We had a great week with our latest Five in a Row (FIAR) book, Mirette on the High Wire. The kids really enjoyed doing our science project with the book. They learned how to clean copper. We tried two different ways. We soaked six pennies in lemon juice and six pennies in vinegar for 24 hours. Hmmm ... the vinegar ruined the pennies. However, the lemon juice worked great.
The photos show the dirty pennies, then Little Red Ridinghood shaking the pennies in a jar of lemon juice and a jar of vinegar, and the pennies set out to dry. Yikes!! Look at what the vinegar did to the pennies!
They also enjoyed working on their balance beam exercises on the little retaining wall outside our home. They walked forwards, backwards, and blindfolded (holding Mom's hand).
To finish off our study of Mirette on the High Wire, we made omelettes and crepes. Unfortunately, the crepes just did not work out at all. But the omelettes were wonderful.
We also counted up the coins the kids had saved for Heifer International. We used the big teen's new money bank that automatically counts the coins. Yes, I know that counting all the coins would have been very educational, but $30 in mostly pennies would have taken forever. The kids really wanted to buy honeybees for a poor family, and they had just enough (after searching the house for an additional dollar in loose coins my dh and I secretly hid).
The question is, who is going to put all those coins into those paper coin rolls? Do I have any volunteers?
In the kids' spare time this week, Tom Sawyer decided to make a TV set. The kids had a blast sitting inside being their favorite TV shows. One or two kids would sit outside with a cardboard remote and yell, "Bob the Builder," and then the one inside would sing the theme song. It was really cute!
Last but not least, I would like to ask for a small prayer request. I was bitten by a dog that had no proof of rabies vaccine, so now I have to go through the series of rabies shots. I started the protocol on Friday, and shots will continue every few days until early February. I am not really worried about the shots, but they are a hassle in an already very busy schedule, and I have to go to the Emergency Room each time. Please say a little prayer that the wait at the ER is short each time and that all goes smoothly. Thanks so much!
I hope you all have a blessed week!