It's Amore! 12/16/2007

It's Amore! (2-07)

Just how do you get that little accent thingy anyway??? Oh well.

What an active and full day. The pickle barrel has been full of activity since early this morning and has just ended. It is 11:29. It has been a l-o-n-g day.

Starting at 6:30, the picklets have been on the go. Being as they had Valentine bags sitting on the table, staring them in the face since Saturday, they were more than eager to get up and open their gifts. I don't think they were disappointed. We had a huge pile of loot! To top it off, they got to eat their "loot" and watch their new movie FOR breakfast. One might say I am striving for that Pickle-of-the-Year award!

During their breakfast of sugar and artificial ingredients, their friend from up the street called to see if they could go and play on the snow hills at the public school. So they bundeled up and walked in the freezing cold to play on a mountain of snow. A few minutes later their friends mother called me and asked me down for tea.
It is so nice conversing with someone who also homeschools and knows all about the day to day happenings in a homeschool. Granted homeschooling is the ONLY thing we have in common. And we don't even homeschool the same. She sticks strictly to the public school schedule (if public school doesn't have school, she doesn't), uses public school curriculum (egahds!) AND teaches most subjects religously, BUT she does know the woes and joys of the day to day stuff and sometimes listening to another mother who struggles with getting her son to learn spelling too is all it takes to stop poking needles in my eyes. We walked the pickle trail back to the pickle barrel late morning. It is cooooold! I am not sure it will ever warm up, it is THAT cold. We warmed ourselves by sitting on the sofa, covering up and watching the rest of the valentine movie. OK, I am gonna say it. It was stupid. Did the picklets think it was?? Hell no! They watched it three times during the course of the day. And when they weren't watching it, they were singing songs from it. I was cross eyed by the time Cool got home.
Early afternoon Miss. Crisp stopped by to drop off her 2 dogs and cat for us to watch. Her (I am not sure what to call him since they are together but not totally reaping the benefits of a man and woman relationship , if ya get my drift) "guy friend" is having some testing done for possibly colon cancer and they are going to be gone for 3 days. Counting our own pets, we have 4 dogs and 5 cats wandering around. The pickle barrel is now a picklezoo!


After aquainting the animals with each other, the picklets and I sat down at the kitchen table to do some Valentine's day stuff. We started with playing Conversation Hearts Pick Up.  


We estimated how many hearts would fit on the heart and got creative trying to fit even MORE hearts on it.


Made and played Valentine Battleship.


Talked about symmetry, lines of symetry drew lines of symmetry on hearts and looked around the house for other things that were symmetrical. Sent virtual chocolates to daddy at work. We had fun filling out the Valentine's Day word hunt. It is amazing the words they came up with that I didn't. DUH! Ya know you are hard up when your beginning reader has more words than you! We worked on a Valentine Grammer sheet that was a good reveiw of synonyms and antonyms.


I read aloud How Valentine's Day works while the picklets made heart shaped brownies.  The picklets dined on melted chocolate and cut up fruit while I read The Sweet Lure of Chocolate.


We took a video tour of a chocolate factory. They each took turns making valentine certificates for each other.  They also made heart mobiles, which I think turned out very nice. They learned how to tape dimes and pennies on the lids to make the mobiles level. Last, but not least, we played rummy during supper. The picklets have never played before so when Miss Crisp gave them some rummy cards I took the opportunity to teach them.
Yes, it was a VERY busy day! The picklets had a good time. I snuck some school in when they thought they were only playing and eating! We touched upon many subjects including: math, social studies, history, science, computers, handwriting, spelling and grammer. Not to mention the 2 ten minute tidys, 1 ten minute break and the 3 times we let the dogs out to go potty. A very full and prosperous day indeed!




Thu, 27 Dec 2007 11:50:32

Ok, I'm gonna steal this one too!
You've been a font of information today. Thanks!


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