|pictures by Katie|
|Spinach and Mushroom Quiche, Fresh Honey-Lime Fruit Salad and Artichoke Hearts with Lemon-Mayo sauce. Not pictured, French Bread.|
Sometimes I wonder if all these hands-on activities are worth it. I mean, what does it teach them to make a edible model of the Eiffel Tower? Then, I see them actually do it and even if you don't count all the building and perseverance skills that were put to the test, think of all times they looked at a picture of the Eiffel Tower to make this as much like it as possible. I certainly think that they have that picture in their heads forever and have a greater appreciation for what it took to build it. Discussions of what the building is really made of and how it was built went on during the cookie construction.
We have been using the unstandardized measurements that we have been taking with graphing activities.
|The girls didn't stand a chance against the boys in tug-of-war. : )|
- JRR Tolkein, Alexandra Wallner
- Charles and Claudine, Harold Berson
- Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot, Margot Raven
- Gingerbread Baby, Jan Brett
- The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Jan Brett
- Grimm's Fairytales, Grimm brothers
- Pete the Cat, I Love my White Shoes, James Dean and Eric Litwin
- The Story of Christmas, Jane Ray
- Mary, Mother of Jesus, Tomie DePaola
- Hattie and the Fox, Mem Fox
- Katie's Sunday Afternoon, James Mayhew
Glimpses of Christmas Advent Celebrating...
|This isn't the actual luminary display as I didn't get a chance to snap a picture, but it is close to what it looked like. source|
My friend Howard showed us how to make paper snowflakes just in time to make them for Newton.
We have a tradition of all our family members drawing names for a Secret Santa gift and us all going to Cracker Barrel to shop and enjoy a meal together right before Christmas. It is a wonderful way of taking a calming break between the hectic lead up to Christmas and Christmas itself. With space being very limited this year, it also helps to keep the abundance of presents down. (If everyone in our family bought just one present for each other, that alone would be 56 presents!)
On The Menu This Week
Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce from Martha Stewart Recipes
I usually don't like Martha's recipes, because they are too complicated for what they are, but this one is surprisingly simple. I just tweaked it a bit and subbed cilantro instead of the parsley because I so love cilantro.
Pesto-Chickpea Salad from Budget Bytes
which my vegetarian husband liked a lot, but suggested that I add a bit more pesto next time.
Angel Chicken at Cleverly Inspired
This went over well, even with my family members that don't really like mushrooms. The sauce is heavenly.
Tomato-Tortellini Soup from Mrs. Schwartz's Kitchen
A particular favorite with my vegetarian husband.