Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Critter Sitters Part 2

My Sweet girl is a natural entrepreneur. The wheels are always turning and she is always trying to find ways and coming up with ideas to start a business.
A couple of years ago she came up with a plan to start a pet sitting/dog walking business. It didn't work out in the neighborhood we were in. She was disappointed but has re-evaluated her business plan and is trying again.
This time she lowered her fees and hired more help.
She has pulled in three other girls from the neighborhood who share the same love for animals.
She has been busy all weekend making contracts, animal care survey's, flyers, and applications/hiring list.
The four girls had a meeting yesterday to come up with a mission statement and rules of conduct between The Critter Sitters. They all came up with a promise between them and everyone had to sign it. They decided they would have a business meeting every other week to evalute progress and things they may have to change.
I am very impressed by their proffessional behavior. I am so excited for them and hope it works out!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Beautiful Poem

I Took His Hand and Followed
Mrs. Roy L. Peifer

My dishes went unwashed today,
I didn't make the bed,
I took his hand and followed
Where his eager footsteps led.

Oh yes, we went adventuring,
My little son and I....
Exploring all the great outdoors
Beneath the summer sky.

We waded in a crystal stream,
We wandered through a wood...
My kitchen wasn't swept today
But life was gay and good.

We found a cool, sun-dappled glade
And now my small son knows
How Mother Bunny hides her nest,
Where jack-in-the-pulpit grows.

We watched a robin feed her young,
We climbed a sunlit hill...
Saw cloud-sheep scamper through the sky,
We plucked a daffodil.

That my house was neglected,
That I didn't brush the stairs,
In twenty years, no one on earth
Will know, or even care.

But that I've helped my little boy
To noble manhood grow,
In twenty years, the whole wide world
May look and see and know.

I Think I Will Be A Toy Maker

Silly guy has been learning about machines in science. He wants to start a tool collection of his own. I bought this kit for him to use some of the simple machines he has been learning about; screwdriver and screws. He really enjoyed putting this plane together.
He was so proud of himself too.

He told me when he was finished ,"When I grow up I think I will like a job where I can use tools. Maybe a mechanic or a toymaker." I just smiled. He then thought of a problem he might have if he becomes a toymaker. "Mom, there is one problem with being a toymaker." I looked at him puzzled because I couldn't think of a problem with being a toymaker. It sounded like a fun job for a 9 year old. So I asked him "What kind of problem?" He looked at me very serious, "Well, I will have to go live in China." I just had to laugh.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Past Few Weeks

The past few weeks have been pretty busy around our house. I realized yesterday I hadn't blogged in a while. I thought I would catch up a little.....
Well, spring sports are in full swing at our house. I have been working on getting some field trips scheduled for our homeschool group. Also with our homeschool group, one of the other moms and myself have decided to put together a P.E. co-op. As homeschoolers, sometimes our kids miss out on playground/p.e. games because you don't always have enough people to play. I have found some great ideas at this website and I am pumped to get started. We are also going to be signing up for the Presidential Fitness Challenge. Did you know as a homeschool you are eligible to enter the challenge? What a great way to get kids active.
In History, Sweet girl finished up her Anthropology study and is now beginning a Sociology study. She has been writing so much and just enjoying herself. Silly guy is still studying Grasslands in history. He has learned about what grasslands are and why they are so important to us, the Ukraine(The Breadbasket of Europe) and is currently learning about Kenya. He has found interesting the different governments in these countries and has been expressing his opinions and thoughts about the differences.

The kids have been working very hard at keeping up with science projects. Luckily this year(I think), I went all out and bought all of the recommended supplies from Home Science Tools. Oh yes, I bought all of the bells and whistles. Both kids have had an experiment just about everyday. In one hand, it has been a little exhausting for mom but the kids are really able to experience science this way.
Sweet girl is still learning all about space. This project was to chart the phases of the moon.

Silly guy is still learning about machines in science. This experiment was to show him how a screw is a wedge.

I didn't understand this experiment at all, but good thing Sweet girl did. I guess that is what is important. I told her to get the teacher guide, so I could see if we were doing it right. She got all of the answers correct and completely understood the concept. Sometimes I feel like...Good thing I am not in the 7th grade,lol :)
More machine experiments for Silly guy. This one he was observing how an inclined plane reduces work for us and how it can be used as a tool.
After all of those science experiments we found a little time to relax on our favorite beach last weekend. In my opinion it is one of the most beautiful beaches on our island. I can just stare at the beautiful blues and greens of the ocean all day. Absolutely fabulous!

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to cut my hair. I told the stylist I needed something different and I love how it turned out. Every time I looked in the mirror I was feeling run down. After this hair cut I gave the stylist a hug and told her ,"Thank you. I feel pretty again."

Day at the Museum

We took the kids to see the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit at the Bishop Museum. The dinosaurs were so life like it was a little scary. There was one woman in the museum who kept screaming every time they moved or roared. It was so funny!
Little man loves dinosaurs but he was not taking his eyes off of these big guys. They moved and made noises and even their skin was leathery like a real lizard. It was wild! We actually went through the exhibit twice because the kids enjoyed it so much. The second time around we took more time to read all of the wonderful information.
Now every time we get into the car Little man says," Go see the dinosaurs!" Sadly we waited until the last day to go and it has left the island. If this exhibit comes to a museum near you it is worth the trip.
Here are some pictures of the trip....The Triceratops is Little man's FAVORITE dinosaur.

An Allosaurus skull. Look at those teeth!! Yikes!
This guy is a Tyrannosaurus Rex juvenile. Some info.. recent findings show that the T-Rex
was warm blooded like a bird and had hair. Very interesting.
A fossil of Triceratops horns
Digging for fossils

Little man had so much fun digging in the rice for dinosaur bones.
I am going to make a mini dino dig for him to play with at home. I think
this will be a great activity for him during school hours:)
Peering through a lava tube.

Grassland Lapbook Assembled

Here are pictures of the Grasslands lapbook put together. Center top: Holds all of those wonderful maps. You can find many maps at
Enchanted Learning. National Geographic also has a map of the grasslands.
The countries included in the lap book are the Ukraine, Kenya, and Argentina. Click on the name of the country for a map. We also cut and glued some
pictures we found to the inside of the cover.
The center is the animal spinner and vocabulary. I had to print off
more copies of the vocabulary page and he stapled them together to make a book.
To the left is the Ukraine page.
Center is the Kenya page. Right is Argentina's page.
He is so enthusiastic about this project I have decided to make another one for his next study-The Rain Forest of the World.

In Full Swing

We started back to school this week after a nice long break. The kids were practically begging me to get back. The last few days of our time off I would find them researching climates all over the world and comparing them(they even made a chart), writing and journaling, making their own science experiments, practicing handwriting(silly guy-he just loves writing in cursive), looking through their curriculum and quizzing each other on math facts while playing at the playground. I said to my husband we have definitely have had enough time off!

Sweet girl started studying an Astronomy unit. This week she learned about the Sun's family; the inner and outer planets, comets and asteroids. One of her projects was to make a scale model of the solar system. As she learned about the planets, she kept a data chart with the information she obtained through the reading. Once her chart was complete she was ready to construct her model. She used the equation: scaled diameter= D/10,000 scale=(10,000 km =1 cm). The curriculum(AOP Lifepac)gave her the the average distances (in cm)from the sun. This was a BIG project. The problem we had was finding a wall in the house that was 589.0 cm long(distance from Sun to Pluto). We improvised and used two walls in our school room. We have a hallway upstairs that would have workedbut she wanted to be able to gaze upon her hard work, :).

Here are pictures of the Solar System. It was really neat to see how small the planets are in comparison to the sun and also how close we actually are to it.

Sweet girl constructing the Sun.
It took 35 pieces of construction paper.

This is the first half of the Solar System. The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars
Jupiter, and Saturn
Little lonely Pluto. Two wall lengths away from the Sun.

Here is the second half of the Solar System. (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto)

A close up of the first five planets.

In Bible, she had to develop a plan to study the Bible over the next six months. We found a Bible reading schedule over at The Teaching Home website . We decided we would do this as a family so we could discuss and reflect about the scripture we will be reading.

On to Silly guy. He started his new unit in geography/history this week: The Grasslands. I made him a lap book to change things up a bit and he is having a great time assembling and learning. He looks forward to history so he can add something to his lap book. I am loving his enthusiasm.
Before our break he started a unit about machines in science so we got back to that. He made this chart for an I Spy game throughout the unit. This unit will give him many experiments which he will enjoy. In language arts he started to learn about taking notes properly. What a great tool!
His I Spy Chart!

All in all it was a great start to the new year and the second half of our school year.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Grasslands Lapbook

I have designed a lapbook for my son's unit study " The Grasslands of the World." I think it will be fun to change things up a bit and lapbook. I have found it keeps him interested and more engaged if I keep things fresh, especially in History. I will post pictures soon of the completed lapbook but for now please enjoy the free download. Click here!

If you would like to check out my other free downloads check out my page. Other downloads include: State History/Geography Notebook, Desert Notebook, and a couple Nature Scavenger Hunt activities. Click here to view my page over at HSLaunch.
Happy Homeschooling!!


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