February 10, 2012

The Homestead Journal ~ Week 10~ OK Go and Beautiful Moonrise

What's New in our Life
We have a new look! I enjoy being creative and I am very pleased with the new look. How do you like it? 
I plan to help a few others design a new look for their blogs.

What We Are Learning
We are working through the Nomads, and into the beginnings of Egyptian life. We watched Riddles of the Sphinx and Secrets of Archaeology. For Scout School the boys are working on the Archaeology Merit Badge. Isaac has been eagerly working on his Wolf Badge. We also watched a few shows from the series Before the Dinosaurs. Its evolutionary based, but we still enjoy them. 

Zachary has been working on his math skills. He used two dice to create math sentences. He did a column of two, then decided to do the next column with three. He wants to work up to 6. One column a day he says. Quinten has started a book on statistics and probability.

We are starting to work out of our science project book. We learned about Stroop effect. This was a fun experiment. Jacob made a graph showing our results. It has also become a family challenge. We also learned about body dimension. Measuring everyone's height and wingspan, we made a chart to see where everyone lined up. The closer to 1 the more square you are. Daddy, Mommy, Isaac, Zachary and Ezra are all 1. Jacob, Abigail and Urijah all have a wingspan shorter than their height, Quinten and Olivia have a longer wingspan. Lucas was unwilling to participate. Of course these doubled as math lessons and we were able to learn about Phi ϕ. We halted this discussion to be continued when we study ancient Greece in the near future.

Our Adventures
Tuesday we went to the library, by luck, we made it just before Story Time. We usually avoid these types of events as it has been hard to split, but the way the library is designed, I was able to take the younger ones while the older ones stayed in the main area. This was nice as I could keep an eye on both, and no one seemed bothered by it. They did a little story time, activity and a craft. We will plan to go every Tuesday as long as it continues to go well. Wednesday was scouts, Joe dropped the boys off at a friends house and they went to scouts together and Joe picked them back up after work. It made for a late night for them, but they had alot of fun. 

On Our Bookshelf

Personal Reading
Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events books 
( I have 3 reading this series) 
#10 The Slippery Slope
#11 The Grim Grotto
#12 The Penultimate Peril
Angels Don't know Karate
Mermaids Don't Run Track
Mummies Dont Coach Softball
I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor
Little House on the Prairie
Nike's Great Race
On the Victory Trail
A Horse to Love
Fiery Fiona
Pepper's Quest
Southern Belle's Special Gift

Older Children's Books
Ancient Greece
Ancient Civilizations
Atlas of World History
Britannica Guide to Statistics & Probability
Time for Kids Big Book of Science Experiments
Art & Culture of Ancient Egypt
Conquerors and Explorers
First Place Science Fair Projects for Inquisitive Kids
Science 1001
The Amature Archaeologist's Handbook
Hero's of History: Daniel Boone
Hero's of History: George Washington
Hero's of History: Douglas MacArthur
Christian Heros: Wilfred Grenfel

Little Chidlren's Books
Where is Maisy's Panda
Giraffe's Cant Dance
The Kids fun filled dictionary
Eloise Takes a Bawth
A First Word Bank
Wee Willie Winkie
The Cat Next Door
My World
Poppelton Forever
Raymie, Dickie and Bean
Where is Ben

Mom's Book's
Church and State
The Complete Guide to Greenhouses
Being George Washington

Our family reading time, I am reading
To Kill A Mockingbird, chapters 9-10

What we are watching
Heidi ( with Shirley Temple)
Veggie Tales: SweetPea Beauty 

 Challenges/Accomplishments This Week
Zachary is now on to chapter books. He grabbed three small ones this week. Jacob made First Class in Scouts and is working to get his Star in May. If he continues to work as he has been, he will get his Eagle Scout in May 2013. Isaac earned his Bobcat Badge, they will be recognized at the Pack Meeting at the end of the month. 

My Favorite Thing This Week 
Ezra is learning his big brother role.  The other day Lucas had crawled over to a cup that Daddy had left on the floor.. Ezra walks over and says "No, Baby, no, that's Daddy's" and took the cup into the kitchen. It was adorable. He is really good about playing with him and sharing..

On Our Menu
I will be adding this to our posts next week
Black Beans and Garlic Tomatoes served over rice.

 Link or Photo to share

Additional Photos of Our Week
 Primitive dwellings 

 Quinten took these wonderful photos of our beautiful moonrise the other evening

More evidence my children will sleep anywhere.. 

Scripture or Inspirational Quote to Share
Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land; And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil."

I am now linking up with  these homeschool blog hops
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  1. I love reading your blogs....

  2. The video was great. I like the new look on the blog. IT looks so soft and Little House on the Prairie-ish.

  3. Love the new look. And the teepee is great!


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