Monday, November 15, 2010
Well, we spent two weeks on H and were able to take our time, finish reading all our garden books from G week along with our H books, and do some additional math work.
Here are our themes for the week, all of which went into the Word Box, as usual.
a new horse floor puzzle!
We pulled out all the puzzles with horses on them, too.
Caroline brought a horse finger puppet and horse game card to Circle Time for show and tell. Cecilia wore a hat that she found on her own in a box of cold-weather hats and mittens and such... it fit her last year, ha ha. Hat happens to begin with H, which was unintentional on Cecilia's part. In the mystery sound pouch, the girls found a toy hot dog and hamburger!
Songs and Rhymes
Johnny Works with One Hammer
Hickety Pickety, My Black Hen
Hickory Dickory Dock
Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
Holy, Holy, Holy
It was also time to change the calendar to November...
~Foods for H Week~
honey sticks - I got these a few months ago at the local farmers market, thinking the girls would have fun squeezing out their own honey (onto pumpkin pancakes in this photo!)
hash brown potato pancakes and scrambled eggs with ham and cheese
Cecilia wants to make sure to stuff as much in as possible! ;)
herbed tomato mozzarella salad
hot ham and havarti sandwiches
...with herbed spelt popovers!
I'd never made popovers before... oh, they were so fun and easy! I made them in the blender, poured them into the muffin tin, and they came out beautifully - and very yummy!
hearty vegetable soup
Also enjoyed during H week: hot dogs for Halloween to kick off the week, Halloween candy (of course), havarti cheese on crackers for snacks, honey-roasted chicken, ham and pesto sandwiches, and horseshoe cookies!
We had honeybee cookies and hot chocolate - mmmm!
Cecilia insisted on drinking out of the toy tea set cup! She liked the hot chocolate pretty well, but Caroline didn't love it... she drank most of one small cup but didn't want any more.
Cut and Paste H Collage
Punch Out the Letter - Capital and Lowercase Hh
~Flower Fairy for Letter H: Herb Twopence~
Caroline coloring her flower fairy page from the Flower Fairies coloring book
Caroline's completed Herb Twopence Fairy
~Saint for Letter H: St. Helen~
painted St. Helen
St. Helen poem copywork from An Alphabet of Catholic Saints
Caroline's completed work
~In the Book Baskets~
Science Theme: Honeybees
Favorites for Letter H:
A Hatful of Seuss (includes Horton Hears a Who)
Little House in the Big Woods (our bedtime read-aloud)
~Word Box Work~
locating all the H words with a short e sound
~Picture Study: H is for Hair~
Caroline works on her copy of a George Washington portrait by Gilbert Stuart
Here's her finished work... I was really impressed! We both got a big kick out of "the porcupine on his back." What is that thing supposed to be, anyway??
~ABC Virtue of the Week: Helpful~
These are virtue coloring sheets found here. Using the great idea of another Catholic homeschooling mom, I am reading Caroline a relevant story from this sweet little book full of stories with morals to them.
~Activities for H Week~
Caroline's narration of everything she remembered about honeybees after reading several books
The body of the bee is a yellow handprint, sideways on the paper with the fingers all touching each other. The wings are made from a white handprint, fingers pointing toward the back, sliding the hand back and forth while keeping the fingertips in the same place. The black stripes are the side of the hand, and the eye and stinger are made with a fingertip.
Caroline's bee on the left, Cecilia's on the right
Here they are after the girls drew flowers on them
~Cooking Project: H is for Honeybee Cookies and Hot Chocolate~
adding pretzel "wings" to the dough (a peanut butter cookie recipe)
frosting the honeybees with "black" stripes (chocolate frosting, leftover in the freezer from G week's garden cake!)
Cecilia "helping" to make the hot chocolate... such an easy recipe that I found in an old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. Fill a 1/3 cup measure with half cocoa powder and half sugar, put it in a pot with a bit of water (maybe a tablespoon), heat over high heat and let boil a minute, then add two cups of milk. Heat, then whisk in a splash of vanilla and serve. You should see me trying to make myself just one serving... filling the 1/3 cup up 1/4 of the way with cocoa powder, then sugar to the halfway mark...
~Chores/Practical Life: H is for Housework~
rather specific, no? ;)
Caroline puts away laundry
Cecilia helps unload the dishwasher
Cecilia helps wash the sink (I use a water and vinegar mixture, so the kids can help without touching unsafe chemicals)
Caroline and Cecilia wipe down the mirror in the bathroom
~Outdoors: H is for...~
We also took a family hike!
On to I week!