This week we completed four of our charities for this season. We attended the Return to Bethlehem. It is a wonderful reenactment that we enjoy attending every year. There are beggars (actors) spread throughout the walking tour and you add dollars to their baskets. All of the money goes to our local homeless shelter.
We also turned in a new book for children that each child had previously picked off of the library giving tree.
The kids were excited when our Advent book was The Dog Who Found Christmas. They knew that book meant that our activity would be going to take gifts to the no kill shelter and visit the dogs. The shelter let us feed some of the dogs and do a little bit of training. The kids fell in love with bloodhound puppies that we hope will find a good home some day soon.
Lastly, we dropped off food at the large food bank collection tree at the mall.
The gingerbread houses at the Grove Park Inn. We love to go see the gingerbread house contest winners every year. This year was special because our son, Tim, and his friends at the brain injured day program entered the contest with their own gingerbread house. They did not win, but their house was displayed in the inn. Below were some of our favorites.
Here is the gingerbread house that Tim's group entered.
We are busy getting each of our subjects to a good resting place. We wrapped up history, music and science this week. We were supposed to be done with this quarter today, but we are still wrapping up geography, spelling, math, art and our homeschool clubs (Lego and American Girl Doll). We plan to be ready for our break next Wednesday. Literature will be ongoing since it is our Advent books at the moment.