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

Our Homeschool Weekly Report, December 7-13

December 7-13
Week 14
We took a trip through Christmas in American history...
I didn't take my camera with me, but I found this photo for you.
 Our first stop was at Carter Mansion which was decorated for Christmas in the style of 1780's. They had costumed interpreters, candlelight and hot wassail. The best part of the evening for me, however, was the bonfire outside. The volunteers played period Christmas music and stoked the fire with straw to symbolize the straw that the Christ child laid in and the subsequent fire bursts symbolizes the rebirth of Christ.
 Then we went on to Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park for a glimpse of Christmas past on the frontier. 
The path to the cabin was lit by candlelight ...
and a nice warm fire outside the cabin kept us toasty warm.
They served hot wassail and edibles common to that period, and had a black powder demonstration.
Then we went on to an 1862 Christmas celebration at Tipton-Haynes Historic site. They had crafts for the kids which Alex really enjoyed. They also toured the house which was decorated beautifully for an Antebellum Christmas, (but I didn't get pictures.)

Advent Activities
Letters to Santa were sent.
 Quentin made a Creche with Sculpy, which went nicely with our study of France this week.
Because our Christmas stockings are packed, Quentin came up with the idea of us each embroidering stockings this year.

 We made Christmas balls with yarn...
James came up with the idea of making a mosaic-type ornament from bits torn from Christmas catalogs.
We celebrated Our Lady of Guadaloupe and St. Lucia day.
We have enjoyed lots of Christmas treats such as this peppermint hot chocolate.
lapbook piece from Homeschool in the Woods,
James' (age 11), "Russia sold Alaska to the US. Alaska is north of Canada." 
We learned about "Seward's Folly," or the purchase of Alaska for about two cents an acre.
Quentin's (age 8) map colored like the flag of the country
We began our study of France.
We discovered the problems of unstandardized measurement.
 The younger boys are back to attending their gym class...
but now it is at a brand new facility.


on the menu this week:
Taco Lasagna from My Joy-Filled Life

Baked Denver Omelet Recipe
Baked Denver Omlet from Allrecipes

Chili - Wendy's Style
Chili, Wendy's-style from Mama Loves Food! {We halved the recipe and had a crockpot full!}

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken from Life as a Lofthouse

Sausage Mushroom Breakfast Casserole at Jan's Sushi Bar

French Onion Casserole at Instructables

Heath Ritz Bars at Monster Mama

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  1. Wonderful week! Creative week! Fun week! And now I'm very hungry coming to the end of your post!

  2. Wonderful week! I love the Christmas tour through history. Did you think that up or find it somewhere?
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. We actually went to all of those places, so when I was putting them into the weekly wrap-up, I decided to put them down as a Christmas tour through history.

  3. Phyllis - I am just in awe of your weeks! A Christmas tour through history! All the crafts and lovely recipes. I think the hand stitched stockings touched me most! Will be back to pin so many of your ideas. Merry Christmas to you all and thank you for encouraging and inspiring.

  4. Your recipes are making me drool! And what a concise and enjoyable weekly wrap up post. Please consider adding this to my "Its a Wrap," at HammockTracks. -Savannah

  5. I'm going to have to try that breakfast casserole; I'm sure it'll be a big hit here!

    Love all the activities you showed this week. The sweet concentration on Alex's face doing that craft is lovely. The french-flag map colouring is brilliant. And I think we're reading the same Grimm's Fairy tales!

    Today we're doing a science experiment from the last week of November on Schoolhouseteachers.com that your kids might like too(under middle school): How Does Santa Get Down the Chimney? with a hard-boiled egg and a glass bottle.

  6. I agree with what all the commenters said! I am really going to have to try some of these dishes you made, all of it looks so delicious!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your homeschooling family, such a great example for a newbie like me.

  7. What a wonderful idea! Right now I am still considering homeschooling past the preschool years, and ideas like this one are one significant benefit I see of homeschooling. I bet this was a very meaningful learning experience. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Love the envelope drawings!

    Quentin had a super good idea to put names on the stockings! Those look great...and doing it yourselves makes it such a special piece of Christmastime!

    I probably should've skipped the food part! LOL Too much cooking going on lately around here! ;)

  9. What an amazing week! Thanks for sharing!

  10. The Santa letter, the nativity sculpy set, and the stockings are AMAZING!! Wow! You all got to do so much this week :)

  11. Looks like a great week. The stockings turned out great!

  12. There are some really fun and creative Christmas ideas here. I love the pictures too!

  13. I loved Quentin's letter, it's so sweet!

    What fun places to visit to see how Christmas was celebrated elsewhere, we went to a couple of museums that were supposed to have a similar type of display, but someone forgot to tell the museum what their PR department had done.

  14. I am so impressed that you find time for all these activities. Your boys are incredibly creative. I hope you are enjoying your Christmas time!

  15. Those stockings are PRECIOUS!!! Your son may want to consider a new business venture...


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