Sunday, March 26, 2017

sculpture class with ms. margot!

we have an amazing church friend named ms. margot.
we love her.
i grew up with her children at church and my mom considers her a best friend.
she also happens to be an amazing artist.
she sculpts, paints, draws, etches, and throws a mean pot.
during our italy unit, my mom had the idea to go over to her house and have her teach the boys about sculpture and pottery. we just now got out there!
and it was so much fun! the boys were interested in all the types of sculpture and ms. margot took us all out to her workshop to play around in some porcelain clay and throw a few pots!
can't wait to go back and fire our creations in her kiln!!
a wonderful day with a wonderful woman!!

can't wait to go back!! thank you ms. margot!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

broccoli quinoa bites

bad pictures ahead.
but this recipe is so, so good and such a hit with my boys that i'm really just posting for myself.
they are fast, easy, and completely healthy!
and they freeze like a breeze and are perfect for lunchboxes or a quick lunch with a fried egg on top!
they are also great cold, room temp, or warmed up!
you only need a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry and fridge!
go get started!!

Broccoli Quinoa Bites
Makes about 2- 2 1/2 dozen muffins
2 heads broccoli, roughly chopped
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and cooked
1 cup shredded white (or of choice) cheddar plus about a cup more for sprinkling on top
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 375*. Spray or butter 2-3 12 count muffin tins. Set aside.
In a food processor, combine broccoli and onion and pulse until finely chopped.  Remove to large mixing bowl. Add cooked and cooled quinoa, cheddar, and eggs and stir until combined. Press into prepared muffins tins and top with remaining cheddar. Bake at 375* for 20 minutes. Let cool and then remove. Serve warm or cool completely and freeze individually for up to a month. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

homeschool wrap-up: february!

we started off this month with the finale of our italy unit! grape stomping!!

as gross as this looks, the boys loved the fresh grape juice!

michael is doing sooooo well on his maps!!


spanish lesson!

when gabriel is finished with his lessons and the boys aren't yet, we review our animals :)

cutting practice

more spanish

color of the month!

a bit too much glue on that R there, gabe...

i'm just so proud of my four year old reader!

art lesson on the porch!

and poetry tea time on the floor!

lots of valentines' crafts

and tummy time with books for the baby

tuesdays are our educational video day.
today, the server wasn't working so we watched planet earth on the floor :)

lots of blue lessons

heart sequencing!

counting sticks

a special valentines poetry tea time with leftover dark chocolate torte!
recipe coming soon ;)

heart stamping

practicing maps in other ways...
this is mv's map of our farm, with his future zoo mapped out as well ;)

more valentines' crafts!

when worksheet time runs into nursing the baby time, mv has to finish up on the floor next to me.
this presents a problem as gabriel is already finished and he thinks floors are strictly for wrestling ;)

this kid is struggling with his letters but darned if we don't ROCK our numbers!

but at 2 1/2 years old, i'm not too worried :)
T for Toucan in a Tree!

yoga mondays!

a special king's cake cinnamon roll ring for mardi gras poetry tea time!

U for Underwater Urchin

Great Britain unit!

beef potted pie and english peas!

and sticky toffee pudding.
mike declared it the best cake he's had in years!

and yes, i totally used the leftover butterscotch sauce in my coffee the next morning.
don't judge me.

trying on my grandmother's antique knight's helmet!

big ben craft! of course, we had to watch part of peter pan :)

coat of arms.
i asked them to draw on four of their favorite things and mv's dragon is pretty darn good!


high tea for our finale!!!

as most of you know, i plan the lessons and organize the activities.
but when i have an idea, i "suggest" to my mom that she come up with something fun.
and she goes crazy and makes it amazing!!

we invited my dad and he only agreed to put on a tie if there was good food :)

i made real clotted cream from raw milk!
it wasn't perfect but it was pretty darn close and very good with blueberry preserves on homemade scones!

real sugar cubes!

the boys behaved beautifully with my mother's wedding china but of course, when they were released, jack immediately broke a (minor) candle holder.
of course.

we even pulled out a onesie with a tie for baby robert!

another fun month in cc!
gravity experiment

friction experiment

studying degas, art in motion

monet, impressionist art

morisot, texture art

review games are always fun

practicing our bible memory verse

jack's wooly mammoth presentation

michael's presentation on his maps

orchestra lesson!

paper airplanes and the science behind it!

1, 2...


more review!

and we squeezed in a presentation on italy!
a wonderful month!!

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