Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Week 19 (Adventures Week 15): New Hampshire, Virginia, New York and North Carolina

Books We Read:

We went through our state books and atlases with each state, but otherwise we kept it really simple this week as it was the week before Christmas. Which was a nice change of pace.

Statue of Liberty:

Treyton was really interested in the Statue of Liberty this week – we measured different parts of our body and compared it to Liberty. IMG_0058Liberty’s nose is 4 ft. 6 in. long, her mouth is 3 ft wide. IMG_0003When Treyton colored the picture of the Statue of Liberty he had me write the measurements on there so he could remember. IMG_0055Alexa did a statue of liberty dot-to-dot, she just started doing these, and seems to like them.

State Pages:

Treyton continues to do state pages for each of the states, as well as his passport, coloring page and state cards (in order).

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I really admire how hard Treyton works to add his own creativity to his state pages. He likes routine and to know the way he’s supposed to do something. Creating pages like this with their own unique style and twist for each state, but having the same basic pieces is exactly the kind of activity Treyton does well with. He knows what is expected and he takes the initiative to do it.

Farmer’s Boy:

We started reading Farmer’s Boy again this week, I wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to finish it or not because it was a little tough to read with all three kids during story time, the girls really don’t pay attention during it, and cause quite the disturbance. However, Treyton begs to read it so we are. Next week, when we actually are a little more motivated with school, I am going to ask Treyton if he would like to complete the lapbook I found on Homeschool Share.

Spelling:

We finished Level 1 in All About Spelling, and moved on to Level 2. Treyton was SUPER pumped about his accomplishment, he’s been marking off his chart step by step looking forward to the finish.

Reading:

He insist on continuing to read the Magic Tree House books, though I was willing to back off of them a little bit after he finished the Revolutionary War (#22). I think they are just a little too tough for him yet, but I don’t think he’s really willing to admit it, so I’m going to let him continue to read them and just offer a little more assistance which he doesn’t seem to mind.

He did discover that the series is written with a book order. I tried to explain that you don’t have to read them in the actual numerical order, but pick which topics you liked. He’d have none of that talk. So we went to Barnes and Noble and picked out the first 5 in the series, to add to his Reading Chart reward basket. He will be starting with book 1 next week :) (He is so his mother’s child).

See You Next Year!

I had planned to do school next week (the week between Christmas and New Years) but we got the stomach flu – AGAIN – so it seems best to just wait until next year to start up again.

Hope you all have a Happy New Year, and we’ll see you next year!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Artist Study: Claude Monet

Paintings Studied

image The Water Lily Pond

image Impression Sunrise

image Waterlillies

image Red Poppies at Argenteuil

image La Japonaise

Quotes

"What could be said about me -- a man to whom only his painting matters? And of course his garden and his flowers as well."

Activities We Did

Impression Sunrise Re-Creation

We attempted to recreate the Impression Sunrise on canvas with oil paints – we talked about how these paints are different than paints we’ve used before, they take a long time to dry (which we saw first hand after 24 hours and they weren’t dry AT ALL) and are hard to clean. IMG_0035We also don’t normally paint on canvas, but Claude Monet did, so we talked about the difference between canvas and paper.  IMG_0041

Treyton rushed through it a little bit after I warned him about getting it on his skin. That it would be hard to get off: for my “clean kid” this is not his idea of a good time :) But it turned out nice I think.

IMG_0001 I painted it too  – I really enjoy doing the artist recreations. IMG_0002

For the record, we will not be using oil paints again for a long, long time (if ever) – I still have blue paint in my sink I can’t get out!

The Water Lily Pond – Bridge IMG_0033 I got this idea from the crafty classroom.

IMG_0026Treyton was very methodical with the entire process, he had a reason for every color he used and how he used it. I love to watch his creative juices flowing.

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Treyton’s project, drying: IMG_0031

Alexa loves painting, and really enjoyed this activity, but no matter how many times i asked her, she would not cover the entire page with paint :) Needless to say, it didn’t reveal much of a bridge…. but she had a lot of fun. IMG_0032 Treyton and I’s finished projects. IMG_0038Books

We read lots of books this time, while studying Monet.

Katie Meets the Impressionists by James Mayhew (not just about Claude Monet)

Katie and the Waterlily Pond by James Mayhew

The Magical Garden of Claude Monet (Treyton’s favorite) by Laurence Anholt

What Makes a Monet a Monet (We didn’t read the entire, but used for pictures and I skimmed a few pages with Treyton)

Claude Monet the Painter Who Stopped the Trains by P.I. Maltbie (haven’t read yet but we will)

Usborne First Book of Art (pages 38-39)

Usborne the Children’s Book of Art (pages 28-29)

Spot the Difference: Art Masterpiece Mysteries (page 40-41)

Links & Resources

Claude Monet Craft @ The Crafty Classroom

Monet Coloring Page @ Enchanted Learning

Olga’s Gallery of Monet Paintings (over 200)

Monet Artist Study on Squidoo

TOS Crew: The World’s Greatest Stories

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  • The Life of Christ
  • Beginnings
  • Joshua & Esther
  • Joseph & His Brothers
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Product Review:

My kids are just starting to get into listening to stories on CDs, so when given the chance to review the World’s Greatest Stories I jumped on it! What better stories to listen to than scripture?

Treyton thoroughly enjoyed listening to these CDs. By changing his voice at different times, the speaker really kept his interest. He has listened to this CD over and over.

As a teacher and even more particularly a parent, I love the fact that these stories are not altered in any way but taken directly from scripture.

These are great quiet and travel time activities for kids (or adults) of any age. This is a great product!

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MFW Co-op: Pumpkins

Last month we studied pumpkins with our co-op. Ms. Amanda planned lots of fun activities.

IMG_0004She had the kids make paper pumpkins. IMG_0001They started by marble painting the paper for their pumpkins. IMG_0003After they dried, we cut them into strips, IMG_0030attached brads on one end, and pipe cleaners on the other end for a stem and leaf.    

Pumpkin Life Cycle

My favorite activity was a life cycle pumpkin the kids made. Amanda printed off the life cycle of a pumpkins (there were 6 circles with the different stages). IMG_0024

The kids colored them, cut them out and then attached them in order to a piece of yarn which they then inserted into a paper pumpkin. IMG_0023Measuring Pumpkins

The kids each got to cut yarn the length they thought they needed to wrap around a small pumpkin and a large pumpkin. IMG_0009It was a great estimating game for the kids. IMG_0020

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Preschool Group

The preschoolers read a pumpkin book. IMG_0005The got to wash their own little pumpkins in water. IMG_0013They then made pumpkin prints. IMG_0026 And decorated their pumpkins with foam stickers. IMG_0027I’m thinking that I might be missing a few activities, but it was several weeks ago that we actually had this co-op and I haven’t had time to write the post, I’m going off my memory (not my best asset) and the pictures I took. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Week 18: Thanksgiving

Cranberry Thanksgiving

To celebrate Thanksgiving we read the book “A Cranberry Thanksgiving” and watched this video on Youtube to go along with it.

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To learn more about cranberries we watched Dirty Jobs, the Cranberry Farm episode (Season 3, Episode 11) on netflix, on the recommendation of the Almost Unschoolers blog. IMG_0002We had picked up a bag of fresh cranberries from the store for this week, so I had the kids practice wet harvesting like we saw on the episode using a glass pan and colander. IMG_0006

Next, we talked about why the cranberries floated to the top.

IMG_0005I cut one open and asked the kids if they could see anything on the inside that would make them think that the cranberries would float… after a few guesses, they finally figured out that it was the air pockets that caused them to float. IMG_0009

The kids really enjoyed scooping and playing with the cranberries in the water.

Fine Motor Crannberry Activity

While we had the cranberries out, the kids used a spoon to take one cranberry at a time from the bowl to a bucket. Alexa recalled that it made the same sound that the blueberries made in “Blueberries for Sal.” She filled the entire bucket up!

IMG_0038Treyton was a little bored with this activity, but he filled the bucket. IMG_0044

Worksheets

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I printed off several turkey and thanksgiving printables – all of which you can find on my pinterest Thanksgiving board.

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Alexa ate it up!! She loves worksheets. 

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I had some age appropriate ones for each of the older kids.

IMG_0013I wasn’t sure if Alexa could do the color-by-numbers/letters yet, but I think this one was her favorite because she was doing something like Treyton. IMG_0019

Thanksgiving Tree

Every year we make a thanksgiving tree, normally out of the kids handprints. This year we decided to use our Jesse Tree branches and our cricut to make our leaves. IMG_0020

Then the two older kids divided the leaves between them and we wrote down (Treyton wrote his own, I wrote Alexa’s) the things they wanted to thank God for. IMG_0025

After we wrote them all down, I had Treyton cut the strings while Lex and I punched holes in the leaves. IMG_0027We strung them and hung them on the tree. IMG_0030I think it turned out really cute.

Cranberry Sauce

Since we already had the cranberries, we wanted to make our own “secret recipe” just like in our story, so Treyton and I made our very own cranberry sauce, using a few pointers online.

IMG_0048It turned out pretty good.

After we made our sauce, Treyton got pretty creative, and really wanted to try to make his own recipe. IMG_0046He told me he wanted to take a piece of bread, put it in the oven and cover it with our new sauce and bake it. I think it was his attempt at making “cranberry bread”. Which was super creative (and cute). So we did it!!

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He was so proud, and Tim did a great job of praising his “work”.

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For Thanksgiving we took Treyton’s sauce and put it over cream cheese. It was a huge hit with the family!!

Painting Pumpkins

We love painting around here, so of course, the most natural pumpkin activity we could do is to paint them, right?!? 

We had Audrey and Peyton (both 20 months) join in with paper painting.   IMG_0037It was a fun time for all! IMG_0038Audrey particularly enjoyed eating the paint.    IMG_0043Alexa painted her entire pumpkin, while Treyton painted actual scenes. IMG_0049I love seeing their differences come out in their work.  IMG_0050

Shape Scarecrow                        IMG_0036

I can’t remember where I found this shape scarecrow, but I did it with Alexa sometime during the week, she loved it!!

Thanksgiving Puzzles

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It was obviously a pretty relaxed week as we practiced thanking God for His many blessings in our lives and family.

We hope your holiday was just as relaxed!!