14 Aug 2009 1 Comment
Here are some of the Lapbooks we’ve been working on for the Texas trip.
Caddo and Alabama-Coushatta Indians. We read Native Tales, Hold Up The Sky, and did some research into their culture. On the trip we’re seeing the Caddo Indian mounds and the Alabama-Coushatta reservation.
Civil war to introduce the Buffalo soldiers (who came into being after the Civil war.) We read The Buffalo soldiers and The American West and The Buffalo Soldiers. On the trip we’re listening to The Perilous Road, Bull Run and another one whose title eludes me right now. We’re going to the Buffalo soldier museum on the trip.
Spanish missions, the Alamo and the Texas revolution. We read The Lady in the Blue Cloak, Sam Houston, San Jacinto, The Day that Changed America, the Alamo. We’re seeing the Alamo, some missions and Sam Houston’s statue and museum.
The Holocaust. We read Anne Frank, Number the Stars, on the trip we’re listening to The Upstairs Room. We’re going to the Holocaust museum in Houston. We’re not done with it yet.
07 Sep 2008 3 Comments
Well, all I got done today was: church, vacuuming the entire house (and having to empty the canister 3 times), doing the dishes, 4 loads of laundry, mopping and finishing this math lap-book for Grace. Oh and my camera broke again, ARGH! It just got back to me the other day and it was still not quite right. Today the flash broke so now I have almost the same camera as crappy camera; one with no flash.
Here’s the book.
I found these cute folders at the $1 store and thought, ‘That would make a cool cover for a math lap-book.’ It does! Inside the first page is graphing stuff.
There’s a ruler, triangle maker, paper, stickers, and graph paper.
Next is the counting page with a number line and individual numbers.
Turn the page and you have a holder with some more tools and a booklet about the 7 days of creation. Opposite that are a fraction holder and money.
The fractions are 12 pieces of pizza, so you can make a 12 piece pie or 6 piece pie. I found them on a note card at our favorite pizza place Anthony’s pizza. I cut out the pizzas and they work great. The money is monopoly left overs. On the back of that folder are time and Roman numerals.
Inside the time folder are paper clocks with brads to hold the clock arms.
The last page holds tangrams, 2 sizes, and a paper that shows you 6 animals to make from the tiles. I might add geometry in there since we have the ruler and other tools for line making.
That’s it, tomorrow is the first day of Worship dance for all the girls and we’re excited!
02 Jul 2008 3 Comments
OMIGOSH, we went to a comedy/juggling show at the library and I laughed so hard my stomach hurt. The guy juggled a little, but most of his act was slap-stick comedy. The place was packed with probably 100 kids and adults, if not more, and they were all cracking up. If you need a good laugh, grab a kid (if you don’t have one you can borrow a grandkid, niece or nephew) and go down to your library and see a show. He was funnier than watching Bethany crack up when you say ‘pudding’ (I don’t know why she thinks it’s funny, but she does.)
Then we headed over to the park to play. We had a good group going and the kids got very sandy and dirty. There’s nothing better than chatting with a group of HS’ing moms while the kids are busy somewhere else. Then it was time to head over to my friend Maura’s house, visit her here at Woodstone Prairie.
Today was the last day they will have goats, tomorrow they are going to a new home.
So we played with Betty and Rose and said goodbye to them (no more goat poo for Hannah), but the big attraction was….2 donkeys.
They were Jack and Jenny, now they’re Max and Milly, but they might be Tex and Tilly soon. Milly (or Tilly) is very sweet and just wanted to have a good petting.
Blaze the horse even granted the girls (and Joel) a ride on him.
Then he was rewarded with food (see Blaze it’s good to be the pony ride.) We sat and chatted (and had some awesome zucchini bread and cinnamon tea) while the kids played and wandered around. Joel and M made wands and traded a few things. Hannah was chasing baby grasshoppers and dragging toys around. Grace was just thrilled that Blaze granted her a ride and Bethany and R played in the loft. Before we left a deer showed up in the front yard and watched us.
Maura, thanks for the food, drink and company, the kids had a great time. (I’ll post a Maisy pic tomorrow.)
05 Mar 2008 2 Comments
We went sledding on a new hill today, it looks like it would be a great sled, but it wasn’t very steep.
The kids just went down this one tiny section and then played in the snow.
As promised Grace’s lap-book on whales (still not done!)
Left inside. Pics of her whale collection and a fluke matching game.
A picture of Grace with the baleen, info. about baleen whales and some new words.
This part opens up and we have a spout mach and vocabulary and some info. about Jonah.
It opens up again and we have whale facts, animal reports, whale quiz, graph about whale sizes, cards with pics of whale habits.
On the back of that folder there is facts about toothed whales and a 4 square box about whaling. On the right back we have circle cards with whale food eating and info. about whale teeth, also a blow hole spray match.
Here is the newsletter and pic she got from the whale society and other papers that we haven’t figured out where they should go yet.