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Donnie has been working very diligently with a few ship models that we got him for Christmas.

The pieces are SO small that he has to use tweezers to glue them on. I think that would drive me crazy.

 

USS Buckley

This one he started with Don. He was having so much that he wanted to keep going on his own, so he finished it by himself.

 

USS Arizona

This one he is working on all by himself. He still has a few pieces to go and we need to buy some brown paint next time we go into town.


Work In Progress

Ship Model In Progress

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Donnie asked that I don't put pictures of him on my blog. LOL! Otherwise, I would place one here with him working on his models.

We got him these models to keep him busy with his hands. Donnie is full of energy, he needs something to do. If he is idle, he tends to irritate his sister. LOL! We also got him lego like models from Vision Forum. He really liked those, and even bought a few more sets with his own money. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here's to keeping our boys busy...

Resources for Primary Language Lessons

General Resources:
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock
Handbook of Nature Study, free download.

Animal Encyclopedia

Farm to Table and Tool Resources:
Bread Comes to Life: A Garden of Wheat and a Loaf to Eat by George Levenson
Pumpkin Circle by George Levenson
http://www2.kenyon.edu/projects/farmschool/addins/homepage.htm - go to farm school and learn to manage a farm.

These next three are from the UK, but are pretty good.
http://kids.direct.gov.uk/resource_areas/html/Places.aspx?id=4&overview=true
http://kids.direct.gov.uk/resource_areas/html/Slideshow/27
http://kids.direct.gov.uk/resource_areas/html/Game/9

My best advice for learning about tools of trade is to visit a local museum.ย  If a museum is not locally available, searching an online site is always good.ย  Anytime I am looking for museum artifacts, I always go with the Smithsonian site.ย  This one might be particularly helpful.

Roots/Stalks/Leaves/Flowers
http://www.kew.org/ksheets/pdfs/b3plant.pdf
http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/lessonplan.jsp?id=157

Life Cycle/insects, birds, frogs, etc.
http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/elementary/lifecycles/
http://www.kidsbutterfly.org/life-cycle
http://www.ourclassweb.com/webquests_frogs_tasks.htm
http://www.tooter4kids.com/Frogs/life_cycle_of_frogs.htm
http://gets.gc.k12.va.us/elementary/lifecycles/chickens.htm
Spiders by Gail Gibbons
The Magic School Bus Spins A Web: A Book About Spiders by Joanna Cole

Fun Spider activities
http://www.littlegiraffes.com/spiders.html

Hummingbirds.net
http://www.hummingbirds.net/

Life Cycle of a Silk worm
http://www.suekayton.com/Silkworms/lifecycle.htm

There are a number of life cycle videos on youtube.ย  I would recommend the ones by gujo.com (please remember to preview these before allowing your kids to watch them).

Bees
http://www.countryrubes.com/images/The_Life_Cycle_of_a_Bee_updated_9_09.pdf

Prepostions
Rosieโ€™sWalk by Pat Hutchins

 

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Resources for Primary Language Lessons

General Resources:
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock
Handbook of Nature Study, free download.

Usborne Childrenโ€™s Encyclopedia
Usborne Science Encyclopedia
Evan-Moor Giant Science Resource Book: Grades 1-6
Berenstain Bearsโ€™ Science and Nature Super Treasury
One Small Square: Woods by Donald Silver
Fun with Nature: Take Along Guide by Mel Boring

Pet Care
There are several pet care books for kids out there. You can probably find one of these at your library.

Moon
The Moon Seems to Change (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) by Franklyn M. Branley

Leaves
Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2) by Betsy Maestro

Animals in Winter
Animals in Winter (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) by Henrietta Bancroft
Hibernation (Patterns in Nature series) by Margaret Hall
How and Why Animals Prepare for Winter by Elaine Pascoe
Big Tracks, Little Tracks: Following Animal Prints (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 1) by Millicent C. Selsam

Clouds and Seasons
Clouds (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) by Anne Rockwell
Sunshine Makes the Seasons (reillustrated) (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) by Franklyn M. Branley

We have been slowly trying to remove most of the sugar we usually consume out of our diet. We have chosen to replace regular sugar with stevia. We haven't baked with it yet, so for Mother's Day, I asked for a chocolate cake using stevia. My favorite cake is the white cake, but for some reason a chocolate cake sounded yummy.

I found a recipe online and the kids went to work. MaryEllen wanted to pipe 'Happy Mother's Day' on it, so we made a batch of frosting using stevia. Ugh, that didn't come out too well, so we just made regular icing with powder sugar.

After dinner, we sat down to a cup of hot cocoa and chocolate cake. It was good, but not sweet like regular cake. Definitely will need some getting use to. We might experiment with other cake recipes. We did, however, add some frosting to it. Oh well, at least it was half the sugar! lol!

Blessings,

We are nearing our 180th day of homeschool! That will mean that I will not have to send in attendance for two months (June & July).

For those two months, I am planning on having the kids continue math and writing, but their reading can be anything from their 'free reading' pile, plus it can be at their own leisure.

We will begin a fresh year in August. I am putting together their reading lists and gathering their books for the coming year.

Since last August, MaryEllen has read 35 books and Donnie has read 26. I am so proud of them. I have NEVER read that many books in a year.

This is my favorite place I like to get used books for their reading baskets. I can usually get a hardback for about the same price as a new soft-cover...sometimes less! All the books I have received have been wonderful.

The Robinson Curriculum does have the books on disk, but I try to find them in tangible form. If I can't, then I will print them. I haven't had to print any yet. I have also substituted books for ones on the RC list. And, I have also taken away from the list as well as added to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is the little bit of planning I do for the year. That is what I love about the Robinson Curriculum...simplicity.

I do have to write up a yearly progress report per our states requirements, but I like having this summary of what the children have accomplished during the year.

Happy Planning,

I am back this week with the last set of state cards, The Western Region of the United States of America!

These are great to be used as:

  • flashcards โ€“ show the student the name of the capital and have him supply the state, and vice-versa.
  • memory โ€“ just like you would play the game of memory with your littles, the older children can play memory too, uncovering the state and capital as a match.
  • matching โ€“ side by side matching going through the pile.


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Enjoy,

This week, I have the next set of state and capital cards.

These are great to be used as:

flashcards โ€“ show the student the name of the capital and have him supply the state, and vice-versa.

memory โ€“ just like you would play the game of memory with your littles, the older children can play memory too, uncovering the state and capital as a match.

matching โ€“ side by side matching going through the pile.

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Enjoy,

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The Oak 90.9fm

Our local radio station was having a share-a-thon all week. On the last day, they have a huge garage sale with fun things for the kids to do. Last fall, they mentioned that you could tour the radio station. The kids and I wanted to go, but were unable to because of Don's work schedule.

We were excited when we found out that Don's days off were changed this week only and that one fell on the day of the garage sale. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, Saturday, we headed for the church. The first thing we asked was if we could tour the radio station. They were happy to accommodate us.

We listen to The Oak everyday and especially like the music from 4-6 when the Preacherman is on. We were hoping to meet him, but he was not there. We did get to meet a few others that we hear regularly. ๐Ÿ™‚

We also got to sit in while they announced the winner of an Ipad they were giving away. They are listener supported, so everyone who gave during the share-a-thon was automatically entered. We got to be the official witnesses that 'no funny business is going on at WOAK.' We also got to shout a congratulations message to the winner!!

They invited the kids back to be announcers to their kid show they run on Saturday. MaryEllen and Donnie are a little shy to be on radio, so we will see if they do it. I think it would be fun!

I guess I was too excited, that I forgot to take pictures. Don was chatting with one of the guys, so he too didn't think about pictures. But, you can visit them at http://www.woak.com. You can hear them via the internet too.

Happy Listening,

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The other day, my husband came home with these...

and these...

What a surprise...totally unexpected. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, if you know my husband, you know that he just isn't the 'flower' type. I think I have only gotten a few bunches in the 12 years we have been together. ๐Ÿ™‚

I don't expect them either, but that isn't to say I haven't thought it would be nice to get some.

To top it off, he also got me a new laptop!!!

My other laptop has been giving me problems since last October. The extended warranty company only made things worse. I haven't been using it because it won't find a wireless network, the earphone jack doesn't work, it skips when you type, etc. None of this was wrong when I sent it in to get the CD-Rom fixed. Ugh! So I've basically been without since October 2010.

After 6 months of no computer for the kids, I decided to give it back to them. They were using the laptop to play games when it went kaput! Now it won't even turn on. Luckily, I didn't use it anymore so nothing important was stored on it.

I was SO excited when Don came in with flowers AND a new laptop!! It isn't even my birthday!

Too excited,

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MaryEllen has been wanting to try her hand at drawing on material. She decided to start with a pillow-sheet. This past week, we went to Walmart, Target and Hobby Lobby looking for white pillow-sheets and fabric markers. We didn't want to pay a small fortune,ย  just something she could practice on. We finally found a 2 pack for about $5 at Walmart. Cheap, but it does the job. She also got some fabric pens. She had a gift card, so she used it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Don had printed some coupons for Hobby Lobby, so we got more fabric pens there at 40% off. I think we will go there with a coupon next time too when she is in need of more pens or wants different colors. She just got the primary colors to begin with.

Later, I found some white place mats at Big Lots in the clearance section.. 50 cents each. Now we are seeing white as a canvas. ๐Ÿ™‚ These are just for her to practice and doodle on.

Here is her first creation.

I think these would make great gifts for family and friends. ๐Ÿ™‚