Weekly Wrap-Up: The Nothing Terribly Exciting Edition

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Ah, thank goodness it’s Friday! I am ready for a breather. It’s been a busy week, though I’m not terribly sure what we’ve done.

We didn’t have any exciting projects this week. We studied volcanoes in science and I had planned to let the kids make salt dough volcanoes and do baking soda/vinegar eruptions. However, I forgot the buy the flour and salt on my weekly shopping trip and when I mentioned going to get some, the kids let me know that they weren’t really interested in doing the volcanoes. We did them a few years ago and Josh, who was expecting a full-fledged eruption, was terribly unimpressed.

Apparently, he hasn’t forgotten that.

Since the kids had no desire to do the volcanoes and there wasn’t some deeply educational value to doing them, we skipped it.

We’ve moved quickly through history this week, with the most exciting thing we did being to write Haikus when we learned about Japan in Story of the World. The kids did a great job with them. Josh required a bit of pushing, but the girls did theirs with little or no help (Megan and Brianna, respectively). Here’s what they wrote:


by Josh

Lego’s for building

Fun to build with plastic blocks

Star Wars blocks are best!


by Megan

I like to play out.

I like to play with Josh out.

Fun in the wagon.

Puppies and Cats

by Brianna

Puppies and cats play.

Puppies bark loud, cats meow soft.

Puppies and cats fight.

We did work on our artist study on Wednesday afternoon. We did a the variation of the paper bag book report that I mentioned, looked at some of Picasso’s art and read Picasso and Minou (which means kitty in French) by P.I. Maltie. The most interesting thing about that book, to me, was that it was mostly true. The funny thing was that the part I was sure was completely made up turned out to be totally true — the part where the cat brought Picasso a sausage.

Today we added Arkansas to our state notebooks. The obscure fact we picked up for Arkansas is that Alma, Arkansas calls itself the Spinach Capital of the World. So, we did what any good homeschool family would do — we made yummy spinach dip! We used my favorite recipe – the one off the back of the package of Knorr’s vegetable soup mix. We added our secret ingredient (a tablespoon of Accent) and made sure we didn’t miss the key step (squeezing all the water out of the spinach). Mmmm!

And, unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of a single interesting thing this week.

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  1. I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now and am just getting around to participating. You have the BEST ideas!!

  2. I love the way you are putting your state notebook together. I would have loved to have some spinach dip too. πŸ™‚

    The haikus were awesome! That is something that we need to try soon.

  3. If the kids were oh so unimpressed by the volcano, you should try a diet coke and mento’s geyser. They truly shoot up 5 feet, just with the 2 ltr opening, and with a geyser tube, can shoot even farther.
    diet coke – 1.29
    mento’s – .79
    the messiest science memory ever – priceless

  4. I found your blog recently, and am enjoying reading. I like the Weekly Wrap-up idea. I will try to post one next week. My Friday post this week was kind of a wrap-up sort of post, I just didn’t know that I could make it official!

    I enjoyed your kids’ poetry. We have only done them in Japanese, so it was fun to see what they come up with in English. Nice job!

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