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

March 27-April 2: Our Homeschool Weekly Report, week 22

March 27-April 2
This week there was time to celebrate...
 April Fool's Day with these little guys...
 National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day (April 2)...
and National Black Forest Cake Day (March 28). It was the first time I had ever made one of those. The cherries are inside the layers.

There was time for handicrafts. Katie received her Mission Possible project from Brenda. They are exchanging applique projects. Katie hasn't finished hers yet. 

Brenda finally received the second postcard Alex sent her.

There was time in the kitchen. One dinner was these Persian Kabobs, saffron Basmati rice and baked chickpeas with a cucumber, red onion and yellow tomato salad and Greek yogurt spiced with garlic and chives. Other tasty dishes this week have been Honey-Tumeric wings and White Bean Tagine.
There was time for remodeling the kitchen as well as totally spring cleaning the rest of the house, with bedroom reassignments involving three of the five bedrooms! Life has been crazy, that is for sure. We are also getting an estimate on having some work that we cannot do on the house.
There was time with others at co-op. We won't be doing our First Friday Roller Skating this month because it is Good Friday.
At co-op, we rehearsed the play we are doing this year, completed some more steps to building our model rockets and completed some triangulation exercises. I located a place for us to launch our rockets! I just need to okay it with the Fire Marshall, which shouldn't be a problem and we are set to go.
There was time for oral narrations of Anglo-Saxon Britain, and for study of the Holy Roman Empire.

  • Read from The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. Make notes of key words as you read. Write a few sentences about what you have learned in your history notebook. Another option is to use the Medieval History Portfolio, Homeschool Journey. Suggestions about what you might want to include are: the conflict between the Britons and the Saxons, comparing and contrasting them, how Christianity came to the British Isles, Egbert and what kind of ruler he was, including which ways Charlemagne influenced him and about Alfred the Great. Both Alfred and Clovis are considered by historians to be Christians. How would you compare these two men? Describe the rulers of England after the time of Alfred the Great.
  • If you have not already read Beowulf and the story of King Arthur, this would be a good time to read them. It is particularly fun to read Beowulf around the fireplace with the lights out to get in the mood.
  • Read Shakespeare's Macbeth.
  • Color an appropriate map  that shows the areas that were ruled by the Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes, such as the one with History Odyssey, Pandia Press, Level 1 (1-4th grade), Level 2 (5th-8th grade).  
  • Include appropriate dates on your timeline.

Early Middle Ages: The Holy Roman Empire

We attempted this week to answer the question of what was the Holy Roman Empire. The Empire was founded by Charlemagne, was German and focused mainly on the power of the kings. After Charlemagne died thr Empire gradually broke up, with France and Germany separating. Later, Otto I defeated the Magyars, conquered Bohemia, Austria and Northern Italy. The Pope crowned Emperor Augustus, and began a tradition that lasted until 1806.
The dispute over who had more power, the Popes or the kings began. The clash between king Henry IV and Pope Gregory VII was a good example of this. We read about it in A Proud Taste of Scarlet and Miniver, E. L. Konigsburg

There was time spent studying science, with Alex working on geology and the younger two continuing to work on the scientific method. Quentin also worked on his essay for admittance to Church Hill Theater's Summer Acting camp.

We learned about Peru and ate this lovely Peruvian Lima Bean Stew with Feta cheese. We also completed math problems and English work. Sam completed work in his studies: Japanese, Algebra II and Government.

Steven and I went to the doctor's; mine was just a yearly check up.  Steven's was for his back pain and for his reflux. She said that Steven is having disc issues and wants him to go to physical therapy. She wants him to also see a gastro. doctor and to continue on Nexium until the appointment.

Well, I think that is all. 

How was your week?

sources and resources:

  • The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
  • Famous Men of the Middle Ages, John Haaren and A. B. Poland
  • A Proud Taste of Scarlet and Miniver, E. L. Konigsburg

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  1. Lots of good eats this week!

  2. I really enjoy you bringing recipes into your lessons. I'm visiting from the weekly wrap up.

  3. So many fun meals. I remember moving everyone's bedrooms! That is a big job.
    Blessings, Dawn

  4. I love all that you do with your children and incorporating the food looks like so much fun. Hope you have a wonderful Easter!

  5. Oh, my, now I'm starving! That black forest cake...Yum! Fire Marshall for rockets? What are you launching, Phyllis?! LOL

  6. Hi popping over from the Weekly Wrap-Up :) Wanted to say thanks for the info that March 28 is Black Forest Cake day! We love those kinds of days so will be sure to put it on the calendar for next year!

  7. That cake looks amazing! It all does :). Glad you had a good week and I hope you have a Happy Easter and great week this week!

  8. Mmmm..... I love feta cheese. My husband however does not. We compromise and I put it on the side and add it to mine and the kids.

    Sounds like a wonderfully busy week. Mine has been so busy I haven't been able to write much.

  9. Oh Phyllis!! You are killing me with all those goodies!! I hope you are having a happy, healthy Easter!!

  10. What a busy week, and so much celebrating! Katie's applique looks wonderful - I hope we get to see the end result :)

  11. I always enjoy your food photos but this week....yummy! I LOVE black forest gateaux.


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