Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spring break recap

We're back to our regular schedule today with the official end of our spring break.  (I included Easter Monday in our vacation... because I can.)  Out of curiosity, I kept a running list of all the things I noticed my children doing throughout the week while we weren't doing our regular schoolwork.  I found it interesting and thought you might as well. 

In no particular order (and with no identification of the child or children involved... it was spread pretty evenly across the group), here are the things I noticed my children doing:

--Watched Finding Nemo in French
--Wrote a pen pal letter
--Did Rosetta Stone Vietnamese
--Attended painting class
--Painted (both watercolor and acrylic)
--Played Battleship
--Read The Hiding Place
--Attended theater class and memorized lines
--Learned how to cut-out a sewing pattern
--Sewed two fabric pouches
--Discussed perspective
--Made geo-boards with scrap wood and nails
--Made a book about different auto makers using magazines to cut-out pictures
--Read many books (independent reading)
--Made a comic strip
--Talked about different artists and their painting style based on an illustration in a picture book
--Listened to chapter books
--Practiced harp
--Played with the Leap Pad
--Listened to Adventures in Odyssey
--Wrote a mystery
--Made cookies (making cut-outs independently for the first time)
--Learned about the Library of Congress
--Learned about the origin of the word 'drone'
--Journal writing
--Watched B. open his hive and saw drones, a queen, and workers
--Knit
--Had bike races
--Made bread
--Made Monkey Bread
--Read book on D-Day
--Attended Good Friday Workshop and worship service
--Played Mille Bournes
--Played Mysterious Island
--Learned to play Dutch Blitz
--Made a school bus out of egg cartons
--Drew chalk pictures
--went to the library
--spent an entire day reading new library books

I was actually a little surprised at the length of the list and know I either forgot or didn't notice things.  I guess when I say we are going to start school again, what that really means is that we are going back to doing math and grammar out of a textbook, along with some other stuff.  But learning never really stops happening, does it?

4 comments:

♥ilovemy5kids♥ said...

Watching Nemo in French?!?

That is brilliant! :)

Blessings to you,
Lana @ ilovemy5kids

Lucy said...

How do they watch Finding Nemo in French? I ask because I've wanted to get my kids some of the more popular movies in another language, but the foreign version of most DVDs don't work on US DVD players. Do you buy Blu-ray? Does it work?

thecurryseven said...

Finding Nemo in French... M. is taking college French and she can earn extra credit by watching movies in French and writing a report. We had already viewed the appropriate French films from Netflix and were looking for other options. When I discovered that they didn't have to French films, but merely films in French, we were in business.

Many regular DVD's have an option to switch languages (often French and Spanish). M. went through our collection and pulled out the ones with this option. (These are just regular DVD's... we don't have anything fancy.) She was happy with this idea because knowing the story she could turn on the French subtitles as well as the French language and she felt she gained a lot more from the experience than just watching a French movie where she didn't know the plot. (Plot? That was not always a given.)

Finding Nemo was popular with other children in the house who are studying French as well. Everyone was quite curious as to what the seagulls ('mine, mine, mine,...') would say. It's 'a moi, a moi, a moi'.

She has also watched National Treasure in French. I'll have to ask her to what other films have the language feature.

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justlovemom said...

Awesome! I love that you took note of all this! Learning really never stops.

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