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Monday, April 14, 2014

Holy Cow, It's Been A Month...Again!

I'm certainly not going to get any ribbons for my blog maintenance, am I?!  It's been a month since I blogged...again!

This has been a big week for me.

  • I went to my first homeschool convention.  It was fabulous!  I'm a different homeschool mom, for sure.
  • I discovered Life of Fred, and I'm positive that it's going to change Millie's disdain for math.
  • Millie passed up dessert to read a book (jaw drop!)
Here's what we've been up to for the past month:

The girls made flapper dolls at the MN History Museum for 1920's day

Elise is a notorious gangster!

Practicing the Charleston 

Just hangin' out at the speakeasy 

Calculating their carbon footprint at Girl Scouts

Painting Daisys

One of the last hot chocolate mornings of the year

Honey, I shrunk the kid!

Their first Girl Scout cookie booth was a success!

Fabulous essential oil class

Busy making hand sanitizer out of essential oils

Mom and Dad had a few nights out while the girls were at play practice :)
Lucky us!!

Ukrainian egg workshop through 4-H.  

She made a hedgehog!

A little too early for playgrounds?  The water was about a
foot deep.  Memorable, for sure!

Elise designed the horse on the left.  Grandma 'Rira
helped sew it.

4-H solar car workshop.  Millie's was pretty fast!

Peer pressure is good!  She would have never climbed this high
without the encouragement from her friends!

A day at the zoo

Playing at the beach!  Just ignore the coats, snow, and ice.

Painting paper mache mushroom logs

Making an oyster mushroom garden.  Ummm...

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Plays, Protein, and Princesses

Holy moly, I just noticed that I haven't posted a new blog entry in over a month!

Well, last week was a classically perfect week here at Two Cowgirls Homeschool :)

Over the weekend, Millie participated in a 1 act play through 4-H, and ended up getting 1st play with her group, and a special award recognizing her as an outstanding performer.  We're so proud of her!  She had a lot of fun, learned a lot about keeping her front facing the audience, projecting her voice, and enunciating her words.  It was a great experience!

Monday was yet another cold day in which we didn't attend play group :(  It's officially March now, and I'm fulling expecting it to come in like a lion, and out like a lamb. It'd be nice to see this record breaking cold winter come to an end! Hopefully our play group will be on track now.  Fingers crossed!  Instead, we stayed home.  Millie got a phone call from her dog walking poster downstairs, and accepted a 2 week dog walking gig!  It started that very day, so we got out and took the pup around the block.  Now Millie is going full speed ahead toward her goal of saving up for a hamster, and is also super motivated to earn a business badge in Girl Scouts :)

Tuesday Elise had Doodlebugs.  While she was having fun with kids her age, Millie had fun with friends outside and in the nature center.

Wednesday the girls attended their first princess book club!  They read a book about Anastasia Romanov a couple weeks ago, and this was the club that went along with the book.  It started at the Russian Museum of Art in Minneapolis.  They have two levels dedicated to artifacts from the Romanov's.  It was absolutely amazing.  I could have stayed for hours and read everything.  Perhaps i'll go back on my own ;)  After that, we went to a library where the girls discussed the book, and then decorated their own eggs!

Half of the Anastasia Romanov book club girls.

Thursday and Friday we stayed home for some much needed book work.  We finished up our 1920's unit study, and learned about protein, starch, and fat.  We did a few experiments to determine if certain foods had those elements in them.  It was really interesting.

We're ready for another fun week!

Since I didn't post for a month, here are a few pictures from February:

Friday, January 31, 2014

World War I Unit Study

Monday was yet another "cold day" in which schools were cancelled.  We plugged on with our lessons so we can reach my personal goal of being done teaching by May 31st!

We finished up out World War I unit this week.  Here's what we did:

We read the following books:

We didn't read straight through, I picked out the topics that I wanted to cover, and picked which book covered it best.  I guess I wouldn't really recommend one book over the other, they were all pretty good.  If one was too wordy for us, it had great pictures, and vice versa.

Millie read the American Girl Rebecca books which take place in 1914, right as the war was getting started.  There's very little mention of the war in the books, but it was interesting for her to get a feel for what kids were doing during that time period of war, immigration, and change.

Coincidentally, the princess book club that the girls are in is reading about Anastasia Romanov, which takes place during WWI, too.  It's a bit of a different perspective.  More on this book club at a later date ;)

We used these online resources to learn more about things that he books didn't cover, like

how animals were used in the war (or, 10 fun ways to study WWI),
an interview with the last living American WWI vet,
and poppy art (buried somewhere in my homeschool Pinterest board).

For Millie's final project, she chose to do a diorama about the use of animals in WWI.

Of course, we didn't just do WWI "stuff" this week.  We learned about deadly mosquito bites, wrote funny stories in Peterkin Paper style, and did a LOT of free educational exploration.

I'm quickly learning that Elise's learning style is completely opposite of Millie's.  Millie likes to be directed 90% of the time.  Elise on the other hand, loves figuring out things on her own, and doing a lot of independent learning.  Right now she's REALLY into this book:

Here's what she has been up to this week:

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Past Two Weeks In Pictures

We went sledding with friends

The girls learned all about the Titanic

We met friends at a nature center.  Elise loved petting the bunny!

They got to watch some birds get banded and released

We learned about proper etiquette

The girls read about, watched, played, and created dragons

We learned all about the heart and blood in science

We experimented with lung capacity

Somehow I don't think this has anything to do with lung capacity!

We braved the cold to see the ice sculptures

A Lego ice sculpture!!

Millie worked on her girl scout drawing badge

Elise learned about foxes in her Doodlebugs class.  
Of course, this isn't everything!  We also met friends at the Science Museum to play and watch the Sharks Omni Theater movie, had a BIG playdate at a nature center, learned about WWI, made a trip to the library, yada yada yada.

I finished reading A Thomas Jefferson Education, and it has me wanting to read classics (I clearly fell through the cracks in this department.  I have a lot of catching up to do!).  I'm looking forward to implementing some TJ Education techniques into our homeschool!!