It’s November already?!? What! When did that happen? How are we already this close to Christmas? I swear the older I get, the faster the years speed by.
We started our week with a girls’ day on Sunday. I took Emma to see the Cincinnati Ballet and Ballet Met Columbus perform Swan Lake. We prepped for the show using these resources. It was a beautiful show, and I’m glad we knew the story going in. Since there is no speaking in a ballet, it makes it easier to follow along if you know the story. The ballet was beautiful, and there was a special surprise at the end. The principal ballerina’s boyfriend proposed to her. She said “yes”, of course, and Emma declared it the sweetest thing ever!
School was good this week. Each morning, I have assign Emma a section of the Bible to read. Twice this week, she has chosen verses from her readings to add to our memory box. I love that she is seeing the benefits of memorizing scripture. I love that she is seeking passages that mean something to her.
Em is loving her Real Science Odyssey Chemistry this year. She loves the weekly hands-on activities. This week, she did an experiment to prove that sodium and potassium are indeed part of the same family. Then, she watched a video to see what happens to each of these elements when they are dropped into water. It was pretty cool.
She started a new book for literature. She’s reading The Ballad of Lucy Whipple, and we’re using the unit study by Moving Beyond the Pages. I really like how the units are laid out with this program. I try to coordinate them with our history studies. Since we are heading into the Gold Rush era in a couple of weeks, I thought this was the perfect time to introduce this book. I love that the unit study not only dives deeper into the book, but that it also digs into the historical aspect of the time period.
Thursday, Emma woke up ready for Halloween! She immediately put on her costume. She wore it all day long. It was iffy all day as to whether or not she was going to be able to trick-or-treat. It was a windy, rainy day. In the end, she did get to trick-or-treat in the wind and the rain. It wasn’t a hard rain so we grabbed our umbrellas and hit the road. We didn’t go as far as we normally would, because it was yucky out. But, she did manage to get a pretty good amount of candy.
Isaac got his first report card of the school year. All A’s and B’s! Yay! And, this message was at the bottom… I’m a super proud momma!
In other news, Emma and I have been reading A LOT! Here’s a list of books we finished over the past two weeks:
- Alfred Nobel: The Man Behind the Peace Prize by Kathy-Jo Wargin
- You Wouldn’t Want to Explore with Lewis and Clark by Jacqueline Morley
Books Emma finished:
- Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
- I Dreamed I Was a Ballerina by Anna Pavlova
- Tchaikovsky Discovers America by Esther Kalman
- I Am Sacagawea, I Am York by Claire Rudolf Murphy
- Tallchief: America’s Prima Ballerina by Maria Tallchief
- Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou by Edwin Graves Wilson
- My Mexico ~ Mexico mio by Tony Johnston
- Olympia the Games Fairy by Daisy Meadows
- Swan Lake by Nancy Ellison
- Peter Tchaikovsky by Mike Venezia
- Vamperina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace
Now for something a little fun, I tried a new braid on Emma yesterday. I LOVE it! And, it was so much easier than it looks. Check out the full tutorial HERE.