Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of year where we are all reminded to be thankful. I love autumn because of the changing colours and sense of transition that it entails. I hate that it means the weather is going to grow colder! . IMG_3844 IMG_3840IMG_3831

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So to embrace the inevitable we decided to head north for Thanksgiving and spend time with the kids’ great-grandparents at their remote ranch.

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We always love our time at the ranch spending precious moments with my grandparents, enjoying the wide open spaces, free-range play and all the animals!

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We were able to maintain a good school routine at the ranch and kept up our math and journals during our time away.

In the past couple of weeks we have had our skating lessons. The kids are really enjoying the lessons and are developing their endurance during the one hour recreation skate afterwards.

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E will perform her group piece at Worship Dance next week and is preparing to auction for the church Christmas play.

In Co-op the kids had a great week reading All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan.

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They spent time talking about important places to their family and are now writing individual books about the meaningful places in their lives.  They have been doing lots of work on structures at STEM camp and at Community Connections they are learning how to paint with an airbrush and are working on still life painting. E is learning about the human brain and is examining the similarities and differences between her life in Canada and the life of a girl growing up in Uganda. D is working on poetry and learning about the seasons. They are both learning movement skills in the PE time.

We also received the link for the documentary we participated in. We show up at 11:24 in Part 1 and if you are interested, you can view it here: http://www.fairchildtv.com/newsarchive_detail.php?n=27&topic=330&episode=609

We are thankful this week for our loving immediate and extended family, wonderful learning community, our friends and the beautiful country we live in. We are truly blessed.

December 1- 7, 2012

Ahhhh December already??? How does this month always seem to sneak up on us? We marked December 1st by picking out a Christmas tree and yes, in this mild coastal area we do go to the tree farm with an umbrella!

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This week in Co-op we went to France and learned the names of the colours, and parts of the body in French. We also learned about shapes and structures based on our study of the famous Eiffel tower. We discovered that arches and triangles are commonly used shapes in buildings and bridges then E was able to explore these concepts first in building a co-operative cardboard tower with her group then later as she sculpted an individual Eiffel tower out of pipe cleaners.

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Sadly the rest of our week was obliterated by a vicious bout of the flu. E did spend quite a bit of time reading independently and consequently we made the discovery that she is now able to manage simple chapter books on her own!

As she began to feel better E became our family super-star and fully embraced the role of care-giver. She made home-made lemonade following her own recipe to keep us all hydrated and served everyone in bed all the while heating hot packs in the microwave and running to bring anyone a blanket that might be chilled.   We are so proud of how compassionate she is and how she is unhesitating in her practical hands-on love!