Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Kate and the Beanstalk

Last time we were at the library we got Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne.  It's Jack and the Beanstalk with a female protagonist.  Both kids immediately loved it, so much so that they quickly memorized the most famous lines of the book.  Here's Eden reciting them.  They're changed just a little because they refer to Kate, not Jack.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Halloween and All Saints Day

We had lots of fun on Halloween.  Our church was having a party for the kids in the neighborhood, so we trick-or-treated in the church neighborhood first.  We had some funny encounters (like the older, shirtless man, who was smoking a cigarette and let out a wall of smoke when he opened the door.  He also gave each kid a huge fistful of candy), and then a very nice time at the church party.  The party included a chili cook-off, and Nathan won the prize for most creative chili!  I couldn't find my camera, but fortunately Lisa took a few pictures of the kids at the beginning of the evening.

Nathan was some really smart guy, Z was Captain America (we made his shield) and Eden was the cutest frog ever.  Anytime someone talked to her she would just look up them and say, "Wibbit, wibbit," very solemnly.

The next day, appropriately All Saints Day, my Church History students dressed up as their favorite person from Church history.  They were all so well costumed that I was able to accurately guess who each one was (except one) without any help.

Front row, left to right:  Macrina, Joan of Arc, Charlemagne, Adoniram Judson, Martin Luther (who nailed [taped] his 95 theses to our classroom door), an unnamed peasant from the Peasant's Rebellion.
Back row, left to right:  Francis of Assissi, Augustine, and Pope Innocent III (who is wearing boxing gloves named Excommunication and Interdict.  You can see he's aiming one of them at the monarch in front of him, as Innocent III so often did!)

This picture's a little closer, but unfortunately has cut out the unnamed peasant.  Isn't that just always the way of things?
After each person gave a small speech on why we should vote for him or her, we voted on best costume.  The speeches were fantastic!  Each one completely in character.  Macrina said we should really pay attention to her brothers.  Augustine discussed how with our new nature we are now able not to sin and therefore could vote for the right person (him).  The unnamed peasant encouraged us to vote for Martin Luther (apparently the tables hadn't turned yet, which I guess is obvious given that the peasant is still alive).  Charlemagne essentially commanded us to vote for him.  And Innocent threatened excommunication and interdict for anyone who didn't vote for him.   And the winner was Charlemagne!  The guy with the sword always wins.

Monday, 4 November 2013

The Kid Knows Some Spanish

Tonight as I did the dishes, Eden and Z were absorbed with coloring in the dining room.  Eden ran into the kitchen several times to show me her pictures, but Z kept his hidden.  When he was done, this is what he showed me.  He did it all on his own, with absolutely no help from me or anyone else.

He read it for me in Spanish, and the English translation is, loosely, "All of my friends are my friends.  I also like playing with my friends outside. My friends are very good for me. These are my friends"

Wow . . . I'm impressed.