So for Winter Break my kids get 5 days off of school plus the two weekends tacked on each end. All of my kids' friends were headed out on vacation so I decided to do a theme week for my kids to keep us busy & not being bored at home all day.
The theme we came up with was
which sounds SO boring, but we made it fun.
On Monday we decided to do Economics/Financial Management & Art.
For Economics & Financial Management I had the kids take care of the groceries for the week. We planned out a healthy meal plan for breakfast, lunch, & dinner for the entire week, made a list, & then went shopping. I taught the kids how to pick out produce & how to do price comparisons. They pushed the cart, selected all the food, & helped load everything up at the register. Once we got home, they put away all the groceries & felt accomplished.
For Art we had a lot more fun.
First we went down to this adorable store called Cranberry Mercantile in Sunnyvale & used their paint studio to paint a "You Are Special" plate. I wrote the words across the top, & each kid had the chance to paint something on the plate. Once it's fired in the kiln, we will use this plate for Birthday breakfasts/dinners, special concert days, Mother's Day & Father's Day, etc. And I love that they all had a hand in creating it.
After painting & lunch, we pick up Trek from work & went to the Cantor Art Museum at Stanford. It's a free art museum & it was amazing.
They have an amazing Rodin sculpture exhibit both inside & outside the museum. Rodin's Thinker is there & I think the kids liked that one the most.
Even though it was pouring rain outside, I went out to see Rodin's Gates of Hell from Dante's Inferno. It was beautiful in it's own creepy way.
For 2 hours we just explored all the galleries.
They had a beautiful Rembrandt wing of the museum where they had several of his pen sketches.
Lorien was excited when we found some Picasso paintings.
They had a small Andy Warhol exhibit as well.
And an Egyptian wing which I loved.
It was a really great museum. It was only 15 minutes from our house, free, & the kids had a great time. What a great start to Winter Break.