Oh, and email me if you know of a good oncologist in the area!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Oh, and email me if you know of a good oncologist in the area!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
On Friday night we had a Family Game Night at Amy's house.
I love this sign on her front door.
I don't sing (really,) but I'm not half-bad at the guitar! Vu is hilarious on vocals!
it's one of the things I first fell in love with.
Look at Thumbkin's freaky thumbs!
One of the best things about Game Night is all of the scrumptious food!!! Amy made delicious spaghetti (lots of yummy wine in the sauce. Mmmm....) We also had mashed potatoes and Texas toast, french bread, chips, strawberry shortcakes, carmel apples, and two kinds of wine. Can't beat all that!
Rise and Shine for Saturday:
Back to back company picnics.
First was Fred's, which I didn't get any pictures of! My arms were loaded with popcorn, balloons, candy bags and I was attempting to help the kids with their games. I didn't even get a picture of my boys with painted moustaches!
Then we went straight to my Dad's company picnic. And, wait, you can still see a bit of Little Lad's moustache in this picture.
(Mom still isn't feeling well at all, and couldn't make it to the picnic. We missed you, Mom)
I did the climbing wall! For the first time ever! And it was terrifying. Really, I'm scared of heights. I may have screamed on my way down (not really sure... I may have passed out for a second, too!) See how it goes all the way to the clouds??
Pay no attention to the little kids standing in line behind me. ;-)
While standing in line for this, Dad took two of the boys to ride ponies.
I saw it, but didn't get any pictures.
Wish I could show you how CUTE they looked on their horses.
Both picnics had the huge jumping inflatable things!
Here Julie goes down with Scar.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Today I had the kids make a Möbius strip.
To make one, cut a long rectangular piece of paper and draw an X and an O in alternate corners on the side facing up. Now twist the paper until the two sides are facing. Tape or staple together, to make a sort of circle. Try to color one side red and the other yellow (you can't because it only has one side.) This makes an easy elementary intro to topology (or M.C. Escher!)
As I mentioned before, we just started a plant unit for science. Yesterday and today we studied about osmosis & cohesion, and used celery stalks and food coloring to demonstrate.
Put celery in a glass of water (we decided to do three different colors, to make a Color Forest.)Before shot (taken as soon as we set the celery into the water)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Man, it feels goooood to be back. I'm tired, but it was a good day. Thank you, God, for giving me sunshine today. We worked outside, and I just ran in and out to move laundry from washer to dryer to couch all day. After school, we did art. Of course. And then folded laundry ALL evening. (Contented sigh)
So, anyway, manipulatives. I love them. Because they are fun! And they are anything.
A manipulative can be a bean, if I call it such. I feel the power.
(yes, I'm on a healthy-high right now, almost giddy feeling so much better.)
In case you haven't figured it out yet, I like hands-on learning. I want these things to stick, and I believe we should use as many methods possible to ensure it.
Can be used for all ages, to demonstrate so many problems.
The kids like them thank goodness. (Honestly, I always liked worksheets myself.)
Actually, books and worksheets are our primary method,
but we supplement a LOT with other tools.
We've started our plant unit now. First up was the celery experiment. I'll post our steps & results tomorrow night... or sometime this weekend. :-)
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I counted down the hours until Fred would be off work to help me. The only problem is that Fred had also become very ill today. After work he stopped at a gas station and suddenly couldn't stand. He sat by the car for a few minutes, with his head between his legs, trying not to vomit. Poor guy. He made it home, my parents ordered pizza for the kids, and my precious Artist took care of us all evening.
I couldn't have made it through this day without her. The little 4th grader changed diapers, cooked eggs for lunch, straightened the house, read stories. Really, it all amazes me. I'm so proud of her.
Earlier this week, before I was knocked out with sickness, we did a lot of fall art projects in the afternoons.
Then there were leaf butterflies, that we hung on all the front windows.
...that quickly turned into finger painting time for Little Lad. We used the finished artwork (read: messy clumpy brown paintings!) to cut out leaf patterns and string them up.
The Artist painted a volcano, rather than participating in our messy table time. Seeing as how we just studied volcanos and worked on a lapbook, I think we'll fold this painting and add it to a pocket on the back page. Now that we lapbook, I feel like I can save so much more artwork, and they learn when the revisit it.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Nature Man has already covered ABC order, using our poster and worksheets, but extra FUN practice never hurt anyone. :-)
First the boys put their new 10-foot long ABC puzzle together, down the hallway.
This was a yard sale bargain. Thanks, K!
I gave Nature Man (2nd grade) a list of words to alphabetize: Bear, Spoon, Horse, Purse, Apple, Leaf, Cookies, Watch. Then the boys received items, one by one, that corresponded to the list. Dash (4) had to sound them out, and tell his big brother where they should go.
I would have given them a different "H" item, if I'd realized that the puzzle actually had a picture of a horse there!
When they were finished sorting their items, Nature Man wrote all of the words in the correct order on his page.
We also did an experiment today on water states, but I neglected to get pictures (gasp.) We worked ahead today, too, because Daddy was home to help (swollen and sore from the swarm of yellow jackets he encountered.)
All of that was before we fell ill.
Dash was sick with a stomach bug on Saturday night. Thankfully, it passed after a few hours (of non-stop vomiting.) This evening The Artist, Little Lad and I all got the same thing. :-( Whimper...
And I missed the homeschool house tour because of it. Whimper...
And I have 20 loads of disgusting laundry. Whimper...
But we'll all be okay. I believe we may be all better by tomorrow!
However, even if we have to trudge through any more sickness, we won't get behind. There's no pressure. Ah, the beauty of homeschooling. If The Artist was, say, sick in bed for 4 days, she wouldn't be recovering under a mountain of make-up work and tests. We can school right through it, if she's able. And, if the load needs to be lightened, then the schedule is adjusted and we can smoothly move along. This evening I took over her chores, and just read to her, even though she had some math "homework" (ha) to finish up. She'll finish it soon enough.
If she feels able tomorrow, she can sit at the computer and get her math done, lie down and orally give me her spelling answers, and so forth. We'll do fun calm work, versus our usual fun enErGeTic work.
It's a huge weight off of me to be able to focus on the kids, and not on what they are missing during this time. I fully expect to fall behind on the house, too, when I'm ill and Little Lad is throwing up and needing cuddly time, and The Artist requires attention and care, plus there are still the two healthy boys. Yeah, I'll fall behind. No sweat. Just don't visit the sick house for a couple of days. It will be a wreck, I can assure you, because I am attending to more important matters. Although I AM sanitizing everything!! And doing tons of laundry and dishes. I'm just not cleaning up toys, or hanging clothes or anything else *minor* like that. :-)
Sooo, well or ill, tomorrow will work out.
It's more fun to post about this, than about the stomach flu that briefly (PTL!) visited our house, or the swarm of bees that attacked Fred today. Poor guy. He is swollen and sore. I may have to post a picture of him soon. ;-)
Saturday, September 19, 2009
With four kids, ranging from 4th grade to 2-years old, teaching must get creative. Kids are learning ALL the time, so we might as well sneak in extra education when we can. And the funner (and funnier) it is, the more memorable, right?
I had one of the kids sit on the couch to complete the sentence. Dash and Little Lad "read" it to me. Little Lad would just shout out "circle" most of the time, so we helped him along. The face is supposed to be "bored" and The Artist did her best to mirror it.
Then we talked about what a pronoun is. Simple explanation: A word that can take the place of a noun. This is review for The Artist, so I had her go first to lead by example.
"I" is the pronoun.
Then the middle boys sat down.
Boys, what might someone say about you when they see this?
Little Lad needed to get in on the couch-sitting action,
so I took some pictures of him sitting on the signs.
Nature Man, your sister is worried. What could take the place of "Your sister?"
but Little Lad needed to be in the picture again. So be it. He's a cutie!)