Wednesday, May 30, 2012

this is the place

Some animal love at This Is The Place State Park
Waiting on a train...
Look out Ladies, there is a Train Robber on board...
Panning for gold
Flipping for the pure joy of it!
Holy Big Air!!! Remember there isn't a mat below you out here.
Making a doll.
Yep, this is the place.
Thanks for the day Mrs. K! & Happy Anniversary.
You guys sure make cute kids.

summer school

Throw out everything you have ever 'heard' me say about how we school or what we are doing because it is summer and we have a new path to blaze.  That is one of the most beautiful things about home school, try it, do it, change it, speed up, slow down, run through the sprinklers...
With summer everything over here changes.  The garden takes more and more time.  The gym schedule changes from evening to day time hours.  Boo's Step Brother joins the family.  We camp, we farm, we market, we stroll, we hike.... So school has to change too.  School has to get skinny to fit in a swimsuit.  I've decided to put some of our long deep studies aside (just when they were getting good!) and focus on what needs to happen and what makes the most sense to have happen. 
Summer School:
READ-READ-READ.  Our reading list is Biography and Historical-fiction heavy and although I was planning on reading the text book type history to go along with them I've decided to not to, for the summer anyway.
Play Games, lots and lots of games.  Right now Reverse Hangman is working out some of our spelling issues.  You give the number of letters & the word and they try to spell it correctly without getting hung.  State to State & Name that State are great educational favorites around here too.

Master the Periodic Table.  The other day doing geography circles (alien directions) I had an idea to do/learn/teach the elements pretty much the same way.  Using circles and The Periodic Table Elements With Style! by Basher & Dingle.  I can talk and read to her while she draws the element on a circle and when we are done we can add it to the Element Ring.  Depending on time or attention we can make as many as we want and stop when we want to (a key to happy summer work I think).

Mad Libs.  Not just doing them creating them too.  It covers all you need for English, long car rides, and sleep-overs.

BUT since we need to work on our spelling Daily Story Prompts in a Story Journal.  All you need is a notebook.  You write the plot prompt for the day at the top of the page and have the writer write double space so you can make corrections and edits.  Boo loves scary stories so ours will be based around the adventures of Mr. Bones the skeleton.  Examples of the prompt: a storm rolls in, your character finds a strange shaped stone, a dark figure appears, the door bell rings....

We have agreed to work in our Math Work Book but again it is so simple to start and stop that I don't see an issue with fitting it in.  The trick is to take it with you when there is any chance of waiting around.

ART-ART-ART (Pinterest is my new best girl friend for art ideas!)

Maps.  Travel and Papa handles that.

Agriculture (ode to the urban farm).   

This last one might seem odd but for those hot summer afternoons that we aren't at a pool or in a lake Classic Movies.  The sky is the limit, there is always something to learn from a classic.

That is the plan but we all know they learn what they need when they need it and summer is a time of exploration and discover. 
I'm ready.  Are you?  

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

garden art

Back when the Nearly-Growns were still little I came across the sweet idea of painting rocks as garden markers in the back of a Better Homes & Gardens magazine.  In those days the garden was mostly flowers & shrubs (their Dad being a Master Gardener)...that was a long time ago.  
Now a days Boo's Papa & I grow vegetables!!!
A 'Pin' reminded me what art & spelling should be today...

alien directions

If you had to give an Alien directions to where you live what would they be?
We found the idea for this cute map project (modified) from Finally in First on Pinterest.
Galaxy and Planet
Out of this world cute!

The satellites & volcano crack me up.

Monday, May 28, 2012

the long weekend

On Saturday Boo came down with the 24 hr stomach flu...
it wasn't much fun.
But we all lived through it.
With a little help from YouTube, Webkinz, & the sunshine basket (craft & toys set aside for sick or rainy days) Tenny
and those crazy pipe-cleaner jesters Boo made.
  Before she got sick I had promised her a yard sale date for Sunday since most Saturdays she is in the gym and we drive past all the neon signs yelling: Yard Sale! but can't stop.  The flu put us off a day but Monday morning (being a holiday) armed with good friends we went adventuring and found...
Among some other small treasures not shown there was stuff for art.
And stuff to read.
We rolled back home around lunch time. We finished off the cinnamon muffins from breakfast and spent the rest of the day in the yard, reading Chomp, & farming...well picking flowers & pulling weeds :)
It is safe to say she's all better.

We all are.
(homemade deep-dish pizza)