Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Online learning games

In Doodle and Roo's workbox drawers each day- one of their drawers has "Computer time" written on a card for them to do. Pam usually has some fun math game for them to play, and I have a few other websites I rotate between- and I thought I'd share some of our favorite online learning games. (ha! This also puts all my links where I can find them when I forget where that fun game was!)

First off- Ones Roo likes- is one of my favorites, it's a complete reading program, lots of games, books to read, alphabet games
Fun4theBrain has a bunch of fun games- along the top click addition, Roo especially likes the Monster dentistry (he answers 10 add problems then gets to clean the germs off the monster's teeth) silly- but he likes it. Another favorite is under English at the top- there is a popcorn words game that works on sight words.
BBC has lots of fun and simple games
Sight words with Samson is a simple sight word game, it goes through 4 steps- learning, the spelling of the word, identifying, quizzing, and a fun ocean themed game of recognizing the word
UEN has links to other games that are helpful (a lot of them are pbs games)

Doodle's websites- - Melinda over at Homeschooling a Houseful introduced me to this site- and it's perfect for Doodle who is just starting learning multiplication this year in math
Academic Skill builders is another great site with math games for multiplicaiton, as well as addition. They also have a few English games that are fun.
Dance Mat Typing- is SUPER for learning to type correctly. Doodle has just started working on this game- but it goes through all of the keys on the letters on the keyboard. I don't think it does the numbers.
A few others that Pam has assigned Doodle to play games on are and coolmath4kids

Bug uses many of these sites along with bigiqkids (just the free version works great for us)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Fishing and Leaves

We had a great weekend! Saturday we decided to go fishing at a local Reservoir, It was a beautiful day- and we caught a bunch of fish too.
Doodle playing in the float tube Pam and Roo catching a fish

Ben took Doodle for a ride on the back of the pontoon boat

Roo and Bug playing in the float tube

Skipping rocks
Roo- building rock castles

Doodle had a kite that he got from Cub Scouts- so he and Bug were flying it. (until it crashed into a tree!)

Roo's turn on the pontoon

Sunday after church we went for a drive up the canyon to see the beautiful leaves changing color. The fall colors were just beginning to show. So we're going to have to head up there one more time this fall.We drove to Old Ephraim's grave (the same place we hiked to earlier this summer) and had cake for dessert. Doodle and Roo at the Stone that marks Old Ephraim's grave.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Doodle's Baptism

Doodle has been anxiously counting the days since he turned 8 until it would be his baptism day. The day finally arrived. Doodle was Baptised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints today. It was a wonderful day as Ben was able to baptize Doodle. I am so thankful for a wonderful husband who holds and honors the priesthood, and was able to perform this sacred ordinance. I am so grateful for the Gospel in my life, for the direction it gives me. I'm proud of Doodle and for the decision he made to be baptised, which is the first step in Following in Christ's footsteps. For making the covenant with the Lord to Always Remember him, and to Keep his commandments. I am so thankful for a wonderful and supportive family. We love you sweetie!