Friday, February 22, 2013

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Miah and Larkin have been reading a lot of history lately.  They are both working through American History (1865-2000) from TruthQuest.  The way we have used this curriculum over the years has changed from lapbooking and lots of projects to notebooking and reading together to reading all on their own.

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 We have a live trap set to catch chicken snatchers, and Larkin found this sparrow caught in it the other day.

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We have started using Our Planet Earth for science together.  The periodic table is briefly introduced in chapter 2, and I decided to flesh that lesson out a little.  We did some of the PTOE experiments and activities at 5 Orange Potatoes.  I also bought the book, The Elements, by Theodore Gray.  Everyone has enjoyed looking through it and becoming more familiar with the various elements.

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 We learned about Australia this week.  Lots of library books, flag coloring page, map, globe, rubbing plates, our continent box, Wee Sing Australia, youtube videos of the didgeridoo and boomerang, and an Australian meal of fish, potatoes, coleslaw, and tropical tea.  (I really liked the fish, which is saying something, because I usually stink at cooking fish.)

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 I tried something new - coiling with 5 strands at once.  It was interesting, but the colors mooshed together more than I expected.  Still, it turned out to be a fun yarn.
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Monday, February 18, 2013

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We visited a farm with alpacas, and I brought home several raw fleeces.

Ooh.  The dryer!
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Valentine's fun.
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This is merino roving I dyed with cushing acid dyes.  This was my first time dyeing.
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Squishy and soft!
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Handspun singles from my hand dyed wool.
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Playing with water.
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Saturday, February 16, 2013

South Africa

We learned about South Africa this week. We started with library books then made flag puzzles with cardstock.
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We played "Lion, Lion, what time is it?" One person is the lion.  The other people say, "Lion, Lion, what time is it?"  The lion answers, "8 o'clock", and then the others ask again.  The lion gives different times until finally, he says, "Lunch time!" and chases everybody.
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We made King Protea flowers out of coffee filters.

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We also learned a little zulu, and made Aartappel-Poeding.

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Coils with a wire core.
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Future spinner.
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Sweet sisters.
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Valentine's crafts.
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Worm study.
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Just playing together.
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Monday, February 11, 2013

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

These Days

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Zahana had a princess birthday party to attend.
And then it snowed.  Great big beautiful flakes.
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Making clay beads.
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Rohan always wants to light the candles.
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He's also really been into birds lately.
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And all the kids are having fun with photography. 
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Giving the baby a ride.
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Dancing is the perfect indoor exercise.
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"Rescue me , Mommy!"
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Chess.  I beat him!  Sort of.  He told me how.  So, no.  Not really.
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