Book Club

Today, the kids attended their homeschool Book Club. This year’s theme is “Friendship”, and the book for this month was Flora and Ulysses.
Flora & Ulysses
The kids spent a few minutes doing an ice breaker, then went around the room and discussed their favorite parts of the story, which centers around a girl (Flora) and her squirrel-friend (Ulysses). Ulysses, who happens to have some cool super-powers, likes jelly sandwiches and donuts, so that segued nicely into snack time and then a little bit of free play.

Treasured Stories of Eric Carle

Today was the last of the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theatre series productions. We were back downtown Pittsburgh at the Byham, this time for the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s production called Treasured Stories of Eric Carle.

This was a two-person puppet show, and it was very well done. They used puppets painted in vivid fluorescent paint and blacklights to make the puppets look exactly like Carle’s vibrant art. The entire audience ooohed and cheered when the Very Hungry Caterpillar made his appearance. They also told the story of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Papa Get the Moon For Me.

We had not read any of these books, interestingly enough. The girls are going to look for them next time we are at the library, even though they are way past them in reading level.

Peculiar Paleontology: Week II

Today was our second Paleontology class at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Paleo Class 2

Bone Bed

Bone Bed

Articulated Bones

Because it was also Valentine’s Day, the kids made dinosaur-themed valentines to bring home.

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S7's Dino Valentine

Immediately after class let out we got on the road and headed towards Florida for our annual family reunion. We drove half way, stopping in Rock Hill, SC for the night.

Here we are at a quick stop in West Virginia:

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On the drive down, we got to go through two tunnels. We also listened to “The Wide Window”, one of the books from Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. We absolutely love this series, especially the versions read by Tim Curry.

Ramona

S7 just finished reading Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary. She flew through this book in less than two days.

When she got to the end, S7 read the author biography. She discovered that Ms. Cleary was born in Oregon and wanted to know if it was near where we were earlier this summer. We found that McMinnville is just south of Portland and that we were very near there when we were visiting my aunt. We also looked up Beverly’s website and read a little about her life. S7 did not realize that she had also written The Mouse and the Motorcycle, so she had to go back and check her copy to see if Beverly’s name was on the cover (it was!)