Monday, April 27, 2009

Today's Events

I will start with the fun stuff today. After dinner was a fun lesson in chemistry. Dad and son made some edible wart drops and some fizzy drinks. Have you ever heard of Doctor Dreadful? We found this chemistry set in the toy aisle a few years ago. They are sweet and sour mixes you eat or drink. Comes with recipes and all the beakers and other lab equipment needed. Son always enjoys brewing up a new concoction with his mad scientist laugh. muahahaha

Earlier in the day we took a 20min walk out by the water. Before we got to the trail we saw this in the road. We think it is a yellow rat snake. Too bad someone didn't like him crossing the road. hehehe

Of course there were other things in school today. Math is always done. Home Ec is another daily subject. We had some delicious buttermilk cornbread made by Daughter and Son helped with a little laundry. Let's see what's on for tomorrow? Hope it's more yummies made by the kids. hehehe

Friday, April 24, 2009

Can you say, "I love homeschool!"?

Just having some fun with a magnetic board. See the skateboarder going up the ramp?

This is their favorite place when we read. Mom and Dad's bed. Having a snack while I read from One Eyed Cat. Even the dogs and cats enjoy reading time.

A picture is worth a thousand words.
After math, we had a nice easy day. I read stories from a couple of books and they drew pictures or had a snack while they listened. I love homeschooling, spending time with my babies, and being their teacher.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

New Books!

I love books! I'm so excited. We didn't stay home for school today. We went to the bookstore and i bought 2 books for our lapbook. hehehe We are still working on the HOAC lapbook on American Indians.
We should start reading these on Monday. We also got some bamboo so we could make a teepee in the backyard. We got the link from a homeschool group. The kids can't wait to get started. I will be posting those pictures soon too. Hope the weather stays good.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

Time sure does fly by. This week we began working on a new lapbook about the American Indians. We are doing it as an online co-op. Which means that I have to do something each day and hopefully we will finish in 2 weeks. Of course life doesn't always let my plans work on such a timely manner so I think it will end up being 3 weeks. hehehe
The other thing we have been working on is getting our school area cleaned up and organized. I just don't feel motivated unless i can find our books and school desks. The kids have been very excited about it. It made me think about what grocery stores do to get our attention. I have a few friends that work for several stores restocking. They make rounds to different stores changing things out on the shelves. Putting things more accessible and eye catching. This is the same thing I did. We have the same books, shelves, and desks, but because they are placed in a different part of the room, it is more appealing. Today the boy went looking in all the drawers for "new" things to play with. The girl pulled out different books to read. hehehe I am still organizing but making these learning tools easily accessible has giving us a sense of refreshment.
Here's our school area so far.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A New Classroom Pet

This is a Northern Walking Stick. We don't see much of these little guys around these parts. This one was swimming around in our pool. Hubby has been working on getting it ready and they found one in there the day before too. That one died. Too much shock in the water. Son saved this one. We didn't think he'd make it. When we first got him out, he just lay there.
As you can see now, he is safe and sound in our critter box with his food and water.

It eats rose, oak, and apple leaves. We have also noticed that it likes swimming in water. It keeps getting inside it's water bowl and stays for a bit then comes back out. I think this is a female. We read that females have a glossy hard appearance like polished wood. Don't know how long we'll keep it. There are many sites with instructions on how to care for them as pets.
After preparing it's new home, we played Mexican Bingo. The kids love calling the cards out. They have to say the words in Spanish. It's good for them.......and fun. Then we played a game called Memory Madness. It has hundreds of subjects and you have to try to remember as many items as you can. The first person to hesitate loses that round. For instance, the card may say "Names of Apostles". Then we would go around to each person and they must name one. There are so many subjects. From foods to even historical events. It was fun and sure did help end our day on a good note. Boy did I need it today. hehehe

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Spring Is Here!

It's true. Signs are everywhere. Not only has the daydreaming begun, but so have the whiny voices of children. It seems as though it is getting harder and harder to get thru 1 lesson. The birds are chirping, squirrels are eating, and the sun is burning bright.

This critter was stealing some string for her nest Sunday morning.

Monday was sooo pretty that we decided to go outside for some reading time. Under the shade was just perfect. I love being able to go outside whenever we want.

Today was very light. Mostly just worked on our lapbooks. It's nice that we can do that since I had a headache all day. Ah the joys of homeschooling. I will truly cherish these days with my children. I love you, Guys!