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.



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