Sarah (5) felt mighty left out when she realized both her siblings were doing journals and she wasn’t! She demanded a journal of her own and disappeared for a little bit. Here is the result of her first journal entry …
In case you need a translation:
One day there was a lizard named Liz. Liz was a bearded dragon. Liz lived in a desert. Liz eats crickets and meal worms.
Parker has really gotten into comic books lately. Oh, I’m sorry, I mean *Graphic Novels*. Gotta be politically correct!
Not only does he love to read them he loves to write his own. Here’s one he did a few months ago titled “Super Ferrets”.
Tags: comic books, ferrets, writing
I found some neat little printable for the kids to make their own puppet theater. Of course now I can’t remember the link to the print out – if anyone knows let me know and I’ll give credit where credit is due.
Here are Sophie and Sarah making their puppet theater:
Sophie is counting down the days until she can have a lizard. In her mind this is a done deal and everything revolves around this future-lizard-to-be. Max, our cat, threw up a hair ball, Sophie’s response? “Good thing lizards don’t have hair balls”! Pet Smart has two baby Bearded Dragons for sale – she’s already thinking of names for them! In fact, she’s already designed their home!
Here’s a close up for the home-to-be:
The thing under the tall cactus is a hollow log for the lizard to sleep in.
Here’s another view that includes the heat lamp that will be needed:
(It even has an ON/OFF switch – and just look at all that heat it is producing!)
One reason we like homeschooling is the spontaneity. One day last week, we had done lessons all morning. It was a good morning but nothing special. I fixed lunch but kept noticing what a gorgeous day it was. I announced we were going to have a picnic and the kids were thrilled. We set up in the front yard. The kids really enjoyed their picnic lunch and I really enjoyed not having to wash the table and sweep the floors afterward!
Tags: picnic, reasons we like homeschooling
Everyone who knows Sophie knows that she LOVES reptiles. Any kind of reptile will do, she’s not picky. Dinosaurs, dragons, lizards, snakes, turtles, it doesn’t matter. Yesterday morning she watched youtube videos of iguanas. Who knew iguanas could be so funny and entertaining?
After the iguana video marathon, Sophie started off making a mobile of her favorite reptiles but then decided it was good enough to save as a Christmas tree ornament. I can’t wait to see how it looks on our tree this year!
Sophie proudly displaying her ornament:
And of course, an iguana:
All taped to yarn and fastened to an elastic band:
Tags: Art, reptiles
I ordered the book Team Challenges for use in the Odyssey of the Mind classes at SEE co-op this year. It’s a great book and has lots of fun activities. There are verbal activities, such as:
- Name kinds of space: outer space, space for rent, space heater, personal space, etc
- The answer is cheese pizza. What is the question?:
What is my favortie dinner?
What could be used as a tire if it were overcooked?
What can be round of square?
There are also building activities, which my kids love! We had some friend over the other day and did one of the bridge building activities. The kids were divided into two teams. Each team received the following items to build a bridge:
- 2 chairs
- 1-12in piece of masking tape
- 5 straws
- 2 index cards
- 15 paper clips
- 1-3ft length of string
After building each bridge the teams could test the bridge out by seeing how many beans it could hold. There was lots of discussion and lots of building and remodeling of bridges. I think it’s safe to say everyone was pleased with their handiwork!
Tags: bridges, reviews, team work
Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog! I hope to get back to it regularly, I’ve missed blogging!
We’ve been doing ‘school’ off and on all summer but started the school year officially this week. Every other Wednesday afternoon Parker goes to a friend’s house to play. I think I am going to take that time to do art with the girls. We did our first project this past Wednesday. I saw this idea on another blog I like to read.
Behold, our stained glass window:
We are studying ancient history this year and I must say we are enjoying it. I’ve always liked reading about ancient history and it’s nice to see Parker enjoying it too! Sophie doesn’t always seem to be paying attention during the lessons but I’ll catch her later incorporating some of the terms we discuss in her play such as her toy dinosaurs climbing ziggarauts and sailing down the Nile river. We use Susan Bauer’s Story of the World for our history curriculum and it is really easy to use and has lots of good information in the student activity guide. I teach an ancient history class at our homeschool co-op and this is where we do the majority of our hands-on history projects. This past week we made sarcophoguses and mummies. It was a big hit!
Tags: history, Story of the World
I’ve been quiet lately, but we have been plugging away at our studies! One of our favorite things to do is play math games, most are from our Right Start math curriculum but not all.
Sarah likes to try to find the missing number. I lay out two rows of cards from 1-10 exactly the same. She hides her eyes and then I take one away and move all the cards together to fill the empty space. She then has to figure out what number is missing. We also do this game with only one row which she and Sophie like to play together.
Sophie has really caught on to odd/even numbers. I found this printable game online (can’t for the life of me remember where)! I printed it out on cardstock and we use a die and playing pieces we had laying around. One player is even and the other plays the odd numbers.
Parker likes to play a game called Corners. It’s really helped him with his math facts, you have to match like colored numbers together so they equal a multiple of 5.
And what math game would be complete without a snake belt?
Tags: games, math, Right Start