Friday, October 24, 2014

Delaney School... Counting Bears and the Letter A

Yay for Delaney school!  I finally feel slightly organized in this department... I am thrilled to be starting letter of the week themes... beginning with letter A of course.

I busted out the tangrams... and they were a big hit with little and big kids alike.

I discovered the blog The Measured Mom this week... There are some fantastic printables there to download and use.  Here Delaney is creating apples on her "baby a" with a red Do-A-Dot and a green marker.

Another The Measured Mom printable is this counting bears sorter... we added a dice and played a game of put "this many" red bears in the red bear circle...etc.

How lucky was I to come across these build a letter sheets from Confessions of A Homeschooler?  They are the perfect accompaniment for our current tangram obsession  interest.

What went on in your homeschool week? What are your kiddos current passions?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Great Weather Study Part 2

If you missed out on project 1 head on over and check it out: Build a Barometer

Build a Rain Gauge

Well the weather outside is rather cloudy and weirdly enough we are hoping for rain... so we can measure it of course!

Project 2: Build a Rain Gauge

  • ruler 
  • flat bottom jar
  • a board
  • glue (we used hot glue and a glue gun)
  • packing tape

Howcast to the rescue with their How to Make a Rain Gauge video.

And now we wait for the rain...

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Great Weather Study Part 1

Build a Barometer

The Scott kiddos are kicking off science with a study on Weather!!!  
Project 1: Build a Barometer.
We used an instructional video from Howcast called How to Make a Weather Barometer.
  • a Jones Soda bottle (my fav is the cream soda)
  • water color paint (we were out of food coloring)
  • a glass jar 
  • and a rubber bad

How it works: 
Well in Hudson's words:It the water is higher than the rubber band it means it will be sunny. And if it is below the rubber band it means rain.

We are keeping track of the barometer predictions and the actual weather this week.

What fun projects are you up to?

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

What We Sent Our Compassion Kids... October

Today is Compassion Sunday!!!

Ok so it's been a bit since I last wrote a post about what we are sending our Compassion kids...  It's not that we've sent nothing over the last 3 months... but life did get the better of us and time flew so the convenience of sending an E-letter with a photo attached became our communication method for a little while... it's fast and easy, but you know it doesn't exactly include my kiddos.  But now we are back at it... and we have a pretty fun Christmas package that we are sending!

Our Christmas package includes:

Hopefully it all arrives in time... 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Little Totschool Report

Delaney lights up at the chance to "do school" in the school room.  She is only with the big kids and I in the morning and then she heads for a nap after lunch while we work on project time.

These baskets of fruits and veggies are a staple in our tot school day... we play "what's hiding under the basket... sort colors and feed various dolls and stuffed animals.

A little magic coloring... no mess but lots of fun and fine motor skill development.

We went on a field trip to the museum and participated in cave drawing.  By the end and with the addition of red paint Delaney's cave drawing looked like a record of a massacre.

Gymnastics has been a super fun activity for Delaney... she loves being in the class with her friends... and not gonna lie her Minnie Mouse legging are a definite attraction for her.

Monsters!  Delaney loves monsters... She often wants to be called the Gruffalaney and asks if I can see her knobboly knees.  So crafting her own monster was quite thrilling.

What are your tots up to?  

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Change in Routine...

I am changing up our routine a bit here... this past year we have been schooling in the afternoon while Delaney is napping... It wasn't the best... it limited our work time too much and I was stressed out if all of the writing tools were not put away before my little tornado woke up.

So even though it's still technically summer around here I am doing a trial run of the big kids doing language arts and math after breakfast while Delaney has some school time with mommy... When they are done it's free time until lunch... then after lunch when Delaney goes to bed it's time for silent reading and whatever project we happen to be working on at the moment.

First day went well...
(Delaney's First Journal Entry)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What We Sent Our Compassion Kids... July

This month we had a lot of fun putting together some paperbag puppets  with printables from Yellow Bliss Road.

Since we recently celebrated Canada Day, we included these stickers and postcards in our package.
I wrote a little note on the back of the postcards...

Do you sponsor a Compassion child?  What do you send?  


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