Jmes started offf the day opening the first window of the Advent Calendar, before heading off with Steven to his allergist appointment. It is three hours away, so it makes for a long day. Quentin practiced writing the letter L, and painted, and did some living math. It was the Best of Times
He also enjoyed playing with our sequencing story cards. He liked to put them out randomly first and laugh at the funny story it made and then put them in order. Sam completed some writing about mummification. He also did some Greek, spelling, and read about Epic literature. Alex worked on his language arts. He also did some work in science and history.
Continuing with the "N is for Noodle" theme, Katie and Quentin made dinner- Noodles served three ways! with tomato sauce, cheese and butter and Italian dressing. We voted on them.
The rabbit had a little time out of the cage. After Steven and James arrived home, Steven immediately left again with Sam to take him to Square Dancing lessons.
We made Hammurabi Puppets to represent the Babylonians. The Hittite sistrums were finished and we looked at where the Babylonians and the Hittites were located. Then we discovered the shapes that crystal make by making paper models. They were not so easy to fold, but we did end up making them, and Sam was very pleased with the morning's work.
We made "stained glass" Christmas ornaments made from tissue paper. We worked on Greek and added the Hittites and Babylonians to our timeline, and started Astronomy lapbooks made of their own design. They decide how they want it to look and what they want to include in it. I just sit back and watch how differently they turn out.
Katie made an alphabet relay race game. First they got an index card with a letter on it from the shed in the backyard and then they had to race to the trampoline, pick up the stuffed animal that starts with that letter and run it back to the shed with the letter for Katie to confirm accuracy. The little boys finally discovered the Hittite shoes that were made last week. And then off to the library for Christmas reading material.
James experimented with lenses. We spent much of the day thoroughly cleaning the house in preparation for Christmas. When the kids tired of cleaning, but Steven and I had more to do, Katie helped her brothers with today's craft, foil icicles which everyone enjoyed making very much, especially Alex. Meanwhile outside, the first snow fell. It won't stick but it is still fun to see. Before bed the boys enjoyed more snow pictures in the lovely book by Tanya Shpakow, On the Way to Christmas.
More cleaning to do, so Katie entertained the young ones, first with games and then with stringing cranberries and popcorn and eating a bit of popcorn along the way. Next, off to get the tree. The day's end brings us a few books featuring Santa for St. Nicholas day. Steven read the boys Santa Claus and The Woodcutter by Kathrin Siegenthaler, which is a gorgeously illustrated book.