Sunday, September 30, 2007
I've found that my girls enjoy working the puzzles, and it familiarizes them with their spelling words. They don't even realize they're learning!
There's also a free CROSSWORD PUZZLE MAKER http://www.puzzle-maker.com/CW/ . I use this for helping my 5th grader Drake study for a test. I spend a few minutes going through the chapter, find the important words and concepts that he will likely find on his social studies or science tests, and phrase a question or type the definition of the term. He needs to answer the question to fill in the blank on the crossword puzzle. Again, he's practicing and learning, and enjoying the challenge!
I make a different puzzle for him to work on for two or three nights before his test. It's done wonders for his test scores!
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
One by one, naming the colors as we went ("yellow circle," purple circle," "red circle," etc.), Luke laid the various colored circles on top of the matching circles.
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Circles! That's it! Cookies are shaped like circles!
So, we took a detour from colors (a much needed detour, because I think Luke was tiring of our color hunts) and are concentrating on shapes for a while. Starting with the circle.
We baked yummy circle cookies.
Hmmmmmm! Yummy! The best circle cookies we've ever tasted! And such a fun and delicious way to learn our shapes.
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Sunday, September 23, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Luke and I were playing outside yesterday, when he excitedly yelled, "Mommy! A yellow butterfly!" (Okay, he didn't actually say "butterfly" it was more like "flutterby.")
I couldn't believe when I looked where he was pointing and there sat a small yellow....well, is it a moth? We'll call it a butterfly.
I quickly grabbed my camera and took a few shots.
It's amazing how many yellow things you can find when you focus on one single color.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
We took our fun color learning activities outside, when, while driving, Luke spotted yellow flowers out the car window.
I found a safe place to pull over, and Luke picked some yellow flowers for me.
He was so proud when I put them in a jar and placed them prominently on the kitchen table for all to see.
As we continued our learning activities about the color yellow, a trip to the grocery store was in order.
I can't personally imagine any other reason in the world to purchase a box of yellow jello! And while we were there, we bought yellow plates and yellow plastic cups, too.
We also took lots of fun pictures of yellow fruits and vegetables, yellow mustard, and even yellow Sponge Bob Square Pants halloween candy buckets.
Even though Luke didn't like eating the yellow jello (he did try it, but quickly spit it out), we had fun "cooking" it together. And he was more than amazed when, several hours after putting it in the refrigerator, it was no longer water!
I couldn't talk anyone else in the family into eating the yellow jello, either.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
With the weather being wet and rainy the last two days of Red Week, we turned to inside activities to learn the color red.
Our "red hunt" was a blast! We took a shopping bag and walked through the house collecting red items: We found a red apple in the refrigerator, we found a red towel in the bathroom, and the toy box was a treasure trove of red cars! We found a red pillow, a red comb, and Brandon's red car sitting in the driveway (except we couldn't figure out how to fit that in our bag!)
After the hunt, we got out the coloring book and crayons we received from the firefighters we visited a few days ago, and colored this great big fire truck picture.
Another fun week, filled with lots of fun activities for spending time with 2-year old Luke, while also learning all about the color red.
We're thinking yellow will be the color next week....
Friday, September 7, 2007
We drive by this playground every morning taking the big kids to school, so Luke and I decided it would be a fun place to visit during red week.
Minutes before we arrived, it started sprinkling, and I told Luke we might have to go to the red slide another day because it was going to be wet. But Luke thought about it a second and then announced, "I know! We can take a napkin to dry the water off the slide!"
He was so certain this would work, and I always have an extra stash of McDonald's napkins in the glove box, so we decided to give it a try.
Well, as soon as we parked the car, the downpour began in earnest. He did climb quickly to the top of the play structure, but even his napkin wasn't enough to dry the slide, so he refused to slide down it, fearing his pants would get too wet.
I got one quick picture before we ran back to the van.
We'll have to make a rain date for the red slide outing....
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Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Saturday was a nice day, and Jack was out of town. The kids were super helpful doing their chores without too much complaining, so when I doled out the weekly allowance, I added an extra $3 to each of their open hands and announced we were going to check out some garage sales.
Well, you would have thought I told them we were going to Disney World! They were so excited they could barely contain themselves!
We soon set out looking for signs to guide us to untold treasures.
Here were the rules: Each child had $3.00 to spend. If you spent it all at the first stop, you'd have no more to spend if you found something you liked better later. So, you'd better love what you're buying, or pass. (That's where the "money management" comes in.....kind of like real life, isn't it?)
The first place we stopped was a treasure trove of free goodies (it was already 10:30 a.m., so many garage sell-ers were ready to start slashing prices, but I'd never seen one mark so many items FREE this early on a Saturday!) Analisa picked up an electric typewrite (*free*); Quinn grabbed a racquetball racket and a couple of tennis balls; I snagged some dishes (plates, bowls, cups....I keep thinking eventually 20-year old Brandon WILL move out!).
Quinn was the first to go broke, and was extremely disappointed when the shopping continued but she had no money. However, she had acquired some fun things....like a dancing gorilla, and a tennis racket-shaped bug zapper (I thought it was a toy!), and a jewelry box.
Drake bought some great Jurassic Park Books, but then was disappointed and wished he'd held onto his money. But then he found a bubble umbrella (circa 1976) and an old wooden airplane, so he was happy.
Analisa, usually my spendthrift, was the big winner. At our last stop, she found a REAL telephone! The "old fashioned" kind with the rotary dial. I wasn't thinking clearly, since I'd spotted a gorgeous set of lamps for my newly painted bedroom marked down to just $3.50 for the pair, and I told her she could buy the phone. She's having a blast with it ("My very on phone!") but I think her friends' parents are tired of Analisa calling!
Luke came home with a toy amublance (which he calls a fire truck) and couldn't have been happier.
It was a fun morning, and I hope they learned a little bit about budgeting their money. Although they were all broke when it was over. Next time, I'll need to give them a lesson on saving some of their money....