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Monday, May 23, 2016

Our School Year in Review

Cute girls at the Zoo

We have been busy around here, busy with learning and lots of fun!  It was a successful school year, with lots of activities, field trips and read alouds.  We are still continuing onward till June and then will phase into easier "summer school".  But here are a few of the things we have accomplished thus far.
Read Aloud Books for School Year of 2015-2016


Ancient History:

Gilgamesh The King: Retold By Ludmilla Zeman

Ancient Egypt: Tales of The Gods: Retold By Marcia Williams

Classic Starts: The Iliad

Classic Starts: Roman Myths

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: By Lynn Curlee

Who was King Tut: By Roberta Edwards

The Childrens Plutarch: Tales Of the Romans

Greek Myths: Retold by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaires

Voyage To the Pharos: BY Sarah Gauch

Cleopatra: By Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema


Holiday Reading:

Rip Van Winkle

Legend Of Sleepy Hollow

Tell Tale Heart

The Gift of The Magi

A Christmas Carol

Magic Tree House Blizzard

Magic Tree House Leprechaun

S is for Shamrock

New Testament for Christmas Story and Resurrection Story

We made Applesauce about 3 times this past year, with friends and just as a family



Twelfth Night (picture book)

Julius Caesar (picture book)

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe

Tales from Shakespeare By: Charles and Mary Lamb

Shakespeares Story book By: Patrick Ryan and James Mayhem

The Random House Book Of Shakespeare Stories



Who was William Shakespeare By: Celeste Davidson Mannis

The Master Playwrit William Shakespeare By: Haydn Middleton

 A Ton of Picture Biography books on: Amelia Earhart,  Thomas Jefferson, Helen Keller, Theodore Roosevelt, Florence Nightingale, Rachel Carson, George Washington, Beatrix Potter to name a few

For Fun:

Zooman Sam
Cupcake cousins

Lemonade War

Flora and Ulyses
Mountain Dog
Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Stone

Read Aloud With Elly exclusively:

Anne Of Green Gables

My Book House Volume 6

The Adventure of Alice Laselles by Queen Alexandria Victoria


Read Aloud with Brinley exclusively:

Charlottes Web

The Complete Peter Rabbit Collection By Beatrix Potter

 Paddington Bear
Cupcake wars!  Hey There is Science and Math in there since the girls made the cupcakes themselves!

Activities For 205-2016 School Year: Most of these activities are done with our friends whom also homeschool


1)    Apple Sauce Making, with apple craft, and diagramming parts of an apple, read a book about apples

2)    Egyptian Day: decorating the cake as the nile river with pyramids, made Egyptian jewelry, read Egyptian story about Gods and acted out parts from story.

3)    Columbus Day: Crafts making the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, Read about Christopher Columbus, Maps and Themed Cupcakes 
4) Fall Poetry Party: Students memorized fall poems, created props and hand motions and presented in a group

5)    Halloween Party: games, food and dress up

6)    Thanksgiving party: crafts, food, story  about Thanksgiving

7)    Christmas Party

8)    Gingerbread house making

9)    Caroling Party

10)    Greek Day: Read a Greek Myth, kids then put on a play acting it out, ate Greek food
11) Chinese New Year (books, crafts-lanterns, Chinese New year Meal, games)

12) Martin Luther King Day: Read 3 picture books about Martin Luther King, did a craft, ate snacks

13) Presidents Day Book Reports and ate some of the Presidents favorite foods

14) Poetry Party: Memorized another poem and acted it out, then wrote their own poems, snacks

15) Cupcake Wars: Kids made their own cupcakes, decorated them and presented, yummy fun!

16) St. Patrick’s Day: read about five books about Ireland and Saint Patrick, drew pictures, did copy work, made an Irish meal and brought it to Nonna and Pop Pops where girls presented oral reports, shared their art and writing and shared our meal. (potato soup, rainbow salad, and rainbow cookies)

17) Fire Safety Day: Read a Book, Made an escape Route, tested the Escape route blind folded, snacks
18) Easter Egg Hunt and crafts (hosted by our friends the Stokers)

19) Jerusalem dinner for Easter read with scripture and picture books, and washing the girls feet

20) Reading Recital hosted by tutor

21) Shakespeare Birthday party: Read The Tempest (kids version) they acted it out and dressed up, learned about William and had a trivia game afterwards, wrote pictures and poems with quill pens, sang “Happy Birthday” to Shakespeare and ate cake
22) Harry Potter Crafts, Discussion of Book, Themed Food, Game of Quidditch and then Movie
23) Gardening 101: Learning the Basics of Gardening by planting our own things with Dad
Re-enacting Shakespeare's "The Tempest"

Field Trips:

 August-May 2015-2016

1)    3 day camping and canoeing trip on the Delaware River as a family with the Beardall Family

2)    Lake Nockamixon and Oh Wow Cow Ice Cream

3)    Scarecrow Festival at Peddlers Village

4)    Philadelphia Zoo

5)    Byers Choice Ltd.
Byers Choice

6)    Rollerskating (2x)

7)    Lehigh Valley Zoo (Christmas lights)

8)    Little Mermaid Play (Bethlehem middle school)

9)    The King and I Play (Palisades High School)

10)  Doyelstown Castle Park

11)  Natural Museum of History (Philadelphia) and cheesteaks at Geno’s and the Pat’s
12) Fonthill Museum


Extracurricular Activites:


Elly (8):

1)    Girls Scouts

2)    Singing lessons

3)    Acheivement days (Church)

4)    Mother Daughter Book Club at The Library

5)    Tutor:  Elly is profoundly dyslexic and meetings with a reading specialist three times a week
Special Event:  Elly was baptized this past September.  She also has taken a knack to drawing


Elly's drawing

Brinley (5):

1)    Gymnastics

2)    Story hour and activities at the Library
Special Event: Besides Brinley picking up reading fairly well, she has also learned to ride a bike on 2 wheels!

Hayzel (2):
1) Story Time with Mom everyday: Story, Song, Alphabet
I definitely feel like I am in my groove as a homeschool Mom now. We are learning so much together!! I have seen the girls blossom this year.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Family Pictures

My friend from Jillian B Photography took pictures for us last week and here is a sneak peak!!  There is so much I haven't blogged about like our 3 day canoeing and camping trip in August.  Then there was a weekend get away to Jim Thorpe for Danny and I.  And then we all got sick and there was Thanksgiving and Christmas. I need to get on top of it all!!

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

What we did in July

It was a busy July!  Here is what we did:

1) My brother Devin s graduation Party

2) Had a 4th of July Party

3) A one day Art Camp at Hendershots

4) Flint Hill Farm Boshkowskis

5) A visit to the local pool with Finkbeiners

6) Canoeing on the Lehigh River with Allreds

7) Carnival and Fireworks with Boswells

8) Pioneer Day picnic at Church 

9) Shakespeare Camp

10) Shakespeare for Kids Play at DeSales

11) Celebrate Dannys Birthday

12) Pizza on the Grill with Finkbeiners

What did you do in July??

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Applesauce Making

Our very generous neighbors, the Kunsmans not only let us pick their apples but also let us use their pavilion, burners, pots, etc., to make applesauce. Plus we invited some friends the Lawracys.  We went home with a lot of applesauce! 😀  We have the most generous neighbors ever!!!

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Monday, August 10, 2015

What Every GOOD Summer Camp Needs

I was just taking notes for myself, after reflecting upon such a successful summer camp. It excites me and thrills me so much that I am already planning next year's.  Hope this helps anyone who wants to do this in the future!

1) Memorize something important such as historical documents or classic stories : make it fun with singing, hand motions and expression

2) Be theatrical when teaching: wear costumes, makeup, use fake accents

3) Crafts:  making things = making memories. Using your hands reinforces what your learning

4) Snacks:  Have yummy, healthy snacks to eat and the more themed the better

5) Games:  Trivia games and ones that get kids moving are stimulating and strangely calming for the learning moments

6) Performing.  When kids perform what they learn, not only do they have a good time but they also are more likely to remember it!

7) A finale:  There should always be something to look forward and work towards at the end: A reward, play, Big Game, CAKE, etc.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Kids Say The Darndest Things

Yesterday Hayzel got a hold of my lip gloss.  Brinley notified me right away. She then asked if she could wear some which I obliged.  Of course all three girls wanted lip gloss, so they all got some.  Hayzel is hilarious first insisting to put it on herself....until she realized that wasn't happening.  I showed her how I did it on myself and she pursed her lips.  Brinley was ready to go and walked the walk with her hands out and ready.  Elly did the same and then said:

"Look, I'm a Mommy!"

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Kids Say The Darndest Things

So I was listening to this podcast about eating healthy. One of the hosts was explaining how he was always skinny and could not pick up weight.  Elly was in the room and she said:

"I don't know why he would complain about that.  I like being skinny.  That's why I stretch everyday."

Ahh if only streching were the solution to being skinny.  It is cute what a 7 year old thinks.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Book Club

We are missing 2 girls, one just moved and another is on vacation

It will be a year in September since we started our own kid book club.  It isn't anything fancy, usually I find a nice picture book and Read it aloud.  
Their crafts, well okay apparently Brinley is holding Hayzels' craft.  It is flowers made from paint and toilet paper rolls
Then we discuss the characters, setting, plot etc. (About a 5 minute conversation...these are 7 year olds)

Painting away
Afterwards we do a craft related to the book, then follow up with a treat.  The kids also get a chance to catch up and play. We have been consistent and the girls always look forward to it. 

Painting away

 This is specifically designed with Elly in mind, however I am starting an Alphabet Club for Brinley once a month.  A chance for her to get together with her friends, focus on a letter, read a book, do a craft and enjoy a snack.  Play time is always allotted in the time frame.
okay so apparently this is Brinley's craft, and mother of the year I am, I threw it out because I thought it was baby Hayzels' (I helped Hayzel make a flower-not Brinley)