I seem to always be behind on my blogging lately which really bugs me, but according to Preacher Man, “No one else cares, Chel,” which is definitely true.
Here is what The Tree Dwellers have been up
to in the past month:
World Geography and
We’ve traveled to three countries since my
last Summary Saturday, Italy, France, and the Netherlands. Two of these
countries I’ve actually visited so we had fun looking through my photos and
While in Italy, we made Margherita Pizza
from scratch after reading the book, Pizza for the Queen.
It was so delicious that it has become a new
staple around our house at lunch time!
We also studied Galileo for science while we
were in Italy. The girls had a great time replicating his experiments with
They wanted me to tilt the chair so it would
be like the real Leaning Tower of Pisa, but I declined.
Next we crossed the border into France where
we enjoyed some delicious food…
Bacon and Cheese Quiche and Chocolate
Truffles (which were so, so, so good!).
I had Miss Jane and Chipette make the Eiffel
Tower out of toothpicks which they thought was really cool.
They are already planning a trip together to
France one day. All I can say is prepare now Frenchmen!
After France we went to the Netherlands and
painted Delft blue pictures of windmills.
Had some hagelslag, which is simply bread
spread with butter and topped with chocolate sprinkles, but the Dutch ate this a
lot for breakfast while I was there.
Chipette really loved my wooden shoes and
once I told her that they are only worn outside and left by the door when you
come in, then every time she went in the backyard she had to wear them until I
finally took them away so they wouldn’t be destroyed. There is a fun story
behind how I got those shoes and their history, but maybe another
My goal is get my lesson plans for these
three countries up on the blog this week, so be sure and check back
For some reason I took very few pictures of
Chipette’s school these past few weeks, but she did have a lot of fun doing this
assignment for Spanish.
She wrote a comic strip in Spanish using the
greetings that we’ve learned so far using REAL Homeschool Spanish.
The biggest news in Magpie’s life over the
last month was the loss of her first tooth.
She was so excited and the Tooth Fairy was
Phonics: Magpie’s reading is really coming
along. She can read CVC words pretty consistently which makes her happy. A large
part of her phonics progression has been the fun games included in Logic of
For this game I taped the phonograms we’re
working on to the door to the garage.
When I said a phonogram’s sounds, she threw
a soft ball at the correct one.
The other game was very similar. I wrote
some phonograms on our marker board, then moved it to the back porch. I gave
Magpie a squirt bottle of water and she shot the phonogram with water when I
called out a sound.
You could also do this with chalk on a
sidewalk instead of a marker board.
We had a lot of fun with our literature
studies as well. We finished up Good Night Moon and tried to do a
sequencing activity where you put cards in order showing what you do to get
ready for bed.
We had a little problem though. One card
showed the bunny eating a carrot as a bedtime snack. Magpie realized very
quickly that she doesn’t get a bedtime snack and there wasn’t a card for going
to the bathroom. Of course using my awesome art skills, I drew a bunny on the
potty so that Magpie could finish up her sequence.
Chipette and Monkey found the bunny on the
potty very, very funny!
We also enjoyed our early spring weather by
going outside and observing what animals and plants were in a circle of the
Not to be left out Monkey enjoyed some
school time with us as well, especially our Delft paintings.
I love the concentration on his
Another fun-filled month of learning and
loving in the tree house,