Saturday, December 29, 2007

Holiday Photos

I thought some of you might like to take a look at how we have been spending the Christmas season. It has been very nice having Daddy home and having time to do lots of fun stuff together. The only down side to our holidays have been the stomach flu that we keep catching. It has meant a few sleepless nights and a lot of time spent on the couch sipping tea. As Daddy's holidays draw to an end, we are preparing for the upcoming weeks of school and chaos. I am trying to finally get my life organized and school of course. All of you home school families know exactly what I am talking about. Enjoy the photos.



Sunday, December 23, 2007

Early Christmas Presents

This year I promised the kids that there would be less under the tree. They were fine with that. I also promised to make them something special for Christmas. This week I was busy sewing some cute little Pj's for the kids. Here is what they look like. They could hardly wait and since I am such a softy, I said, "ok" to them wearing them tonight. Owen's still need to be sewn up, but they shouldn't take too long. I will try to finish them tonight so that he too can wear his Christmas Pj's. They would have been finished by now if we hadn't started renovating the school room this week. Here are some pictures of what we have been up to. School has been put on hold until after Christmas. I hope to get some pictures posted over Christmas of the children singing in the choir tomorrow night. They will be great.

The Christmas Pj's

The new wall that Sascha built.

The green school room with sewing stuff everywhere.

Monday, December 17, 2007

I just want to be a construction worker!

Ok. We have too much time on our hands now that Daddy is home. Mom, we thought you would get a kick out of these pics. Now you know what I really want to be when I grow up. LOL Enjoy. Sascha doesn't look too bad either. Btw, we are pretending to be foremen.

Christmas Party

Last night we attended Sascha's company's Christmas Party. Here are some of the pictures. There was a magician and Santa and lots to eat. It was a good time and helped to bring us into the holiday spirit.


These are pictures from after the party!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Christopher's Ball Game

This is Mia's latest composition. She dictated the story to me and used this picture for her illustration. This is an activity found in the "Learning Language Arts Through Literature - The Blue Book". This is the reading and writing program that we are using for both Mia and Noah.


This is the rosary that Mia coloured and cut out for our All Saints Day celebration on November 1st. She dressed up as Our Lady of Lourdes and did a little presentation on St. Bernadette.

The Fat Cat Sat by Mia

This is Mia's first composition. She wrote and illustrated this story all by herself from the words she has learned so far.

Winsome Bluebird and Welcome Robin

Today we read Chapter 5 in the "The Burgess Bird Book for Children" by Thornton W. Burgess. We learned that the Robin and the Bluebird are related and members of the Thrush family. Here is what Noah believes a Bluebird and Robin look like.

Western Bluebird

American Robin

We also looked at some Robert Bateman prints for inspiration.

Bluebird and Blossoms by Robert Bateman

William Tell

This is Noah's picture narraration of the story of William Tell as told by James Baldwin in Fifty Famous Stories Retold

Monday, December 10, 2007

Concert at Holy Spirit Parish on Dec. 7, 2007

Calgary's Cappy Smart Band under the direction of John Wills plays together with the Holy Spirit 11am Choir under the direction of Alan Monk an array of Christmas Songs. The band also played a number of songs without the choir. It was fun and exciting for all of those involved.

These pictures just arrived by email.

The pictures were taken courtesy of Doug Porter.

Our Advent Prayer

This prayer was composed with help from the children during our home cathecism class in preparation for advent. I thought that I should include this because there was quite a lot of thought that went into writing this.

Dear Heavenly Father,
As we wait in joyful hope for the coming of your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, we promise to open our hearts and minds, be generous, caring and obedient. Please kindly remember those who are poor, homeless, sick and dying; grant them your special blessings during this season of Advent. Also, remember our family and friends and let them know that we love them dearly, even though we can't be with them this Christmas. We would like to thank you in a very special way for blessing us so greatly this past year. We offer all our joys and sufferings in a special way during this season of Advent to prepare our hearts for the coming of our Savious, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Noah's Birds

We are Catholic Charlotte Mason home schoolers and have been reading "The Burgess Bird Book for Children" by Thorton W. Burgess.

"While 'Interviewing' saucy Jenny Wren, as well as Redwing the Blackbird, Melody the Wood Thrush, Spooky the Screech Owl, and dozens of other common birds, Peter Rabbit --and readers-- learn about the birds' physical appearance, behavior, eating and nesting habits, songs and calls." (excerpt from the back cover)

Here are some of the birds that Noah has studied. According to Charlotte Mason, narraration is a very important element when learning. For this particular study, Noah has been using drawing as a form of narraration. His pictures include a brief description of the birds studied and a few points of importance about habitat, nesting, food sources and character.
English Sparrow


Sedge Warbler
Song Sparrow
Noah's Favourite Bird Poem..."Once I Saw a Little Bird"an old nursery rhyme

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