Friday, May 19, 2017

First Week of Summer Break

Our first week of summer break slipped away quickly - I didn't even pick up my camera for most of it. We spent time outside. The weather was sunny, hot, and there were even a few thunderstorms. We had several visits with my sister and her family. It's is so wonderful to see cousins together! We will miss them when they fly back to Germany.

One day this week I got to meet another mother with a son who has Spina Bifida. We passed on a walker that was given to use last year while waiting for Mason's insurance approval for his own.

I spent some time working on portfolios for the kids. It is a lot of sorting through papers, typing up pages sharing an overview of the child's work done in each of the required by state law subjects, and reminiscing. I love the reminiscing part!

I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society this week just for me. This one just got added to the list of possibilities for Makayla's WWII reading. It was such an interesting book, written as letters between a variety of people on the island of Guernsey in the English Channel, to a writer, about the German occupation of their island during the war.

Cub Scouts this week focused on Digging in the Past. We did:
- Learning about dinosaurs - the boys already knew a good amount so they taught each other, discussed differences in information, and shared their favorite dinosaurs.
- Make your own new dino and tell others about it. They had been given a week to think about this, so today they drew their dinosaur and shared about it's features, habits, and diet.
- Create a dino game and play. I had printed dinosaur pictures and outlines. They colored, cut out, and created cards for a matching game, which we then played as a den.
- Make fossil casts with air dry clay. We discussed how fossils are formed and what we can learn from the impressions left behind. They were then able to make a disc of air dry clay and imprint it with various seashells and coral I brought with me.

There was book club and farewell to one book club family who is moving out of state. It's always hard to say goodbye to friends.

Friday is half over and tomorrow we're having a Thanksgiving dinner with family since my sister's family is still here. I need to go check my pantry to see if there is anything I need to pick up at the grocery store. Better do that now before I forget! Happy Friday to you all!

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  1. Lovely first week. I am glad you got to spend time with family. That is always great.
    Blessings, Dawn

  2. The Guernsey Literary . . . is one of my favorite books. I've re-read it a time or two, and it just renews my confidence in human beings every time.

    How fun to have Thanksgiving in May!!! I'm sorry your time with your family is going by so quickly.

  3. I love the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society as well.I'm doing several reading challenges this year and reread it earlier this year for the "book you've read before that never fails to make you smile" category.

  4. Such a blessing to spend time with family! Especially those that you don't get to see often enough. Sounds like a wonderful first week of break!!


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