Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Alexandra always wants to practice spelling using a spelling bee format - and this is a great way to practice! I wanted to share what I'd learned from Mr. Pudewa, and his website did a nice job of summarizing:
"Spelling is the correct retrieval of sequentially stored, virtually random bits of information. To spell well, students need to correctly retrieve that information.
When we look at a word we see it as a whole. But spelling is sequential, and the correct sequence can be missed when seen as a whole. Spelling the word out loud, letter by letter, ensures accurate storage of the correct sequence in the brain. Hence, auditory input is the best possible way to store spelling information accurately."
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
We also talked about Charles Demuth (as they are having a special exhibit) and his paintings of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Demuth was part of the first truly unique American art form called Precisionism. This was in between WWI and WWII and focused primarily on industrial scenes, was very geometric and "flat." Some of his friend Georgia O'Keefe's paintings were also done in the Precisionism styel, but hers were painted mainly of her home in New Mexico.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Oh, cool! Blogger just added a new video button to the posting page so I thought I'd try to post a short video. We were visiting my mom, sister, niece, brother & his girlfriend this weekend. Alexandra and her cousin rode on a Carousel that also has a teacup that goes round & round & round. What a way to get dizzy!!! (Well, they didn't seem dizzy, but I would have gotten sick!)
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
I learned a lot in the classes and spent a lot while shopping. Alexandra had fun in the children's program. At the end of the convention, the children got together and sang some songs they'd learned. The Children's Program had served 735 kids!!! And, there had been 192 teen helpers! Now, that's a lot of homeschoolers!
I'm so happy we homeschool in Texas where there are so many homeschoolers and so much freedom. And, I'm grateful to the homeschoolers who have paved the way in Texas.
To those of you who live where the environment isn't so homeschooling-friendly, I'm so glad that you are out there making the road easier for those who will come along next - like our children! I don't know how you do it, but keep up the good work!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
The squirrel was breaking off small branches of leaves and adding them to his (her?) nest! We've had 3 squirrel nests in that tree for quite a few years. I guess they must reuse them. We had 2 baby squirrels several months ago, so maybe it is about time for a new litter!
I really enjoyed watching the squirrel go back and forth, gathering leaves. (Alexandra got a little tired of it and wanted me to play with her instead.) She does want to do some research to see if we were watching the mommy or the daddy. So, I've just requested a few books from the library.
On another note, the weather will be quite a bit cooler today. We have been over 100 for about 5 days now. With all of our humidity, those temps are pretty rare. But, with Tropical Depression Erin making landfall to the south and west of us, we are expecting lots of rain and highs in the mid-80's.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Then, just minutes later, I came across this little brown toad and started taking his picture. I took about 20 photos and they all turned out blurry! I was trying to keep my distance so I wouldn't scare him. And, I was trying to show how well camouflaged he was in the dirt. Well, all of a sudden, he grabbed a worm! (He's sitting on it in the photo.) I kept taking photos and finally took some video (which turned out well). He kept grabbing the worm and throwing him in the air. We probably watched the 2 of them for about 5 minutes when I accidentally scared the toad as I tried to get a little closer. So, my daughter was happy that the worm got away. (She even had made a sign that said "Go, worm, go!" and was cheering for it! :-) What an amazing, natural experience!
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Lastly, I wanted to share this photo of the smaller spider. I was having such a hard time focusing on him as he's so small. I finally thought to use a mist bottle to mist his web. It had a beautiful effect and my camera would now focus on the web instead of on the fence in the background. I love this photo!
Hope you have a nature-filled, awe-of-God-filled day!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
live cicada - this photo actually turned out pretty funny. I was kind of in a precarious position with one leg on the spa and the other on the windowsill. I got closer and closer to this little guy as I took photos. All of a sudden, he took off flying (& buzzing, of course) and hit me in the face. Boy, did I scream!!! And, scared poor Alexandra to death. I think she thought I'd been hurt, but I kept telling her I was fine. She did not think this was funny, but I did.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
My FFiend at Boys+ Academy shared this list of 100 Children's Books. It is the result of a 2007 parent and teacher survey. Another website, Painted Rainbow, has invited others to play along by highlighting which ones you've read with your child(ren). Here's my key
- Purple - Not Read
- Red - Read
- Blue - A Favorite
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
- Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- I Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
- Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
- Oh! The Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss
- The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
- Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
- Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
- The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss
- The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
- The Mitten by Jan Brett
- Crunching Carrots, Not Candy by Judy Slack
- Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willlems
- Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
- Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman *** we wore this book out :-)
- Corduroy by Don Freeman
- Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
- Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
- Tacky the Penquin by Helen Lester
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
- The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
- Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type Doreen Cronin
- Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
- Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
- Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
- Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
- Piggie Pie by Margie Palatini
- The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
- The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
- The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
- A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
- From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
- Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
- Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
- Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
- Olivia by Ian Falconer
- The BFG by Roald Dahl
- The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
- A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
- Bunnicula by James Howe
- The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- Charlie the Caterpillar by Dom DeLuise
- Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
- Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
- Frederick by Leo Lionni
- Frindle by Andrew Clements
- Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
- Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
- Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen
- Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
- Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
- I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
- Is Your Mama A Llama? by Deborah Guarino
- Jan Brett’s books
- Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr.
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
- Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
- My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
- My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
- My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
- No David! by David Shannon
- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
- Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
- Stephanie's Ponytail by Robert Munsch
- Swimmy by Leo Lionni
- The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
- The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner
- The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
- The Empty Pot by Demi
- The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop
- The Giver by Lois Lowr
- The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
- The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements
- The Napping House by Audrey Wood
- The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau
- The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
- The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
- The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Looks like we have some books to check out. Let me know if you add this list to your blog so I can take a peek!
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbs chocolate syrup
3/4 cup ice cream (vanilla)
1 tsp sugar
Just combine and blend for about 10-15 seconds and enjoy! (This was enough for the 2 of us to share.)
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
I also found this recipe for strawberry banana smoothies through Kelli's website. (Again, she'd found it somewhere else). I only used 1/2 a banana instead of 1 banana and Alexandra still thought it tasted too much like banana. (But, I loved it!) So, next time, I'm going to double the amount of strawberries, pour hers, and then add the banana for mine. I froze the leftovers for popsicles. (Alexandra came up with the banana on the side as a decoration. She also put 5 slices around the top as a flower, but the photo didn't turn out. She loves to watch the cooking channel!)
Monday, August 06, 2007
Sunday, August 05, 2007
- 7:30 - wake up Alexandra!
- 8:30 - breakfast and Bible time
- 9:00 - math
- 9:45 - reading
- 10:15 - language arts (spelling, grammar, handwriting, narration, dictation, etc)
- 11:00 - KONOS
- 12:00 - lunch
- 12:30 - KONOS
- 2:00 - done!!!
One day per week Alexandra will be taking enrichment classes. And, she'll also be taking karate 3 times per week, gymnastics 1 time a week, and probably continuing with Keepers (which is like Girl Scouts).
That's our plan! So, check back if you'd like to see how we're doing. We are opening the school doors on August 2oth!
A beautiful yellow spiny-back orb weaver spider! This is the 3rd we've found in our yard - all in the past 12 months. We found a black one and a white one, and now this yellow one! This is the first time I've gotten a good photo as I now know how to use macro. This little spider is probably 1/4 inch long - very tiny and very cute! Doesn't he just look like a smily face? :-)
I had to take this photo really quick, but "Pixie Dust" landed on Alexandra's head!!! (right near her part)
Next, since it had dried off, I decided to try and photograph some of our mushrooms. These are my favorites. I borrowed a library book and might try to identify these later.
After dinner, we went outside again - Alexandra wanted to swim and I wanted to take more photos. There was a circumhorizonal arc in the sky! But, it was faint and didn't photograph well. I did post one earlier that I'd seen, though it is faint, too. This is the third one we've seen!
Friday, August 03, 2007
We enjoyed the following videos:
Giesha Story "Sakurako" (talks with a geisha and shows her putting on makeup, getting dressed, and dancing)
Taiko Drums Festival (love it!!!)
Tsukiji fish market (kind of gross, though, with them cutting up the fish)
Mt. Fuji Climbing - Let's Climb!!! (neat to see KIDS climbing the mountain! at least at the lower parts) (and, I like how they get a "stamp" on their stick as they climb)
I don't recommend:
Onsen: Open-air bath