Friday, January 22, 2016

Week 22 ~ Snow, School and Games

We are in the midst of a large snowstorm here in the mountains of North Carolina. Dear husband was given the day off so we are all safe and sound at home. We have about six inches of snow on the ground with more expected over the next 24 hours. They say we may get a foot! What fun!
We will be doing plenty of this over the next day or two!
Boomer is loving the snow!
Dear Husband got the day off to play in the snow!
Science ~ We are enjoying The Crazy Scientist 20 Amazing Science Tricks. The experiments are clear cut and actually work. I love it when they work! This week we learned about low atmospheric air pressure. Can you make a ping pong blow out of a funnel? I bet you can't!

We also learned about surface tension on water. We even made a water dome.

We then learned about "tearing" the surface tension with a drop of soap on the finger. The pepper runs away from the soap as it breaks the surface tension.

Games ~ You know it is winter around here when it is game night every single night. Here are the games we played this week.
  • Blokus
  • 10 Days in Asia
  • Munchkin
  • Apples to Apples
  • Yahtzee
  • QBitz
  • Swish

School Days ~ 

The rest of our week was filled with learning. Snow interrupted a field trip and our co-op classes this week, but we got lots done at home. Anne finished her math book, Stand Up Math (180 Fun and Challenging Word Problems for Kids). Dean will be done with his book on Monday. They have been doing tons of workbook pages both in reading comprehension and cursive handwriting. They are loving Leonardo for Kids: His Life and Ideas: 21 Activities. We are skipping most of the activities in the book because we have done them before. Instead, I am pulling out the clay for them to create while I read. We are also working our way through The World of Columbus and Sons. We finished up Prince Caspian The Return to Narnia and will be going on with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader next week. We also did lots of cooking on Thursday in order to prepare for the possibility of losing power during the storm. There were other accomplishments, but that is the highlights of our school week.
Anne made her first roux for homemade mac and cheese.

We also found the closest recipe to my memory of what an Orange Julius tastes like. I haven't had one in decades! It is from the Pioneer Woman website. 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon meringue powder
  • 1/4 heaping cup powdered sugar
  • ice
Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!

Well, we are off to look at the snow in the dark and play another board game! Happy weekend. I am joining ~ 
Collage Friday at Homegrown Learners

Blessings, Dawn


  1. It is snowing here,too. It was smart of you to cook in advance. We do many of the same things...the games, Columbus and Sons book, etc. I will have to try the recipe. Stay warm and dry!

  2. It is snowing here,too. It was smart of you to cook in advance. We do many of the same things...the games, Columbus and Sons book, etc. I will have to try the recipe. Stay warm and dry!

  3. Orange Julius! I haven't had one of those in ages and ages; I think I was in grade school! We'll have to try your recipe. We just started the Narnia series this week and so far my boys are loving the Magician's Nephew.

  4. HOpe you all survived the snow! I have to get on the ball and do more science exp. the kids love them..I just have to research better 8(

    Enjoy the weekend.

  5. What a lovely, productive week! I particularly love the snow pictures. We rarely get snow here, and I know the children would thoroughly enjoy yours!

  6. Isn't weather strange sometimes? Here you all got snowed under, and us in Maine didn't even get a flake of snow! Now I'm not complaining! LOL I'm glad to share, but it's just odd sometimes how nature works. Pretty awesome that Dad could stay home and get out there and have some fun with the kiddos! Special times for sure!

  7. Snow! We just haven't gotten much the last few years... Oddly it goes south of us. Looks like you all had s great time in the snow and we're all kept safe. The experiments look like fun too. It's always nice to see all that your kids do each week.

  8. Look at all that beautiful snow, games and learning fun! Love this type of post :) Your recipe sounds good, too.