Postcards :: Spring Break 2014




Britta's Make-Over

Britta and I were chatting the other day, and she said she was ready for a make-over. We had tons of fun deciding on a new style, and then we both got busy stitching away. I think she looks lovely! Next week she'll model for many more photos and I'll include a tutorial. Just thought you might enjoy a little sneak peek! 


Old Time Automobile Drawings

The automobile industry has been an integral part of the Great Lakes region economy since the early 1900s. This week, the girls and I worked on Old Time Automobile drawings. My original intent was to research old advertisements and have the girls design their own ads, but we ran short on time. So instead, we cut out images of cool, old cars, and drew the scenery to go around them. The girls, Fairy especially, really enjoyed this project. I think she liked having something that looked "real" on her page.

We found a lot of cool car pictures on mywvhome. Or if you would like to research old car ads, here are a couple of sites that I found that had Vintage Automobiles Advertisement.... Old Car Advertising and Vintage Ad Browser.
Be careful when visiting these links as I have not previewed all the material on the sites. They seem kid safe... but you should preview the material you wish to use with your kids.

Print out some images of old cars. Cut out the outline of the car.

Glue the car image onto a large sheet of drawing paper.

Add scenery details around your car with colored pencils. If you are working on an advertisement, you can type and print out any text that you would like to include.


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State Studies Unit 1 :: Week 5 Great Lakes States

This is an outline of our State Studies Unit 1 :: Week 5 Great Lakes States. It is the fifth week of a 9 week homeschool unit. Read the State Studies Unit 1 Overview to learn more about the program and catch up on past weeks.

Public Domain Photo

Read about:
Ohio (OH), Columbus
Michigan (MI), Lansing
Indiana (IN), Indianapolis
in Our Fifty States and The United States of America.

Map: Add the 3 new states to your United States Study Map. We color Great Lakes States dark green. They are colored coded on the quizzes. Number the states on the map to coincide with your state list (it gets too hard to fit all the state names directly on the map).

Color: Dover Coloring book page for each state. We like to add a couple of extra notes about the state in the margins. These are things that we learned about in our readings. Again we color Great Lakes States dark green.

Community Enrichment Book: Henry Ford: Big Wheel in the Auto Industry

Community Life Book: Life in a Commercial City pages 12-23

Activity Page: It seems like these are popular. I will try to keep up with them and continue making them. This week it ties in with Henry Ford: Big Wheel in the Auto Industry. Click here for the Product Improvement Journal Page.

Read Aloud: Bud, Not Buddy chapters 5-8

Student Reader (3-4 grade): Lost Star by Patricia Lauber chapters 6-10

Narration: Complete a narration on either Henry Ford or your student's daily reading from Lost Star. You can use the Reading Journal or any of the other free Journal Page that you would like. If you need help with learning how to incorporate narrations into your studies, I recommend the book The Complete Writer: Writing With Ease. The Reading Journal includes space for your student to choose several words from his reading that were unfamiliar to him to use as vocabulary words.

Copywork: Use sentences from Henry Ford or the Bud, Not Buddy for copywork.

Art Project: Old Car Mixed Media Drawings (directions coming soon)

Cooking: Make the recipe from The United States Cookbook: Bread Pudding

Picture Study: Choose 1 image from Come Look With Me: Art in Early America to study this week (we chose The Ohio Star Buggy).

Poem for Memorization: You will have four weeks to memorize "The Pasture" by Robert Frost. Remember to review "The Sandpiper."

State Quarters: Another fun activity to add to this unit is collecting Quarters from all 50 states. You can display them in a quarter map.

Quiz: Study the 3 states and capitals you have learned throughout the week. Your student should be able to identify each state on the map, along with its capital and postal abbreviation. You can use your map or flashcards to study.
Week 5 Map Quiz


The Pasture
by Robert Frost

I’m going out to clean the pasture spring;
I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away
(And wait to watch the water clear, I may):
I shan’t be gone long. -- You come too.

I’m going out to fetch the little calf
That’s standing by the mother. It’s so young,
It totters when she licks it with her tongue.
I shan’t be gone long. -- You come too.

If you are following along with us and completing the State Studies activities at home we would love to hear about your adventures. You can leave a comment here with a link to your blog. If you don't have a blog or just want to share more photos we would like invite you to join our Wee Folk Art Homeschool Flickr group. Have fun!


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Master Suite Addition Update

Although my plan was to do a weekly update on the progress of the addition of the master suite, I soon learned that construction crews don't care diddly squat about my desire to blog. Mainly because of the weather, a week or two would slip by without progress, then there would be a week or two of constant commotion, followed by quite days, then lather, rinse, repeat...

I've learned to go with the flow the best I can, and we are surviving, and trying to treat the whole thing as an big adventure. Family, friends, and dear readers have been asking for an update, so here it is! I imagine we have 4 to 6 weeks more, if we are lucky, and I'm getting the feeling I got the weeks before I was ready to give birth! Hard to wait patiently!

Rather laughable, they had to snow blow the area before they could start digging the basement.

Breaking ground.

Pouring the footings.

On the positive side, all three of the pups think this has be very interesting. They've been very good with the crews and the whole building process. They freak when a plastic bags blows across the yard but have no problem with heavy machinery... go figure.

The basement walls have been poured and they are back filling the walls.

In only 1 week, we went from having a whole in the ground to the frame, including a shingled roof!

They made a road going through the middle of our yard. Fortunately, the ground was frozen solid... at least in these pics.

And, we any building project be complete without a port-a-john sitting in our front yard. I bet all our neighbors want one now, too!

You must use your imagination. To me, everything seems so small, but I'm told it will magically be "bigger on the inside" when they are done. (Any Dr. Who fans out there?)

Tall wall in our bedroom.

Walk-out to the future screened in porch.

Future walk-in closet.

Future whirlpool bath.

Future shower.

Wall for the vanity and toilet.

Tim is almost done building the vanity for the bathroom. A door frame and drawer frame are sitting on top of the vanity.

Tour of the outside again. The siding is up. They did a great job matching the shingles on the roof. The big window is over the whirlpool.

Side of the house. The first window is for the bathroom, the back window for the bedroom.

Our lovely Bilco door leading to Tim's Lair, aka, The Shop!

Our screened-in-porch... missing the porch and screens :)

View from our deck. Power line over the porch will be buried. No more hooking horseshoes on it!

And, of course, another look at the port-a-john from a distance... which is the only way I like to look at port-a-johns!

My family room wall. A closet was taken down, and the fireplace is going to be retiled, too.

Off to the right you can see that a partial hole has been made into the addition.

The entrance to the master suite is off the family room.

And there you have it. It's not palatial but it is going to be lovely and we are so looking forward to finishing the project. Not picture is all the work going on in our basement. There is a new part of the basement under the suite. This will be Tim's woodworking shop. They are also putting in a hall and a bathroom. I'll share more when it starts looking like real rooms!  


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