Friday, December 5, 2014

Week 18 ~ The Nutcracker Edition

We are in full Nutcracker mode this week in our home. We will be at the theater for 20+ hours this week. I have tried to keep our days light so that we could have enough endurance for the nights. I feel sorry for the public school kids in the show. They become very exhausted each year. This is a really hard week for many of them. However, as homeschoolers we can make many adjustments to our schedule to ease the stress. My husband had this week off. We got some big things accomplished on the To Do list ~ dentist appointments for all, review of our wills, several DIY home repairs and selling on Ebay. My DH also did 20+ hours of yard work, Nutcracker Week is the signal to begin Christmas School, which means "school lite". We are doing the the 3R's  ~ plus one or two other subjects a day and either a craft or field trip.

School this Week ~ 
  • Literature ~ Doll Bones by Holly Black -- Our librarian was right. This audio book has kept us on the edge of our seats. We have about 20 more minutes to go to complete the story. We will finish it up in the car this morning.
  • Math ~ Each child did at least four lessons from Teaching Textbooks this week. Tom Sawyer did a few more.
  • Language Arts ~ They were required to do 10 pages in language arts workbooks this week, doing spelling and vocabulary. 
  • History ~ We watched CNN Student News each morning.
  • Geography ~ We did three chapters in Seabird by Holling C. Holling and completed the map work for those chapters.
  • Art ~ We finished our Nativity stained glass pictures and made snowflakes.

  • Writing ~ They did journaling or writing homework each day. Tom Sawyer attended writing class.
  • Bible ~ We watched The First Noel on YouTube and attended church.
We also Decked the Halls ~ 

We dropped off books for the library Christmas Wish Tree ~

Notice the boy hiding behind the pole ~ What am I going to do with him?
But, most of this week has been devoted to the Nutcracker ~ Both kids have roles as party goers and candy canes.
Tom Sawyer leaping and Little Red Riding Hood (in peach dress) sticking out her tongue at him.

Tom Sawyer and Little Red Riding Hood in their party scene outfits.

Little Red Riding Hood is in the center (front)
Little Red Riding Hood during the party scene (middle sitting in peach dress)
Tom Sawyer during warm ups
Tom Sawyer as candy cane on the left facing us
I love all of the wonderful experiences the kids get working with this dance studio. They love every minute of it, too!

Blessings, Dawn


  1. How wonderful they are so busy and happy --- what beautiful Christmas memories you're making!! Hugs, Dawn!

  2. Wow! What a special thing to watch your children in the Nutcracker! It is one of my favourite ballets. Your daughter looks beautiful!

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog Dawn. The stained glass look fabulous. What a wonderful experience for your children and for you to sit back and watch. I am taking my daughter to see our State Ballet perform the Nutcracker two days before Christmas. We can't wait!

  4. What beautiful dancers. I love seeing all their dance pictures throughout the year. It sounds like you accomplished so much this week despite the nutcracker.

  5. We so enjoyed the show again this year, they did wonderful of course, so sorry we could not stay and tell them in person, so many tired peeps, see you soon, K

  6. What a great experience - and wonderful memories - to be part of such a Christmas classic!