Sunday, January 13, 2008

Mirette on the High Wire & Rabies

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!



  1. Looks great! Will pray...

  2. It looks like you've been having a great homeschool week~ sorry about the dog bite, though~ what a pain! Hopefully all will go smoothly with the shots and you'll be just fine.

    Thanks for sharing all the great pictures!


  3. Glad to see you guys are still having such fun in your learning. I've been MIA for a while but hope to be back on here soon... I think of you all whenever I think of the blogs here :-)

  4. that book sounds like fun. we do FIAR from time to time, I will have to watch out for that book. the carboard cute.

    How awful about the rabies....hope your shots go well. Yes, I will pray for you for the next few weeks. :-)


  5. Yikes!! That is terrible. My friend's hubby got bit by a fox last year and had to have the shots also. He said the worst part was driving in town every few days. Hope you are blessed w/ a short wait. I loved the pics! The pennies came out great! Neat idea!

  6. I'm sorry to hear about the dog bite! We will pray for you.

  7. OK< that it not a SMALL prayer request. That is huge! My father-in-law had to have those shots and i know from him how bad they were. I won't tell you until you are safely through them all what happened to him.

    The TV play sounds just so cute and what a great book and activities. I really should look into FIAR.

    Have a good week!


  8. I totally understand the hassle of cramming something into an already full schedule. Other than that, your week looks like it has been fun and educational!

    Sorry I haven't been visiting much, I have been away and busy.

  9. blessedwith2angelsJanuary 15, 2008 at 6:47 AM

    I will be keeping you in my prayers. It looks like you are having a great time with your school. Your projects inspire me to do more fun things with my kids.


  10. We made omelets this week, too. Yum.

    I giggled at the t.v. idea. How cute. Ashley was standing over my shoulder, and we agreed that looks like something Marissa and Daniella would have a ball with.

    I pray all goes well with your wait time, the shots, and your bite. I just blogged about the fear of a dog, and the twist in consequences. My dad has been bitten by a dog (and a cat) before. He had to have many stitches. The cat bite put him in the hospital. We have a house full of pets, but animals can be scary. I've heard those shots are painful. I hope it's not too bad for you.


  11. Oh no, how awful about the shots! I think I do remember you saying you were busy with doc appts already this month. I'll be praying!



  12. As always, it looks like you all had a fabulous time. Love the TV set.

    And, of course, I'll pray for you! What a bummer...

  13. I am going to try FIAR, for the first time, with my soon to be five year old.

  14. Hmmm - I need one of those money counters. We save our change for the family fun jar. The first time we filled it, we ended up with about $60. It's almost half full again. They love taking it to the bank and exchanging it. I'm hoping we can do a field trip at some point and they can see the change sorter.

    Artistic Flare (18) likes to take the big boxes and make a play house. She draws a kitchen, living room, hallway, etc. on the inside. We'll have to try the TV idea next time. :)