Monday, March 30, 2015

Patriots, Redcoats and Spies {Children's Book Review}

By Robert J. Skead, with Robert A. Skead 
Published by Zondervan



When I look for books for the kids, I look for books that are not just entertaining for the reader, but hopefully educational as well.  We don't have many books in our personal library about the Revolutionary War, so when I had the opportunity to review Patriots, Redcoats and Spies, I knew it would be a good addition.  My two oldest children are boys who like all things war, spies and adventure, and this book delivers.

Patriots, Redcoats and Spies is part of the American Revolutionary War Adventures series.  The book follows 14 year old twins, John and Ambrose, who not only witness their father Lamberton Clark being shot by a British Redcoat soldier, but must carry out his war mission.  Upon finding out their father is a spy (though Lamberton prefers the term patriot), the boys realize they must carry the message their father was supposed to deliver to General George Washington.

The book is full of brotherly love and mischief.  I have three sisters and a brother, and they definitely treat each other like any sibling would.  In the good times and the bad.  I'm not sure how accurate all of the conversational language was to the time period, it sounded fairly modern to me, but their was still a lot of historical research that went into the book.  The author, Robert Skead, worked with his father to develop this book.  They are members of the Sons of the American Revolution and descendants of the real Lamberton Clark.  This book was written to include historical facts about the war, and there is some great information in the back of the book to go along with the story which helps add to the historical framework.  The book is probably suited for the 8-12 year old reader, but as a read-aloud I found it perfectly suitable for my 5 year old son as well.  I would consider this a modern living history book.  It would be great as a stand-alone book, but also perfect for including with Revolutionary War studies!




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Thursday, March 26, 2015

FIAR: Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel

After much discussion and deliberation, it was determined that Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
by Virginia Lee Burton would follow our Katy and the Big Snow row.



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Social Studies
Age of Steam Power and Industrial History
To go along with the lesson, we read about the first steam shovel patent and then we watched the video of an antique steam shovel.  Emory was also asking about steam rollers, so we had fun searching for pictures and videos of those too.



Story Disks
We placed our disk on . . . South Dakota.  No real reason.  We did discuss fictional towns in literature though.




Language Arts
Personification, Literary Classics
Elliott immediately recognized the personification of Mary Anne the steam shovel.  After the story, I asked how this book was similar to Katy and the Big Snow.  "They are both personified and big machines that like to help others."  We discussed how they were written by the same author.  Elliott even asked when the book was written, and I showed him the copyright date.  How awesome that all his observations and questions fit right into the lessons from the manual, before I even got there.

When we read The Little House later, the boys were intrigued that Mike and Mary Anne were in the illustrations, and Elliott commented that Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel had to have been written first or she couldn't have put him in another book.

Copywork
We fit copywork into our row as usual.  Elliott's came from Homeschool Share, and I made Emory's online.  He had been learning /m/ in his reading program, so I made it to say Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne, and I had him trace every capital "M" on the page.  {I think this M was actually too big to trace!}




Literature Connections
We also listened to a few different audio versions instead of reading the book.  One day we listened to the Kiddie Records Weekly version while we did art, and another day we listened to an audio version that also included Katy and the Big Snow and Maybelle the Cable Car.  It's from this Mike Mulligan Travel Activity Kit.  The kit also has a small paperback book of Mike Mulligan, an activity book and crayons, postcards and stickers.  Eleanor enjoyed the stickers!


Mathematics
Applications of Math in Construction; Geometry
I started simple with the "neat and square" theme, by starting with Eleanor and Emory.  I read a couple of books to them and we got out the pattern blocks.  The Shape Of Things shows how we can see shapes in everyday objects around us, while Imagination Shapes is about a girl using blocks to create all kinds of things!  Eleanor enjoyed playing blocks with Granny (my grandmother) when she was visiting one day.




Then up a step for the boys, I read the instructions from Shape Monsters.  I traced a plate on a sheet of paper for them though, because we didn't need Halloween monsters in March.  They enjoyed following the instructions and then seeing how the other made their shape monster look!



Then I upped it even more for Elliott because I knew I would have to take a different angle to challenge him more.  We discussed the importance of math in construction, and then we discussed perimeters, such as the perimeter of a building or the perimeter of a room.  We did a couple of examples with craft sticks, and then he checked his understanding by calculating the perimeter of squares and rectangles.




Science
States of Matter
I tried to do the steam activity in the manual, but it didn't work the way I anticipated.  I did explain what was supposed to happen though, and they understood.  So instead I read What Is the World Made Of? All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases which was great.  I really like this series.


Then we did this activity from homeschool share, to check our understanding.






Fine Arts
Music
As soon as the boys decided on this row, I immediately ordered the Maestro Classics production based on this book.  We've enjoyed additional titles since our review last year, and this was no exception!  We listened to it in the car, because everyone is quiet and attentive in the car.  Eleanor loved the sound effects!




Art - Trees
We are currently reviewing ARTistic Pursuits, so here's a little sneak peak!  There was a lesson that tied in perfectly with the art lesson on trees from this row.  (The watercolor paper is too large for our FIAR notebooks, so I cut them in half so I could put the art in page protectors, and it would save paper too.)

Emory's Summer and Winter Trees 


Elliott's Summer, Autumn and Winter Trees 






Resources 
Steam Shovel Coloring Page from About Homeschooling
Antique Erie Steam Shovel video from YouTube
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel from Homeschool Share
Mike Mulligan audio from Kiddie Records Weekly
Letter M from Twisty Noodle
Perimeters of Squares and Rectangles from Great Schools
Shape Monsters from Education.com



Our next row will be The Salamander Room, because the boys wanted to study insects!


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: An Eye for Science









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Friday, March 20, 2015

Random 5 on Friday ~ March 20th, 2015

1.  We got a new van!  We had a car and an SUV, with the SUV being our primary family vehicle.  When baby #4 came along this year, the SUV became a tight squeeze with the additional car seat.  We wanted something roomier.  So the car, which we had officially outgrown (it was a tight squeeze with just the three kids anyway) was traded in for a van.  I wasn't sure how well I would like a van, but it's definitely roomier, it's got some nice features that I wasn't expecting, and so far I'm liking it.


2.  Eloise is getting so big so fast!  She rolled over at only 8 weeks old!  She didn't just accidentally kick herself over onto her back though, she actually rolled from back to belly.  I didn't think she'd get over her shoulder, but she worked hard and did it several times!  Oh, and she weighed in at 9 lbs 2 oz at her two month well-baby.  She is "petite" like her siblings, but pediatrician says she looks great.  This is after she rolled over the third or fourth time.  She's got that look of triumph "What's next, mom!?"





3.  Elliott found the golf channel and just kept watching.  For days.  Of course he decided he wants to learn to play.  I'm not sure what the fascination is.  We're always open to letting the kids try new things though, so we searched around to find someone to give him lessons, because we don't play.  It should be interesting!


4.  So in our homeschool . . . we are still doing FIAR and enjoying it!  The boys love coming up with the next topic and seeing which book I'll choose for them.  Look for our Mike Mulligan row to post soon.  Their next two requests were gorillas and insects, so we shall see where it takes us!  As far as reviews--I just posted GPALOVEMATH and we have a few more in the works including New American Cursive for Elliott, La La Logic for Emory, and ARTistic Pursuits for both boys!  Eleanor, well she's a two year old tag-along, jumping in with a great big "MY TURN" and wandering off when she's done.

5.  It's the time of the year where the husband and I are itching to plan our vacations!  We usually travel to Georgia in May to visit my family and to the beach in September, with little weekend trips sprinkled throughout.  We have some different things in mind for this year that should really excite our kiddos!  I'll share more when it's concrete, but for now I'm getting excited!





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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

GPALOVEMATH {Schoolhouse Review Crew}

Anytime I'm given the chance to review an online math supplement, I'm eager to see what it offers. My 8 year old really enjoys math, and he's good at it.  My 5 year old seems to like it well enough too.  I've never cared for math (although I would never let on to the kids) so I like to vary up our resources.  Recently we were asked to review GPALOVEMATH, an online math program from GPA LEARN.  The GPA stands for Great Parents Academy, and is made up of a team of licensed and experienced educators.




How Does It Work?
GPALOVEMATH is for students working at a K-5 level.  Each grade level has its own animated Learning Coach who teaches and guides the student through grade-level supplemental math.  Each grade is set up with a sequenced curriculum.  There are three color-coded learning paths that students can take.  Each color represents a different skill set in math.  The student has limited freedom to move within the program by choosing one of the few unlocked lessons to complete.  This means if a path gets too hard, they can take a break and choose a different path to work on temporarily.  However they can only progress so far on one path before it requires the completion of lessons on other paths as well.  I like that the paths build on each other so that the student must continuously use different math skills to continue through the program.



The student can also change over to viewing by topics.  Then they can click on a topic within a section to view all of the subtopics.  A note will pop up saying which previous lessons they recommend completing first, but you still have the freedom to attempt the locked lesson.  The Recommend Path was set up by the GPA LOVE team to be sequential, and is more visually appealing in my opinion.  However, choosing by topic might be a better option if you're looking to practice very specific topics, or starting during the middle of the year and want to jump in to supplement a current curriculum for school.




The Lessons
There are three parts to the lessons.

Instruction  This is a cross between a video and a slideshow, which means it will likely appeal to most kids who are visual learners and enjoy animation.  You continuously click through the slides, though I felt like there were too many "extra" slides that didn't contribute to the story or the lessons.  The voices are computerized and often sound rushed, and the animation and audio are frequently misaligned.  The Learning Coach guides the student through the lesson by giving pertinent vocabulary and working through several examples.

Practice  The practice section allows you to solve problems in order to check understanding.  There are drag-and-drop, multiple choice, fill in the blank and other types of questions to offer variety.  If you get the question wrong, your Learning Coach will give you a little hint and you can try again.  You also have three lifelines, which automatically gives you the correct answer.  The questions can be read by the Learning Coach by clicking on the words, so non-readers can work at their own pace in math without being hindered if their reading ability is different.

Quiz  The quiz has 10 questions.  You can also click on the questions and answer choices in the quiz to have them read aloud.  You do not know until the end how you scored.  Depending on the number of questions answered correctly, you are awarded a certain number of points, which can be redeemed in the Motivate section.  Even if you "pass" the lesson you can still repeat lessons, but you must get 6/10 right in order to pass.



What Did We Think?
I could not find a placement test, so I just placed the boys in their respective grade levels.  Since we were already about halfway through the year when we started the program the beginning was way too easy, but at the same time I just had a new baby right after the holidays, so we were coming off an extended break and it was nice to have a solid review.

Elliott, 2nd Grade
Elliott has breezed through the quizzes so far without watching very many of the the instructional videos.  Partially because we started mid-year and this was review, and partially because he "gets" math and he doesn't require much instruction.  I usually found him starting with the practice problems to see if he could work them on his own.  If he needed a little guidance, then he would go back to the instructional video, watch enough to clarify the material, and return to work the practice problems before moving on to the quiz.  He thinks the videos are too long and he doesn't like the computerized/robotic sounding voice.  He also doesn't really care for the story line with the girl on the island.  I would prefer he watch the videos, but since he doesn't like them and the program allows him to bypass the lesson, there's not much I could do besides force him to do something he doesn't like or need.  We are relaxed homeschoolers, and he is progressing in his skills, so I allow him to have a little bit of ownership over his education in this way by judging his own understanding of the material and when to go back and watch the lessons.

Emory, Kindergarten
Emory is also still flying through the quizzes without needing the instructional videos.  Occasionally I have to explain a vocabulary term, and he's at an age where I can quickly "teach" anything he needs to know without the video lesson, so he almost never watches one either.  He was excited about Detective Digits and having a mystery theme, but he doesn't like the videos either.  I think the voice moves way too fast for him, and he isn't at the reading level required for the questions asked, so I have to sit with him and read everything.  I will say that normally he doesn't like sitting at the computer too long, but he will usually do two or three quizzes in one sitting.

Some screen shots from Kindergarten with Detective Digits . . .





Mom, Parent Account
There is a lot you can do from the parent account.  I can see how many lessons they have completed and their scores.  I also receive an email for every single lesson they complete with detailed information, but I wouldn't mind a way to opt-out considering they both do multiple lessons a day, I receive a weekly summary email, and it shows in my dashboard too.

This was a weekly digest for Emory.  A few of these printed from different stages in the course would be a good inclusion in our homeschool portfolio.  







I can also see at a glance when they are projected to finish the program (GPA suggests 10 months for a grade level) and how many lessons they need to complete each week to reach that goal.  I also have the ability to Test Drive every lesson from my account without affecting their results, which means I can see exactly how a lesson is presented and the types of questions they ask.  I set up their rewards in the beginning, but in my account I can see what awards they've received and which surprise reward is coming up next, so I can be prepared.  The layout of the program is fairly easy to navigate and self-explanatory for me to figure out how to use.



Points, Rewards and Motivation
The kids earn points as they complete the quizzes.  In the Motivate section, there are various rewards that the kids can "buy" with their points.  It's unique, because it's not about buying clothing for an avatar like so many other online games.  Instead they can redeem for real rewards.  Some options include gift cards to retail stores like ToysRUs or Target, tickets to attractions (local to Atlanta, Georgia, where GPA LOVE appears to be based), or privileges like staying up past bedtime, an extra bedtime story, play dates, baking cookies, movie nights, that type of thing.  Then there is the section in the parent account that I referenced earlier.  I set up several of these types of random rewards to be given after lessons at an interval determined by how many rewards I chose--the more I added, the more frequently they would receive them.  They know they will be surprised with rewards, but they don't know when they will pop up.  It's a nice incentive.





Final Thoughts
I like the purpose of the program.  It's fairly intuitive with a clean layout and is user-friendly.  I appreciate the unique motivational system.  The kids don't love the program, as they really aren't fans of the instructional videos, but they will do the program without much complaint.  Sometimes they will even choose GPALOVEMATH over other math options I give them.  They don't mind answering the questions and taking quizzes, and they often work through two or three sets in one sitting.  GPALOVEMATH says the program is a supplement, designed to help children get ahead in math, but I could see it being enough for many students for a full curriculum.  I know we don't use the program exactly as intended, but right now it's working for us, and that's what matters.  For now we will continue to keep this program in our repertoire of math programs to use in our homeschool.


Are You Interested?
  • Regularly priced at $149, but currently available for $129 with coupon code GPAINTRO15 (one year subscription, per child)
  • Monthly subscription for $12.99
  • There is a 30 day FREE trial
  • One student account can access all K-5 courses
  • Accessible on MS Windows, Apple Mac, iPad, or Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (10")
  • Google Chrome is the recommended browser, but it works in Apple Safari 6 & 7, MS IE11, and FireFox
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Friday, March 13, 2015

I Want a Personal Library!

I didn't want a mansion when I was a kid.  All I wanted was a personal library with beautiful custom built, wall-to-wall bookshelves.  I didn't think that was too much to ask!  I love to read, and one of my biggest desires for my kids (academically speaking) is that they have the same love of reading, and learning through books.  Even before the idea of homeschooling, I bought a lot of books.  I love books, and we have a lot of them.

The thing is though . . . I didn't get my dream library.

Yet, I still can't stop myself from bringing books into the house.

Do you see the problem?

We currently have a bookshelf in the boys' room that holds all of the picture books.  It was overflowing and a pile of books was just sitting on the floor next to to the bookshelf, so I started there.

The first shelf is kind of a random hodge-podge, and the black basket is obviously the catch-all for the little things that don't really "belong" anywhere else.  All stuff that could go on their dresser to free up an entire bookshelf, if the dresser wasn't currently covered in a hamster cage and stacks of drawings they need to go through.  Because who needs the nice sketch books mom buys??  But I digress.

I didn't get a before, but here's an after shot . . . though it could use some more work.



This is some of what came out of their room, and a few from Eleanor's room.  We keep some preschool books on top of her dresser for easy access for bedtime stories, but it was time to reduce those as well.  There was a grocery bag with some paperbacks in it as well.




Inside the girls' closet is a bookshelf of some curriculum, poetry, science/nature books, chapter books, non-fiction.  On top is where I keep lesser-used manipulatives.  It's more of a "school" shelf I suppose.

Before . . . This is what happens when you leave the closet door open and your toddler thinks she doesn't need a nap.



After working through these shelves and pulling several books off I had room to get it organized!  Barely.  It's still a tight squeeze, so I'm aiming to go through this one again when curriculum comes up on the schedule.



The other two school shelves do have some more books on them, but since curriculum will be coming up in the future, I'll wait on those shelves.  I also have some books scattered and hidden in my room and closet, but they are not elementary level, and I need to get those walk-in closets cleaned and organized before I decide how I want to utilize those to help with storage space.  I'll get to those books eventually!





Note:  I'm actually a little behind posting.  This was the challenge from two week's ago, but we lost power for a few days due to the winter weather and I'm getting caught up.  This past week's challenge was to clean the entryway, but we don't have a "formal" entryway.  Technically it's the living room but we use the laundry/utility room.  I know that has to be coming up eventually, so with everything going on this week (and the beautiful weather that had us outside!) I just didn't have time for more than the usual cleaning.  To see what's next on the challenge, check out Family, Faith and Fridays for the 34 Weeks of Clean series!











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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Remember Me by Lara Van Hulzen

As a mom of four young kids, it's hard to carve time out for myself sometimes.  It has been awhile since I've taken the time to enjoy a good book, but I've finally got a book review for you!

Remember Me by Lara Van Hulzen (Book Review)


Remember Me by Lara Van Hulzen is the first book in the author's new series, Men of Honor.  Ben Russo finds himself in the hospital following a car accident, yet he doesn't remember anything.  He doesn't even know his name, because there was no identification at the scene of the accident.  All he knows is that his nurse Tess is fascinating.

Tess, on the other hand, is beside herself when Ben, the man who left her a week before their wedding, shows up in her ER with amnesia.  She moved away to get away from her past and her pain, and now here he is in her new town, not off 'finding himself' in Europe.  The worst part is that he can't even explain himself, because he doesn't know who he is, let alone who she is or that he left her a lousy note before disappearing.  Tess is just as confused as the man in the hospital bed, and hurt all over again as deep wounds are reopened, but she doesn't know if she should reveal his identity or let him figure it out on his own.  I'm sure most of us know a little something about heartbreak, so we can feel Tess's pain through the pages of the book.

As the two spend time together, they both face internal struggles.  Tess is continuously torn between her head and her heart, and she wrestles with how to talk to the man in front of her until she can make an informed decision about confronting her past.  Their past.  Ben struggles with his identity, with trying to figure out certain memories that flash through his mind, and trying to understand how the dainty little nurse that intrigues him more every day is supposed to fit into his life.  If he never regains his memory, how would he start over?  If he does remember who he is, what are the consequences?

Remember Me is well written and engaging.  Although slightly predictable as far as the love story is concerned, we don't always take the expected path to get there, and there is some suspense along the way.  There were certainly a few plot twists that I didn't foresee!  This is a romance novel, but it is also a faith-based novel.  I didn't find anything overly suggestive or offensive.  The story wasn't even far-fetched or too dramatic either, which can sometimes happen in romance.  It was fresh and interesting.  It was a clean and easy read, and I enjoyed it.  Lara Van Hulzen is a new author for me, but I definitely liked her writing, and I would gladly read more of her work!


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Katy and the Big Snow {Five in a Row}

We got hit by the frenzy of winter storms and arctic temperatures that passed through recently, so I made an impromptu decision to row a winter book that week.  We get snow every year, but it's only every few years that we get a "big snow" like Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton, so that's what we rowed!  It's been over two weeks snow, and as I post this, most of the snow finally melted today thanks to the heat wave (which is still below normal temps) and some rain.  There's still snow on the hillsides, but I can see my yard this morning!  However, there's supposedly more coming.  Another big snow.  I can say with certainty that I'm not excited about it, and I am DONE with winter.

Anyway, on with the row!


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Katy is a beautiful red crawler tractor who is so strong that she is still locked up in the winter, but when a big snow storm finally hits and the town of Geopollis is snowed in, only Katy can save the day!



Social Studies
Geography - Cardinal Directions and Maps
Katy travels North, South, East and West to help the community members, and the art throughout the book illustrates the transformation of the town as she does this.  Both boys labeled the compass rose from the Katy and the Big Snow lapbook from Homeschool Share.  Can you see the eraser dust?  Emory kept trying over and over on his letters.



Elliott also practiced his map skills by using the compass and legend to determine which direction the townspeople would travel.  I also let the boys play with a compass to practice their cardinal directions.  Okay, actually I gave them my cell phone with the compass app.  They still enjoyed it, but I should probably buy them a real compass, you think?




Cities and Street Signs
For our story disks, we talked about the meaning of Geopollis (also a vocabulary lesson!) and then we had a discussion about where to put the story disk.  We could have created a "land of make believe" for the fictional towns, but then I couldn't decide how to add them to our Passports!  So before I said anything, I asked where we might want to put our disk.  Elliott suggested New York, because it has cities that get snow.  Fair enough.  That meant the boys could put their personal ones on their United States page, and we'll deal with other fictional settings when we get there.




We looked at pictures of street signs and the boys named off all the ones they knew, and I told them what a few others meant.  We talked about cities, and the types of business and organizations that are needed to make a city run efficiently.  Then the boys built a city for Eleanor, centered around their old wooden train set.  The boys have played with it a little, especially when she asks them, and she has adored the whole thing!







Science
Weather - Snow
Of course we had to learn about snow.   I had Elliott read Water to me.  It's a leveled reader, so the information is a very basic of the properties of water, more appropriate for Emory, but I also wanted Elliott to read out loud.



Then we did a little activity with some snow.  First we scooped approximately 2 cups of snow.  I asked the boys to predict how much water we would have when the snow melted.



Emory said it would be "a little less" and Elliott guessed 1 1/2 cups.  We ended up with about 1/3 of a cup of water from 2 cups of fluffy white snow!  It would be fun to do this again with a heavy, wet snow too so they could compare the results.





Language Arts
Character Study and Personification
We talked about Katy and her physical appearance and personality traits and filled out the page "What I Know about Katy" from the Katy lapbook.  We also reviewed Personification (we did more when we rowed Little Nino's Pizzeria) when we discussed Katy.

Copywork
As usual, I gave them both copywork.  Emory's was a stop sign and Elliott did the quote from the Homeschool Share Katy lapbook.





Mathematics 
Skip Couning
We examined Burton's illustrations and discussed Katy's 55 horse power engine, and then discussed skip countering as described in the manual.  It was a simple introduction for Emory, but just a review for Elliott.



We used a Skip Count by 5's Worksheet to discuss it more.  I thought it was a cute visual.  He wanted to color the number five, because he's 5, and it had to be green because that's his favorite color.



Elliott also did a simple Skip Count by 5's worksheet as well.


Measurements - Inches and Feet
In the book we are told how much snow falls throughout the day, and how high the snowdrifts get.  We measured this out on the wall and marked it . . . 4 inches, 10 inches, 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, 5 feet.  We also marked the boys' heights, and when Daddy got home, they added him!

(They've since had haircuts--finally!)





Art & Music
Orchestra
We don't often tie music into our Five in a Row units, though I would love to do it more.  One day, in place of a reading, we watched and listened to Suite No. 3 Katy and the Big Snow which was the book read to the music of Robert J. Bradshaw.

Crafts
We don't typically do crafts either, but this Snow Plow craft was cute.  Eleanor kept saying "I paste, I paste" she was so excited to glue everything down.  Emory enjoyed this but decided he didn't want his to be Katy, that this tractor was a boy!  Elliott . . . well, I think he humored me just so he could play with bubble wrap, but he's moved beyond the craft stage.  Bittersweet.





Snow Play

It was COLD so they were not thrilled with the time it took to layer up.  Oh the looks!






In the Kitchen
Hot Chocolate for cold hands!
After the snow play, we had to have hot chocolate and marshmallows.  A rare treat!



Snow cream
Yes, we had to.  Elliott said it was too sweet.  Emory didn't comment at all.  Eleanor said "Mmm, mommy, its good!" as she slurped hers.  I think she's my current favorite.  haha!




This was a great row.  I think Elliott's favorite part was comparing everyone's heights and the compass (he's a very "fact" oriented kid) while Emory and Eleanor liked the snow plow craft and the train play.  I always love seeing where rows take us!




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