Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Day 1k for Kids

My sister works at the SDRC and they have this fun race on Thanksgiving Day. There is a 5k and 10 k run for adults and this little 1k run for the kids. My kids love doing this. They talked about going running for Aunt Mary this year and did some practice runs. Last year the twins, age 3, were the last kids across the finish line but this year they all did really good. Noah was the first to cross the finish line out of my kids, followed by Nathan and then Zachary. Zachary was worried he came in last of everyone again but there were still a kids behind him. Overall it was a fun experience for the kids.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Japan's Labor Thanksgiving Day

Tomorrow is Japan's national holiday called Labor Thanksgiving Day. I had the kids make a Japanese Garden, thanks to enchantedlearning for the idea. This was a little more complicated then I thought it would be but it was fun. Instead of using real rocks like the craft suggested we just cut out paper ones.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Thanksgiving Scarecrows

Yet another fun art project. I let the kids pick out the colors they wanted for their scarecrows so some are a little weird. I just let them the freedom to do whatever they wanted and I think they all did a great job. Bet you can't figure out who did which scarecrow.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pilgrim Art

Another fun art project we did with two of the boys. Noah did not want to join in the fun so he does not have a Pilgrim. Again we used Enchanted learning for the idea and templates. Overall this type of art seems to be more like art in a regular school and loads more fun than the art we were doing. Art is actually looked forward to these days instead of being among the last thing picked to do that day.

Friday, November 13, 2009

McGuffey Reader and Speller

My McGuffey readers finally came! I'm am so excited to get started with this new program. The workbooks tie in the reader and the spelling book. We started the primer today and Nathan did well reading the book and was excited to read it. He thinks its a big person book.

We are reading a Flat Stanley book for literature. After finishing the Flat Stanley book I may try having Nathan mail a picture of himself and see what letters he may get from friends. If your interested in helping us out let me know. I'll send you my email address so I can get your address.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thanksgiving Art

I found some really cute Thanksgiving crafts for art projects on the enchantedlearning website. Today we did hand and foot turkeys. All three boys had fun doing the turkeys. Each had their own personal style for their turkeys. After they dry today I'll hang them up in the window.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Art for Veterans Day

This is what I call art. Having fun creating fun things. Yesterday we made patriotic wreaths for Veteran's Day. All three boys enjoyed creating the wreaths and we hung them up in the window. Today we did a Veteran's Day coloring book and fact book we printed off of the website.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Changes in Schooling

We have left the UTVA, Utah Virtual Academy. No we did not enroll Nathan in public school but we are changing course with his schooling. We signed up with Washington Online, which uses the same program as UTVA but you get to choose which subjects you follow. As such here are the changes we are making to our schooling:

Still using k12 for:

We dropped the language arts, phonics, art, and music.

Instead we will be using the following:

Bob readers
Explode the Code
Mc Guffey's primer (yes this is the book they used in the 19th century)

Language arts
Mc Guffey's primer
Mc Guffey's Speller
Grammar program by the Well Trained mind

we will find some fun basic art things from books at the library

dropping the study of composers right now and instead will be learning about instruments

Monday, November 2, 2009

School Work for the week of Nov. 1 to Nov. 6

Count on by pennies
count on by nickels
counting mixed coins

Language arts
junior great books
Streets, roads, cities and states
nouns in sentences
Winnie the Pooh

new constant blends
sight words

ancient art Mesopotamia
ancient art Ancient Egypt part one


the water cycle
the drifting snowflake

Pyramids and Zigguarts
Sargon conquers Mesopotamia
Abraham goes to Caanan