What We Did, November 3-29

Bible: Later Kings, Return from Captivity, Queen Esther. (The stories seem to have gotten out of order, I need to fix that for next year.)

Memory: None, really.

Hymn: We Plow the Fields and Scatter

Poetry: A few random selections, A. A. Milne, "Goody O’Grumpity" for Thanksgiving

Books:
Finished Little House in the Big Woods, went on to Farmer Boy

Autumn Leaves, by Ken Robbins. Nice depiction of different leaves. We found some linden leaves that matched the description, but I’m not sure what tree they came from.

Way more Curious George and Curious George knockoffs than I like to admit or endure.

Z is for Zookeeper. Enough with the stupid rhyming already!

OK, so I’m not very pleased with this month’s books, except of course for the Little House series.  D2 also selects The Three Billy Goats Gruff several times a week.

I decided to tell the Thanksgiving story rather than read it from a book. I’m really pleased with the results. D1 especially begged to hear it over and over, and while listening to the radio perked up and recognized it when it came up.

Activities:
Made puppets and had a puppet show.
Finished digging and mulching beds for spring planting.
Baked rolls, birthday cake. D2 helped with making stuffing and pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving.
Looked for leaves and decorated for fall.
Visited the Krohn Conservatory and took pictures of the different rooms. D1 used her own money to pick out something from the gift shop.
On their own initiative, played bank and grocery store. They also played cows a lot.

Observations:
D1 said to me, "I have nine daughters that are twins and two separate boys." "Really?" I asked. "Yes," she said, "Two and two and two and two and . . . one separate girl." She also counted eggs and poker chips by twos.
I taught D1 to play War, which she grasped immediately. D2 wanted to learn, too, but he still doesn’t like the idea of giving up cards.

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