Home School Life Journal

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

Our Homeschool Weekly Report, November 30-December 6 , week 13

November 30-December 6 
Advent Activities
Elizabethton Christmas Parade

Decorating the Christmas Tree
 Quentin handmade the angel tree topper this year. I was so impressed that he planned out what he wanted to do and we went shopping to buy what he wanted and he put it together all by himself except with a little gluing with the glue gun that I did with his direction.
 Katie made this wreath for the front door.
She and the little boys decorated the outside of the house.
{Top row, starting from the left, Sam's (age 15), Katie's (age 21), Quentin's (age 8)
Bottom row, first two on left, James' (age 11) and last on right, Alex's (age 18)}
We made these Christmas balls. These are fun for all ages to make. They are easy for the younger set and interesting enough for the older kids. They each made one, and James made two.
We went to Bristol Speedway in Lightsone of the largest holiday light shows in the country. You take your car through a route of approximately four miles and two millions lights and then actually drive into the Bristol Speedway and get out for a mid-way of carnival rides and food stands. One of the stands sells bags of marshmallows and sticks and you go to one of the many fireplace areas to toast them. Part of the entrance fee goes to charities for children.
week 13
The little boys have been battling the sniffles this week, so we did not do a full week of schoolwork this week. We will make up what we missed on our built-in review week.

We celebrated the end of our study of Russia with a Russian dinner.
We studied the Arctic area, including Canada, Alaska and Scandinavia. We will be learning about Germany next, so they labeled that on their maps, too.

We learned about the fashions of 1907 and they colored paper dolls of them.
Quentin's (age 8) sketch of a cell in his notebook
We reviewed the parts of the cell (we have studied it before here.)
We also worked on pulling the pertinent nouns and verbs out of a passage as not only practice in grammar but also a method of note-taking. I will be writing more about this in a separate post. 

scene from Robbery at Old West Bank
Inspired by seeing a couple of posts at Only Small Things, Quentin had fun making lots of stories (and here) by setting up scenes and using their photographs for the illustrations.


  • The Giant Cabbage, An Alaska Folktale, Cheiri Stihler.(PK-grade 2) A story of a giant cabbage and how Moose's friend help him get it to the contest. The story is based on a traditional Russian folktale about a turnip that is so big that he can't pull it out of the ground without a lot of help. (We have actually learned this tale before in Spanish with Powerglide Spanish.) At the Palmer Alaska State Fair there has been a Giant Cabbage Contest since 1941. The current record for the largest cabbage (set in 2000) is 105.6 pounds. There is a recipe for cabbage soup in the back of the book.
  • The Secret Language of Snow, Terry Williams and Ted Major, This book tells about different types of snow and how they happen through the vocabulary of the Inuit people of Alaska, who recognize over a dozen different type of snow or snowy conditions.
  • The Race of the Birkebeiners, Lise Lunge-Larsen; (age 5 and up) "It is the year 1206, and deep in the snow-covered mountains and valleys of Norway the fiercest warriors of the land struggle to ski a baby to safety...They race as the only way to save a child prince and bring peace to their country."
  • The Troll with No Heart in His Body and Other Tales of Trolls, from Norway, Lise Lunge-Larson, grades 2-5, "As tall as trees and as ancient and rugged as the Norwegian landscape from which they come, trolls are some of lore's most fascinating and varied creatures."
  • Locks Crocs, and Skeeters; The story of the Panama Canal, Nancy Parker
  • Peter Pan (on CD in the car)
  • Shakespeare's Hamlet (Sam)

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  1. Your collages are so beautiful!! I absolutely love the ornaments,wreath, and angel topper that Quentin made all by himself! Very crafty!

    I hope the boys are feeling better. Looks like a week full of fun learning.

    Thank you for sharing.

  2. I love your Russian dinner. The bristol lights look amazing. That is about two hours away for us. I wonder if they are really worth it. I will think about it. You all did so much fun.
    Blessings, Dawn

  3. What a fun looking week! The ornaments and the Old West robbery are my favourites, I think. :)

    Check your email; I'm sending you a quick question. :)

  4. So many fun and wonderful Christmas activities :) I really love Katie's wreath!!
    We have never tried making those type of ornaments before. We did have someone give us one, once, as a gift, but they didn't let the paint dry inside of it!
    That potato soup looks yummy. You all are learning about so many great topics!

  5. You all are surely decking the halls! Beautiful - angel topper, wreath and more! I couldn't tell that you had a lighter week at all (we've had sickness here too :( ) Your home is so wonderfully full of learning. LOVE the swirly balls.

  6. You have the best weeks! Quentin's drawing of a cell is super! I'm impressed that he is learning about cells.

  7. What a fabulous week! The decorations turned out great. Very creative and crafty children, you have :) Hope everyone recovers from their sniffles soon. We've had an unusually large dose of viral infection this fall and I'm anxiously awaiting the end of it. Have a great week!

  8. I love the angel Quenting made - I can see where he gets his creativity from. I hope all is going well, and you are enjoying your December!


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