Monday, February 27, 2017

February School

February sometimes feels like the Wednesday of the school year.  The weekend is just around the corner, but you've still got some distance to go until you get there.  The extremely warm temperatures and sunny skies have helped me get through the month with a renewed strength.  

Michael and I took the opportunity to sit outside basking in the sunshine for our read-alouds last week.  He played with wikki-sticks while I read.  

On Thursday, we had an Americanized version of a British tea while we discussed our literature.  Scones, English muffins and tea sandwiches.  

Michael has been working hard for the second half of 2nd grade.  We are looking to finish strong this year, instead of sizzling out.  We've added Easy Peasy Year 4 into our daily work, moving along at a quicker pace to finish by the end of the school year.  He's enjoying the focus on inventors and chemistry/physics.   It's a perfect fit for the "hump day" called February. 

Okay, this is an aside.  I spent 5 bucks on this soap just so I could smell it.  It smells just like honeysuckle.  It's intoxicating!

Daniel has gotten back into origami after watching The Origami Revolution documentary on PBS.  I think he's currently working on an origami Slinky.  

Brotherly love...

We've been switching things up in French a bit.  The kids are assigned their choice of two cultural activities.  Art, music, recipes, interactive readings.   It's been a nice addition to our use of Rosetta Stone and Duolingo.  

Renoir reflection project by Tera

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Birthday Trails

It was a beautiful day for a birthday hike. Chilly, but sunny.   With my ankle problems last year, it's been a while since we were on the trail.  It was a wonderful time, if you don't count the "hangry" episode in the car on the way back.  I may be better now....

Sunday, February 19, 2017

One of my favorite things...

Michael says that this is his best birthday weekend EVER!!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Surprise Party

Michael's birthday is on Monday, but we decided we would surprise him with an early Star Wars party.  He had no clue!  JP took him out for a while and picked up pizza on the way home for the party. 

Tera, Daniel and I work great as a team!

Lightsaber cupcakes

Tera made these signs to label different rooms as Star Wars planets. 

Star Wars themed food with Jabba the Pizza Hutt

The birthday seat is ready....



Sometime while we were eating, Michael went upstairs to get into character...

It was great to surprise this not-so-little Jedi for his upcoming birthday.  On Monday, he will officially be EIGHT!!! 


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