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4th grade, week 8

12 Oct

Also I guess unofficial preschool week 8. Silas goes to a wonderful Montessori program but I just can’t help myself.

Abby is off-camera nursing a stomach ache while I read. I should probably clean Silas’s room 🤔
World center for Birds of Prey, Fall Flights
Fall Flights failed to keep his attention, so we left and found 100 rocks (and a v strange facial expression)
Of course I had chalk in my bag. Someday I’m going to pull a lamp and a coat tree out of it.
Not her favorite subject, but she wants to know “why people like different things”.
Be Naturally curious DNA
Baking at the Ronald McDonald House
Studying Idaho history at our gym
Riverside Latin
Measuring to prove that two 3/4 cups is the same as 1 1/2. She did her own makeup.
This cat does not want to be doing word pools.
Kitchen classroom: pancakes
Torchlight PK week 9! Silas loves bats, but I do not love Stellaluna or Nightsong. A Place for Bats was good, though.

4th Grade, Week 7

6 Oct
Starting the week
Not wholly successful poetry tea
She says she’s going to miss Greek mythology, but I think we’ve both had about enough for this year.
This one was ‘gross’
Last one!
Another Girl Scout activity, testing water turbidity in the Boise River with the Watershed
Latin cases
Working on faces
Saturday mandala
Sunday morning math
Kitchen classroom (pumpkin bread)

4th Grade, Week 6

29 Sep

A busy school week that started over the weekend with a Girl Scout trip to the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, where we saw an ancient volcano, a lava flow, and a bit of ancient shoreline. Here is Abby posing at a mining exhibit and then at a fossils exhibit:

The next day we took Chris’s mom and her husband to the Botanic Gardens, when Abby told us how to tell igneous from sedimentary rocks. There was a neat-looking exhibit about Lewis and Clark’s collections of native plants, but we didn’t get a chance to look closely.

The week’s stack:

A lot of Greeks:

Lesson planning Latin (looking up the difference between ancilla and famula):

Abby helped me organize our first Girl Scout meeting–our first year with multiple levels 😬:

Yet another Girl Scout activity, this time at the Discovery Center:

I made Silas go to school all week, but we still got a little afterschooling in. Playing with letters while Abby was in choir:

(Read it upside down)

And not my favorite week of Torchlight, ngl:


4th Grade, Week 5

21 Sep
Listening to The Magic Flute

Fashion history and design class.
Latin class (I’m teaching it).
Math, glumly.

She got tired halfway through.


Psychology read-aloud. (“I want to learn why people are different.”)
Silas decided he didn’t feel like going to school most of this week.
Zingo! A big hit.
Painting his favorite word.
Torchlight PK Week something or other.
Homeschooling + massive work deadlines <cry face>

4th grade, week 4

18 Sep

Nature study: sweet gum, cattail, tulip tree

Trying to prove that air has weight:

Relevant math:


Latin class:

More relevant math:


Field trip to the Monterey Aquarium:

Planetarium at the University of Nevada, Reno:

4th grade, week 3

7 Sep

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Homeschool days at the Foothills Learning Center, learning about pollinators:

A horrifying family tree:

Latin class!

Decimal place value:

Hitting the Idaho history hard:

More graphic novel reading:

More Idaho history

Improvised compass:

4th Grade, Week 2

31 Aug

Nature study


Grammar with background of recycling


Marginal tax rates, because why not?

Sick day

One more to go

Sick day poetry tea


4th grade, Week 1

30 Aug


Torchlight 1

BFSU vol. 1, lesson C-3

Clay Lab

Read aloud


Unit study research

Learning about “Native Americans and their culture” (ID state standard) on Outschool

FO: Lotta Jansdotter Simple Shift

8 Mar

This dress is cute, but Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing for Baby is a frustrating book. I love that the patterns each come on a separate page, but I hate that as far as I can tell, the second pattern sheet for this shift was missing, meaning that I had to make it up. Not difficult if you’ve done some sewing, since this is a very easy pattern, but still not cool.

I also hate that this pattern does not come with a size. She’s just like, “Hey, cute dress! It’ll look cute on your baby!” But what size baby? And why doesn’t it come with some extra tracing lines, so I could, you know, make it for more than one size? Again, not hard if you’ve done some sewing, but seriously.

That sort of flaw makes this book better as inspiration than as an actual sewing book. I do love her Scandanavian style and all the Ikea-esque prints.

Anyway, I took a smaller seam allowance and figured that this would fit A just fine, and it does–it could maybe be a little smaller in the shoulders. It’s seriously easy, although I thought the instructions for attaching the bias tape were overly complicated.

I contemplated making a matching diaper cover, until I realized that I hate the twee little short dress and matching diaper cover look for toddlers. My toddler will wear leggings and like it.

Patten: Simple Shift from Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing for Babies

Notes and Mods: I modified the bias tape attachment, and I also made it a little bigger by taking a smaller seam allowance.

Make Again?: Yes–it’s a cute and easy pattern, especially if you’ve got fabric you want to show off–but I won’t be happy about it.

Fabric: This fabric is from Purl Soho’s sale section. It’s a Wyndham fabric of some sort, and I love it because it’s sprigged. Sprigged fabrics always remind me of this description from These Happy Golden Years:

Laura wore again her sprigged, pale pink lawn dress and her new hat with the ostrich tips now sewed on tightly.

Mary’s dress was a blue lawn with small white flowers scattered over it. Her hat was a white straw sailor with a blue ribbon band. Beneath its brim in back her hair was a great mass of twisted gold, and golden bangs curled richly on her forehead, above her eyes as blue as her ribbons.

Refashion: Market Skirt

6 Feb

Another Goodwill shirt from the refashion pile. It was a really nice J. Crew button-down–great print, good fabric–but it had a big tear on one front and the sleeve had been weirdly and inexpertly darned. So I made a market skirt.

She really doesn't frown all the time.

The white is something random from my stash–I don’t think it’s entirely cotton, but it’s very white.

Also, since my machine can’t make buttonholes (only a few more weeks!), I skipped the pocket for now.

My mom made the sweater. A provided the stain.

I did cut up the shirt sleeves to make bloomers for A to wear under this in the spring, but they turned out awfully big. At some point I’ll try to fix them up.

Before or after consuming an entire handful of sand?

This is one of the first things I’ve made for her that she actually seemed to get excited about–but not as excited as she gets about this green bag twice a week:

Sorry, Stacey.

Refashions–especially ones that require any cleverness in cutting out the new pieces–always make me think of this exchange from Louisa May Alcott’s An Old-Fashioned Girl:

“A little checked silk was sent in our spring bundle from Mrs. Davenport, and Mother said Kit might have it if she could make it do. So I washed it nicely, and we fussed and planned, but it came short by half of one sleeve. I gave it up, but Kit went to work and matched every scrap that was left so neatly that she got out the half sleeve, put it on the under side, and no one was the wiser. How many pieces do you think she put in, Maud?”

“Fifty,” was the wise reply.

“No, only ten, but that was pretty well for a fourteen-year-old dressmaker. You ought to have seen the little witch laugh in her sleeve when any one admired the dress, for she wore it all summer and looked as pretty as a pink in it. Such things are great fun when you get used to them; besides, contriving sharpens your wits, and makes you feel as if you had more hands than most people.”