Monday, February 23, 2015

Aquarium = School

Every Monday, my two oldest attend a local home school tutorial for Grammar/Writing, Science, and Literature. They love the chance to be with peers and friends and have someone else teaching them for a bit. While they are thus occupied, the three littles and I use whatever local membership we currently have.
And we currently have an aquarium membership.

We try to catch the animal talks when we can, and we've learned quite a bit about the different animals that we get to see each Monday.

We love to encounter the animals in different ways.
Today we took clip boards with us and found the name of the animal and then drew it. While we were at the penguins, we discovered that one of the younger penguins would follow our red pencil! We could make him dive, go side to side, and even shake his head. So funny. The littlest said, "He's talking to me."

Each day there are dive shows in the shark tank. The kids have seen them so many times that the thrill has worn off, but I never cease to be amazed. And since there are different divers there all the time, I learn something new each time we sit and listen.
We are so blessed to have such a great aquarium close by!

Here are the discovery worksheets we used today:
Happy field tripping!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

For Valentine's I bought about ten sheets of decorative paper from Hobby Lobby ($.10/each) and a pack of card stock cards. Last Thursday I let the kids go to town with cutting and pasting and gluing. It was crazy, but I think they came up with some great Valentines. On Saturday, we went visiting to spread the love--taking gifts and cookies and Valentines to several friends.

Of course we had to be fortified for our Valentines visiting, so we had heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast.

And then, instead of going out for dinner, we did a fancy dinner in. The hubby grilled steak (which we never have because the price nearly makes me faint) and I made rose potatoes.
These were definitely a bit more difficult than the picture I found on pinterest led me to believe. There wasn't really a "recipe" just a few instructions. These instructions included slicing the potatoes thinly, soaking them in butter and then laying them out on the counter overlapping before rolling them up into a rose shape. 
Well, next time I will slice them thinner and soak them longer, but I still don't think that they'll just roll up--they required toothpicks to hold them together.
After pinning them in rose formation, I baked them for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. They were yummy and oh, so pretty. Especially since I got red potatoes and left the skins on.

Fancy kids' meals

We here at the Of Such is the Kingdom household hope you had a