Friday, December 9, 2011

Our Week: The Nutcracker, Connecticut, and Velveteen Rabbit

 History/Geography

In Story of the World, we read about Japan isolating itself from the rest of the world. We also learned about the Ming Dynasty losing control of China and that the Manchu began to rule.

In A History of US, we read about Roger Williams.

Our state this week was Connecticut. We read several books, did a coloring page, and filled in the notebook page.




Christmas Activities

We spent some time learning about The Nutcracker. We read a few different versions of the book, watched CareBears: The Nutcracker, and listened to Tchaikovsky Discovers America. The kids had a lot of fun making nutcracker cupcakes (pictures coming soon). We used up leftover Halloween candy and they were all very creative. We also got to go see a performance of the Nutcracker ballet. Last year, we saw one that only had some of the acts. The kids didn't seem to enjoy it much, but they really liked it this time. I think seeing it from the beginning helped and reading about it so they would understand what was going on made it much better. 

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We went to the Children's Theatre to see "The Velveteen Rabbit." It was really cute and I think the kids all enjoyed it.

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After the play today, we drove to Charleston, SC. Colin has hockey games here Saturday and Sunday. We were able to go to the beach for a little while.


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Beach at sunset


Then we went to a park that has drive through and walk through light displays.


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7 comments:

Dawn said...

Wow!Two plays in one week! How Fun! My kids were in the Nutcracker last week. They love performing but not sitting still so much. I am glad you all had so much fun at the theater.
Blessings,
Dawn

Phyllis said...

My seven year old is Nutcracker crazy this year...the ballet and the nutcrackers. Can't wait to see your cupcakes.
We had our honeymoon in Charleston. It was lovely. Is that Folly beach?

Lora @ my blessed life said...

What a wonderful week you've had! My kiddos love The Nutcracker, too, and I am missing being able to take them to a live performance this year. We have other fun things on the agenda though.

Drop by if you can, I'm giving away a membership to Math Blaster this week:)

Giggly Girls said...

Wonderful week!!! The Nutcracker is one of our favorite holiday traditions. Sadly we didn't get to go this year because the Moscow Ballet decided to perform it in the beginning of November. Wahhh!

Popping in from the Wrap-Up

PrairieJenn said...

Sounds like the perfect week to me! Blessings:)

Win Key Solutions said...

Ohh! What a wonderful idea to expose the children to The Nutcracker! One of my favorites!

Lisa said...

What an awesome week! Wow! Your sunset picture on the beach is absolutely stunning.

Hope you had a good weekend!
Many blessings,
Lisa