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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Homeschool Log 12/08/09

This is how I found the kitchen chairs stacked while Austin was sweeping the kitchen floor. I started to scold and decided to just grab the camera instead. How can I complain about creativity and imagination. Maybe he'll be an architect someday and then I'll show him this picture again.

Speaking of creativity - Amanda kept the little kids entertained with this Molly doll tied to her head. They were a little amazed at her antics.

Both Austin and Amanda wanted to do some cooking this week so Sunday we went through some recipes and they chose what they wanted to cook.

Amanda chose Double Cheese Macaroni and Cheese. If I would allow her too I think she would make macaroni and cheese 90% of her diet.

Ok, what was the next step?

It took longer to make the sauce than she thought it would and she got really tired of standing at the stove and stirring. The fact that my stove is really slow didn't help any.

Daddy took pity and stirred awhile. I'm not sure what's up with the goofy look on his face here.

Somebody get really silly when she's bored!

Finally the sauce is done!

And the macaroni is ready for the oven.

It turned out really,really good. I was counting on some leftovers to use later in the week but there were none.

Since we doubled the recipe Amanda got in a lot of practice doubling fractions. I thought that was wonderful. She did not.

Austin decided to make Green Bean Casserole.

Austin spent quite a bit of time on line today and visited these sites - this activity at the Mr. Ankers' site, the Adjectives for Armando (Part 1) video at Gamequarium,
the Dance Mat Typing (he has reached level 4, stage 10) and Disney Channel games. Amanda also did a the same Dance Mat Typing lesson but really was not on the computer much after that.

Amanda completed two worksheets - Which Tense Is It? from her Language Arts workbook and Practice Makes Perfect from her Skills and Drills Addition workbook.

Both Austin and Amanda read chapter 23 - Sikes' Last Stand from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (Great Illustrated Classics).

Austin watched two shows on the Biography channel this afternoon and both kids watched some Disney. It has become an evening routine that at 9:00PM Austin, Amanda and I sit down together and watch "Strange Days at Blake Holsey High" on Discovery Kids. The show is an interesting mix of science and drama. Some of the content is better characterized as science fiction. But however it's classified, we've all three been drawn in.

Yesterday I posted a link to a Nutcracker drawing lesson. Today the follow up unit study ideas are also available at Miss Julie's Place. There are a lot of great ideas as well as related links, so head on over and enjoy.

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