Around the House :: Â We took kids to the dentist this week for checkups. Â No cavities for them, however, I need an old filling redone. Â I really, really, really, don’t like the dentist or any medical things whatsoever. Â Should be fun. Â I am glad we have been able to get dental appointments and well-child visits done before we really got into full swing with school.
I picked up my knitting again this week. Â I’m working on a scarf that I started in late winter/early spring. Â *Somebody* decided to unraveling for me in the spring and I didn’t have the heart to pick it up again and start over. Â My helper ended up doing me a favor, it think the scarf looks better the second time around.
Our vacuum has just about had it. Â We have been using a Dyson for many years, but a vacuum can only take so much! Â Any recommendations for a vacuum that you love and can put up with a many kid family?
I’m starting to think about Christmas gift ideas and pinning them as I go along.
In the Kitchen :: Â Not much I’m afraid. Â We have really gotten away from our meal planning this summer and it’s time to get back at it. Â I’m going to work on revamping my recipe binder and just being more efficient about meals in general in September. Â Patty is having a main dish recipe link up if you want some ideas or want to submit your favorite.
|Marble Counting Activity|
We got a lot of mileage out of this marble county activity this week. Â Some of the younger kids still need reinforcement with number recognition and one to one correspondence, so this was a great way to work on these two things. Â Also, mid-week, I added in sand paper letters so they could also practice writing the numbers. Â Not to mention the fact that they worked on fine-motor skills with the marbles. Â
Henry the Castaway had so many ideas that paralleled our Christopher Columbus unit in Paths of Exploration, that we sort of combined the two this week.
We talked about talked about having courage and our bible verse for the week was “For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power, love and self-control” 2 Tim. 1:7
We also talked a bit about weather and wind currents. Â When we launched our boats, see below, it was a windy evening and we could see the currents in the water.
If we would have had more time it would have been fun to come up with some sort of flag craft to go along with this book. Â We didn’t even make any kitchen treats. Â I figured we have had plenty of s’mores this summer, we even had them for Levi’s birthday!
Paths of Exploration ::Â
|Jonah locating the 5 oceans|
|Sarah working on the science experiement|
We completed the science experiment on salt crystals, made our observations and talked about why the oceans are salty.
We made boats out of half-gallon milk containers. Â Bob was home to help with this craft and it was really more doable for the older boys. Â The younger kids watched and then participated in watching them set sail.
The one thing we didn’t consider is how to get the boats back after we launched them, so we only let one go the full distance. Â
The weather should be just about perfect in MI today. Â Praying for those of you in the path of Irene. Â We are spending the day at the park with friends. Have a great weekend! Â
And I really would love to know your vacuum recommendation, what are you using?
Linking up this week to Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers