IMG_5960We did a super fun activity today: we plotted out the phases of the moon using sandwich cookies. Science activity and snack—because the best time to give your kids a sugar-crash-inducing piece of chemically junk is smack in the middle of Halloween Candy Consumption.

The kids glued paper Earths to the bottom of their paper and then, using butter knives, carved the various phases of the moon out of the white icing and placed them in order. I made the rounds with the hot glue gun.

Moon on the right, growing bigger every night. (For my friends in the Northern Hemisphere)


IMG_5961Aren’t they great? It was another chance to reiterate that the “whole moon” (the chocolate cookie) is there every night, but that we only see the part of it (the icing) that’s reflecting the sun’s light. For me, though, the best part of the activity was how excited the kids got about it. Might have been the slivers of icing they were eating while doing it, but honestly, I think some of the things we had been talking about before really clicked with this project.

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The kids are still so interested in space that we will stay with this topic. I had noted “Land, Water and Air” in my agenda for next week, but we’re not ready to come back down to Earth yet. 🙂 Another part of my agenda that I’m going to revise is the ambitious goal to move on to reading in English with Noah in January. He’s making real progress in French, but I think we’re better off sticking with that until it’s solid before shaking things up, even if that means not touching English until next year.

IMG_5966In other news, we went back to this book. You may remember that Noah had really started struggling with it and I didn’t want it to be a battle, so we shelved it. I brought it back out and he dived into it with no problem at first. Halfway through, though, he read the sentence: Le soir, le chat court sur le toit. [In the evening, the cat runs on the roof.] He gave an exasperated sigh, looked up and declared, “C’est juste que ce livre est tellement plat !” [It’s just that this book is so boring!] We all had a good laugh over that one. The thing is, he’s right. I love the method, and another kid might be excited with the quick reading progress one can make while using it. But Noah needs more motivation. He needs a real prize at the end: gaining valuable information. So now I’ve given myself another project: write short, informative and/or dramatic stories for Noah to practice his reading. I’ll let you know how that goes.

It was a gorgeous day, unseasonably warm, so we spent most of it outside. I have to share this picture of my “other three babies.” Look at the molt on poor Atwood! Lavender is in the back—the rooster who doesn’t crow and who lets himself be bossed around by the ladies, patiently waiting to eat. And Izzy, who should lay her first egg very soon. I know they’re hoping for more of these warm days!