Friday, September 19, 2014

Week 9 ~ The Great Lakes and Pirate Day!

We had another great week. I am glad that our routine is going so well. Just one more week until our next break. I can't believe we have nine weeks under our belts already!

Paddle To The Sea ~ We finished our study of Paddle to The Sea with the creation of a salt dough map of the Great Lakes. It came out really nice and was much easier this time then our salt dough map of France last year. We plan to make a salt dough map for geography every 10 weeks this year.

Other School ~ The kids are doing really well completing their work each day. I feel like we are getting so much more done each day than we did in past years. The kids are especially enjoying Bella Mysteries this week. They are fun little cards that give a mystery to solve. The kids have to use logic and prior knowledge to figure out the clues. They are also really enjoying our latest literature book, The Trumpet of the Swan. They are sick and tired of math workbooks and can't wait for Teaching Textbooks to arrive. I earned enough money on Ebay this month to buy the next in the series. We also enjoyed the latest Squilt freebie from Mary. You have to check it out! I can't wait for the next volume to be released. Lastly, the kids made salt dough Christmas Ornaments for their dance teachers with the left over map dough.  We are already gathering things for Christmas. YIKES!

Out and About ~ In addition to dance and writing classes, we had Lego Club this week. The kids love going to monthly Lego Club. The "Challenge" this week was to make a famous landmark. Both my kids decided to make the statue of Liberty.

Tom Sawyer's Statue of Liberty
We finished off the week with a very special outing! Friday was Speak Like a Pirate Day, and Krispy Kreme gave out a free dozen doughnuts to anyone who dressed up as a pirate. We couldn't miss that! Tom Sawyer is doing so much better with his food allergies. He took an activated charcoal capsule before eating THREE doughnuts. He did well afterward, with no hives, wheezing or redness!

Blessings, Dawn


  1. I am really glad to hear that the allergies are getting better. A dozen Krispy Kremes...oh, that is heaven. Your salt dough map is beautiful and so are the Christmas presents. A great week!

  2. Wonderful treat!! LOVE Krispy Kreme! I'm so glad that his allergies are doing so much better. I love the salt dough map. I have yet to do one.....I fear it! Hopefully, I'll get over my fear and let the kids do one soon!

  3. Glad to read there were no allergic reactions to the Krispy Kremes - that would have been tragic. Terrific job on the Statue of Liberty - it looks great, as does the map! I'm trying not to be jealous of your productivity :)

  4. What a fun outing! I was always too chicken to do the costume stuff. I'm glad Tom Sawyer did well with the doughnuts. Sounds like a great week.

  5. Love the Statue of Liberty in Lego! We'll be studying that next week.

    I have never done salt dough with the kids but it is on the plan for fall. We may even do an entire tree of decorations for Christmas...

  6. I'm not sure I've ever had a Krispy Kreme doughnut. Probably just as well given I'm trying to shed a few pounds.
    I really love your map. I've never used dough only paper mache for map making but I like the height you seem to be able to get with dough.
    A lovely week!

  7. I love Holling Clancy Holling! But my kids don't! I have wanted to do some activities with his books...Awesome salt dough maps! Score on the donuts! I bet the kids LOVED that! LOL

  8. The salt dough map looks fantastic! Glad Tom Sawyer was able to enjoy his doughnuts - have never had a Krispy Kreme but heard enough about them to want some!