As soon as the boys woke up they picked up their kit of bands and their loom and went to work. Alec and I watched a YouTube video on starburst bracelets to try and finish up his while Ian went to work on his necklace. He soon realized he was going to run out of bands so he shortened it to a bracelet and proceeded to make many more. Later in the day Alec asked Ian to show him how to weave bracelets without the loom and Ian was happy to teach him. It was nice to see them working together on a common interest and getting along so nicely!
|All the bracelets he made this morning|
|Teaching Alec to finger weave before lunch|
After grocery shopping we came home and I warned the boys that I had a lot to do. I told them they would be in charge of their own schoolwork today and reminded the older boys that they had a birthday cake and some brownies to make. They read the instructions on the boxes (sorry, I'm just usually a "from scratch" kind of gal) and they measured out their ingredients.
|Evan and Alec worked together to make the tie dyed cake colorful|
While his brothers were working on baking, Evan pulled out his two Star Wars workbooks and worked on a math page with half fractions and then worked in his language arts book on the letters Y and W. He finished just in time to help Alec mix the colors into the batters for the tie dyed cake and pour them into the pan. We had a great lesson on using primary colors to make secondary colors!
|starting his color by number page|
Once outside they set to work on finishing up the shirt and noticed our cat was chasing something on our beach. Upon closer inspection we found that it was a baby snake. It escaped from the cat by going in the water and we were all surprised it could swim. We checked out the patterning on it and Evan go close enough to see it's forked tongue.
The boys completed their shirt and got ready for karate. Alec was on fire with all the Korean terminology today in class and was complimented on his knowledge. Ian got some compliments too on how much his kicks have improved and how much higher he can get them. I'm hoping that will motivate him to keep going since he's been telling me he wants to quit. The class learned all about samurai warriors today and got to take home a coloring sheet that they can complete and return for prizes as part of a coloring contest.
On the way home we stopped at the library and the boys all read books on the car ride back to our house. Alec had spent some time trying to find books on samurai warriors so he could make his picture as accurate as possible, but we had to settle for some Google images since we couldn't find any books that had a good picture of samurai in their gear. The boys were thrilled to find out that a bunch of books and movies we had requested came in and we spent the remainder of the night watching Jason and The Argonauts and working on their coloring contest pictures. It was a very busy day and we managed to accomplish quite a bit; even if I can't put my finger on the exact school subjects covered I know they were engaged and engrossed in their learning much of the day so I can't complain.