Wednesday, August 24, 2011

First Day of School - 2011

If you've read my blog for any length of time, you can guess what we did our first day of school....

Our traditional breakfast out! I have noticed that each year one more child orders off the adult menu..... which means the breakfasts are getting a bit more expensive, but mostly means that our children are growing up (sniff, sniff).

We came home and began our other first day of school tradition - making cookie dough maps! We are doing Tapestry of Grace Year 2 this year, which covers the middle ages through the year 1800, so we made our maps of the Byzantine Empire (for those of you who may have forgotten, that is what we now call the eastern Roman Empire which did NOT fall in 476 but continued to thrive for hundreds of years). See the pile of Twizzlers in the middle of the table?! For complete directions on how we make cookie dough maps, go here.

It was challenging to make this empire, because it spanned many different countries, all bordering the Mediterranean Sea. The Med could leave a huge hole in the middle of our cookies!

Here is how son G did it:

The other children chose to fill in the Med and sprinkle it with blue to show the water.

Son C really went to town on those Alps! :-)

Little Man.

Son C.

Son L.

Son G.

Daughter G.

I'm so thankful I can spend another year learning with my children at home!


Loren Warnemuende said...

What cool maps! So do you bake them after?

Pam said...

Loren, yep! Bake them and eat them!

Leslie said...

What a fun tradition! I bet you all love doing this! It was fun seeing them. Best to you as you start a fun new year!

Targetshopper: said...

Happy First Day of School! Looks like a delicious start to a great year!

Angela said...

Wonderful maps! Great job kids! We went out for breakfast on our first morning too - another idea I borrowed from you :)