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

Our Weekly Homeschool Report, January 10-16, week 17

January 10-16 

pictures Quentin drew to add to his history journal
This week we focused only on our geography and history in preparation for the Around the World Night History and Geography Fair at the end of the month.
We looked at the apple slices that we had put in various substances to see which one would work the best in preserving the apple. The above slice was the winner, which we will reveal the substances that cured it on Sunday for Science Sunday.
We also changed the substances for fresh batches as several of them became wet from the juices being drawn out of the them.

We also changed the "natron" (table salt and baking soda) on our Fruity Pharaoh. James also made a Fruity Pharaoh.
We printed out some soldiers from one of my favorite sites, Junior General, and the boys reenacted Egyptian battles (rules for Battle of Kadesh). 


This week Quentin worked on circles in geometry and James worked on decimal fractions.

Sam in Drama class
Our Co-op classes started up again this week. Sam, James and Quentin are all in my Drama class. James is also in Art class (acrylics) and Quentin in a Nature Study class.
Quentin has started his own blog, Quentin's World, for his Playmobil stories and his other creative endeavors. If you could drop over and leave a comment, he would appreciate it.

What else did we do this week?
(All of these next pictures were taken by Katie.)

Katie made a spy mission for Quentin and James. They had to find clues around the house, decide  which clues were false clues left by enemy spies... 

 find pieces of a puzzle that the clues led them to...
 which were put together to form a map...
which led them down to the beach...
  to retrieve a package...

which turned out to be a tin of (Quinny's favorite) cookies Katie had made for them.

 Speaking of the beach, it has been beautiful this winter.

See all the ice?

Oh and a reminder, National Parks have free entrance days, in case you want to take advantage of them.
  • January 20
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 15-17
    Presidents Day weekend
  • April 19-20
    opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25
    National Park Service Birthday
  • September 27
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 11
    Veterans Day


  1. Tell Katie that she is like the most awesome big sister! That was amazing. Truly. All the thought and planning that went into it. She is taking after he mama :)

  2. Thanks for mentioning about the national parks having free days. I hadn't thought of that. Tom Sawyer would love your spy missions.
    Blessings, Dawn

  3. I'll check out Quentin's blog. The spy missions look like a lot of fun.

  4. I agree with Patty, Katie is an AWESOME big sister. I just love all the things you do each week. It seems like you get more done that most folks. ;) I am anxious to see what substance works best to see if it is what we got when we did this a couple years ago. Happy weekend friend.

  5. The mission is so neat! Love the clues left by enemy spies! Your kids are so creative!

  6. Katie is a terrific sister! We are having a beautiful weather here too - unfortunately, this means severe drought for CA :(

  7. What a great way to encourage creative writing and allow him to preserve his playmobile work!
    Thanks for Linking Up This Week at Great Peace Academy.

  8. Your winter pics are so beautiful! I love how Katie planned out the spy mission! What a great big sister!

  9. Tell Quentin I LOVE his blog! What a wonderful idea to tell stories through lego!
    Great week as always and I second everyone else. Katie is a fab sister!

  10. I like your apple preservation experiment. We did one quite a while back. I really like that you stuck one in the snow! Great idea.

    1. It really does look like snow, doesn't it?

  11. Fruity pharaoh! I love it!!

  12. Years and years ago, the girls and I made apple-head dolls which used a similar principle but with salt water instead of dry salt.




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