Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Squirrels, Samosas, and other Stuff

We did manage to finish studying France in homeschool before Christmas and then moved on to Germany before spending three awesome weeks in Kenya, Africa.   I think one of the favorite parts of the school day is read-aloud time.  I highly recommend the book Walking Home by Eric Walters.  It gives a good introductory political, social, and economic picture of Kenya especially if used with the accompanying website.   

We found Caleb's 3-D Eiffel Tower puzzle and put together instead of constructing one out of popsicle sticks as was recommended.

Root beer, brats, and sauerkraut to finish out our "travels" in Germany.

Samosas were a tasty way to end our Kenyan travels.  I forgot to take a picture so borrowed this one from the internet.  They are filled with spiced meat.  

 The kids all worked together to make this awesome diorama of Kenya.

In his free time (which he has in abundance) Seth likes to play around in the kitchen.  To make his dabbling more meaningful, we bought him the book Kitchen Science Lab for Kids for Christmas.  Of course, he was immediately drawn to making rock candy!

While visiting a second hand shop downtown, Seth found the cutest cast iron skillet pan that is only about 3-4 inches in diameter.  He has loved cooking veggies on the stove and adding his own spices for us to try.  Without fail, they are quite tasty.

After a year of diligently working on her latch hook, Anna finally finished!  Now, we just need Grandma's sewing machine to finish it off into something special:  pillow, wall hanging, (any ideas Grandma?)  Lydia was working on crocheting a scarf and hat from a kit she received from Hobby Lobby.  Unfortunately, as she was finishing up the scarf she realized the kit did not contain enough yarn to finish the project.  We contacted Hobby Lobby and they sent her a $10 gift certificate to purchase some new yarn.  In the meantime, I am teaching the girls how to embroider and they are each working on a pair of pillowcases.

Seth is back at the zoo once a month for a homeschool zoo science morning.  The last time he was there Russ and the girls and I decided to walk in Julia Davis park and along the river for a bit.  We noticed that the squirrels seemed pretty tame so I grabbed a peanut off some snack bars that I had along and they ate right out of Anna's hand!

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