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Saturday, January 16, 2016

BFF Time, CSI Crime Lab, and Frank Lloyd Wright

Last week we spent almost the entire week at home.  It was a nice way to start second semester, here at Two Cowgirls Homeschool.  This week, we were back to our normal routine, running around, attending classes, and learning a lot.  Here's what we did:


Today Elise had Jr. First Lego League.  Millie's co-op hasn't started up yet, so she tagged along to the library with us, hunted for books, and read by the fire while Elise hung out with friends and created with Legos.  This was a great Jr. FLL class, because the kids worked on their challenge for a LONG time!!  Our little Lego Leaguers are so proficient at their Lego skills, that they usually breeze through their challenges.


Today was a book club day.  We read The Little Prince aloud as a family, and Millie went to the book club with a group of other middle school age kids.  Millie and Elise loved the book, but I didn't care for it.  Anywhoo, while she was at her book club, I had the pleasure of entertaining Elise and her BFF.  I took them to the Children's Museum to play for an hour.  Good times!  When we got home, we did our regular school work.  The kids were really thrown off having to do their school work in the afternoon!  He he.


SciGirls!  My favorite day of the month!! This month the girls did a little CSI, and had to solve The Case of the Missing Diamonds.  They dusted for fingerprints, fumed for fingerprints, analyzed fabric samples, analyzed blood samples, and experimented with chromatography,  It was super fun.  Unfortunately, Millie started feeling sick mid-way through class, so I had to take her home.  *Gasp*  Fortunately, another mom was on site, and was willing/able to step in and help finish up the class.  Getting her home was a crazy event.  I had to do a drive-by drop off, and drive to the next city over to pick up Elise where she was hanging out with her BFF (again!!  Two days in a row?!  Lucky girls) at the zoo.  When we finally made it home, Millie had made herself some mint tea, and was cuddled up on the couch, where she stayed for the rest of the day.


Finally, a stay at home day.  We did our regular school in the morning, and then moved on to Earth Science and architecture.  We're in the midst of a Frank Lloyd Wright study.  I'm so excited that they're getting into architecture!!  This book is full of great projects.  This week they used shapes to create art, similar to how FLW's sister made illustrations for one of her books.  The week has been really cold, too cold to play outside.  Today was a break in the weather, so the girls left the house at 3 to meet the neighbor kids at the bus stop.  They played outside until dinner time.  I love my quiet time when they're gone!  I use it to run on the treadmill and read.

I'm reading Pioneer Girl


I mentioned before that we're using Harmony Ed this year as a way to fund our homeschool expenses.  In return for getting reimbursed for $1,600 worth of homeschool supplies, classes, and curriculum, we have to do worksheets.  It's not a bad trade off!  I wouldn't do it again, because next year we have to return the books we use, which makes doing the worksheets pointless, but for this year, it's working for us.  So, Friday we had what I called a "Harmony Ed Extravaganza," at which we spent the afternoon plowing through worksheets.


This weekend brings sub-zero temperatures, which means a lot of indoor time.  We'll be venturing out for a piano recital (Elise's first!), and one-act play practice.  I hate the thought of driving 40 minutes on a day where the high is -7, but 4-H calls!

Find out what other homeschoolers did this week, here!

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