Monday, September 27, 2010
"Hmmm, I think....a vampire! No, no, no, I don't like yucky teeth.
How about..... a stink monster! No, that will just chase people away.
How about a ghost! Yeah, a ghost. That's not too scary, not too icky. I'll be a ghost."
Vicki decided she would be "a ghost of a princess."
I'm going to wait a few more weeks before working on gathering costumes. Speaking from experience, they could change their mind 10 times by Halloween.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Anyway, on to what we did actually manage to accomplish.
For Reading/Phonics: We are continuing with Explode the Code and it's going well. Georgie seems to find it pretty easy right now but I don't give him too many pages at a time because of the amount of writing. He doesn't seem to mind it being easy and we only have a few more pages before we leave short A words for short I words. I pulled out a couple of games I had made a while ago from Kelly's Kindergarten. I had UNO using Nickelodeon characters and short A words. As I was discovering with the ETC, this was too easy for Georgie although good for his confidence. We also played Space Mission which had simple CVC words and some sight words. This was a little more challenging for Georgie but he still enjoyed it. What I like about Kelly's games is that they are in Word files so the words can be changed as he progresses (as long as I want to spend the time printing, cutting and laminating). I also made a dice game that I first saw the idea for on Confessions of a Homeschooler. I didn't make mine as pretty since I didn't want to fuss with painting. Georgie really enjoyed playing this game and was pretty good at determining if something was a word or not.
For Math: We did MEP Lesson 16 which introduces the number 0 and it's placement on a number line. This was very easy for George since we've had number lines up for about a year. We also played a few math games using our large foam dice.
For Reading/Phonics: In order to keep her from helping George with his AAS letter tiles, I let Vicki play on Starfall while Georgie did his spelling. She just recently has been able to work the mouse with any degree of control. She's been watching Georgie while he played on the computer for a while now and she can now turn on the computer, launch the internet and find Starfall, PBSKids and NickJr. on the favorites list. This worked one day but the next day I ended up giving her the extra set of letter tiles (and keeping my fingers crossed that she wouldn't lose any) on our wall mounted dry erase board.
Making Learning Fun. I don't ever give her small magnets so she usually does these using dabber paints. This time she used circles punched from various scrapbooking papers and glued them in place. Since she LOVES glue, this kept her busy for a little while.
Both of the kids spent some time playing with our various lacing activities. I had large colored pasta noodles, cut pieces of straw and foam shapes with holes punched in them to lace onto pipe cleaners or shoe laces. I no longer give them beads unless I can watch them VERY closely since I had to fish one out of Georgie's nose.
We finished up our Day/Night study by learning about the phases of the moon. Vicki has always loved the moon and looks at it often through our living room skylight. When we did our demonstration with the globe and lantern (here) we also discussed/showed how the earth blocks part of the sun light so the moon only partially "shines". We painted different shapes for the phases of the moon using sponges to add texture.
Thursday was the first day of Autumn so we took a walk and looked for signs of the coming season. We actually had temperatures in the 80's again this week so it certainly didn't feel like Fall (except first thing in the morning or after dark - lows in the 50's). We found that many of the trees in our area were starting to change colors.
Well, considering we didn't do much, this ended up being a really long post.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
"The girl on the orange team (the other team) had really nice hair. I tried to kick the ball to her and I almost did but those boys on my team got in the way. I really wanted to give her the ball." (@_@)
Saturday, September 18, 2010
For Writing: Georgie did writing sheets for Bb and numbers 1 and 2. We are also working on correct posture while writing.
For Math: We moved on to the number 2 and did a sticker activity page and some dabber pages. Then Vicki played with our Unifix blocks and balance scale.
Both kids started a homeschool gymnastics class this week. I was worried that Georgie may be the only boy in the class but instead it turned out Vicki was the only girl! Quite a surprise but I think it will be a good experience for both of them.
Science: For Science this week we studied how the Earth's rotation causes Day and Night. For more details, check out this post.
We did set up an experiment using our globe, camping lantern and a darkened room. I put a post-it note person on the globe and we were able to turn the globe and show how our person moved from the darkness into the light.
We did a coloring page from the Evan Moor Giant Science Resource Book, a Sun craft and an Earth craft to finish up our lesson.
For the Sun, we glued tissue paper to a paper plate cut to resemble a sun. Georgie made his smiling.
For the Earth I wanted to do shrinky dinks but couldn’t find the package I had bought. (I did find it right AFTER we finished the lesson). So, going with the same general idea, I taped clear acetate over a picture of the Earth and had the kids color over the green and blue parts to make a model we could hang in the window. This didn’t work as well as I thought it would. Neither kid wanted to stick with it long enough to really make a clear drawing. It did give us a chance for a brief discussion of the continents and oceans.
Books we read:
Next week we will be finishing up this Unit by discussing the Phases of the Moon.
Friday, September 10, 2010
For Math: We are continuing MEP Year 1 and are on Lesson 13. We started by playing Greater Than/Less Than/Equal To War since I was afraid Georgie might have forgotten a lot of it. He remembered but when doing his worksheets I had to convince him the "mouth" is always open toward the larger number. He kept deciding the alligator wasn't really that hungry so wanted to "eat" the lower number.
Not too bad for our first week.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
While we were in Mystic, we had to go see the Mystic Seaport Museum. It was a beautiful day – sunny, breezy, not too hot.
Our first stop was the ongoing restoration of the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaleship in the world. We climbed up to the deck where the kids were able to explore the whole ship.
The bunks where the crew slept:
The hold which included posters describing the process of collecting and storing whale oil.
We visited the General Store and played with some of the old toys. We explained to the kids that there was no plastic back then and all the toys were made of wood, metal or cloth.
Daddy had to visit the Druggist since that where he would have worked (he’s a pharmaceutical chemist).
The kids were able to make fish prints at one of the Art Spots. Georgie wanted to make his yellow with red spots but they could use only one color. We told him he could add spots when we got home (which we actually still haven’t gotten around to).
Georgie chose to do a yellow flounder, while Vicki made a black starfish.
First they covered the entire fish with paint…..
then took a piece of paper and pressed it firmly over the fish.
Our completed prints.
Later, when we went to the Print Shop, we were able to relate this to the method used to print signs and newspapers.
We were able to climb aboard and explore the Joseph Conrad a tall ship from 1882.
We saw how ships were built….
and explore the wreck of the Schooner Australia that was used as a blockade runner during the Civil War.
The kids had a great time playing in the Children’s Museum.
Georgie worked on making a special meal…..
while Vicki went fishing off the bow of a tug boat…
where Georgie eventually joined her.
When we were finally able to drag them out of the museum, we went to the Map Spot. I could have easily stayed here all day especially since we will be working on maps and Geography very soon.
There was a giant wall map with large magnets to mark where you were from…..
a floor map of the United States….
and a foam puzzle map mounted to the wall. The problem with foam puzzles is it is too easy to squeeze the pieces into the wrong places. This puzzle was definitely a challenge for Georgie.
They had stations with ink pads and stamps that the kids could use to make their own maps.
At the Discovery Zone, the kids were able to play with more old-fashioned toys…..
Vicki learned about signaling with flags but I think she thought she was cheering (like big sis Steph).
There were stations for learning about knots, levers and pulleys, and different types of woods that were used to make the parts of a ship.
It was a very fun and educational day for all of us.