Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Holiday Recital

This past Saturday, Miss M had her holiday ballet recital.  The studio where she dances put on two shows for residents of a local nursing home. 

The girls all did great, and the residents enjoyed the show. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Falling Leaves

Yes, it is December and that usually means snow-themed activities.  However, we have been unseasonally warm up until this week.  For us, the leaves are just now starting to fall off the trees.  Miss M and The Bug took the opportunity to play while Daddy was raking this weekend.

 The Bug also did a craft cutting and gluing paper leaves onto a tree.

Of course, our wacky weather followed up 80 degree days with a light dusting of snow and freezing temperatures today, so I guess one week was all the fall we get this year!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up: First Week of Advent

This year, the kids were excited to put their shoes out the night before the feast day of Saint Nicholas.  In the morning, they found candy canes and a small toy left for them!  Chocolate coins are traditional, but I couldn't find any that fit with our food restrictions, so instead, for afternoon tea, we had hot chocolate with peppermint whipped cream to celebrate.

We are not doing the Truth in the Tinsel in its entirety this year, but Miss M is doing some of the days when they match up with our daily devotions.  She loved making the stained glass candle craft, which is hanging in the window near our table now.


One of the activities in our Advent calendar this week was to read a Christmas book by flashlight.  This was the highlight of the week for The Bug, who is crazy about flashlights.

We did do regular school this week, including a fun experiment with electricity with some friends of ours, but of course I forgot to take my camera with us!

Monday, December 3, 2012

First Crafts & Advent Plans

On Saturday, the kids started the season with a trip to the Home Depot kids workshop and made some holiday picture frames.  (Neither Miss M nor The Bug wanted to use red or green paint).

This weekend they also made the first ornaments of the season.  The Bug made the gold glittered salt dough person, Miss M made the others using a combination of markers and glitter.  And the popsicle stick Rudolph is hers also.

For Advent, we are following many of our traditions, and adding in only one new element this year.  We will be:
  • Lighting advent candles and saying our special prayers each evening after dinner.  We will also be celebrating the Saint and Feast days that occur during Advent.
  • Hanging ornaments on our Jesse Tree and doing the accompanying Bible readings.  We are using the printable ornaments that came with our Family Faith Formation program this year.
  • Doing our usual Advent calendar.  This year the pockets mainly contain activities including; stringing popcorn and cranberries for the birds, driving to see Christmas lights, making candy cane ice cream, watching Polar Express, and baking gluten-free holiday cookies.
  • We are reading one book each day for the month of December, although I am not doing accompanying crafts this year.  So far we have read an old favorite, Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett, and a new favorite Christmas Mouseling by Dori Chaconas.
  • New to us this year is using the free Advent Adventures from Holy Heroes. I think the combination of videos, online activities and daily novena will give that extra spark that we need this year!
Unlike in years past, we won't be taking a break from school this whole month.  I have changed some of our lessons to reflect the season a bit more, but we will be continuing on with school through December 21.