Tuesday, September 29, 2009
We're going to see if he can get all the letters in his name, and print them and frame them to go in his room.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
What made the difference? For starters- interesting stories- many of the FIAR stories we've done have talked about different time periods or events in history- stories that happen during World War II (A New Coat for Anna) lessons that mention the US receiving the Statue of Liberty as a gift (The Giraffe that Walked to Paris). As I read these stories- I became more interested in the time periods and events of the books.
The 2nd thing that's made a huge differnce in the way I view studying history is Timelines. History suddenly makes more sense to me as I view it in a timeline. As I was reading one day about Hellen Keller, the book mentioned Mark Twain. For me and my silly brain, I never would have put the 2 together in the same time period. It's so exciting as we put events in our timelines to realize what things were happening at the same time periods.
Our timeline notebooks are quite simple. It's a 3-ring binder with divider tabs. The divisions are creation-1000 BC, 1000 BC-0, 1AD-1500, 1500-1800, 1800-present. Then whenever we "put something in the timeline" we write the year in the top right corner of the page, and write what happened that year. Here's Doodle's entry for today- Milton Hershey born- 1857. Then comes the fun part- figuring out when in history this happened. The kids open their timeline books and begin flipping pages.... "Let's see- it's after 1800" so go to the last section. "1802- Louisiana purchase"...nope- after that, flip a few more pages "1849- California Gold Rush" ...after that "1882- Ralph Waldo Emmerson dies" Ooooh- Before that! Put the page in. We have run into things that happened the same year. They each have their own page- simply because we write the pages down first. I suppose you COULD put them both on the same page, but we've never done that- on occasion we've found out the month they happened and put them in order of what month.
Bug's entry- "1752- Ben Franklin conducts his electricity experiment" in the notebook after "1743- Thomas Jefferson born" and before "1773- Boston Tea Party"
For a while the kids each had their own timeline- but I felt like they weren't getting used as often as I would have liked. The entries in them were haphazard, and occasional. I was getting frustrated- because I could see what a useful tool timelines could be. As I was discussing it with Ben (the principal does have some input around here- lol) He said he'd like the kids to start memorizing famous quotations. So we decided to put the 2 together, and learn quotes by one person for the week. And each day as we work on the quote for the day- we'll put something about that person in our timeline.
I type up the quotes and hang them on the board so we can see them as we pass by all day long. Next to each quote I have an idea of what they could put in their timeline that day.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Way #1 to entertain a 4 yr old- BUBBLE WRAP!!! Oh he danced and jumped around on this for hours!
Way #2..... Sandbox river filled with water....Sorry Lindsi- I know you just LOVE it when your 4 yr old comes home wanting to put on her swimsuit to swim in our SANDBOX!
Yeah- Monday night we were all ready to go to Pam's house for dinner and Family night- and Where is Roo!? Out swimming in the sandbox. UGGG! Had to throw him in the shower before we could leave. Stinker!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
My 3 yeahooos who would love to go for a ride in one of these!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
We got to the hotel on the beach that night, and went for a walk in the sand. It was beautiful and relaxing. The beach behind our hotel. Quite amazing. Us at the beachA Jellyfish that was stranded on the beach
Ben near the tidepools.We loved watching the waves crash against the rocks.Monday we went out on the ocean to do some fishing. I booked a Salmon fishing trip- knowing how much my boys love to eat salmon. Unfortunately the Salmon fishing wasn't that good- I did catch this fish- but he was the wrong kind- and we threw him back. After while with no luck catching Salmon- they decided to try Bottom fishing instead. Ben caught quite a few Sea Bass, but I was SOOOO seasick I didn't even gets pics of them. (Yes I took Dramamine, AND used the Sea Band wristband thingys- but uggg!---- )
We had a great vacation, and now it's back to work, school and everything else.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Bug with his Solar cooked egg.The finished product.He had fun with it- and wanted to try popcorn. lol- not sure if that will work or not- but he put it out in the oven, and it's hopefully cooking right now.