Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Bug the Guest blogger- telling about seeing a Grizzly in Yellowstone
And while we're on the subject of Bears- Can't miss the awesome video clips of the Grizzly we saw just outside of Yellowstone on Roo's birthday!
Don't forget all the fun B4FIAR and FIAR stories we've rowed this year- Mr. Gumpy , Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge, I am an artist And SO many more.
Many great Christmas Traditions Field Trips and Uses for Craft Sticks (watch out- I have a few more ideas coming soon!)
It's been a great year- and I really enjoy blogging, and having a place to put all my rambling thoughts, and cute pictures of my yeahoos.
Here's to many more years of Blogging! Thanks for reading!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
We are counting the days we've "done math" Doodle makes sure we have the same of craft sticks- 1 stick for each day we've done Math. (LOOK!! Another use for Craft sticks!) Then count out that SAME number of cubes, and determine whether it's an odd or even numberEach day we also add a number to our number line- counting the math days- odd numbers are yellow- even numbers are green. Multiples of 5 are circled in purple, and multiples of 10 have a orange square around them.Then we count out that same number (this day was 25) in change- Doodle found some different ways to make 25.Oh- and one more fun game from Math Their Way (This one is in their Newsletter- page 8- called Zurkle) We added our twist- and since Doodle had practiced counting by 10's he had a bunch of cubes already arranged in groups of 10. I would ring the bell, when I ring it- he adds a cube to the 1's side. When he gets 10- he connects them, and moves them to the 10's side. When I knock on the table, he adds a group of 10. Then he reads how many 10's and how many 1's he has on his chart. "5 tens and 6 ones- 56"
I left the camera sitting on the table- and found these pictures on it:
Monday, March 23, 2009
kids were amazed at the properties for Dry Ice- So Ben made them some "Sprite" my making lemonade- and dropping some dry ice in it- they were all fascinated as it bubbled and steamed everywhere.
Here's Doodle and Mom on the train ride at the zoo.Thanks Doodle for a fun date! I love you! I'm so glad you are my boy!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Doodle holding the little Tooth.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
And Doodle's picture of a Robin. I think he did great!Bug took off outside with his notebook- and I haven't seen it- I'm sure it's half-ful already. We're going to try and do at least 2-3 entries a week in our notebooks.
Monday, March 16, 2009
All done- Delicious
Only Problem- they were too hot to eat before Bedtime....Ssshhh! Don't tell Eric and Natalie I gave their kids Pumpkin Pie for BREAKFAST! (it's kinda healthy right? There's a vegetable in there)Micah's Pumpkin Pie Recipe
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 t. salt
3 1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice
1 large can pumpkin
2 cans evaporated milk
1 cup flour
some butter or shortening
1 t. salt
(See here's why I can't make it- there's no measurements! But according to Ben you just mix it together until it looks and feels right)
Mix dry ing. cut in butter, add water to gather together, roll out and put in pie tins.
Mix sugar, salt and spices. Beat in eggs. Mix in pumpkin, Slowly mix in evaporated milk. Pour into pie shells. Bake 425 for 15 minutes, Place a piece of Tin foil on the empty rack abovet he pies, and turn heat down to 350 bake 40-50 minutes or until done.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Here's Doodle's Favorite Game- it's a variation of a couple Math their way games- He calls it In the Cave. We have a number we are working on that day- today was 7. So we each have 7 counting items- (he loves the transportation counters- a thrift store find.)
Then we hide a certain number of them in our cave (a bowl or cup- we used the counting Bears cups- Roo was playing with the bears- so we borrowed their cups.) Then you say how many you have inside the cave, and how many are outside the cave. (For example with 7 bears, I put 2 inside and 5 outside- then I say out loud- 2 and 5)
It's so simple- yet he realized quite quickly as we were playing with 7 today- if he has 4 inside he has to have 3 outside- every single time. If he has 6 inside there has to be 1 outside. With 7's 6 and 1 go together, 5 and 2 go together, 3 and 4 etc.. Then we played a variation on this- where I'd put some under the cave, and he'd have to guess how many are under there- but knowing I have 7 total- he was pleasantly surprized when he knew the answers. (Of course with Doodle- anytime I plan a game- he has to throw his little "twists" into the game- so we played with a dice to tell us how many to put under the cave- I'm okay with that- rofl- but I think his favorite part was zooming the dice across the floor to me!)
Another fun game was with the geoboards and rubber bands. I have a pattern of a geoboard in a plastic page protecter- and use a dry erase marker to make a pattern on it. Then he tries to copy the pattern onto the geoboard with rubber bands. This was surprizingly tricky for him.Overall I'm pleased, we are having fun, and will be starting lots more fun Math Their Way games in the coming months.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
He had a FUN time with his experiment- and he'd set the timer to know when to go back out. He was thrilled to show his experiment to Dad.
Since the story has pictures drawn in black with just a bit of red for accents- Roo painted a picture with Red and black paint.
Here's Doodle's Week- He really really really wanted to learn about Turtles. Ok- whatever- But there's no FIAR stories about Turtles- so I was scrambing (I can put together units- but I really prefer to stick to what's been done) But we learned about Turtles, and he is making an animal notebook. Here's the first pages in it- All the lapbook compontents are from Homeschool Share The next pages are his copywork sentences- I just LOVE Startwrite for handwriting- I pick a sentence from the books we are reading- type it in to the startwrite program and select the font- I use HWT (Handwriting without tears font) it's simple, no frills, and what we used when first learning how to write all the letters. Then I print the page, and it's ready for Doodle- he copies the sentence (we're working on using capital letters and periods where they belong- throwing in a little grammar as well). The funnest part is when we are reading the story- he LOVES to listen for his sentence.Overall I think the Turtles week went well. Next week Doodle wants to learn about Alligators and Crocodiles- again- no FIAR title- so I'm winging it again. And the week after that Giraffes....I feel a zoo trip coming on!