Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monday Fun

On Mondays we go to homeschool co-op classes. This was our third week. Miah is taking a jewelry making class, color theory, and another art class. Larkin is taking chess, geography, and a science experiment class. Zahana and Rohan are taking their very first class, Animal Habitats. Yesterday, Zahana was cracking me up when I asked what she learned in class. Apparently, the lesson was on Antarctica. So I asked what animals live there. "Penguins and ghost-es," she said. Later I was asking about the picture she drew. There was a tall pine tree, white snow, and some kind of creature. "What's this?" I asked. "An animal." "What kind of animal?" "A ghost." Okay! I know her teacher would be proud. :) Rohan told me how they tried to balance paper eggs on their feet like penguins. He said it was pretty hard.
I teach a class on American history in the early 1800's. All my kids are in there with me. The first week, I wasn't there because Rohan puked in the car on the way there. A friend covered for me. They made Lewis and Clark nature journals. Last week, we learned about the War of 1812 and the Star Spangled Banner. We made giant stars to represent the stars on the flag at Fort McHenry using these instructions. The stars on the original flag were 26" point to point. Due to the size of my paper, ours were only 22".
This week, we learned about the Industrial Revolution. The kids made their own inventions out of a bunch of junk I brought. I'm always nervous about how long an activity will actually take. I was afraid the kids would be uninterested and say they were done after 10 minutes. Actually, they loved it and were disappointed when we had to clean up.
Miah made some kind of cool whirligig thing.

A bracelet Zahana's friend made for her.

Larkin made a paddle boat, and Rohan made an airplane.

After their 4 classes, Larkin has Boys Game Club. The other kids play on the playground.

The boys played some kind of dodge ball game.

And then after all that, we go home and I collapse into bed.

Sunday, September 25, 2011


The kids entertained themselves with wax and fire.

After they were done melting candles into the pot, they brought it inside and plugged it in and started making new candles.

Rohan wanted to make a boat. A couple of boxes and some paint and he was happy.

More pattern block play. Larkin took these pictures.

I think these pictures where the kids put their face down by their work is so . . . I don't know . . . cheesy. But they do it all the time. It's kind of funny. But not really; he's so happy with his work. And I am too. I've never seen him actually make a pattern with the pattern blocks. It's always been random arrangements. He had some help with the outside, but I thnk he did the inside by himself.

I've had the singles for this yarn sitting around for a couple weeks. I finally plied it a couple days ago. I'll use this to make granny squares.

Camping Out

Yesterday, we explored perimeter and area with pattern blocks.

Rohan blew bubbles while Miah and Larkin did origami and Zahana painted. Unfortunately, Jeremiah has banned pictures of half-naked kids from my blog and yesterday I forgot that when I was taking pictures. So I don't have many pictures to share today.

The kids decided they were going to camp out in the back yard. They made a little fire and drug out all their blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals.

Rohan lasted until about 8:00, when it started getting dark. The others made it to 8:50, when they got too cold. Then they drug everything back in and went to bed.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Doing Their Own Thing

Miah and Larkin tried a few of the challenges over at Think! Larkin made this floating fish.

Miah tried a challenge involving crayons and the sun. Unfortunately the sun didn't show up in enough force to help out any.

Miah tried an egg drop - successfully!

Rohan - doing his own thing. He's been enjoying beading a lot lately.

One of Zahana's favorite things to do is fix her dolls' hair.

Another Think! challenge: making a 12" bridge out of string.

Drawing from The Lamb's Book of Art.

An elephant with a guy riding on top.

Face paint - another thing Zahana and Rohan love.

Making wooden peg people.

And felt food.

Larkin is still into learning about the rainforest. Here's his latest little setup. He has plans now for becoming a scientist and researching in the rainforest.

Zahana helped me tape word labels around the house.

Decorating a stick.

Watching Between the Folds, a fascinating exploration of origami. The kids were trying out some things they saw before the movie was over.

My favorite picture of the week: I walked in the room and the kids were having a book discussion.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Grandpa's Garden