Our assignment was to take a picture from a worm's-eye view. Meaning get low and shoot up. This would have been easier if we hadn't had so many rainy days lately. Wet ground does not make getting low much fun. LOL
But here are my efforts from our muddy trip to the corn maze. It was no easy task. Not only was the ground muddy, my toddler is apparently deathly afraid of corn mazes. It was all I could to get her off me to take any photos. LOL
This last one is of the Tokyo Tower. I didn't even have to lay on the ground. Just walk underneath it. Did you know the Tokyo Tower is actually 15 feet taller then the Eiffel Tower? Now you do! LOL
Kayleigh's favorite thing to do this week was read books. She generally likes them but this week she couldn't get enough.
One of her favorites this week was sissy's science book, The Usbourne Book of Everything. She liked the pages about monkeys. I'm going to have to submit this one to the Sonlight catalog.
This book on signing from the library was also a favorite. There were even some signs she didn't know yet.
Our only fall theme related project was reciting "5 little pumpkins" and then putting pumpkin stickers on a printed gate. She did a surprisingly good job of getting the stickers where I pointed. She colored for about 60 seconds too. However her main attraction was balancing her crayons on their ends and lining them up. That wasn't surprising because she rarely wants do an activity they way I have imagined it. LOL Her ideas are always better. Or so she tells me.
Another day, I thought that she would LOVE throwing bean bags into a halloween bowl. She does enjoy throwing things any other time.
First of all, she was not standing at all. She insisted on sitting. Right next to the bowl. She spent about 10 seconds dropping a few in.
So Big sis took time from her own school work to demonstrate how fun it is to throw bean bags into a bowl. Kayleigh then demonstrated how she only enjoys throwing things if it's against the "rules." LOL That was the end of bowls and bean bags.
She then moved on too...correcting sissy's work.
Thursday was a busy day for field trips. We were going to a corn maze in the morning and then to see the Declaration of Independence that was visiting our library.
I thought she would LOVE the maze. For starters, I wasn't going to keep her in the stroller or the the sling. I was going to give her some limited freedom. I thought she'd happily race through the maze because she was so thrilled to be on her feet. I figured she'd be bored out of her mind while we went to the library.
As usual, I know nothing. LOL
I knew that Kayleigh did not like corn as a food source. But what she really HATES is dead corn standing in rows. I mean loathes it. Finds it terrifyingly "ske-ee."
I knew we were in trouble the minute we stepped in. Firstly because it was muddy. Secondly, because Kayleigh was not happy walking with the "big kids." She'd normally scream and fuss to make her way to the big kids.
Here she is walking and crying with sissy.
First the crying turned to screaming. But at least she was still walking. Cuz none of us wanted to pick up the muddy baby.
That my dear readers, is as good as it got. By the time my friends and I realized it was going to get UGLY, it was too late. We were lost in the mess of mud and dead corn. It was the longest hour of our lives.
Of course, the walking didn't last much longer. So I picked up the baby with muddy shoes. So now the screaming was in my hear and the mud was all over my clothes. Awesome!
Thankfully, I have some great friends who took turns lugging the 27 pound baby. Otherwise the poor dear would've had to walk some more because I can only hold her for so long.
And just to be sure that you know just how much Kayleigh hates dead corn...
She does like treats baked with pumpkin, however. We decided to reward ourselves for making it out of there.
Ironically, this day was the best she's ever behaved at the library. It probably helped that she had my friends' sons doting on her. LOL
A big treat for Kayleigh was playing on the computer while we were there. It's the first time I've let her on it. She sat there for a good 15 minutes, proud as a peacock.
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It was a good week but a busy one. We didn't accomplish all that I'd hope because Thursday got even busier then originally planned. I'll tell you more about that later.
Here's what we've been working on...
Our lesson for the week was John baptizing Jesus and a bit on how John's life played out. Not all that pleasant for him in the end but his eternal rewards were great.
Mackenzie worked on multiplying by nines this week. Again, Mr. Demme had fabulous tricks for it. She got them down in a snap. I love, love, love Math-U-See. And for the record, I'm faster with my nines too. LOL
For the life of me I can't remember exactly we covered. How sad is that? LOL I could get up and look for you but I'm in a bit of a hurry. I should mention that we're behind in it. Whatever we're doing, I hope to get caught up tomorrow.
Mackenzie did a lot of diagramming this week. She likes it. She probably wouldn't if FLL didn't set it up so nicely and take out any unnecessary writing. Nothing can get Kenzie grumbling more than "too much writing." Of course, the botttom of her paper was covered so she couldn't see the answers. LOL
This our favorite subject, as always. We're still studying the beginnings of England's colonization of America. We made through the first and, reportedly, most difficult chapter of Landmark with no problems. And we're done with Chapter 2 as well. We like it and we're not even to the "good parts" yet. LOL
Mackenzie read The Courage of Sarah Noble and The Bears on Hemlock Mountain this week. She loved them, especially because both of the main characters were her age.
I started reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond to her. I'm excited because I loved this book when I was young.
She was also excited to connect things from these books to her more "formal" history readings and her history pockets.
Our History Pocket topic was "Building a Village" this week. There was some good stuff in there this week. I was going to take pictures for you. But I haven't. Yet! Part of the problem is we've still got one activity to do. This one requires extra supplies that we don't have and are going to require more legwork to find then I'm willing to give right now. So I'm going to adapt it so I can use things like, you know, pipe cleaners. LOL We'll be doing it this weekend.
The other reason I haven't taken history pocket pictures is because of Thursday. Yep, another teaser. =o)
I'm sad to say that, for the second week in a row, Spanish got tossed under the bus. We've been making it to soccer though. I don't want to talk about art, which has been under the bus since last year.
Okay, I'm ready for Thursday. We had a planned activity to go to a corn maze in the morning. A lovely fall activity that wouldn't take much time. Just a leisurely walk through the corn, some fun photo ops, some pumpkin treats afterward. Then back to the grind with school work.
I'm not going to give you all the details about the corn maze, except to say that it wasn't what I'd envisioned AT ALL. It was muddy, grrrr, and then there was Kayleigh. Apparently she doesn't like dead corn. AT ALL. I'm posting some pics in this post but the rest, which best show how the trip really was, will be in Kayleigh's post.
This last one's my favorite. I did a little halloweeny editing and stuck something fun in the background. Then I posted it on my Facebook page. It became my favorite when my mom called me and asked me to look closely at picture #9 cuz there was something I should see. I about peed my pants from laughing. Yes, I told her that I put it there after I was done laughing.
So we escaped the maze with our sanity in tact, but just barely. We went in the bakery and got the kids some pumpkiny treats and fed them their lunches that we packed. And yes we gave them the treats first. LOL
My friend then mentioned a great opportunity over at the library. One of the original 200 printed copies of the Declaration of Independence was going to be there this afternoon. Way cool! We were in.
We had time to kill so we took the kids to Chick Filet so they could play while we grown-ups ate. Then we headed to the library to get in line. We were sure there was going to be a huge line. Who wouldn't want to go see?
No line, no wait, barely anybody there. I was happy for us because that allowed for ample time to take whatever pictures, sans flash, that we wanted. I was a bit disheartened because I was shocked that so few people were interested in seeing it.
This week our big "lesson" was trying to keep Kayleigh quiet while we did our Bible lesson with Big Sis.
The first thing I tried, post-it notes and a fancy pen, worked pretty well. At least until Big Sis took the pen. She remained upset even after the pen was given back.
We also got out the playdough this week. This worked great. And not only was the play dough fun, so was the container. Kayleigh was totally engrossed. Unfortunately so was Mackenzie so it distracted her from her lesson. LOL It's always something.
Kayleigh also added in her own, impromptu, project. For ease of viewing I have highlighted the artwork in the second picture. LOL
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