By Kathryn Wong and Sarah
Note to the Reader: We opted for too many pictures because the kids are SO cute!
We were more or less able to follow the lesson plan – practicing letters and spelling names, singing songs, counting objects inside and outside, learning about opposites, practicing shapes, and reading (an exceedingly odd) French story about fish... (we later found out that the parents had been listening in on this part of school...hopefully after hearing all about fish wearing hats and going shopping and taking care of their pet shrimps and other such nonsensical things they still believe that their children received a good education that afternoon!)
|Spelling names and jumping on the alphabet mat
|Kathryn reading a book about opposites (French and English!
|Sarah reading the exceedingly odd French book about fish
The children then did an excellent job of creating a story about two fairies living in a magical forest named Grace and Emily who were captured in a bag by the villain Mimi and there they suffered until they finally sent out a magical note to their friends, and although the note was led astray by a storm of epic proportions, it at long last was discovered by the intended recipients and Grace and Emily were saved! For a suspenseful conclusion, Mimi went through several stages of becoming good and going back to being bad again, and eventually we concluded with a good Mimi who also turned into a fairy. It was a joy to watch their vibrant imaginations, captivated in a second by the mere concept of a magical forest, tearing through this story, words tumbling out of their little mouths almost faster than they could speak. Towards the end, they were, perhaps, ready to be done with the whole school thing, and so we ended our afternoon of school with a rousing game of run/hop/crab walk/walk backwards/walk sideways/crawl down the hall and back again. All in all, it was deemed a successful day, and fun was had by tout le monde!
|Proudly displaying the poster board story they wrote.
The following day, all seven of the McCropder children came over to the single's for a Valentine's Day party while the parents enjoyed some Valentine's Day time of their own. The Fader girls contributed some festive, valentine's day décor, and several families brought heart cookie cutters and thematic sprinkles for the occasion. The event got off to a somewhat rough start with little Ben McLaughlin who was quite distraught for reasons still unbeknownst to us. After a good deal of wailing, he perked up at the prospect of making cookies, and the rest of the day went just swimmingly!
|Prepping the table with flour for cookie dough and cookie cutters
|Uncle Carlan's storytelling
|The race is on for Valentines candy!
|Anna is an awesome cookie maker and cookie decorator
|Elise perfected the heart shaped cookie.
|Ben (much happier)
|Work is more productive with the tongue out
|Abi enjoyed many, many, many sprinkles.
|Pizza and friends - Life is Good!
|Before any of the 4 adults noticed, Ben enjoyed multiple spoonfuls of frosting.
|Micah spelled his name with cookie dough - creative genius!
|Sammy joined us in time for pizza.