 sex scenes in the story, one takes place in the first chapter. It’s pretty easy to kind of come up with your own words to skip the scenes if you wanted. Also, there is a bit of violence.

The way I see it is, if we can watch the Game of Thrones series, we can watch, or read anything. (I am always hiding my eyes during that show.) With that being said, we loved the story. It reminded me of a more grown-up Narnia. So, my rating? This story would make a great read aloud and discussion for older children, younger children not so much.

Speaking of Game of Thrones, I am halfway through A Feast for Crows. I’m enjoying this book a lot. Now, that I am over the hump from A Storm of Swords, fans of the series will understand what I mean, I am eager to find out how the series will end.

Little Sis finished Divergent (she had to wait to start Insurgent, until after opening it Christmas.).

Week 2, we read  Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis, and The Lion Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Of course, we listened to Twas The Night Before Christmas too.



The girls finished the poem A Christmas Carol by Longfellow.





The girls warmed up with Xtramath.

Week 1, the girls worked in their workbooks.


Week 2, we played the game Zoom,


and lots of puzzles.



(The girls completed one by themselves.)


We watched the PBS Nature series episode, Christmas In Yellowstone.




We watched a video(YouTube) about Las Posadas.

We finished the Advent calendar and listened to how Christmas is celebrated in Iceland.



We continued learning with Scholastic’s scrapbook of holiday traditions. First, with how Americans celebrate a traditional Christmas,


then Kwanzaa.



We watched The Sound of Music sing-along. Then, we watched The Von Trapp Family Singers,

and Lady Gaga’s 2015 Oscar performance from The Sound of Music (She did an amazing job!) (YouTube).

The girls enjoyed playing the Beethoven game from Google.


The girls had homeschool gym.

Culinary Arts

We worked on a few traditions of our own.


The girls can completely make gingerbread cookies all on their own now. They didn’t need me for anything, except reading the history behind them.


We also made white chocolate covered pretzels.


Something new this year, I made Rudolf pancakes for breakfast Christmas eve.


I used Hersey Kisses for the eyes and split a red grape in half for the nose.

The Arts

A local radio station played a live version of a local performance of It’s A Wonderful Life radio show. They also aired a performance of Dickens, A Christmas Carol. We listened while we made pretzels. They did an amazing job.

We watched an animated Ukrainian Fairy Tale of Nikolai Gogol’s “Christmas Eve” (YouTube) (It was completely in Russian with English subtitles. ), and Fraggle Rock episode 22- The Bells of Fraggle Rock.

We also watched Behind the scenes of Disney’s Snow White that aired on ABC, BBC’s 2005 live-action version of The Snow Queen (Beautiful, the girls highly recommend it.), and the movie Stardust. This is setting us up for our winter study of exploring fairy tales.



Sky had been drawing away,



and the girls made Little Sis’s room into a movie theater.


(Their list of movies)


(A new movie for Christmas.)

We had a great Christmas. Little Sis and Sky made me a book of free verse poems and artwork,


and Papa’s present was for us to play one of his favorite games as a family, Risk.


(Little Sis won, I think he found a challenger.)

We’ve been playing new games as well.


(Pizza Party)

Wishing everyone a Happy 2016,

Peace for the journey.



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