Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sissy's 2nd Grade Year: Post #4

I haven't posted since February 2015, Sissy's second grade year. I'm going to attempt to catch up since her first day of fourth grade is tomorrow!
Out and About
We took a field trip to watch a show at Ruth Eckerd Hall, which was our first time in this theater. Some friends from our homeschool group met us there. Sis is sitting by one of her best homeschool co-op friends.
Biggest brother and little brother got to come, too.
The show was Lightwire Theater's version of The Ugly Duckling and Tortoise and the Hare. It was an interesting show - the performers wear black with illuminated wires. They gained a spotlight after appearing on America's Got Talent and have also competed on Fake Off.
 Another fun field trip was to the Alafia River Rendezvous in Bartow, Florida. Over 1,000 people come to this pre-1840 camp site.

They got to try out pioneer games.
There was an amazing tree to climb.
 We always love the general store when we visit these types of camps and open air museums.

 This is where we ate lunch because we were amazed to see...

 This! At an 1800's frontier event!

In January, we also had tickets to see Fly Guy and Other Stories at the Stratz Center, one of my favorite places in Tampa.
 It included skits for Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl, Diary of a Worm, and Lilly's Big Day, among other stories.
The Teacher
 reading and teaching colors to baby brother
Play-Doh with baby brother

and crafts
She is pretty much one of the best big sisters ever.
American Girl Club
 She continued with her American Girl Book Club all year, once a month. The girls were assigned a book to read before the class, then they would meet together to discuss the book, play with their dolls, and do crafts and activities.

 As I'm typing this a year and a half later, I can't remember which American Girl they discussed this month. Her horse bag she designed sure was cute, though.

 "Home" School
 Around this time, she and her cousin started writing songs and decided to have a song writing competition. This was the first draft of her song. They mailed their songs to each other.


ice cream unit similes

 during our icecream unit: making compound words with banana puzzle pieces

An unfortunate loss in my life brought the kids and me on a trip to Arkansas and Missouri. Despite the sad circumstances, we always enjoy seeing everyone when we visit. Tracy went to lunch with us!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sissy's 2nd Grade Year: Post #3

Just a few things Sis had going on at the end of last semester:
On Pilgrims and Indians Day, she wore the costume I had worn in the 3rd grade. My mom had someone make this costume for me.

 sponge paint artwork in Five in a Row class

She, her little brother, and I showed up for work day at the church where co-op takes place. We pulled weeds and shoveled and spread out mulch.

a Cranberry Thanksgiving craft
for Five in a Row
 In American History/Symbols and Traditions class, they talked about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
And they made these cute floats out of shoeboxes tied to a balloon.

Field Trip
before going in to sing
Christmas carols at the nursing home
 We had a little time before picking up biggest brother from school, so we headed to the mall to Christmas shop. And drink tea.
We made a BINGO game from DLTK
 and played it after dinner.

 BINGO got pretty intense and competitive. Here are a couple of the winners' prizes.

 We also made a Thankful Tree for the table and after dinner, we listed our gratitudes on the leaves. Sissy wrote: dogs, family, food, bikes, home, God, Googie, Papaw, and outside. Ryan wrote: family, Illini, sons, daughter, time, Jesus, stories, summer, naps, health, beach, sleep, Nikola, job, and Jenny. We helped Baby Brother think of: someone to play with, nee nee milk, upstairs' toy room, Papaw, Ms. Brenda, his family, outdoors. Tornado wrote: our house, my stuffed animals, the 2 dogs, and Googie. (If he didn't include you, don't let it hurt your feelings - he didn't mention me, either, haha.) I wrote: my kids, Ryan, humor, Roni & Ghetti, kisses, vegan food, freedom, Gone Bananas, cardigans, our homeschool co-op, good health, road trips, massages, my family, my friends, flowers, my fave tv shows, internet, and God.

pilgrim hats: Peanot Cups, frosting, and
one side of Newman's Own O's cookies

 Dash and Sissy auditioned for a University of South Florida kids' choir at the beginning of last summer. They have had practice one night a week. Their first concert was in December at Busch Gardens. They did a wonderful job performing at the Marrakesh Theater. They were able to enjoy the park for a few hours before their 8:00 show. Unfortunately, it rained almost the entire time before the performance, but they managed to have fun, regardless.

after the show
Their Christmas concert was held later in December at a large church in Tampa. They did a beautiful job, once again. I'm proud of them for participating in the choir together. They are learning a lot about music and singing.

The Teacher
 Sissy gets to spend a lot of time with her little brother. She is one of the best big siblings in the world, I think. She is so patient and so mature with him. She loves playing teacher on her own, and she loves being a real teacher to him. Here they were working on a cut and paste workbook for preschoolers. She was showing him how to use scissors, telling him they were like alligators chomping their teeth.

Christmas themed pattern block mats

Out and About
 I had it in my mind to visit Heritage Village in Largo (which is part of Tampa) since we moved here. It is an open air living history village. We really enjoyed our day here. Sissy especially loved the one room school house. I think she would have spent all day here, teaching her pretend class.

or her real class

practicing morse code
in another building

another room they especially had fun in was the kitchen
 I mentioned in the last post that we attended Tampa Bay's Veg Fest, but I didn't include a photo. Here she was, making a veggie stamp painting.

 We wanted to use our Busch Gardens passes one more time toward the end of December. (Sis and I are the only ones who had passes, and Little Brother is free.) We tried to visit new areas and do things we had never done before.

We took the long train ride all around the park. We, however, did go to Sesame Street Place, though, because it's probably C's favorite place in the world

First eye appointment. He recommended glasses, although her prescription is pretty small.

running around downtown,
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

 She has been taking dance and acting classes 4 days a week this school year. (This semester we are down to 3 days a week.) It started with a weeklong camp at the end of the summer. This picture was taken on that Friday when they performed the dances they had learned.

 In November she was excited to participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade at Wiregrass Mall in Wesley Chapel. She attended several special practice sessions to prepare for this.
The kids danced their number to Shake it Off several times during the parade, with a special performance in front of Macy's.

 lyrical and musical theater night

 During her recital week in December, visitors were invited to come watch the classes perform during the last 15 minutes of class. Since she was taking 6 classes (lyrical, musical theater, jazz, tricks & turns, cheer dance, and hip-hop), we were busy this week. It was fun to watch her, and performing is her favorite thing to do. Each night, families could gather for a little Christmas party after the recital.

jazz and tricks & turns night


American Girl Club
The girls in American Girl book club read all Samantha books this semester. In December, they had their Christmas party. Each girl brought an inexpensive ornament to exchange. We bought this photo ornament at Michael's, added a ribbon, and put a picture (printed off the computer) of Samantha with scrapbook paper background. I thought it was so cute I wanted to keep it. I think I'll make her one, too.

Beyond the ornament exchange, they enjoyed a tea party and decorating cookies.


counting down the days
a daily activity behind each card
This was one day.
This was another.

"REAL" snow in Florida at the Symphony of Lights at Wiregrass Mall
Christmas Travel
 Christmas also meant traveling to St. Louis to celebrate with my family, where she enjoyed all kinds of girl time (not to mention time with boy cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, as well).

At Ryan's family's Christmas in Illinois, she had more fun cousin time, including with a NEW cousin.
 Grandma set out a table full of craft supplies and "trash" objects like boxes and cans. They created bird houses, wallets, ornaments - all kinds of things.
This was the sum total of our New Year's Eve celebration as we were enduring the last part of our very, very long car trip when the clock struck 12. Why does the trip home always feel so long and exhausting?

 "Home" School
the states Sissy has visited
 My states...although, after now that I'm looking, I forgot I have been in Michigan...and maybe Nebraska? I can't remember. I need a trip to Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire and the central north.
This was one of our favorite books we read this semester! It's very clever.