Sam worked in his Greek workbook, read about epic poetry, worked out math problems and wrote about Menes, the first Egyptian Pharaoh. Alex worked on his language arts, word math problems and wrote about hieroglyphics. James finished up Green Eggs and Ham and was very happy to have completed it. He worked on sorting ow-ou words and writing his address. I asked Quentin what he wanted to accomplish today and he wanted to work in his math book from the library and he practiced writing random letters. He is starting to put together letter sounds and notice them in parts of words. He watercolored pictures of fall things that I had printed out and cut them out himself. He is really working on fine motor skills. He found sheets of stickers and passed them out to everyone. James went to work putting stickers on a page and then creating a scene around them. Katie helped Quentin with a K is for Kite project. We used Stephanie's of OLM directions but cut out little windows to put tissue paper. Louis the Cat had some thoughts about this project, but fortunately did not act on them. The day, of course, is as still as it can get, so we have hung it in the kitchen until the weather cooperates.
We finished our volcano pop-ups. We talked about Igneous rocks and how they are formed. We made paper models of the Trojan Horse with Greeks coming out of its belly. Quentin, of course, had to make troops of Trojan forces as well, but James was satisfied just to play the part of the Greeks bearing gifts. We opened a Pomegranate and before we ate it took note of how cool it looks. And while we were still in the kitchen, Quentin and I put on a set of those Pillsbury Turkey cookies. Not as fancy as homemade creations, but a nice few moments together and a sweet treat for after lunch. The boys are constantly fighting over who gets to read the history book, it passing hands as soon as one of them is done with it. James is now taking the time to try and read it instead of just looking at the pictures. Quentin seems to at least temporarily moved ahead of us to the Middle Ages. Quentin and James found some fuzzy posters of mine and asked to have them to color. I was surprised at how much patient attention to detail they gave them.
This morning the boys worked on their usual table work. Sam completed some Greek, spelling, writing about mummies and reading about epic poetry. Alex worked on his Language Arts. History of Science and math problems. James worked on writing his address, phonics and reading. Quentin worked on math mostly and some finish-the-drawing exercises. More quiet time coloring on the fuzzy posters. We made turkey treats. Lots of trampoline play in the nice weather. Then it was time to wrap the mummies! I bet you thought we would never get back to them! In our humid climate, it took them longer to dry out. We wrapped sequins in to represent the jewels and amulets the Egyptians wrapped in theirs. Finished being wrapped and ready to dry. After the mummies were done, the boys played with the left over sequins for a long while, making up all sorts of games. What kind of dinner would be appropiate for this day. Mummy dogs, of course!
Out my front window,
first sight of the early day;
vivid pastels taking their time
first orange, fading to pink
like shebert melting and swirling in a bowl.
Then the yellow overtakes moments before
a sun just barely crests
over the trees distant.
Upstairs small voices.
The first sounds of the morn
hold promise for this day.
We had Turkey Pancakes for breakfast -banana, cinnamon and maple syrup goodness. Alex got hold of the camera and took some self portraits. We shelled Indian corn a surprisingly calming activity. Getting it ready for Thanksgiving activities later on this coming week. Can you just imagine how it feels to run your hands through it?