Thursday, January 30, 2014

Jamestown Diorama

We've been studying Jamestown this week in our Oak Meadow 5th grade English/History.
One of the choices for this weeks projects was to make a diorama of Jamestown. Of course this is what A chose, and she got down to business on it this afternoon.

 I think she did a great job! 
It took her hours, and I love her attention to detail (notice the fire in the common area, and she even made smaller ones for inside the houses.), but the best part was how proud she was of it. She couldn't wait for dad to get home from work so she could show him all of it.

 She also finished reading "A Lion to Guard Us" this morning. I actually had to wait on lunch because she was so eager to finish it that she didn't want to stop and come to the table. 
I know it's a great book when after every period of reading it, she comes running into the room to tell me everything that is happening.
She loved that included people she had already learned about in her OM History like John Rolfe. 
It was listed as other reading resources at the end of her chapter and I am really glad she chose it.
Definitely a fun day for both of us.

Monday, January 27, 2014

More homeschooling with Oak Meadow and my favorite cookie recipie

This past week we completed Lesson 2 in our 5th grade Oak Meadow curriculum. 
A is still loving it.
I love the options of assignments. She gets the freedom to choose what she does and I don't have to think up a ton of options. Totally a win win :)
One of her assignments for this week was to answer two of the questions listed. She had a choice of 9 questions and it gave her the option of drawing a comic for one of the responses. Perfect, right?

Choice one-
"What if you were an early native of the Caribbean who saw Columbus and his ships arriving off the coast of your home? How would these people have appeared to you? How might you have felt? Would you feel welcoming or would you be frightened? How might you and your family prepare to meet these strangers?"

As you can see, this was the one A chose to do as a comic. 
She decided her family would be wary at first, but then would trade and be friendly with Columbus.

 She did a creative writing assignment to answer the second question,
"What do you think we would do today if someone from another planet landed in the U.S. and claimed it as his territory because he had discovered it? How would you feel about this?"
I love her short story. She even created unique writing for the aliens :)
I hope it is clear enough of a pic that you can enjoy it as well.
We spent a lot of time last week playing in the snow and then would come in and get a little work done.
 I love moments like these. Homeschooling, hot chocolate, and some of our favorite cookies.

Berry Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

2 sticks butter
1 and 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups oatmeal
1 and 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350
Beat butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
Add eggs and mix well.
Add oats. flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
Mix on low until blended.
Add coconut and fruit and mix on medium speed.
Drop by heaping tablespoons onto a parchment covered or greased baking sheet.
Bake for 10-13 minutes.
The cookies will be soft, don't worry they harden up as they cool

On another note, A blogged today. Check it out and leave her a message :)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Another gorgeous day!

Today was another gorgeous day! Probably one of the most amazing days we have had in a long while. The sun stayed out all day, glistening off the snow, with not even a hint of wind. 
It was heard to stay in on a day like this.
 Which is why we spent a good bit of the day playing outside.
 A had to clear out her snow fort she built earlier in the week. The new snow, plus the winds we had, buried it completely.

 Crazy dog absolutely loves the snow and acted like a complete nut the entire tie she was out. LOL

 In between stints of digging out her snow fort, A through snow at Bella (who thinks it is the best game ever!)
 It was just the perfect day for taking pictures....
 ....making snow angels....
 ....and sliding down massive drifts in front of the house!

 Fresh fox prints were everywhere.
A followed one set around the side of the mountain.

 Then sat down and made "cheese curls". You know, the little pieces of snow that roll down the side of the mountain. Totally look like cheese puffs to us. LOL

 Random buoys in the tundra make the perfect spot to rest...
...and take in the view. 

 Another drift in front of the house, this time trying to climb straight up was a lot of fun.
 And it looked like our house had grown witches fingernails. Pretty cool.
Hope y'all had a wonderful day too!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A homemade compass

Today we finally got a chance to do the Extra Credit project from Oak Meadow that was assigned last week.
A and I made a compass!
It was actually pretty cool.

She started by magnetizing the needle by rubbing it in one direction against a magnet for several minutes.

 We then stuck the large in of the needle into a piece of wine cork and placed it in a pan of water.

Our home made compass slowly turned and then stopped when the needle was pointing North.

I asked her to draw her compass...

...but she went even further and wrote about how people navigated before compasses.
Definitely a lot of fun! So far we are loving Oak Meadow!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A special treat and wait for it.........

If you read my "playing in the snow" post yesterday, than you remember I said we came in and enjoyed a special treat. You may have been wondering what that was.....well....
Tada! McDonalds!!!!!
Flown in 3 hours over the Bering Sea by a wonderful friend. 
I have been craving these like crazy.
 Such a special treat for a child who lives on a remote island. 
No fast food here.
Can you tell she's happy?!
 Nothing like that first bite (after nuking them in the microwave of course!) LOL

 And why have I been craving those magical burgers?

That's right. We are expecting! A new addition will be joining us hopefully sometime in the end of July, beginning of August.
Prayers and fingers crossed for a pre-eclampsia free pregnancy this time!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Fun in the snow

The storm ended and today turned beautiful!

 After school, we headed to the airport to pick up a friend and took him back to his house, then we headed back up the hill to play. We had big plans! To build a whole snowman family was the goal, unfortunately the snow was to powdery. It took all our might packing the snow, to create this little guy.

It was perfect however for making snow angles.

 The snow on the boughs of our few trees made for a breathtaking sight.
This southern girl still gets excited for snow!

 Goofy girl loved rolling in it and then decided it would be perfect to build a snow fort.

 A perfect day, that ended with a special treat.... stay tuned to find out what that was on tomorrow's post.