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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; Finishing Touches Edition and Snapshot Summary October 25-31 {Week 8}

{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. Have a wonderful weekend!

 Snapshot Summary October 25-31
Monday: Lessons in symmetry are easier when they are Halloween decorations as well.

Tuesday: We used watercolor and coloring pages to aid our study of Fra Angelica's Annunciation. We finished decorating for Halloween and the little boys decorated the haunted house kit.
Wednesday: We made collages of Venice with ships in canals as a starting place for our study of Marco Polo. Sam learned about Scotland in the Middle Ages, read  Shakespeare's Macbeth, and learned that  Macbeth and Duncan were actual people. Duncan was a king of Scotland whom Macbeth killed in 1040. Macbeth then became king until in 1057 when he was slain by a son of Duncan.

Thursday: I don't have a picture for this day. In the morning Sam did his literature, learning about bob-and-wheel form of poetry in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. James and Quentin worked on reading and handwriting lessons. Steven then took the boys to the park to play with friends and they stayed until dinner time.

 Friday: No post  for this day because what we did is a secret, not to be revealed until Sunday for our opening of Science Mystery.

Saturday: Preparations for Halloween fun included decorating cupcakes.

ghost (Sam), train conductor (Alex), spiderman (Quentin), hula dancer (Katie), storm trooper (James)

Sunday: We carved pumpkins, ate pumpkin pancakes with black cinnamon syrup spiders, webs, etc. on them, and went trick-or-treating. Happy Halloween!


  1. I'm always impressed of how dedicated you are, Phyllis, in making your homeschool program as exciting as it can be for the whole family. Loved how you journal your learning moments.
    Thank you for being an inspiration.

    Blessings to you and family.


  2. lots of art going on....fantastic! thanks for sharing your week.

    here is mine

  3. I love all the projects. The collage is wonderful!

  4. Amazing! Your kids are SO lucky. Love how you incorporate art into learning. They really do go hand-in-hand. :-)

  5. They like doing craft. TOmorrow I have to do a lot of it, beacause today is my chubby's birthday. We are going to celebrate it on sunday.

  6. I absolutely love the top photo! And all the artwork and the anticipation of your science mystery!

  7. Ooooo- I can't wait to see what's in store for Science Sunday! I have been teaching CSI Science at our homeschool co-op- perhaps I'll pick up an idea or two from you!

  8. Looks like a great week! I love all the pictures. :) Can't wait to see what the Science Mystery is.


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