Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The first real snow of the season

Thanksgiving week we had the first few snow of the season....and it stuck around for several days as well.By the end of it we got about 5 inches, but with the blowing wing we have here, some places would have barely a dusting on the ground, but in just a few steps you would be in a drift up past your knees. We did get busy and built our first snowman of the year.

Snowman love!

Then A found a warm den under one of the rare Unalaskan trees. She slid right on in after this pic was taken. Not quite big enough for mama though LOL.
We played outside until the sun went down.

The next day was clear and beautiful...and slippery! A layer of ice had formed over the snow, and we were sliding everywhere. I feel 3 times and got a nice bruise on my thigh. But A so wanted to go to the beach, so we headed out to little South America.

The snow is all gone now except up in the mountains, and right now I am sitting and listening to the wind and rain howl around the house. I so hope we have a lot of snow this winter. Last winter we got very little. Fingers crossed!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Alright, I know this a little late, but I have been seriously busy working on my homemade Christmas presents. I was in denial about how much time was left till Christmas LOL. But I finally uploaded these.

Here's a few snapshots of our wonderful day.

A has taken over the job that I had as a little girl.... crumbling the cornbread for our traditional cornbread dressing.
We had some friends over for the day. It was wonderful. We are all so far from family up here, that without friends to share it with, the holidays can be somewhat lonely.

It also snowed finally! Our first staying snowfall made for the perfect white Thanksgiving!
Happy late Thanksgiving to all!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Our week in review

I am a little late on this, seeing as it is almost Tuesday, but I am trying to keep a running list of what we do each week for my homeschool records. This past week was my first week of doing this. I thought I would share on here. Our homeschool day at the moment starts around 10:00-10:30 in the morning and we are done right around 12:30 if not earlier. As A gets older, we will of course add more time, but for now this works great. We also tend to have one day a week off where we do very little homeschooling. This is whatever day we just need a day off, or life gets in the way, and if not, it is on Friday :)

Anyway, enough talk, here is what we did this week...

-Review last weeks words
-Introduction and pretest of this week word
rake, tree, leaf, leaves, turkey, corn, pumpkin, pie
-Continents and Oceans
-identified and named continents on globe
-geography worksheet on oceans and the use of the compass rose
-Discussed previous knowledge of pilgrims
-Traced pilgrim ocean voyage on map
-Listened to a reading of "The Pilgrims of Plymouth"
-What makes 11- Turkey worksheet
-addition and subtraction with regrouping
-greater than/less than -triple digits
-greater than/less than -equations
-review spelling
-A read aloud "Miles and Miles of Reptiles"
-Compared characteristics of reptiles and amphibians
-Named examples of reptiles and amphibians
-Named and located continents on globe
-What makes 12- turkey worksheet
-addition and subtraction with regrouping
-simple multiplication problems
-greater than/less than with fractions

-reviewed spelling
-A read "The First Thanksgiving"
-retold story and discussed Pilgrim's reasons form coming to America, their loss of life the first winter, etc.
-Math worksheet- sums of 8-12
-addition and subtraction with regrouping
-basic multiplication
-greater than/less than/equal too - thousands, equations, fractions
-spelling test
-Read 'A Tale of a Tail', a science passage on lizards and answered corresponding comprehension worksheet.
-Listened to a reading of "Amazing Lizards'

Alright so that's what we did this week. Here is a couple of pics of a bit of the math work for this week.

This week we are on Thanksgiving break and are just hanging out enjoying ourselves.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Day of the Dead

A little late....but better than never right? At the beginning of November, A and I learned about the holiday Day of the Dead, celebrated in Mexico and here in the US by Mexican Americans. She read a passage about it and did several other activities. Then she created a sugar skull painting, decorating it with flowers traditionally found on the alters for this holiday. She was so proud of it and I think it is gorgeous.

Monday, November 14, 2011

A little science work

It's been awhile since I have gotten the chance to post what we have been doing in school. We have been working our way through the animal kingdoms. This week we are starting on reptiles, but last week we covered amphibians. We watched a movie we checked out from our library which A asked to watch over and over. She was able to tell me the characteristics all amphibians share and name several types. We then explored the life cycle of the frog.

The week before we discussed the class arthropods and specifically insects and spiders (and what's the difference) . We did a lot of different work with this group, but unfortunately I didn't snap any pics. So I just snapped a few of some of the worksheets she did from her favorite science book.

We started our exploration of animal kingdoms by learning the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates. I printed out x-rays of different animals and we looked at their body structure, paying close attention to the presence of a backbone. I then had A classify the x-rays into categories.
Later in the week, A classified animals into vertebrates or invertebrates by using her existing knowledge of the animal. I wrote animal names on slips of paper and had her draw them out of the pile and place them in the group that they belong.

Alright, that's it for tonight. Off to bed. I have been dealing with a cold for the past few days and Dh has caught it now. I am better although still sniffling, sneezing, and coughing. I am just hoping A doesn't catch it next.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Our new addition....and my new art blog :)

Hello all! Well we have been busy welcoming the newest addition to our family. Say hello to Bella. A beautiful 8 month old black lab rescue. She is wonderful. She has been being fostered on the mainland and her foster mom has done an amazing job with her. She is crate trained, house broken, sits, lays, and comes when called. It is amazing. She is loving and calm, well for a black lab puppy LOL. But seriously, she lays quietly, listens, and while she has her playful moments, she knows when to settle down and does. She even does great off her lease. We took her out to the tundra yesterday and let her run. She came back to each of us, every single time we called.

A is loving her and is being so responsible. She knows what time to feed her and does every aspect of it by herself. She helps walk her.... I was told to hold the middle of the leash so that I could "assist" her LOL. She belongs to A, and I was reminded of this the other day when I was fussed at because "Your acting like her owner and your not! I am her owner. I can take care of her and when I need help you can assist me" Guess I was put in my place LOL. But in all seriousness, I think I needed that reminder and I have been letting her take the lead and it is doing wonders for her. I think this is going to be a great thing.

On another note, I have been busy with my art classes and painting for charity auctions here, but also starting an art blog. I hope that I can use it as a resource for homeschool art ideas, and ideas the kids on my art class can do at home on their own. It is just getting started, but go check it out please. Art on The Edge

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Hedge Eating Monster

A had been doing a lot of writing lately. Her hand writing has improved immensely which was one of the things that frustrated her before while writing. So now we have started more creative writing. I asked her to write a story for Halloween. I was sort of expecting witches, pumpkins, etc...

What she gave me is this. Her words, spelling, everything..... here you go. Enjoy.

The Hedge Eating Monster

Once upon a time there was a little princess and over the mountain there was a hedge eating monster naping in the sun. The tweat of a bird woke the monster from his deep sleep. He went to explor the other side but he saw the girl. He screamd and the girl screamd loudder and loudder. Then he rembird he was a monster and he said gerrrrrr! And bit her. It hurt but she screamd. He looked at her he rekinsde it was a little girl. He stoped eating her chin becus he did not like the taste of her. He liked the taste of hedges and boys. He hugd and said Im sorry and she ran back home.

the end
I was asked to donate some of my artwork to a non-profit on the island that brings music to the community. It was pretty short notice, but luckily I had 2 canvases from my MIL that I had been itching to paint. I turned these out tonight, and I really love my one with the black background...I will have to be doing one for myself soon.

(ps...not sure what it up with the wonky way blogger is uploading my pics tonight, but I really don't feel like spending time figuring it out right now LOL)

Friday, November 4, 2011

My Daisy

A is a Daisy now! She went to her 3rd meeting today and she is really coming out of her shell. She is of course the youngest, but is staring to fit in well I think. Best of all, she is really enjoying it. She earned her center for learning the Girl Scout promise last week, and tonight she earned her first petal. She is thrilled. I will add it to her uniform tomorrow. For now, I will leave you with a pic of my Daisy!