Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Here are our themes for the week, all of which went into the Word Box, as usual.
lots of magnets this week
Caroline brought a cow for "moo" for Show and Tell, and Cecilia brought a cat (for "meow," we decided). There was a magnifying glass in the Mystery Sound Pouch this week.
Songs and Rhymes
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
Five Little Monkeys
Little Miss Muffet
Mary had a Little Lamb
The Muffin Man
To Market, To Market
~Foods for M Week~
Mexican chicken casserole
Mexican enchilada casserole
macaroni and cheese
manicotti cordon bleu (looking at it still makes me want to hurl, even though it tasted good... it's a food aversion thing for me right now ;)
spaghetti and meatballs (thanks to the greatest husband ever for prepping/cooking the turkey meatballs for me due to that aversion! Smelled awful while cooking, but I was able to eat them and they were great!)
mozzarella sticks (which are not aesthetically pleasing - nothing from the Deceptively Delicious cookbook looks like it should... they should call it "deceptive photos of recipes" instead!)
St. Martins' Mice Muffins, marshmallows, and mint (Candy Cane Lane) tea!
forming letter Mm using playdough
writing M's in cornmeal
Cut and Paste M Collage
Punch Out the Letter - Capital and Lowercase Mm
~Flower Fairy for Letter M: Mallow~
Caroline's Mallow flower fairy page from the Flower Fairies coloring book
The Mallow fairy has buds which look like little round cheeses surrounded by leaves... the flower fairy song makes reference to this, so i had the idea to use some of those little Babybel Laughing Cow cheeses and fresh basil out of our fridge to make our own "fairy cheeses!"
~Saint for Letter M: St. Martin~
painted St. Martin: the broom side
and the rosary side!
Doing copywork from An Alphabet of Catholic Saints
Illustrating St. Martin
finished copywork and illustration
~In the Book Baskets~
~Picture Study: M is for Monster~
Caroline illustrated a drawing from Walter Crane's Beauty and the Beast
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.
~ABC Virtue of the Week: Mercy~
~God's Alphabet Poem: M is for Mary~
M is for Manners and Mass
Caroline made a little book of Manners at Mass that is part of the Things I See at Church lapbook. We also read The Weight of a Mass and discussed it.
M is for Museum and Mellow Mushroom!
We went to the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga... the kids love this place! The girls wore their matching mushroom clothes - Caroline has a shirt and Cecilia a dress. I happened to find them both at the same consignment sale in the right sizes!
Cecilia strikes a pose next to her finished puzzle
At Mellow Mushroom for lunch, with Cecilia striking the same pose
The water tables are the best part of the museum, I think...
M is for Marshmallows
Changed out of the dress-up clothes now and tasting the marshmallow fluff
So, we just had to make s'mores!
Daddy is the fire guy
Sticky fingers! Homemade marshmallows are even meltier than store-bought! Yes, I made that word up.
~Cooking Project: M is for Muffins~
lining the muffin tin...
licking the frosting... the muffins were whole wheat chocolate chip, and we whipped up a little cream cheese frosting to turn them into St. Martin's Mice!
Does it sort of look like a mouse? Ginger snap ears, M & M eyes, Hershey Kiss nose...
I love this new Shark mop... it is awesome. My mom got it for me for Christmas! Chris used to do all the mopping because I didn't. I just didn't like to mop, to deal with the bucket and the cleaners and the wet... and this thing takes mopping and makes it an enjoyable task! It is a really hot steam mop, so it just kills germs with steam! Then you throw the mop head pad in the washing machine when finished. I am all for no bucket, no chemicals, and fast-drying, kid-friendly mopping!
~Chores/Practical Life: M is for Mopping~