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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

This Beautiful Moment {Summer Fun Edition} and Snapshot Summary, June 6-11 {week 34}

{this moment}
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments at SouleMama.
Snapshot Summary, June 6-11

We began our study of the Pilgrims and the Iroquois and other woodland tribes.
Sam took a math test.

I made easy homemade donuts for breakfast.
We studied Bruegel's The Corn Harvest and then we made our own fall pictures with chalk pastels.
We also studied the Iroquois tribes.
We had Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Goat Cheese Spread and Corn, Tomato and Basil Salad.
We  looked at New York state and made a geography album page.
The boys also enjoyed an Indian-Pilgrim trading game...
and then we beat the heat with a garden hose-trampoline game, which was something on our summer fun list.
We made a breakfast casserole. We colored pasta to make Wampum and assigned amounts to the different colors and sizes of beads so that they could count, add and subtract by 2's and 5's. Using the same cards we had used earlier in the week for trading, we set up a store so that Pilgrims and Indians could use the Wampum as money to buy needed items.
We also wove some of the pasta Wampum into small Wampum belts.

The kids had fun again spraying each other with the hose while Steven and I completed an errands run.
We completed a page on New York for our Geography-Postcard album and made Apple Muffins, the official muffin of New York.

We also completed some experiments with pennies to explain why the Statue of Liberty is greenish-blue.
Our turtle reappeared for a visit.
We used water balloons this time to keep our cool, crossing off another item off our summer fun list.
We had Pepperoncini Beef Sandwiches for dinner.


  1. i have wonderful memories of the hose on a trampoline when I was a kid...the kids are getting their first trampoline this weekend, so maybe we'll be doing the same. Have a great weekend!

  2. Looks like a busy week! Lots of summer fun :)

  3. Homemade donuts are delicious!! The pasta belt you made is fantastic as are the cards that you made with chalk. A busy, busy week!! Thanks for linking up.

  4. This looks like such perfect summertime fun! Thanks for linking up to the party and being such an inspiration.

  5. You have had an awesome week! Water balloons are such a fun way to cool off, aren't they? And how great that your friend turtle came by for a visit:)
    Thanks for dropping by my place! Have a great week!

  6. LOVE all your photos and activities. We had our breakfast outside this morning for one of our summer activities, but our 9 yr old with autism wouldn't join. I would love to homeschool him one day, but right now I can't even get him to participate in breakfast! =] Love how happy your bunch is.

  7. I love your days!! You honestly do the coolest things. I bet your kids have a BLAST Phyllis! Love the trampoline water hose. Kei wants a trampoline so badly. All the Native American things are great!!!

  8. Great week! My favorite are the chalk pastel pictures.

  9. What a fun filled week. I need to purchase some water balloons for a little fun around hee.


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