Sunday, December 4, 2016

School in October

I could probably have a completely separate blog with pictures of all of the hilarious answers the kids give me in response to their writing prompts.  Here is one of Eloise's that made me smile.  If you can't read it, it says "I wish trees could dans (dance) because I <3 music.="" p="">
 October 6 was the first Thursday in October, which means free museum day in Seattle.  We went to the Seattle Asian Art Museum in conjunction with our study of Medieval India, China, Korea, and Japan.  It was blustery outside, but the kids had a lot of energy when we got there, so we played outside for a while.

 Here is the whole crew lined up by the koi pond.
 Dorothy attempted to wrap me in a sari.  They seem complicated.  The Asian Art Museum had a children's room with art supplies, books, costumes, and toys, where we could have stayed for much longer.  I dragged a very reluctant bunch of kids out of there to see some Buddha images before we had to go.
 Dorothy, Alice, B, and Eloise pose like the warrior statue on the wall behind them.
 Behavior-wise, this wasn't our most successful trip, but the museum itself was more kid-friendly than the Seattle Art Museum.
  I took this picture to remind myself that Jared occasionally focuses on his work for as long as it takes for the shutter to click.
 Eloise might be part cat.  She likes to curl up in small spaces with her workbook.
 On October 11 we went to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery to watch the egg harvesting.  This was very interesting (and very cold).  It was a little nerve wracking that Sammy decided that the bright orange salmon eggs were probably candy.  They were all over the ground in some places.  The salmon were caught, clubbed, and sliced open to get the eggs or milts, then some of the eggs were weighed by scientists to collect data about how many eggs were collected.  The fish on the ground in this picture were pulled from the fish ladder already dead.  Their carcasses were packed up and sent to a fertilizer plant, so nothing is wasted.  Thousands and thousands of salmon come up Issaquah Creek to spawn every year.  Some are allowed to go upstream to spawn, but most of them are harvested artificially to give them a better chance of survival.
 The Carvers had to leave before we had seen everything so that they could pick Beatrice up from preschool, but Dorothy stayed to eat lunch and see some more exhibits with us.
 Some of the volunteers in the video about the hatchery were the same volunteers working outside while we were there.
 It was a good day to learn about salmon.
 On October 13 we learned about the Chinese invention of the printing press by attempting to make our own prints using foam letters, paints, and a rolling pin.
 We were moderately successful after I remembered that the letters all had to be placed backwards (oops).
 Eloise is learning to read clocks.
 Jared focusing again!
 One day we made cupcakes to practice our measuring and instruction following skills.  We did an experiment to see if we could tell the difference between applesauce spice cupcakes and plain spice cupcakes, and which one was preferred.  Jared collected data from his testers and made a graph.
 Eloise is learning to count money.
 Eloise is reading better and better. She discovered that she can read well enough to read some of the short chapter books that Jared likes, such as Geronimo Stilton books, and Magic Treehouse books.  B is very close to figuring out how reading works, too.  He is very motivated to do what Jared and Eloise spend so much time doing.
 On October 21 we went to our first play.  Studio East had a free dress rehearsal of their play, "The Emperor's New Clothes."  It was written just for kids, and even Sammy sat riveted for the entire performance.
 B had to go to the bathroom during the part when the emperor "put on" his new clothes, so he had to have the ending explained to him several times, but he loved it whether he understood it or not.

 Jared, who believes he is allergic to crafts, actually liked cutting out snowflakes.  I knew Eloise would like it. B loved the idea that winter, with his beloved Christmas, was approaching.
 Eloise had a chance to give a talk in primary.  She typed some of it herself for typing practice.
Here is the text of her talk, all in her own words:

I know Heavenly Father hears my prayers.

Once, when my brother, Sammy, was at the hospital, I prayed that Heavenly Father would help him feel better.  I had a good feeling like Sammy would be okay, and he was okay!
Joseph Smith prayed to Heavenly Father that he would find the true church, and Heavenly Father and Jesus came and said none of the churches are true.
Angel Moroni came to Joseph Smith and told him about the gold plates.  He also told him where they were.  
Joseph Smith came to get the gold plates.  
Angel Moroni came back and said come back every year for four years, and when four years passed, Joseph was finally able to get the gold plates.  
He helped get back the true church by copying them into a different language.  This is called translating them.  
The Book of Mormon was on the gold plates.
I feel happy about that because I like to read the scriptures, and they make me feel happy.
If Joseph Smith hadn’t prayed, we wouldn’t have the true church.  

I pray every day.  I thank Heavenly Father for my family.  I know Heavenly Father hears my prayers.  
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.  

 I am proud of Eloise for sharing her faith this way.  You can learn more about the Book of Mormon here.

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