Tuesday, April 29, 2008
This week we were suppose to draw a picture with an umbrella in it. Here are our creations...
Collin's...Yep, he's got talent!
Monday, April 28, 2008
Magnus has a very creative imagination. He likes to dress up and pretend he is different people living out different adventures. I love it and encourage it greatly.
Well, this afternoon he was outside playing and some teenagers walked by and laughed at him and said he was "a silly kid". I am furious! As they walked back by I confronted them. They said they didn't say anything, but I know they are lying. Magnus is inside crying because they hurt his feelings and now he won't go back out.
My heart is hurting for him.
Friday, April 25, 2008
We are a little behind schedule and I am not sure how we are going to finish the curriculum before next year. Wait...just had a brain storm...we will listen to the stories and do the coloring pages as we drive across country in our moving truck! Fantastic! Alright, no more worries!
Spelling...We are almost finished with All About Spelling Level 1 and will be starting Level 2 as soon as I get all of the cards cut out and organized. He is able to recite the rules to me, but as far as applying them, I am not sure he is making the connection. He is getting almost all of the words correct when I dictate them to him, but I have noticed spelling errors with other subjects. I plan to review the words in level 1 before moving onto level 2 to try to figure out what is going on.
Dictionary Skills Workbook...I think this is his favorite thing to do. I'm wondering what I am going to replace this with once he finishes it. I was thinking about the Explode the Code books just to give him a stronger foundation in phonics since I never really did do a "formal" program with him.
He created a nest in the tree, made acorns, designed a puddle, and even formed a squirrel holding an acorn (the yellow object...Was really good. Just can't tell from the angle of the picture).
Thane was a bird. Here is what his home looked like...
He got a little "happy" with all of the resources available to use and I think used them all! He formed a nest out of pipe cleaners, a bird out of modeling dough, and glued real leaves to his habitat.
Tuesday...Had so say goodbye to our dear friends as they packed up their moving truck and headed to MA. To tell you the truth, I really didn't know how to handle it. I have never had someone move away from *me*...*I* am always the one moving away. Anyhow, it is going to be a great opportunity for them to be back near family and we are very happy for them. After our tearful goodbyes, we headed to Magnus' swim lessons. He jumped off the diving board into the 10 ft. water for the first time!
Thursday...Swim Lessons. This was the last one for this session and he passed onto the next level! His confidence in water and his swimming ability has improved so much! I am very proud of him.
Friday...after our school work, we headed to the zoo.
Not quite sure how much school will be getting done next week. We will be preparing for the arrival of Grandpa and Grandma from WA and Poppy and Nana from IA. They are coming to celebrate Collin's graduation next Saturday! We've got a lot of great stuff planned, lots of great food to eat, and lots of great drinks to drink! Whoo Hoo!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Well, yesterday Thane was having a battle with his Playmobil guys. He turned to me while holding a guy up and said, "Mom, I'm him. But only in my head." Alright. Guess there is no harm in that. Especially since Magnus wasn't around.
Ten minutes later, Magnus walks in. "Thane. Can I be that guy 'in your head'?". What?! In the words of Thane..."That can't be right, can it?"
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
***Disclaimer*** We have been having difficulty with our internet so I am at Panera eating Baked Potato soup (YUM!) and do not have our books in front of me so I will do my best to piece our week together. I do have some pictures though!
School has been going smoothly. We have been getting everything done that I have planned, attitudes have been positive (mostly!), and the boys have been learning a lot. Thane is asking to do more school so I am going to find some worksheets for him to complete. Right now the only thing I "require" him to do is four pages of his Get Ready for the Code workbook a day and he usually completes 6 or more. He sits in on history and likes doing the projects. Nature study is also enjoyed by him.
We participated in our local nature center's 'Boro Wild program on Thursday. This week we learned about different water habitats (ie. lakes, rivers, streams, ect.) We got our feet wet as we discovered various living things in the Stones River (which is also the river that runs 30 yards from our front door). You can read about it and see more pictures at my nature blog, Dancing with Dandelions.
Activities... Monday...Homeschool Storytime
Thursday...Met our friends at the park and went to 'Boro Wild.
Oh, and the boys took it upon themselves to make these...
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Several months ago, Leah and I had a conversation about her cousin, Anna, who was growing her hair long enough to give to a little girl that does not have hair because she was sick. After numerous conversations clarifying for Leah that she was not sick and she will still have hair, she said she wanted to do it, too, just like Anna.
Doesn't it look great? She loves it. She's been flipping it around all afternoon. But really, when you're starting with such beauty (yes, I admit I am biased), does the hair matter at all?
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
To most people, that date is commonly known as "tax day". To those who are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and continuing their education on into graduate school, that date means, "You mean after 7 months of waiting I will finally have an idea of where I will be living in the fall?" That's right. By now the schools should have made their formal offers and you should be able to make an educated decision about your future. Key word here is "should".
For better or for worse, we will be making that educated decision.
University of Connecticut?
University of New Mexico?
Arizona State University?
University of California at Davis?
St. Louis University?
University of Oregon?
West Virginia University?
Western Michigan University?
Who will it be?
Friday, April 11, 2008
When we lived in the beautiful state of WA, Collin and I did a lot of camping BF...before kids. We would drive to the mountains and other remote areas, find a site by a river, and set up our tent. Granted, this was also before I developed my irrational fear of bears and cougars.
This past week, I was able to experience "camping" in a 32 foot motor home. I'm ruined! It was so fantastic having a clean, bug-free bathroom just a few steps away! Everything we needed was right there! I don't want to go back to tent camping. Maybe Collin and I can find a compromise with a pop up tent trailer?!?
The highlight of the trip for me was the special program Angela, a Naturalist at the park, did for us on reptiles. I LOVE reptiles, especially snakes.
Here are some more great pictures from our trip...
The trip was bitter sweet as it is probably the last big "hoo-rah" with our friends. One of the families is moving back to MA and we will be moving this fall. These two moms have been a great source of ideas, encouragement, and support this past school year. Their friendships will be missed.
As far as school goes this week, I can't think of a better way to have it...surrounded by nature and friends!
Saturday, April 5, 2008
About the Parthenon
The Parthenon stands proudly as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville's premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals.
Originally built for Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition, this replica of the original Parthenon in Athens serves as a monument to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture. The plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles found in the Naos are direct casts of the original sculptures which adorned the pediments of the Athenian Parthenon, dating back to 438 B.C. The originals of these powerful fragments are housed in the British Museum in London.
The Parthenon also serves as the city of Nashville's art museum. The focus of the Parthenon's permanent collection is a group of 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists donated by James M. Cowan. Additional gallery spaces provide a venue for a variety of temporary shows and exhibits.The highlight of the tour was the statue of Athena...
Then we ventured outside to take a stroll around the gardens...
Finally, our travels ended in Mexico for lunch! Happy travels!
Friday, April 4, 2008
In spite of how I am feeling, we had another successful week of learning. We got everything done I had planned with the exception of one history project and one lesson in math. I think that is pretty good considering.
"If the Queen's thread (there was a thread posted that started me questioning the use of this book) only brought up insecurities that were already there, then find out what you need to feel comfortable with whatever you'll use. You can always beef up or scale back, you are in control-not the product."
She is right and I just needed to be reminded of that. I have been feeling like Queen's needs a little "beefing" and I think I will do just that. I'll "beef" it up a bit, but still continue to use it. He really likes worksheets, so I think I will create my own worksheets to go along with First Language Lessons. OR, I may just purchase Growing with Grammar since the work is already done for me!
So, with that being said, here is what we did manage to do this week...
A Family Hike
Creating a Bird Habitat
Creating a Toad Habitat
Clicking on the above will take you to those posts on my nature blog, Dancing with Dandelions. I posted a lot of great pictures. Oh, and I have been working on creating notebooking pages of the various birds we have been coming into contact with as we are reading the Burgess Bird Book for Children. There are 90 some birds we will be learning about and I have 50 or so pages made. I am excited to use them.
Thursday...We went to the Discovery Center with our friends. Here are some pictures...
Saturday...We will be going to the Parthenon in Nashville.
Hope you all have a great weekend!