Friday, May 30, 2008
But- a friend on a message board posted about how she had her kids do their own unit study- and present it each year. I think she chose the month of March. I liked the idea so well, the kids are doing their own studies through the month of June. A few weeks ago I asked them to be thinking about what they'd like to study. Yesterday I sat down with the boys and hashed out their plans. Doodle has decided to study Motorcycles. And Bug is going to do a study on the book Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. I think June will be a fun month. Both boys will continue Math. Doodle has finished his math book- but will work on math on the Learning Palette or just play simple math games. Bug will finish his math book, and do a few other math type things.
So here's Doodle's study plans- He told me what he wanted to learn about motorcycles, and we broke it down into what he would do each day. (We still have Friday's off)
Christian’s Motorcycle Study
Compare old motorcycles to new motorcycles
Math- find out costs of different motorcycles
Motorcycle safety laws
Language arts- New words you learn
Science- How they work- shifting
Science- diagram of parts
Geography- Map of motorcycle route
Cooking- plan menu and the cost.
Social studies- Motorcycle groups- watch Wild Hogs
Plan field trip idea
Give Report- Tell all about Motorcycles!
Micah planned his month a little differently- he made a list of the projects and assignments and will complete 1 each day and check them off.
Micah’s Fablehaven Study
_______Study Greek Myths, draw a picture of my favorite Greek Myth with my summary of the story. Include 8 mythical creatures on your definition page.
_______Design my own Preserve
_______Map, Flag and 5 cool things about Connecticut
______Study Solstice, moon phases and seasons. Make a matching game. Include the moon phases, seasons and solstice on definition page.
______Study Walrus, Habitat, diet, size, enemies, and other cool things. Include a picture of a walrus with body parts labeled.
______Find 2 scripture stories that go along with Fablehaven, read them, write about them.
_____Write book about Magical Preserve
_____Answer discussion questions in back of book
_____Mini-book about Author
_____Memorize 2 Shel Silverstein poems and write them in your neatest cursive and include in your presentation.
_____Write Topic Page, Resource Page and Definition page.
Arts and Crafts
_____Make a Model of Hugo and Mendigo
_____Plan a Fablehaven meal, with complete grocery list, menu and cost estimates
_____Plan a field trip- tell where, why it goes with Fablehaven, and how much it will cost including gas to get there and home.
Due June 25, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Whine and vent- My tooth has been killing me for a few days- finally I went into the dentist- and I have an absessed tooth. UGGG! my face is all swollen up huge. He put me on antibiotics and said I need to go to a specialist for a root canal. The soonest the specialist can get me in is the day after memorial day!
For Micah's beyond FIAR assignment he was told to "reenact a historical event" (In the story of Thomas Edison- Thomas pretends he is Columbus and Commodore Perry, so Micah was supposed to pretend to be someone in history- This is what he came up with instead!) So here's his reenactment- lol- a Battle in World War II.
Another Assignment he had last week was to formulate a business plan. Micah's had this plan for a "walking stick business" for a while now, and even sold a walking stick...(thanks Dad!) So he wrote up his business plan, then had to come up with advertising for his business. He made a flyer, business cards, and a commercial. Though I think he's revised his plans, and has all his neighborhood friends coming over to make wands instead- it's easier to find wand wood than walking stick wood ;)
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Now I need suggestions for more books to read! My wonderful husband Ben gave me money to spend on Amazon for Mother's Day. So I'm on a hunt for more good books, that I just have to own! Any ideas? I know I'm getting the first Fablehaven- since I just borrowed it from the library, and it's time to read that one aloud to some boys I think.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
What is is name? Benjamin Wittmann Dean
How long have you been together? married for almost 12 wonderful years
How long did you date? About 9 months- Our first date was in Dec (after Clint's baptism). and he proposed in May
How old is he? 32. And that's "old" He used to tease the guys he works with how 30 was SO old....guess what....he's there now- and "so old" Though he is really about 12 at heart- wich is why he does such a good job with the scouts.
Who eats more? Him
Who said "I love you first"? Him
Who is taller- Ben is definately taller
Who is smarter? Him of course;) But between the two of us- we know EVERYTHING- Just ask doodle and bug.
Who does the laundry? Me, though he does help hang up his and put it away.
Who does the dishes? Me- ooh wait- I mean....The KIDS- isn't that what we had kids for?
Who pays the bills? Both of us. We sit down together each week and get em done.
Who mows the lawn?- Him- oh wait- another reason we had kids! Bug does.
Who cooks dinner? Me usually. If we are grilling, he does a much better job though.
Who drives when you are together? Ben does.
Who is more stubborn? guilty- probably ME.
Who kissed who first? He kissed me first. I came home from college for the weekend, and he came rollerskating with me and some friends. They went in my parents house, and he kissed me. Who asked who out first? Our first date was a blind date that Ben's Sister Tammy set us up on. We went to temple square and saw Legacy, then had a picnic in the car. He was still a missionary... ok maybe not exactly- but he'd only been home from his mission a few days, and he still had that missionary excitement and uncertainy about being around girls. He asked me out on the 2nd date to go cross country skiing.
Who proposed? He did. It was wonderful. We were up in Island Park at his family cabin, went for a walk in the rain that morning, and he stopped under a tree right by the springs and asked me to marry him.
Who has more siblings?
both have 5
Who wears the pants in the family? both of us.
He is the most wonderful husband. Always thinking of others, working hard to support us so I can stay home and homeschool the kiddos. I am so blessed to have him as my husband.
Tagging Natalie, Debbie and Lisa
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Bug has been studying Thomas Edison and one of the lessons is about hatching, so it was perfect timing. Doodle is reading Just Plain Fancy by Patricia Polocao- one of our favorite authors. In his story some Amish girls find an egg and put it under their chicken- it ends up being a Peacock egg, and they are worried he is too "fancy" to be Amish. A cute story!
Roo LOVES his "chickies" and likes to watch him hatch.