Valentine’s Day

Instead of Five in a Row this week, we enjoyed crafting and read many stories about love and Valentine’s Day.

We did watercolor crayon resist paintings to add to the calendars we’ve been working on.

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We made gluey yarn hearts.  Benjamin had zero interest in this, but Clara enjoyed it and loved hanging them when they dried.

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We conducted a failed science experiment.  I placed white mums in colored water to demonstrate how the stem drinks the water, but we had no luck in changing the color of the petals.  After almost two weeks, we could barely see a few spots in the flowers in the green and blue water.  Yellow and red were just as white as they started. Nevertheless, we still had fun inspecting them each day.

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This is how they looked in the beginning
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This was about 12 days later 

We worked on a mailbox for each family member and spent a lot of time creating valentines.  They had much more fun with this than I had expected.  I did nothing other than provide art supplies and they went to work.  I am ashamed to admit that I have not yet mailed out the valentines they worked so hard on.  I must get to it!

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Still loves making snowflakes!

 

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our mailboxes

Benjamin decided he’d rather have an actual box, so he got to work.  It was an evolving project.  It began with two coffee filters taped together with a hole in the top.

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The view from the top 

Then he cut a hole in a box and added the filters to the top.

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The next addition was a money dropper.  He discovered that if you put money into the tube and tipped the box, coins would come out like a “money machine”.  He loved making “change” and at one point required a credit card in order to give him a valentine.  Haha!

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They made their own “George Washington” money

We got ready for the homeschool Valentine’s party and they practiced writing their names.

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Teatime this week consisted of valentine sprinkle cookies and sparkling pink lemonade.

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Other things we did this week:

Benjamin is working hard on reading and is progressing quickly.  I’m still impressed with his cursive though he refuses to use it at any other time.

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Clara is working on her cutting skills.  She has a difficult time holding the scissors properly.  I read straws are a great way to work on scissor skills because they are stiff. Benjamin couldn’t resist when he witnessed how the straws soared up into the air with each snip.

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We joined the homeschool group for a trip to the science museum in town.  All of the kids were completely enamored with this phone.  I must say, I have very fond childhood memories of playing with my grandmother’s dial phone.

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We had fun crafting this week, but the weather was terrible.  We were stuck in the house way more than we like to be.  It even snowed!  Although it’s not much, I have never seen this much snow in our town.

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