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Sand Play and Our Homeschool Weekly Report, April 12-18, week 26

April 12-18
Where did the week go? On Tuesday and Friday I had doctor's appointments. I had planned to go to one on Wednesday, but when we got into the van to go, we found that Steven had accidentally left the keys in the car in the accessories position and the battery was dead. Dear friends came to visit on Thursday and we had such a good time that I forgot to take a single photo, which is a good thing. As I was telling Ticia, In the middle of all that has happened this week in Texas and Boston, we were studying WWII and the holocaust. It was too much for me. Or, perhaps it was because I start my radiation treatments soon and they tattooed permanent marks for where they should set the radiation machine (I will be writing more about that soon at On The Mend). In any case, we were watching Paper Clips and I couldn't stop crying. And then we read After The War, which is about what the Jews had to endure even after the war was over. It was too much and began crying. The boys didn't know what to think, because I don’t cry much. Despite all of this, I have much hope today, and for all the tomorrows, and I know He is in control, and it is a beautiful world, a beautiful life.

Everyday Celebrations

 On a very warm spring afternoon, we went down to the beach, where they built trenches.

 After they tired of that, James went on to build more...
 while Katie and Quentin went down to the water's edge.
Soon all three were there, enjoying each other's company...
and built taller structures.

On another day, Quentin and James made Pirate Island, which if you look, you can see is in the shape of a whale.
week 26

history and geography

We have been learning about the 1930's, The Great Depression and President Hoover this week, watching The Waltons...
and learning about Oral History Interviews to augment our Modern History studies. We plan to have a hobo dinner this weekend to finish off our studies of the Depression Era, and I will post about all we have done next week.


human biology

We explored the flexibility of our spine.
Quentin has been studying one of his very favorite topics, bones and the skeletal system. I will post about it when we have finished all our investigations.

  math and art

We have been exploring math concepts with origami. This has lead to some general studies of geometry concepts. James is also exploring some science topics that we will be graphing with co-ordinate graphing to predict additional outcomes. I will post more as we complete more of the projects.

  • Pirates Past Noon (Magic Tree House, No. 4), Mary Pope Osborne
  • Balloons Over Broadway: the True Story of a Puppeteer of Macy's Parade, Melissa Sweet
  • Saving Strawberry Farm, Deborah Hopkinson
  • Welcome to Kit's World, 1934: Growing Up During America's Great Depression (The American Girls Collection), Harriet Brown, Walter Rane and Jean-Paul Tibbles
  • Tell Them We Remember: the story of the Holocaust, Susan D. Bachrach
  • Mrs Katz and Tush, Patricia Polacco
  • Always Remember Me: How one Family Survived World War IIMarisabina Russo
  • Six Million Paper Clips: The Making of a Children's Holocaust Museum,Peter W. Schroeder and Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand
  • H is for Honor: a military family alphabet, Devin Scillian and Victor Juhasz
  • The Sign Painter, Allen Say
  • Mythology of the WorldNeil Philip
  • Eyewitness: Mummy
  • Eyewitness: Mythology
  • Kingfisher Voyager: Wild Weather
  • Rabbit-cadabra (Bunnicula and Friends) by James Howe and Jeff Mack

Did you know? National Park Week is April 20-28, 2013

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  1. What an awesome week. I want to take the kids to see the box car filled with paper clips someday. It is only a few hours from here. I think that would be a very moving memorial. I hope that radiation goes well. You are in my prayers.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. It was only a few hours from where we were when we were in TN, but I didn't know about it then. Perhaps we could meet there some day?

  2. Oh how I wish I could have been right there on the beach with you!!
    I read the interview with grandma the other day. I find personal oral histories fascinating! Prayers for your upcoming treatments, Phyllis, X0X0
    Thanks for linking up at Friendship Friday!

  3. I loved reading the Oral History Interview! I must of missed this post. You all are so beautiful, I could see the family resemblance, so cool!

    When we delve into difficult parts of history I always tend to reflect personaly as well, empathy I have plenty of and hope my children do too.

    I always keep you in my prayers and will continue to do so.

    May you all get more sunshine your way, you guys definitely know how to play.

    Thank you for sharing.

  4. We are still praying for your peace and comfort in the remaining treatments!

    The forts look totally awesome! What great fun.

  5. Loved seeing the pictures on the beach. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Phyllis -- hugs to you. I know you are going through so much - and with the events of this week, and watching the things about the holocaust I'm sure it left you in a puddle of tears. I so admire your faithfulness in the goodness of God and the goodness of our lives. Some days it is the only thing that makes any sense.

    I see you use Homeschool in the Woods. Beautiful history products, aren't they?

    Thanks (as usual!) for linking!

  7. You guys did some amazing stuff... and I will definitely continue to be praying for you as you enter the radiation phase of your treatments. We think of you often!

  8. This is going to sound odd, but there's something about young boys with glasses that I think is adorable. To be truthful, it's young kids in glasses, but Quentin just looks so adorable in his glasses. I just love that shot of him in the big huge pit........

    We read a book this week to do with MLK jr. and I was very fascinated to find out one of the guys working with him was Jewish and came over from Poland right before the big crackdown. It was amazingly uplifting to read. I'll dig up the name and send it to you, you'll really enjoy it, especially with all that's going on.

    One of the things I find saddest about WW2, there was a boat full of Jews who scraped together money and got out of Germany right before it got really bad, and no country would give them asylum. I believe they finally ended up in Cuba, it's such a sad story that time. The only way I got through teaching the kids about it was stopping and hugging the kids a lot and reading "uplifting stories" of that time, where people fought back and helped.

    1. I love little kids in glasses, too. I was telling Debbie that about Selena just the other day!

  9. My son is a two time cancer survivor. He managed to avoid the tattooing by being extremely still during the targeting appointment. So the decided to take a chance and this was the first time and maybe the only time but they used a sharpie permanent marker to draw their targeting lines. He is now 5 years cancer free and 4 years off treatment. We will keep you in our prayers.

  10. Phyllis - I absolutely loved all your beach, sand play photos - such happiness. You are scooping up the joy of life and making beautiful castles of memories - even with all that is going on with you!

  11. I don't think anyone can blame you at all for the tears! What a difficult week, on top of studying WWII and the Holocaust. Such sad times.
    I love all the sand play!

  12. Do you live close to the beach? We used to in Ireland and I have always found it to be one of the places I find peace and healing. We were away over the weekend on the coast and it was glorious!
    Praying for you, Phyllis.

    1. Yes, we are only about a block and a half from the beach....but it is a beach of the Chesapeake Bay, not the Ocean. The Ocean is a few hours away from us.

  13. Sounds like it was a tough week. Hugs to you. Hope the radiation treatment is/will be going well.

    1. I will be starting on May 10th. Thank you.


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