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Home School Life Journal ........... painting by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

This Beautiful Moment (at the Bowling Alley) and Snapshot Summary, April 11-15 {week 28}

{this moment}
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments at SouleMama for all to find and see.
Snapshot Summary April 11-15

Math Monday
This morning Quentin made a quivers all by himself for Robin Hood's troop to hold plastic toothpick arrows.
We played Tapatan, a Phillippine game, which led to tic-tac-toe.
James and Steven went to the dentist and James got new blue and red braces and some head gear.
We reviewed Roman numerals and completed word problems, addition problems with signed numbers, and addition with carrying.
The boys played outside for it was a beautiful day. They explored critters in the backyard, climbed trees, and of course, played with sticks.
Katie and Alex planted some seedlings in their garden.
We ate a dinner of hamburgers and corn on the cob in honor of our study of Nebraska.

 First thing, the little boys and I made stamps and let them dry, while Sam worked on some sketches and Alex made a postcard-geography album page on Nebraska. Then inspired by a Durer painting, I introduced James to the Magic Square.
He added numbers in his head in all sorts of combinations. Then we worked on making our own.
In our Galleon/Privateer game, Katie and James were still in the lead, but Sam has had some good sailing and has caught up a lot of lost ground -or water, I should say. With the two Privateers in the back, they might catch the Galleons and we expected to see some battles the next time we played.
After lunch, while Sam finished his Latin grammar, the little boys made prints with the stamps and beautiful irradescent dragonflies began to appear-with stripes, and glitter and veins in their wings.
Steven made Chinese Curry for dinner.

We studied the Habsburg Empire starting with Charles V of Spain, and the rise of Prussia. The little boys loved making up their own games using the Axis and Allies game. They also made paper pizzas with all sorts of toppings.

And in our Privateers/Galleon game, it looks as if James (red) and Katie (white) might make it back to Spain with their load of gold! Alex,(green) however, has a Privateer (Quentin-blue and Sam-yellow) in front and in back of him!

After reading and writing in the morning, we had ribbon sandwiches for lunch, with layers of egg salad, cream cheese with black olives, and pimento spread. Then we met friends at the bowling alley, for bowling of course, and snacking and socializing. Steven made Chinese Meatballs in Sweet and Sour Sauce for dinner.
Sam woke up not feeling well today so the rest of the boys learned about inside the egg. They made flat, layered models of the egg and used printed out labels to label the parts. We also cracked a real egg and looked at the parts.
We are working on the development of a chick booklets.

What we are Reading this week.


  1. Bowling! We love to bowl. Looks like a great time.

  2. Oh my goodness! I had to read and re-read to soak it all up! I love your egg study. And I peeked at those ribbon sandwiches a little bit ago - perfect for spring luncheons and yes - tea time! Oh, we know about head gear - and the time will go quickly. I so enjoy the privateers/galleons game updates. Plus how you have these continuing threads of learning from week to week. Celebrating states with meals and so many other ways. Phyllis - y'all are such fun!

  3. YOu are such a fabulous homeschool mom!!! I love the first photo...the moment. Don't you just feel as though you could force the bowling ball to turn the way you want it to when bending the body?!

  4. You and the kids do such CREATIVE, INTERESTING hands-on activities! Where do you find them all? LOL GREAT week! Stopping by from Forever, For Always, No Matter What!


  5. Thanks for linking up this week! My kids love to bowl too :) I also like how you listed what you had for dinner each night, you had some great meals! Thanks and have a great weekend.

  6. I love the "inside of the egg" project! And your Galleon/Privateer game looks like so much fun- I need to spend some time reading your posts about it.

    My boys enjoy Tapatan too. Another game they like is 9 Men's Morris.

  7. Looks like a busy week. Lots of good things. My kids love bowling.


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