Archive for August, 2010

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:

A dragon:

A snake:

A T-Rex

And of course, an iguana:

All taped to yarn and fastened to an elastic band:

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Bridge Building

Posted by: Cynthiain Homeschooling in Homeschooling

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!

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Dusting off the cobwebs

Posted by: Cynthiain Homeschooling in Homeschooling

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: