Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Time Flies

Miss Ads turned 3 yesterday. Note there are no 3rd birthday pictures. Because we didn't tell her it was her birthday. Because this coming Sunday is more convenient, that's why. Shhh.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Week#2 in Review

A busy week as Chez S. Amid birthday celebrations and soccer games/practices we actually did some school work. The weather was UNBELIEVABLY FANTASTIC. We spent as much time outside as we could. What we got done bookwork wise:
F Man
Math~He had his first LU test. He got 93.5% Not bad for a kid who thought he was 'dumb' in math.
LA~ He finally seems to understand subject/predicate. That was a long slog. He wrote a friendly letter and got 100% on his spelling test.
History~We've begun working with Native Americans, we read from our school books and added "How Would You Survive As An American Indian". After we looked at the Anasazi he painted petroglyphs which he said was his favorite thing. Today we'll make shields and small teepees with traditional symbols. I have a diorama planned for next week. He also watched a really good but likely over his head documentary. He was able to tell me all the things he learned though so he got something out of it.
Science~We learned about measuring, interpolating and the word meniscus. We also learned the name of all that chemistry glassware. I've got a mixture and solution experiment scheduled for Fun Friday today.

Miss Mel
Math~continued on with basic addition facts, a quiz is scheduled for today. She doesn't even want the abacus anymore.
LA~She had her first quiz on capitalization and periods. She rocked. The question mark was introduced. She did some copywork and we reviewed the spelling of middle and last name which she knew but slowly.
History~The same as F Man except she didn't watch the documentary.
Science~A mish mash of caterpillars/butterflies and seed/plants. I'm mostly just following her interest here. She is scheduled to watch Magic School Bus about ants today.
The biggest feat as far as she's concerned is mastering the two wheeler to my standards for road riding. She's been able to ride but was so wobbly I didn't trust her to ride it to the library, etc.
We also attended the library in bigger town which had a scavenger hunt. It really aquainted them with where and how to find things in the children's area. They earned popcorn and a free movie rental for their trouble. Woohoo!
Our Read Alouds~I'm reading them The Birchbark House to tie into history and heaven help me we read another Junie B Jones for fun.
Miss Ads
She did puzzles, glued, painted and generally did what nearly 3yo's should. I can't believe her birthday is Monday. ~weep~
My baby

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Turning Twelve

12 — Poem of The Road.

A FOOT and light-hearted I take to the open
Healthy, free, the world before me!
The long brown path before me, leading wherever
I choose!
Walt Whitman

Hard to wait.

Post cross country practice. Yes, she asked for cookies not cake.

Friday, August 20, 2010

First Week of School Wrap Up

The first week is over here. Whew! I am easing into it so we didn't have tons to do. Our first day included fun 'all about you' work and Schulteuete. We got to grammar and math everyday, began our study of ancient pre-columbian civilizations, did a clay project to make an Aztec snake god and did a paper sculpture for art. We started read-aloud time too. Not a crushing schedule but the 'fun' stuff really helped get the year off to a good start I think. Next week we're adding in reading. We'll do science in a nature sort of way next week by starting a tree/leaf project.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

First Day

Happy Homeschoolers~they got gifts, what's not to be happy about. The high schoolers and middles schoolers did not want their picture taken. We won't even discuss the college kid.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Good Old Days

Maybe they were happy because they were treating their toothaches? Someone should have told me about this before I had that root canal!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

More Amusing Conversation

During her bath tonight Ads announced she was a mermaid. But not just any mermaid. She is a broken mermaid because her tail doesn't have any muscles. What would fix that I asked? Ice cream! LOL, no moss growing on that one.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Two Year Old Sayings

While playing tea party "Wait, I must get the refreshments."

Wadding up a piece of paper "This is a stupid, stupid contract."

"I'm fabulous, don'tcha think."

Where does she get this stuff?

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Facebook Killed My Blog

So, I've been blogging here for (I think) 7 years. A long time anyway. The problem is it's so easy to just post a couple lines on facebook. What to do, what to do?? Oh, well, here's camp pics.