Saturday, June 22, 2013

Week of June 17, 2013

We feel really blessed to have neighbors that have a great pool that the girls can play in!

What We Are Doing

We learned about Juneteenth in SotW 4 a few weeks ago.  Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862.  All slaves were supposed to be free by January 1, 1863.  Except not all slaves were free until June 19, 1865, that day is known as Juneteenth.  We had a Juneteenth celebration.  The girls and I (mostly the girls) made the recipes in SotW 4--red beans and rice, cole slaw and buttermilk biscuits.  We were joined by my brother's friend and we celebrated the end of slavery!

I have been gearing up for summer craft programs at the library.
Allie made her daddy peanut butter chip cookies for Father's Day.
The girls made rice & beans, cole slaw and buttermilk biscuits for Juneteenth.

What We Are Creating

The girls, especially Allie, spend loads of time in the Art Studio alone.  She will spend whole days in there forgetting to eat if we let her.  She emerges with paint on her hands and ink stained fingers and glitter in her hair and a totally contented, satisfied look about her.  The things she makes always astound Jason and I.  Sometimes she allows me to take photos, sometimes not and I respect that.  (oh to be a middle school girl!)
one of Allie's creation
She has her own Pinterest and she pins things that inspire her.  She is really into Mixed Media these days.  This week I realized this kind of art is not my thing and I am just going to let the girls pin things that inspire them, buy supplies and let them create on their own.  It was actually a very liberating decision!
another of Allie's creations

This week's 7CoolHomeschoolers Topic was: What the kids like/don't like about their parents.

What We Are Reading

  • Nory Ryan's Song by Patricia Reilly Giff (audiobook - we are giving audio books another try! This is a great story about the potato famine in Ireland which we read about this week in SotW 4)
  • Anastasia's Secret by Susan Dunlap - Allie (we will be learning about the Anastasia mystery soon!)
  • The Royal Diaries: Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess Russia, 1914 by Carolyn Meyer - Piper
  • The Great Wall of Lucy Wu - Piper
  • Left Neglect by Lisa Genova - Theresa
  • Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison - Theresa (a grown up novel about the Anastasia mystery)
    We started outlines for events from the Irish Potato Famine to present day (we will add to them as we learn).  Both girls have a Book of Centuries, but for these events that are more discussed and talked about in casual conversation, I want the girls to really SEE how things unfolded and have a visual representation of what happened.
    Jason had read this book on Pythagoras with the girls, but I wanted to read it, too before we returned it the library--it was excellent--if you like Living Math, check it out!

Apps & Websites 

The girls lost media privileges this week.  We made an exception for making 7CoolHomeschoolers videos since that is a commitment.

 What We Are Watching

Although the girls had lost media, we did watch some educational videos on the potato famine in Ireland.  I am compiling a blog post with links to videos we watch, books we read and any other supplemental things we use with SotW 4.


This was our last week of co-op for the year.  We had an end-of-the-year field day.  It was a lot of fun! The girls both made a lot of new friends at co-op that we plan to see over the summer and we look forward to joining co-op again in the fall.