Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Our First day of Homeschool!



Well, we made it through the first day...per se.
I had decided, based on what the boards had to say, that we would take a week to de-school and chill out. But, well today is a historic one, and I do have other powers to answer to, so we jumped right in.
Today, we took advantage of the Inauguration to do a mini unit study on it. I had printed off some stuff about the new Pres, and away we went! We learned that he was born in HNL and then lived in Indonesia from 6-10 b/c his mom was an Anthropologist. We learned his dad was from a small village in Kenya and that his parents met at college in Hawaii. We also learned his mom died of cancer.
She had to write her own oath of office and inauguration speech. Both were quite interesting! I was amazed at how in touch she is with what's going on...
We then had a map of a parade route and she was asked to point things out on the route, what street it followed, where did it turn due west, what is the Mall, and what two national monuments does it stand between. I was really impressed with how well she reads a map! She was better at it then I was!
We listened to Pres. Obama taking his oath, and his address, then we discussed it!
For art, she made a "yes we can" can....we took an old soup can, and she measured a piece of paper to that size then decorated that can. She will use it to put coins into and when she fills it up, we will donate that money to a non-profit organization in the area. She is thinking either the Animal Rescue or the Teen Pregnancy center in town. idea came from http://crafts.kaboose.com/yes-we-can-can.html
For math...we made a cake...she had to use her division and multiplying. Then we took skittles and did some manipulatives for division and multiplication. I was excited about how quickly she picked up the concepts with the visual there. It has definitely cemented my decision to change the math curriculum to something more visual!!Notice the green skittles...that would be Hurricane's contribution!!!
We used sugar that I had tinted red and blue...the "stars" are raisenets, and of course our skittles!
All in all, I have been excited about the way things went today. Our schedule might need a little tweaking, but she is so excited to learn again...and that makes me excited!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Mom, whats for dinner?

So, Rain's newest favorite question is....Mom? What's for dinner? Is she following in my footsteps or what?
We usually come up with really wierd things like frog toes and tree bark ummm...snail shells and monkey boogers....really gross wierd stuff....this was our answer today.....



This evenings menu features the newest rare kind of delicacy we could find. Aged 6 months, smothered in loves and kisses slowly brought to perfection for your pleasure....its....
Tornado A LA MODE!!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year...here's to not killing the kids!

We had been couped up in the house for like four days or longer. Well, the sun peeked its weary head through the thick mass of clouds last Saturday morning, and we decided we'd better get the kids out while we could! What better way to burn off some energy than by finding the biggest hill we could, and sending them down it at mock ten in a dopey sled with nothing in the way of steering mechanisms. Hey, they'll have to trudge through snow, and walk back up the hill, we will definitely see nap time after this little outing right???
Maybe!
All started out calmly enough! Rain couldn't wait to get sledding down that hill...so much so, she forgot to swipe her hair back as she put on her hat...as is evidenced here....

Then we have little Hurricane...we sent him down a mini hill a few times, he seemed to handle it....

So why not send em both down the big hill....
There they go....look at their happy little faces!

It worked so well the first time, lets go a second time.
Apparently we tempted fate with the second time idea!
I set the kids up, pushed them off, and watched them go...half way down the hill, they took a SHARP left (kinda like dad's golf swing) and BAM.....smacked into a tree!

So, yeah it hurt, and yeah it was sad, and I (we) were really concerned for them. But I couldn't resist. I HAD to take pictures!


C'mon! Great scrap pages...I had the layouts in mind before we got to the truck! And one day, the kids will look back and laugh! Though Laurenne doesn't think so! She won't even talk about it, and was quite ticked I wanted to take pics of her in pain! Hence the oh so beautiful face she is pulling!
Oh well, til the next "scrape" have a good one and Happy New Year!

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