Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday pipe tent

 8 - 45 degree eblows
7 - tees (or crosses)
1 - has-to-be cross
14 - 2 foot pipes
2 - 3 inch pipes
4 - 5 inch pipes

I need to add some more elbows, tees and couplings to our bucket kit... so when we take this down we can do even more :)  The tent panels are from her old hula hoop tent.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday art day (and skating, later)

 Interesting fashion today :)
We went to the lake and did Frisbee .. tried to do our photography there 
but the small camera was battery drained.  

This is the soda pop girl art project from early this morning.  
Also shown is the 'K'nex' feeling machine she built last night as I was getting home
I think she did a great job on the face, using techniques from her cartooning book Aunt Dot sent.

We did get to the photography later - and she took these photos on her own
to be printed out into an album book at the store for her later.

Our moving target shot - and learning how to crop a photo.

more photo cropping practice.

9a    - Crafting, soda bottle girl
10.30a    - math worksheet double digit subtraction and addition, contractions, adjectives worksheets

----small breakdown about this..not that she couldn't do them - but that the art project had been fun and involving and now we were doing worksheets.  She asked 'If I have trouble - will you help me?'  I said yes, if she would get started and actually DO them.  She wanted to do anything but that - and thought maybe the best way to get out of it was to pretend it was too hard, and cry, and slouch down in her chair and hide her face.  We had as serious discussion about this.  She finished her English worksheets (she said: 'But, where is the Spanish?' *roll eyes*) in less than five minutes flat.. grumbled and groused about the math worksheet - pretended to be dumb.. realized Daddy was getting up from his nap and after pretending a bit more with no response (I started reading a book, claimed if she continued, I'd go downstairs and leave her there to finish with Daddy instead) .. the pencil started clicking and she finished the rest with no errors and hardly any more interruptions.

10.45a    - break - walk to lake, Frisbee, fishing a bit, lunch

12p    - photography, editing and saving pics
12.30p    - reading reptiles book, looking at lima beans, butterflies and peppers in garden with me
1p    - break

1.45p    - reading aloud; reptiles book
2:15 p - done.
4:15-5p - Blue Planet, The Coasts.. she really enjoyed it and saw a lot of the reptiles from her book!

She has asked me more again about how many days until she goes back to regular school.  She said she already knew what the teacher was trying to teach - but she enjoyed the bus rides, which were mostly with older children.  We talked about how the teacher was still trying to teach other kids in her class to read small words,and she said 'and teach me to do math - but I could already do that.'  We talked about how that made her teacher a bit upset, 'because I wanted to play in class - because I knew those things.' Yes.  She understood...but still wanted to know when she would get a better teacher.  I told her we wouldn't know until August.. she didn't really like that but accepted it.

//We have planned for two weeks to go out rollerskating.  She is having a hard time waiting for it... keeps asking when the time is (although she knows)... I'm letting her have the afternoon off now to play video games (old Atari) and wind down until the time does get here.

 She met several kids from her school, and several others, too.
She did very well trying hard, and improved greatly after a few times around.
After she was very hard to get to leave we talked about having
responsibility to leave when she needed to - so we could go 
back again another day.  She cried a lot, over that - and also over having
her torn fingernail trimmed.  I think the moon echoed on one of those sobs.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday lizard day


8:00a - discussion about nose hair, ear hair, tastebuds
       skip counting by 2 and 3 to 30, by 5 to 100
        tossing a ball into moving buckets, dime toss

Daddy stopped by the school and brought home her Scholastic book order.
It included a small color changing lizard that then continued to accompany us throughout the day.

9:00 -  reading Werewolf Watch #31 Scooby Doo, shapes worksheet
      talk about contractions from books, word match sheet
        asked how a holographic image works 
9.30a    - break

10.20a    - crossword puzzle, math worksheets

11.20a    - break

12.50p    - reading aloud; "Reptiles and Apmphibians" book (Scholastic order book)
1.15p    - Clocks worksheet
1.30p    - PE (Walking / running laps around lake)
2.30p    - done

Got home tonight and she is building a 'lizard house' that turned into a 'Feelings Machine' out of K'nex.

Research : I'm reading Focus on the Family's homeschooling book - sent to me by Aunt Dot.

I also realized that many of the books that show up on the Charlotte Mason homeschooling book lists are books we already have - Children's Garden of Verses and the Oxford Book of American Verse ended up in our laps from the flea market and library this year.. Winnie the Pooh, Beatrix Potter, Sinbad, Grimm's, etc etc...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday portal night


8a      - discussion about words 'exaggeration' and 'superstition.'
    - Friday the 13th, Halloween, black cat, brown bears in woods

9a    - Worksheet; sentence completion

9.30a    -; wild kratts

10.30a    - Blue Planet "Tidal seas"
11.30a    -
12p    - done
7 pm - Family play at game : Portal, thinking exercises etc.
bedtime : The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza - by Philemon Sturges
It would be good to do some work on contractions - She'd and Who'll were in this book and she had to think hard about them.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday library night


10a    - Worksheets; word search, math (more dd addition) sentence completion, coins
11a    - Reading aloud
11.30a    - break

12.30p    - PE (30x 5lb leg lifts, 50x 2lb R&L curls, 20x situp, 50x 10lb
      bench press)

1p    - Shoe tying
2.45p    - break

5p    - Public library (math game, typing game, playing/talking with older girl)
6p    - done

bedtime: read Madame Martin by Sarah Brannen (mom read, she listened), discussed some French words.. discussed skills she needs to learn to be an adult.. she wants to play Portal tomorrow...very hard for her to wait, this led up to the questions about when she is old enough to leave and still doesn't know how to - how will we help her.. what does she need to know...ended in tucking in with Mr.Frog... so many ups and downs on this rollercoaster

topics: wants to learn how to use makeup, wants to learn to play guitar

Monday, October 20, 2014

a letter Monday


10.30a    - Writing "thank you" note; drawing self portrait

12p    - PE (30x 2lb R&L curls, 50x 10lb bench press, 30 sit ups, 30x
      5lb leg lifts, 20x 5lb deadlift)

12.30p    - break

1.30p    - math worksheet,  double-digit addition without carrying, did without trouble
2p    - knex
3.30p    - done

Bit of a fit during the K'nex...the instructions overwhelmed her after a bit while it was getting towards the end of the day.  We had a pear someone had given to me at work, and there are more left over to bake with.  Tuesday will be a library day after I get home from work.  We finished up with Earth to Stella by Simon Puttock - I read it, and she listened at bedtime.