Saturday, March 24, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up - Here There and Everywhere!

It has been a couple of very busy weeks here at The Circus!  My oldest is taking two high school level short-term classes that have really taken up a good deal of his time.  It's a good warm-up to see where we are 'strong' and where we can improve.  I'm happy to see that while it's been challenging, he has risen to a new level and met it head on!

Cool wooden fighter jet model
Cool wooden fighter jet model 
So, with that, we've been doing a lot of reading, but not a lot of hands-on projects.




Starting with our history, we spent a week learning more about the removal of prayer from public schools and the legalization of abortion and the impact it had on society ~ The breakdown of the family!

Selected readings celebrating the wonder of life.  Hinds Feet on High Places --- a WONDERFUL Christian Allegory without witchcraft
Selected readings celebrating the wonder of life.  Hinds Feet on High Places --- a WONDERFUL Christian Allegory without witchcraft!



And then onto the 70's, Nixon's presidency and Watergate.



70's, Nixon's presidency and Watergate



Did you celebrate Pi day?  (3.14 = March 14th).  We did!

Pi Day Homemade Cheesecake compliments of The Hubby!
Homemade Cheesecake compliments of The Hubby!


After neglecting hands-on learning for FAR too long, we broke out the model kits and paints!


My boys assembled the kits and I helped draw in the camouflaging.


Fighter Jet kit from Consumer Crafts
Fighter Jet kit from Consumer Crafts!  
My oldest LOVES the assembly, but not the painting. So, he passed his plane to his sister and let her do whatever she wanted.  

Fighter Jet kit from Consumer Crafts
My daughter's rendition of a fighter plane!
At first, she was going to do a 'pink' camouflaging, but, was inspired by a hummingbird instead!

Fighter Jet kit from Consumer Crafts

Finally we got more done on our lapbooking.... My three oldest have done Multiplication Pizza Party from Hands of a Child in the 3rd grade.   I have to say, it's one of our favorites!

Learning volume with lapbooks!
Learning volume with lapbooks!
More multiplication fun with lapbooks
More multiplication fun with lapbooks!

My boys added to their Modern American History Lapbook (also from Hands of a Child) as well!

Watergate Scandal - Modern American History Lapbook
Watergate Scandal - Modern American History Lapbook



For our family time, we did go to see 'The Jesus Film Project' and soak up some wonderful spring sunshine!

video selections offered by Campus Crusade for Chris
The Nip Napper listening to one of the video selections offered by Campus Crusade for Christ!


Another trip took us to Reptile Discovery Center where we got to see venom extractions on rattlesnakes, cobras and Cottonmouths!


Reptile Discovery Center where we got to see venom extractions on rattlesnakes, cobras and CottonmouthsReptile Discovery Center where we got to see venom extractions on rattlesnakes, cobras and Cottonmouths


My daughter with a friendly Ball Python named Woodstock!
My daughter with a friendly Ball Python named Woodstock!






Then, on to the Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant for a fun lunch.  Pancakes cooked and served tableside!

Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant
My oldest, hungriest child looking for his grub!



Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant
Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant

Original 'parts' from the old mill!

Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant  Fountain of Youth
We found the Fountain of Youth!


Old Spanish Sugar Mill Restaurant
Left over ruins from the Sugar Mill 

DeLeon Springs
A beautiful view of DeLeon Springs.  

Before departing, we dipped our toes in the Springs and went paddle-boating too!

Kelly Springs
And, while we are enjoying the temperate weather, we made a stop at Kelly Springs as well!


Other fun included a 'Princess' Party for our Princess (Disney not included!)
'Princess' Party















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