Weekly Wrap Up: Winter Break; Snow Days; and a Winter Olympic Lapbook

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On Monday I took one of the great benefits of homeschooling- spontaneity. I declared a week long winter break. It wasn’t because I wasn’t prepared for the week. In fact, I had set up everything on Sunday night and even gotten up on time Monday to start school. But, I wanted a break. And the kids wanted a break. And we all just wanted to sit around and read and play games and pet the dog. So, I declared “Winter Break.”

It turned out to be a really good thing because we had snow this week! In the South, predictions of snow are very often inaccurate. We don’t get snow very often at all. And even though they were calling for it this week, I sort of doubted it was happening. But we did, in fact, get snow. We didn’t get as much as predicted. But it did snow! It started Tuesday evening. Local schools had been dismissed early on Tuesday because there was a chance that snow would start earlier. Only in the South would they dismiss school for snow while the sun was shining. Schools were out on Wednesday and then again Thursday. Church activities were canceled on Wednesday night. There are some patches of snow still on the ground now, but most of it was actually gone on Wednesday night.

The kids, of course, had a ball. Their cousins came over Wednesday and then again on Thursday. They were able to play in the snow together and play video games together. I’m not a big fan of snow. It’s rather messy. And cold. I’m pretty glad we only get it every now and then.

One of my big plans for this break week was to do a Winter Olympics lapbook. I chose one from A Journey Through Learning. We worked on it pretty diligently Monday and Tuesday but didn’t get much done Wednesday and Thursday amid snow playing. We finished it today. It was really pretty fun. It took a look at the Ancient Olympic Games and then this year’s games in Sochi, Russia. It’s been a long time since we all did a study together, so I really love this- and I think the kids didn’t think it was all that bad.

Charles found directions for snow cream on Facebook, and he and Jason put out a pan to collect fresh snow Tuesday night. On Wednesday we had several rounds of snow cream. In fact, I cleaned the kitchen no fewer than four times. And then I decided to make some gluten free mint chocolate chip cookies that evening. I’m a glutton for punishment. But the cookies were pretty good.

I also took quite a few dog pictures again this week. I’m not sure I’ll ever grow tired of loving on her and taking pictures.

On the blog this week is a post about Week 4 of reading through the Bible in 90 Days; a post for the letter Q in Blogging Through the Alphabet to post some of my favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis; the final post in the Virtual Curriculum Fair about our fine arts resources; a look at our snow day along with a recipe for snow cream; an introduction to a new Etsy shop and a giveaway for a hand made item; and an introduction to a series I’m going to do in February featuring Jill Savage and Kathy Koch’s book, No More Perfect Kids.

I’m linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

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