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

This Beautiful Moment (from Civil War Times) & Snapshot Summary September 20-25 (Week 3}

{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 for all to find and see.
Monday: Our mostly math day featured hands-on geometry with square play. We played with them as a group, and each took away from it at their own level, whether it was mathematical patterns, addition, multiplication, squaring numbers or square roots. James and Quentin also worked on word math problems and Sam worked on dividing fractions.

Tuesday: We discussed the influence of the Church in the Middle Ages, and then made chimera (gargoyle) statues, Illuminated letters and all sorts stained glass projects.
Wednesday: In the morning, we learned about Finland and made a scrapbook page with our postcards from Finland. We made Cinnamon buns with (1 tsp.) cardamom like the Finnish, but we took them to the park to eat where we could celebrate the last day of summer and the coming of autumn that evening. For our nature study, we looked for signs of fall, and in general enjoyed the very warm weather.
Thursday: We studied another print from the Limbourg brothers, and we made more pastel pictures; beach scenes this time. Katie went to the beach to get smooth stones for a project for the boys.

Friday: Today the little boys played with bear counters. Katie helped them make story stones with the stones she had collected yesterday.We worked on some "stained glass" projects. We read about the characteristics of acids and bases and then we experimented with acid and bases and neutralizing pH. The little boys climbed trees. We read about Mushrooms. We had root beer floats (in the 90 degree heat) and Katie made Shepard's Pies for dinner.

Saturday: Errand running day. We did take the boys to Friendly's for dinner (as we had no food in the house until after we went grocery shopping!) They had fun making their sundaes.


  1. I love your hands-on math square play - thanks for sharing that, definitely would be great for my kiddos.

  2. What a wonderful week!!! I've never used cardamom before. I have 1 recipe that called for it. Dh bought it for me at the store, I looked at the receipt and it was $13. Ouch!! I took it back since I only had 1 recipe that called for it. What does it taste like?

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Your boys are adorable! You are doing such a great job with them.

    I'd love to have you on my blog roll if you are interested. Here is the link to find out how.

    Love Kelly


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