Home School Life Journal

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

Our Homeschool Weekly Report, February 8-14, week 17: Chinese New Year (snake), Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day

Snapshot Summary, February 8-14
This week was full of celebrations! 
Chinese New Year
For Chinese New Year's Day we went to the little local Chinese restaurant and had lunch.
Very simple and yet a lovely, good time.

Chinese New Year's Snake Craft
Later on that evening, Katie showed the boys how to make paper snakes since it is the year of the snake.
To make them, cut a piece of cardboard tube approximately 3 inches in length. Cut a mouth shape at one end and then paint it to make it the snake's face.
While the head dries, make the body out of strips of construction paper. Glue the ends of two strips of construction paper together at a right angle. Fold the bottom strip over the top strip, making sure they remain perpendicular. Crease the fold. Continue criss-crossing bottom over the top, keeping the strips at right angles to each other. If you want your snake to be longer, when you reach the end of the strips you have, leave about 1/2 to 1 inch at the end and glue another paper strip to each of the two ends, overlapping. Continue folding and adding strips until the snake body reaches the desired length. Glue the ends together leaving another inch of overhang.
Glue the ends of the strips inside the back opening of the snake's head.

Mardi Gras
 We celebrated Mardi Gras with the traditional "pancake dinner" and King cake (with baby inside) and beads.
Ash Wednesday
Saint Valentine's Day Teatime

Katie made the sweetest origami Valentines. Here is mine, a flower made from a series of origami flowers.
Week 17

 We did some lessons on unstandardized measurement while measuring hand-span width of all members of the family and finding out the average width, measuring them with Unifix cubes.
James found the average cost of the tostada combinations that they discovered last week.

timeline and famous buildings print-out from Homeschool in the Woods

We looked at the famous buildings in the United States and put them on our timeline.

This week I have started a Lego Challenge Linky. Link up all your kids creative masterpieces!
City Scene for 2D Challenge
James, age 12, Maryland, USA
This is James' entry for 2 Dimensional Challenge. It is a city scene with sky scrapers (one with a chimney with smoke), signs, clouds and an airplane in the sky; cars and people on the ground.
Man and House for 2D Challenge
Quentin, age 8, Maryland, USA
 This is one of Quentin's entries for the 2 Dimensional Challenge. It is a man with a house Clouds are in the sky.
The Wizard of Oz for 2D Challenge
Quentin, age 8, Maryland, USA
This is Quentin's second entry. It is a scene from The Wizard of Oz, picturing the lion, the tin man,  Dorothy and of course, the yellow brick road.

On The Menu:
Sausage Biscuit Bites - Football Friday | Plain Chicken
Sausage Biscuit Bites from Plain Chicken
Slow Cooker Root Vegetable Stew
from Gimme Some Oven
Crockpot Pizza Casserole
from Stockpiling Moms

Green Chile and Rice Casserole Recipe
Green Chili and Rice Casserole from Allrecipes

Breakfast tater tot casserole
Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole from Group Recipes

Parmesan Meatloaf from "Mommy? I'm Hungry"


  1. Wow! A whole lot of partying at your place, huh? I didn't even realize it WAS Mardi Das! Oops! But Valentine's Day was nice! We had FREE sundaes at the ice cream parlor and went ice skating! But we had a birthday and have another on Friday so we're celebrating enough. LOL

  2. What a fun and educational week!!

  3. That stone church is lovely, and you had a bunch of great crafts this week as well!

  4. Wow! So much fun. There is so much to celebrate this month. I enjoy catching up with you all each week.
    Blessings, Dawn

  5. Love how you guys celebrate! I really do love the math work it is always very interesting. The pictures are awesome!!

    Thank you for sharing and Michelle said Thank you for your comment.

  6. Wow. It was party time at your house this week. Love it all. The Chinese New Year snakes look awesome. And all the food! Yummy. Happy weekend sweet friend!

  7. You just went from one holiday to the next to the next! I truly love how you celebrate every day.

  8. Wow! What a week! I really wanted to do Chinese New Year lessons this week, but it just didn't happen.

  9. Looks like a great week...filled with fun learning!!

  10. I cannot imagine how homeschooling parents manage to do so much in one week! Obviously, no time is wasted :)

  11. Thanks for linking up to Hammock Tracks and I hope you'll return this week.


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