Saturday, January 7, 2012

Christmas homeschool studies

We took a two week Christmas break from the average school day to explore new territory. The North Pole, well Williams, Arizona that is, where they have a mock up of the North Pole. We took a train ride on the Polar Express and my kids saw snow for the first time. Snow is pretty educational when you have never seen it before. Building a snowman for the first time turned into science and the sledding was great!

A look out the window on a snow covered morning is captivating when you have only seen sun and rain.

We left a cookie and eggnog for Santa...

And he came and left us a few new things...

Just as a side note, we tell the story of St. Nick in our house, a Bishop from around 700 AD that did good deeds in secret. We play pretend that Santa stopped by and it is great for expanding the imagination and laying a foundation for faith.

We have now have fresh play doe to sculpt with.

And new dump trucks for the backyard.


We also completed our own unit study of Christmas Around the World. We researched Christmas traditions in different countries, identified them on the map and made a craft or Christmas food from each one. It was great fun and made for a wonderful holiday.

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Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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