I’m not sure what made me think that just because we were taking the week off from formal learning it would be a week of leisure. It’s week like this that make me wonder how in the world we ever get anything done while we’re officially schooling.
Monday started off normal enough. The kids got some of their regular schoolwork done and we worked a bit on our knights project before I headed to the doctor. Tuesday was crazy with an early morning music recital practice, followed by a quick lunch, a trip to the recycling center and home to get everything ready for the performance. The kids did great!
Wednesday was spent working on shields and swords for the kids’ costumes. Late last week or early this week, Josh came up from the basement playroom wearing a really cool knight’s costume. I had totally forgotten about it! Brian’s parents picked it up at a clearance sale after Halloween, along with several other costumes.
It turns out that there were Middle Age style dresses for Brianna and Megan in matching colors! Can you believe that? So, I painted the shields (cut out of heavy cardboard) to match. Brianna drew the dragon that was on Josh’s costume and colored it silver, then, we copied it onto some sticker paper that I had and stuck them on the front of the shields. We were all very pleased with the results:
Thursday morning, I was blessed to go to a homeschool seminar with speaker Joyce Herzog. It was very encouraging, inspiring, and not just a little convicting. I’ll probably post more about it later. I picked up many practical and encouraging tidbits, about both learning style differences and hands-on, fun things to do in our homeschool that include all ages, skill levels and curriculum styles. It was well-worth the small fee and the time to go.
We came home from the seminar and, after a quick nap to try to clear the NyQuil/Zyrtec induced fog I’ve been living in, we worked on finishing up the swords for our knights and we-don’t-need-a-knight-to-protect-us ladies. I’ll post a how-to on those later, too, but I was pleasantly surprised that the end result was very close to the mental image that I had:
Today was the highlight of the week: our long-awaited Night at the Museum party, inspired by this post from Cindy West. It was great! I was so very impressed with so many of the displays. We’ve got some really creative kids in our group. First, here’s my crew, dressed and ready to go:
Our display, including our “swan cake” (For Middle Age feasts, a swan was often carefully plucked, roasted, then, redressed before being served. We just made a cake in a Bundt pan, put white icing and coconut on it and inserted the swan head that Brianna drew on cardstock.):
New York (Don’t you just love the lights on the Brooklyn Bridge? They actually worked!):
The African Plains animals:
We had two Civil War displays and both of them were excellent:
The Old West, along with a partially constructed log cabin:
We also had two Teddy Roosevelt displays:
And, finally, Ancient Egypt and Ocean Life (I love the blue whales! Aren’t they cute?)
Tonight we’ll be wrapping up the week with a baseball tournament, rather than a date night. *sigh* Oh, well. The ball games are always fun to watch and I guess we’ll get another date night eventually.
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