Saturday, December 27, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Dan and Aly compressing the dry ice, dirt, water, and ammonia to form the nucleus of a comet.
The nucleus of a comet.
What it looks like when you pour warm water and dish soap in with the dry ice. It looks like something from a mad scientist's laboratory.
The bubble made with the dry ice, warm water, dish soap, and a paper towel. You had to be careful about pulling the paper towel slowly over the rim of the cup to get the bubble started. Then it just grew on its own. Below is what it looked like when it finally popped.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Aly painting her piece. Both girls are very crafty.
And that was just Monday...whew! Tuesday we voted and took the girls with us. We had to vote with a paper ballot so I was able to share with the girls what it looked like and how I filled it out. We won't talk about who won...we'll just pray. Wednesday we needed a day off. The house had become dirty, the laundry was overflowing, and groceries had to be bought. We decided to make up the day next week, but we've already made up all but math and science for Skyeler.
So here's what we DID accomplish this week...
Phonics - Explode the Code pages 47-54
Math - Saxon 2 lessons 35-37 - plus 10 numbers, pairs, & inches
Reading - This week Aly read her first "big" chapter book, "The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives." She has read other chapter books but this one was a biggie, over 200 pages AND small print. She was so proud of herself and so were we. I haven't read it yet, so it is hard to check for comprehension, but I did hear her talking about it with Skyeler and she seems to know what it was about. Brag Alert: I checked it online at Scholastic and it was a level R reader. Aunt Cheryl tests Aly periodically to let me know how she's doing in reading. Aunt Cheryl tested her at level M/N for independent reading in September so level R is a big accomplishment!
Five in a Row - This is our unit study. We read a book for 5 days in a row and pick out things about the book to learn about during the week. This week we finished up "A Pair of Red Clogs." This book was set in Japan and we created a lapbook with some Japanese numbers, a flag of Japan, a map locating Japan, weather words, and and origami piece that Aly made. In fact, she did origami for hours one day. I meant to take a picture of her lapbook and post it but forgot. Maybe next week.
English - Scott Foresman English online pages 45-46 - asking sentences
Science - Apologia Physical Science working through module 5
VideoText Algebra - completed lesson D1, D2 and a quiz
English - Rod & Staff lessons 34-37 and Wordly Wise lesson 6
Literature - reading "Stowaway" which is definitely NOT a favorite. She's plugging along but insists on telling me that she's given it a fair try and she just doesn't like it. I guess she's not into a boy stowing away on a ship in the 1700's. I haven't finished reading this one (the first since we started Sonlight). What I've read is certainly not spectacular.
Latin - Skyeler finished week 3 in the Memoria Press study guide for Henle Latin I. We got our books late for this course,they were on backorder, so we are a little behind. So far, so good. I have no background in Latin so I hope that she continues to understand it. My plan was to study ahead of her, but that didn't last long.
Piano - She seems to be going along at a good pace with piano. She plays by ear so lessons have been a little trying for her. It's good for her though.
Geography - She worked on finishing the labeling for Canada and the U.S., their states, provinces, territories, and capitals. This is for her co-op class that is doing Mapping the World by Heart. By the end of December she will have to map North America and certain of it's features by heart.
Aly & Skyeler
History - we did pages 73-110 in "George Washington's World" this week. Both did a written narration on George III of England. We like the stories in GWW however, we do not like how it hops around just when we are getting into a particular person or event. It's a little hard to follow. It is better than "Augustus Caesar's World" which we read last year for our study of Rome.
Wow! It looks like we did accomplish something this week. Some weeks it is so hard to tell. This was one of those weeks. After reading some other blogs with Weekly Reports, I need to remember to take pictures of the everyday kind of things we do in school. I also want to include some of their narrations eventually. Hopefully, I'll get better at describing what were doing.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
The stash! Aly doesn't like anything with nuts so the rest of us get all the Snickers, Peanut M&M's, and Butterfingers. I'm good with that!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The snow shovel.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
"Dodging" for apples!
Maybe it'll work better from this side. Um, nope! Unfortunately, Doug has the picture on his camera of her whole head and shoulders down in the water.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Skyeler headed down the lineSkyeler coming back across the lake
Aly waiting to get the green light
Aly screaming ALL the way down, across the lake, and back. Screams of joy, of course!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Unfortunately, dh is still feeling yuck, but he's glad to be home. Now, to make my first blog post from the laptop. How exciting!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
The Pumpkin CarriageYahoo #2 walking through the pumpkin patchHow about this one, Mom?! No dear, I'm not paying over $40 for a pumpkin!
Our creative writing exercise was to have the girls write their own Haiku. I had bought magnetic Haiku poetry words in our Rainbow Resource order this summer and we all sat down and made our Haiku. The rules were to use the words from the Haiku set. It was more challenging that way than thinking one up on my own (at least "I" thought so). Here are our poems...
Early wind whispers,
Knowest blossom, friend of stream,
Song beneath the sun.
yahoo #2 (needed a little help in making it poetry, not sentences)
I dream spring is cold
Blossoms are freezing.
Purple clouds above
Thundering throughout the night
Wet rain falls about.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Dh is watching "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and the yahoo #2 has discovered yahoo #1's old Barbie video camera. They were watching video of when they were 2 and 8 that yahoo #1 had recorded. What a hoot! Yahoo #2 is now set up with a new video tape all her own and the video recorder, which miraculously still works. We are all in grave peril of being caught unawares.
I had planned to figure out some more about this blog of mine and make a trip to Hobby Lobby. I found some cool crafty ideas for Christmas. However, I think I'll do neither. Now what book do I want to begin next....
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Yahoo #1 was peer-pressured into trying on this corset...while everyone watched! She said it felt very comfortable and was considering saving up for one until she heard the price. $250!
Here is the back of the corset. Look at all those laces! It took a while for the vendor to lace her up. The gentleman who makes these does all the stitching by hand. They certainly were beautiful.
Ok. I've now realized that I have the story AFTER the pictures. Oops! I'm really going to have to play around with this a little more.
Last week we attended the Renaissance Festival. This was our second year and it was so much fun! Some of the other moms in our homeschool group were not able to go, so I was in charge of five girls all with one thing on their mind...SHOPPING! Part of the fun is dressing up. Yahoo #1 was able to borrow a dress from my cousin. Yahoo #2 was going to wear an old costume, however, on further inspection said outfit had two large holes in it. Not good. Especially since I have no idea how to sew more than a button! Target came through for us though. Yahoo #2 found this "Lucy" costume from "Prince Caspian." Once she was all done up (picture above), she looked amazingly like the real Lucy. Yahoo #2 found the quill pen she was dying to have and because she was so cute, they gave her a $5 discount. Yahoo #1 found some scents and a unicorn necklace. She also had a charm added to the tiara she received last year for her birthday. We had a great day, minus the standing in line forever for food. We even made a small, secondary field trip to a pumpkin patch on the way home. Fun, fun, fun!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
My emergence into the blogging world is necessitated by my parents inability to view photographs through their computer email. Those are a lot of big words. What I'm really saying is that Granny & Papa need some way to check out the happenings of their grandchildren. Since email is failing, I have been forced to finally enter the blogging world. Honestly, I have been considering this for almost a year. Living miles away from family has made me realize how much we miss of those little everyday kind of things. I'm hoping to record some of the daily happenings to share with those who cannot be here. Hopefully on a regular basis! Let's see if this works!