12 February 2011

The Weekly Wrap-up: Books, King Tut and More Snow

It has been a pretty full week around here. I cannot believe how fast weeks fly by these days. I mean, really...how is already the middle of February?!?! It was just Christmas yesterday!! I'm glad I'm recapping these school weeks so that I can remember it all later:)

Monday began with school, of course, but also some early Valentine fun. The Princess' Girl Scout Valentine's Day party was that evening. So we baked up a batch of crayon hearts for her to give her troop friends. They turned out so cute~I just love them! We've made them before, so here are all of the instructions. It's such a great way to recycle broken crayons!

The troop also had an art lesson during their meeting from a real artist. They learned all about the techniques of drawing~those things that I'm not so talented with, so I was glad she had the opportunity to learn this.

Tuesday brought our regular school schedule, but also a trip to a book fair at a local private school. A friend on staff there invited us along with the rest of our local homeschool community. Even though our homeschool group orders from Scholastic, it's sometimes nicer to be able to actually flip through a book before you decide to buy it.

We had a lot of fun just browsing around and making our selections.

Wednesday we awoke to a major snow for our area of the country. SO much fun! We continued our regular school schedule through the morning until we were finished (I know, I'm such a slave driver-ha) and then went out to play in the snow. It was a beautiful day to get outside for a snowball fight and some sledding! I mostly had fun just walking around enjoying the absolute beauty of it.

Mr. B saw me poking my head out the doors taking pictures and he wanted to get in on the action, too. He was so funny and cute running from front door to back door snapping away with his little camera.
Thursday we once again stayed the course (Are you seeing a pattern here? I'm really trying hard to keep us on track because we missed so many school days in January). One thing in particular that we've been studying this week has been The New Kingdom of Egypt. Of course, that means about 4,000 years ago, but who's counting! :)

The very famous King Tut is part of that period in Egypt's history and we really enjoyed reading about him and his royal family. There just so happened to be some late-breaking DNA discoveries about his family in last September's National Geographic. I was so excited that my parents shared that issue with us.

We thought it would be fun to make an Egyptian death mask. So we started those on Thursday and finished them on Friday. I'll be doing an entire post next week on how we made ours. I thought they turned out really great!

Friday was a short day for us. We wrapped up what lessons we needed to that morning and then took the kiddos out for lunch to Pizza Hut so they could redeem their free pizzas they've earned through the Book-It program.

Saturday we had an opportunity to visit a regional art museum and that was really wonderful! We all had so much fun!

One favorite exhibit was an Egyptian mummy case~so appropriate since we've been discussing them so much lately and learning all about them.

Next week I will be sharing an entire post on our visit to the art museum, so be sure to drop back by then. It was a great experience!

I hope you've had a wonderful week~happy homeschooling!

1 comment:

Our Side of the Mountain said...

GREAT week! The Crayon Hearts are adorable! LOVE Book Fairs...too much! LOL

Jessy - Weekly Wrap-up