Saturday, March 5, 2011

Weekly Wrap-up: Dr. Seuss and the Iditarod

Well I was hoping to write that we called school off this week in order to enjoy the nice spring weather.  But unfortunately we didn't get any nice spring weather so it was school as usual around here. 

We of course celebrated Dr. Seuss's Birthday.  How can you not?  For us it was a simple celebration of reading a few of our favorite books, and watching The Cat In The Hat movie.  We made Dr. Seuss smoothies (red raspberry) and Cat in the Hat snacks (cracker, pepperoni and cheese piled into hats).

Ms. Q has been working really hard on her Iditarod webquest for the past few weeks.  She completed her research on a musher and made a poster of him.  She is so excited for the race to begin on Saturday.  She has been checking the Iditarod website a few times a day to see what news or videos they have posted.  I never thought she would be so into it.  She's been telling people about it as well and has been surprised when most people don't even know what the Iditarod is nonetheless that it begins this weekend in Anchorage AK. 

Ms. Q's Poster of Lance Mackey, 4 time Iditarod winner

Little M made a poster too

We have been learning about Gilbert Stuart and looking at some of his paintings for the past few weeks.  This week we learned that the portrait of George Washington that is on the US one dollar bill is from an unfinished portrait done by Stuart.  This little tidbit has piqued Ms. Q's interest more than anything else we talked about or saw.  She went online and discovered that the Gilbert Stuart birthplace Museum is near where her aunt lives in Rhode Island and now she is requesting that we visit that museum.  The museum doesn't open until May so we'll see if the interest is still there then.   Funny how that one bit of information sparked a flame of interest.

Little M has been totally captivated by the new bird feeder we hung outside the dining room/school room last week.  We have a cardinal couple that comes to visit every morning and he sits and waits for them to come.  He has learned the name of the bird and also which one is female and which one is male (or the daddy and mommy as he calls them).  We also managed to squeeze in a trip to the library and a playdate this week.  We gotta have a little fun! 

We are off school next week for our monthly break but are planning a trip to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology to see their exhibit on the Silk Road, a visit to the Delaware Children's Theatre to see their production of Tom Sawyer, a tour of the county animal shelter, and a group playdate at a local park.  It should be a fun week!


2littlehearts said...

What a great week. Your monthly break will jam packed with learning opportunities. Have fun!

Jenny said...

It's cute - my kids always refer to males and females as daddies and mommies, too. :) You have some great field trips in the works.

Lora @ my blessed life said...

We had a rough day on Wednesday and didn't celebrate Dr. Seuss at all:( I was bummed about that, but there's always next year, right? Sounds like you had fun! Your upcoming field trips sound great, too.

Jess said...

We are really looking forward to all our adventures next week although it will be really, really busy around here.

Lora - I wouldn't worry about "missing" Dr. Seuss's actual birthday - if you want you can Dr. Seuss Day any day! I don't think anyone would mind.

MissMOE said...

I love your Dr. Suess snacks! Enjoy your week off--sounds like it will be quite busy.

Jen@Scrapingirl said...

We had a sled dog field trip this week, in honor of the Iditarod. I wish they'd do a show on it, like they did a few years back. That was so cool.

Jess said...

Wow, the kids would be so excited to see sled dogs. You'd think the mushers were rock stars the way they've been talked about in our house this week :)

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Not Just Another Mother Blogger! said...

Dr. Suess is one of those who deserves to have his birthday celebrated every day, imo!

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I absolutely love the photo of your little boy looking out of the window. That is definitely one for the album.

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The Adventurer said...

Great Dr Seuss celebration with the kids. Thanks for linking up to the NOBH