Project-Birthday Lunch!

Do you remember how I stated earlier that NC weather is crazy?  Well, two weeks ago today, it snowed.  The kids had a blast.  I didn’t see them except for short food breaks.  The next day, they were playing outside in the yard without jackets.

Since then, we have had rain and rain with both cold and cool weather.  Over these past two weeks, my kids have been planning for an important day-our next door neighbor’s birthday.  We do not have any attachment to our house, but we do love our backyard and our neighbor (two things, we are not ready to leave yet).  The children visit our neighbor almost daily.  She teaches them songs, reads to them, teaches them games and simply entertains them in a way that no one else does.  My children have grown up with her as an important part of their daily lives.

The meal was not part of their “school,” but it was definitely a project.  First they planned the menu.  They figured out what items they would need to purchase and who could cook what items.  They decorated with paper chains and flowers.  They made cards and planned.  The menu consisted of scrambles eggs with cheese, smashed potatoes, biscuits, and sliced tomatoes,  The desert was their favorite part.  They made ice cream cupcakes in the shape of a nest with robin’s eggs on top.  The meal was 100% theirs with only a little cueing on the timing (when to put everything in the oven or start cooking it).

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I had a terrific time watching as they worked together reading directions and cooking.  Everything was perfect (and absolutely, delicious!).

So for school today, they worked on reading comprehension, fractions, time, chemistry, practical life, art and most importantly compassion.