Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"COOKIES!!! UMM-NUM-NUM-NUM-NUM!!!" -- Cookie Monster

Bet you didn't know that today was Cookie Monster Day!  Well, it is, and yes, we celebrated it.  Before that, though, we went to tour the 'On With the Show' exhibit at The Columbus Museum, followed by a backstage, guided tour of the Springer Opera House with a few other homeschoolers!  What a treat! For those of you that haven't heard of it, the Springer Opera House is a famous theater, built in 1871, featuring noteworthy performers like Edwin Booth (John Wilkes Booth's brother), Buffalo Bill, Ma Rainey, Ethel Barrymore, Tom Thumb, and so many more!  And we're lucky enough to have it right here in our town!  Here are some photos from the tour:

 At The Columbus Museum exhibit ...
 The lobby of the Springer Opera House.  The tiled floor is original, as is the top portion of the chandelier.  (It used to be all gas lighting, but when the theater converted to electric, the lower bulbs were added on later.)
 A portrait of Edwin Booth in the hall, with the very bench he donated to the theater directly beneath it!
 The theater from the back.  It's stunning in person.
 The costume department.
 Where the sets are made ... so neat!
 From the set-making department, you can see the stage and theater!  
 I liked this part of the set department, with the 'Scrooge and Marley' sign posted by the door, and a humongous mushroom sitting atop this cinder block control room.
 So many ropes to control the stage!
 The view of the theater from the stage!
 Beautiful!
Maggie, sitting on some original furniture (notice how short the furniture was back then), under the portraits of  Mr. and Mrs. Springer.
We then made it home to do a bit of homeschooling.  In honor of Cookie Monster today, we, of course, made some cookies!
Then, we ate them while doing some reading on the furry guy himself!  This book, Baker, Baker, Cookie Maker by Linda Hayward, is a great book!
 After that, we made a Cookie face out of a blue pom-pom, googly eyes, a mouth cut out of black felt, and tacky glue.  (We got the idea from http://www.squidoo.com/cookie-monster-crafts.)  
 Here, Mags is putting him together.
Here he is!  (Mags did the gluing, but if you want a more accurate portrayal, glue his eyes so they are touching.)
For her journal entry today, I asked her, 'What's your favorite thing about Cookie Monster?'  She answered, 'When he eats the cookies.'  Then, she drew him holding one!  :)
 We did manage to get some break time in, too.
 We're also studying National Peanut Butter Lovers' Month, so after some reading, we decided to make our own using the recipe we found at http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Peanut-Butter.  (We varied the recipe a bit, to make less and make it easier for ourselves.)  First, we added 1 cup of dry roasted peanuts to our mixer.  (This kept us from having to roast our own before the peanut butter-making could commence.)  Next, we added 3/4 tablespoon vegetable oil, which is the right ratio per peanuts that their recipe called for, but we found we had to add quite a bit more later to get the peanut butter creamy enough for spreading.  (We maybe used 2 tablespoons by the time it was all over.)  Then, we let the mixer do its job, adding a pinch of salt and about 1/4 teaspoon sugar.  (The taste was great!)
 After the mixer would mix no more, we pulled the butter out and added a bit more oil and hand-mashed it to make it more spreadable.  (This seemed to work pretty well.)
 Time to taste test it!
 It was quite good!  :)
And, finally today, we started a two-week study on Native Americans, in honor of American Indian Heritage Month.  After a bit of reading and a video, Maggie decorated this wooden stand-up that I found last year at Hobby Lobby, after season, for only 20 cents (90% off!).  

In addition to the above, today, we also:
Daily (Calendar/Weather):
1.  We completed our calendar activities, putting today's date up on the calendar, and discussing the month, what day of the week it is, what season, and what kind of weather we're having.
Bible Study:
1.  We completed the daily devotion out of our God and Me book for today's date, 'Nurses,' about thanking God for nurses.  Then, we read Luke 10:30-35 together.
Cookie Monster Day:
1.  We read The Biggest Cookie in the World by Linda Hayward.
National Peanut Butter Lovers' Month:
1.  We read Peanut Butter by Arlene Erlbach.
American Indian Heritage Month:
1.  We read Welcome to Kaya's World: 1764: Growing Up in a Native American Homeland by Dottie Raymer.
2.  We read D is for Drum: A Native American Alphabet by Debbie and Michael Shoulders.
3.  We watched the American History for Children: Native American Life DVD that we borrowed from the library.

That about wraps up today.  Check us out again tomorrow when we make peanut butter play dough, birch bark pictures, and an 'Indian Feathered Headband.'  Thanks for peeking in on us! 

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