Friday we got a late start on our schoolwork Friday since all the boys had been up late on Thursday night. We started by watching a few more episodes of Cupcake Wars and Alec told me he REALLY wanted to make some more cupcakes; Cookies and Cream flavored this time. We sat at the table looking up recipes and writing up a shopping list while Ian made waffles for everyone for breakfast. While eating breakfast the boys listened as I read aloud two chapters in A King's Ransom. The boys then took their Friday spelling tests and their math minutes. Each of the boys worked on either 2 pages math or on Khan Academy. Alec read The Five Kingdoms Rogue Night. Evan read a few more pages in Batman's Guide to Being Cool. Ian read Making Tracks. All three boys did some writing too. I had writing prompts but I told them they could have a free write too if they'd rather. Evan chose to write about 5 things most people don't know about him. Alec wrote about describing his day in the life as a penguin and Ian wrote about the one thing he'd like to change about himself. With schoolwork done we ran to do errands and bout the supplies we needed to make cupcakes. Alec dove in and started making cupcakes just after lunch. Ian and Evan went outside to start making a snow tunnel/ fort.
Alec had a friend sleeping over Saturday and since Friday's cupcake recipe only made 9 he ended up throwing together yet another recipe! He made some vanilla cupcakes with Oreo chunks baked right into the batter and used the leftover Oreo frosting to decorate them. Evan and Ian continued working on the fort. They made the tunnel with a lookout opening on top and worked until the cold and wind got to them and then Ian brought in some sand to play with his trucks in the basement. After lunch Ian headed off with his father to start making his toy sized screening plant... which is now 6 feet long and about 2 feet high!
|Look at those chunks of Oreo! yum!|
|Ian lying across the top of the fort helping to open the lookout hole|
|You can just see Evan's feet sticking out the bottom hole and the wind wall|
they built to block out the wind from entering the tunnel.
|Ian's job site got moved indoors for a day|
|The completed vanilla Oreo cupcakes|
|Long jump contest in the snow.|
|Their snowball face on the tree.|
We had a whole day of schoolwork planned for Monday and ended up setting most of it aside to head out to a park for the day with my sister and nephews. The boys did work on spelling, math, and reading though. Alec and Ian had worked on another page in their English and Grammar book while Evan worked on two pages in his word family book. We started a new read aloud; we're re- reading the book The Candymakers. A second book came out and we could not remember that many details in the story to start book two. We had a great, relaxing afternoon playing by the water, throwing snowballs, and just talking and walking around. Once home the younger boys asked to play Harry Potter Scene it with me while Ian spent the rest of his afternoon outside digging in the dirt.
|Throwing snow in the brook|
|Throwing snow and stones at the ice and open water|
|Ian found some sand to dig in; he was happy as a clam!|
Wednesday was a great day! All the boys slept in and started watching Atlantis The Lost Empire before and during breakfast. They quickly started in on their schoolwork when the movie was done. They each worked on a page in spelling and two pages in their Multiplication Games journal and took a math minute. Alec read The Five Kingdoms Rogue Night, Evan read a chapter in Saving the Sun Dragon and Ian read aloud a chapter from The Candymakers to us all. Alec and Ian worked on a writing page while Evan worked on two pages in his word family book. All three boys pitched in and we cleaned the entire upstairs. Alec and I made marbled mint cupcakes and we all settled down to lunch, I read aloud a chapter in The King's Ransom and read the book Getting to Know the U. S. Presidents Woodrow Wilson. It was warm and sunny out so we spent quite a bit of time outside. Ian started building a second fort using all of his tools while the younger boys and I looked for tracks in the snow. Evan started reading the first chapter in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to me; the small writing was hard for him to read and many of the words were hard to sound out so we took turns with him reading one page and then I'd take over and read the second page. I was stunned that he wanted to do this!
|Evan found a frozen spider web!|
|Ian's second fort|