Welcome! I am using this blog to share our family's homeschooling thoughts and experiences.

THIS SCHOOL YEAR (2017-2018): Our oldest child, EL, finished her formal education in May, so we only have our son, JJ to school this year. We intend to homeschool him through High School, and will be using a variety of different curriculum choices to complete this goal.

Please feel free to follow along....

Friday, October 11, 2013

Pilgrims, Puppets, and Potato Soup

Here are this week's highlights...

For History, we started learning about the Pilgrims (the Puritans who were persecuted in England, transferred to Holland, then traveled to North America on the Mayflower).

A couple of books we have been reading aloud include:

"Almost Home" by Wendy Lawton - which is about Mary Chilton, one of the Mayflower passengers. 

And, "The First Thanksgiving" by Jean George. 

In Science, we are learning about different kinds of Mammals. This week, we focused on apes, monkeys, and aquatic animals.

  • QUESTION OF THE WEEK:  What differentiates a monkey from an ape?  
  • ANSWER:  Monkeys have tails, apes do not. 

For Math, both kids are using Developmental Mathematics now. JJ has finished book 4 and is now in book 5. EL has started with book 3. Our goal this year is for each student to finish at least 2 books, maybe even 3.

For Spelling, after trying a couple of different things, we are back to using AVKO's Sequential Spelling. Last year, we used it for awhile without much success. Now, it seems to be the right fit.

For English, the A.C.E. paces are working well, which I am happy about.

On Sunday, the kids helped out with the children's sermon during church by using their puppets. Most of our friends and family have already seen this video, but here it is again for those of you who haven't seen it. The kids really enjoyed doing this and are working on a new song to do in the near future.

And, in the kitchen, JJ helped me make Cream Cheese Potato Soup for the slow cooker. (See recipe below). This is tasty and filling...

(for a 5 -6 quart slow cooker) 
6 cups water
2 cups ham, diced
2 32-oz. bags frozen cubed hashbrowns
2 8-oz. packages Fat Free Cream Cheese, cubed
1 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. dried dill weed

Combine all in slow cooker. Cover. Cook low for 8 hours. After about 4 hours, you can stir to mix in the melted cream cheese.

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  1. Perfect puppet lip synching and a rascally tiger! I love it! Sounds like the kids did too! We just started Dev. math with Bethany and we both really like it! The recipe sounds great too, but being a vegetarian, I'll leave out the ham. I absolutely love crock pot recipes and as I told Phyllis, vegetarian crock pot recipes are not always easy to come by! Thanks for sharing at Friendship Friday! Your support means so much to me!

    1. Thanks, Sylvia! I'm glad to finally meet someone else who is using Dev. Math. We like it too. It is challenging at times, but seems to be helping the kids with their understanding of Math and how it works. Glad you like the recipe. I'm sure it will be fine without the ham.


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