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This Moment: Bedtime Hug and Snapshot Summary; January 30- February 2 More Railroad Trains and Geoboards

{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.


Snapshot Summary, January 30-February 2
Favorite Resource This Week
Our favorite resource for the past couple of weeks has been our Geoboard!
(tl) Paths, (tm) Arrow Game, (tr) Peg Patterns, (bl) Number Concepts, (bm) Designs, (br) Sorting Shapes
More Geoboard Games...
Geoboard Paths
 Geoboard Arrow Game
Geoboard Peg Patterns
Sorting Geoboard Shapes
Here is a exploration of five.
 Number Concepts on the Geoboard
Geoboard Designs

 More About Railroad Trains...
 We learned about the three basic type of railroad trains, their advantages and disadvantages...
and James graphed the rise of diesel engines and the fall of steam engines.
 We learned about the parts of a steam engine and
how trains have three kinds of wheels and about how trains are classified by how the different types of wheels are arranged.
We also did a little skip counting or multiplication with train wheels.

We enjoyed making some Groundhog's Day predictions and graphing them as dark side of a Heads or Tails Oreo for shadow and light for no shadow.
 We added South Carolina to our Postcard-Geography album
and had a South Carolina-inspired dinner.

 We read about Baleen Whales and worked on our notebook pages on them...
Quentin's drawings of krill.
which led to drawing pictures of krill and pretending to be Baleen Whales eating krill.
Here is an example of one of the shells Quentin has painted.
I washed and dried the mussel shells from the mussels we had last week and Quentin painted them.

While some of us went roller skating, the rest of us made some fireplace pastels
from the tutorial at Hodgepodge.
We microwaved some Ivory Soap, let the boys play with it and then added some Washing Soda and some Borax and made powdered laundry detergent. We have found this to be an easier and more fun way to "grate" the soap.
We tried lots of new recipes, like this Coca-Cola Cake and Sweet and Salty Cookies made with chocolate and peanut butter chips and chocolate covered pretzels.
We also enjoyed these cute groundhog rolls with our dinner on Groundhog Day.

This has been a few of my favorite things this week.
friday favorite things | finding joy
We will be taking a Winter Break vacation next week, so posts next week should be a little different than usual.


  1. What a great week Phyllis! One of the things I love about your weeks is how you incorporate food into learning. Love those groundhog rolls!

  2. I agree with Karen's comment...so many good things in your week, and so many yummy-looking foods!
    I really like the painted shell.
    Thanks for linking with Favorite Resources...your geoboard ideas are super!!

  3. You are the BEST! Look at all those smiling faces. That tells so much. I absolutely love the painted shells (of course, those have a soft spot in my heart and a special spot in my home). Your groundhog day learning looks like so much fun! And coca-cola cake? Yum!! Saw your comment about a linky for pastels. Good idea I will think on. And yes! to acrylics :)

  4. The goodnight hug shot is so sweet!

  5. Thanks for the geoboard link!! I think that first photo is so special. You are blessed.

    Have a great weekend. :-)

  6. I was just eating some rolo pretzels, yum, yum, yum.......

    I love the drawing of krill and the mussells painting.

  7. love the hug photo! so sweet!


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