Here's our bulletin board for this week:
Notice the letters at the top? :) I used those small flat wooden letters you find at the craft store (I'm a little addicted to them these days), painted them a pale blue and glittered them. Blessed. A nice word for the new year, don't you think? The frosty blue will be nice for the winter. I will change to a new word next season ...
- "The Whole Duty of Children" by Robert Louis Stevenson (Crackerjack)
- "The Kraken" by Lord Alfred Tennyson (Bookworm)
- We'll also pore over this beautiful page of bird poems and illustrations, with particular focus paid to "The Chickadee" by Emerson.
- I have new programs on order from CHC; they are due to arrive later this week. (Lingua Mater for Bookworm; Language of God A for Crackerjack; Latina Christiana I and Lingua Angelica for both)
- Story of the World Volume II: Chapter 17, "Knights and Samurai"
- The Making of a Knight: How Sir James Earned His Armor
- King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (Current family read-aloud)
- Medieval Knights Stickers (CJ made these into a placemat.)
- Work on family resolutions.
- Learn one geography term a day; review.
- Red, White, Blue and Uncle Who?: Chapter 1: The Flag
- Proper Manners & Health Habits: Chapter 1: Gentle Words
- *Plan polar unit study for next two months; research field trip to Harvard Museum of Natural History (polar exhibition).
- *Research field trip to the Orchard House in Concord.
- Twelfth Night (Bookworm)
- King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (as above)
- Little Women (This will be the family read-aloud once King Arthur is finished - we may not start till next week.)
Science & Nature Study:
- We set up our new year's weather tree (from All Year Round):
- Monday's Health/Science section of the Globe.
- Full Wolf Moon (Please see details at The Nature Corner.)
- Winter Bird study: in particular, the chickadee (neat website here)
- Request An Egg is Quiet from the library (thanks to Marjorie's suggestion).
- Read about the earth's surface in 1000 Facts about the Earth
- Continue continents review.
- Linnea's Almanac; brainstorm a year's worth of seasonal joys.
- Discuss the Precepts of the Church (as outlined in CJ's CCD book)
- Read Magnifikid in advance of Sunday Mass.
- The Last Straw (Catholic Mosaic)
- The Legend of Old Befana
- Make gingerbread stars for Epiphany.
- Blessing of the Home on Epiphany.
- Mary, Mother of God craft and prayer ...
Sorry this is a bit dark - it's so hard to capture candlelight. The paper craft was an idea from The Big Book of Catholic Customs and Traditions for Children's Faith Formation. The holy card is a beautiful gift from a beautiful friend - someone I cannot think of without feeling the mantle of Mary wrapped around me. :) The candles are just wrapped with some lace ribbon. (Side note - these would be a really pretty decoration for a First Communion. There was some less-feminine white ribbon I might use for CJ's party this May.) And if we have time, I aim to make cupcakes such as Alice's or Elizabeth's today or tomorrow.
- January selection from Art Masterpieces: A Liturgical Collection: Madonna with the Child (Botticelli).
- Listen to the Kids Classical Hour on Saturday morning.
- "We Three Kings" (sing and play)