Our School Year in Review

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 S…

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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What we did in July

It was a busy July!  Here is what we did:
1) My brother Devin s graduation Party2) Had a 4th of July Party3) A one day Art Camp at Hendershots4) Flint Hill Farm Boshkowskis5) A visit to the local pool with Finkbeiners6) Canoeing on the Lehigh River with Allreds7) Carnival and Fireworks with Boswells8) Pioneer Day picnic at Church 9) Shakespeare Camp10) Shakespeare for Kids Play at DeSales11) Celebrate Dannys Birthday12) 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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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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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!"

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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