Monday, February 27, 2012

Mmmm . . . don't they look good???

I had Lael do some "homework" for her international cooking class - this week, they learned how to make biscuits . . .

. . . so she made cinnamon rolls using biscuit dough.
She is following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather Warren, her nana Aleta and me in making this yummy treat . . . so she's a fourth generation cinnamon biscuit-maker! 
 Way to go, Lael!
(And in case you are wondering, they were delicious!)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

If you give Noah a cookie . . .

. . . he might try to play peek-a-boo with it!
 (But eventually he WILL eat it!)

Monday, February 20, 2012

If you take two kids to the library . . .

. . . they might be so excited to start reading their books that they forget to take off their jackets!

(And you might not hear from them again for hours!)

    Wednesday, February 15, 2012

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    My wonderful husband personally delivered these wonderful gifts to me at work for Valentine's Day!

     The roses are absolutely perfect!
     When I asked the kids what we should do for Valentine's Day, their vote was for ice cream sundaes . . . so that's exactly what we did!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Chocolate school :)

    Who knew you could learn so much from chocolate?

    Things like fractions . . .
     . . . descriptive adjectives . . .
     . . . conducting a survey . . .
     . . . analyzing data . . .
     . . . graphing . . .

    Also studied but not pictured:  economics, product development and packaging design, the rainforest biome, the chocolate production process . . . oh, and of course - EATING IT!

    Who knew you could learn so much from chocolate???

    Friday, February 10, 2012

    Phases of the moon - the edible version

    In Jaden's "Blast Into Space" class, they were studying about the moon . . . and this is what he brought home!  (It's the phases of the moon made from chocolate sandwich cookies.)
    If we had done that project in MY science class, I would have remembered moon phases!  I love homeschooling!

    Is it really February???

    There haven't been too many times that I can remember taking the kids to the park in February - but this has been a unique winter!

    This park trip was exciting for all of us - because Noah was big enough to do more than just sit in a baby swing or nap in the stroller!  Jaden had fun introducing him to all the cool "little kid" places to climb (while keeping him away from the cool "big kid" climbing spots) . . .

     They enjoyed going down the slide together.
     . . . and Jaden showed Noah how to hang upside down - so he'd know what to do when he gets bigger!
     We thoroughly enjoyed our dose of Vitamin D straight from the sun!

     Noah loved having so much space to explore . . . but he kept the rest of us on our toes!
     One of Lael and Jaden's favorite things to do at this particular park is to climb to the top of the climbing rock and relax in the sun!

     What is it about slides that compel children to try to climb UP the slide?  No one even had to show Noah that climbing up the slide was a possibility, but that was what he wanted to do!

     Jaden wishes we had trees he could climb in our backyard so he wouldn't have to wait for park trips to get his tree-climbing fix in!
     Of course, Noah still wanted to ride on the swing for a little while - and there's always someone willing to push him!
    What a fun time we had!
    I hope it doesn't mean we'll be snowed in . . . in April!

    Apfel kuchen, anyone?

    In our homeschool co-op this semester, Lael is taking a "Cooking Around the World" class - which she is loving!  They have made some tasty treats, like naan bread, gazpacho and apfel kuchen (German apple cake).  We are enjoying having her practice what she's learning on us!

    Here she is, rolling out the crust . . .

     . . . and carefully placing the apples.
     Ready for the oven . . .
     Time to eat - and boy, were they delicious!

    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

    A typical school day (whatever that is) . . .

    Thought I'd share a little glimpse of a "typical" day at God Seekers Academy - although anyone who has homeschooled (or parented, for that matter) knows that there's no such thing as a "typical" day.  Every day is a unique experience, ordained by God!

    Noah has decided that he loves coloring with the new crayons he got for Christmas - they are triangular so they don't roll off the table.
     It's a bit early to tell, but I think he's another righty . . .
     Jaden much prefers helping Noah with his "schoolwork" - I guess coloring with a little brother is more interesting than practicing subtraction with borrowing ;)
     Both Lael and Jaden are using Horizons math this year - it is a very comprehensive program . . . although I was a bit unprepared for introducing algebra already!
     One thing both kids look forward to is geography - they just love learning about different places in the world!
    Add in some Bible, language arts, science, history, read-alouds and phonics to round things out . . . we're keeping busy - and loving it!