Saturday, October 27, 2012

Looking Back on Week 19

After taking a week off, the kids are back to learning new and fun things.  I actually had lesson plans for them this week, but left it up to them as to how they would go about the activities.  Yes, we are still leaning on the 'Unschooling' side of things, but sometimes a schedule helps  to set off ideas.  So with that, the following is what Nick and Sam did this past week:
  • Nick read "Who Was Roald Dahl?" in 2 days as well as some graphic novels and Sam read quite a few picture books. 
  • For math, Nick did a few problems from a Pythagorus math book about ratios and also did circumference and radius problems.  Sam drew geometric shapes and wrote out some addition problems.  Scott took the kids to K-Mart this week and they were able to spend some of their money as well as figure out how much they could spend.
  • They did some reading about history past.  Sam read about renaissance art and Nick read about Russian immigrants
  • The kids also read about science.  Nick is reading 'Who Was Albert Einstein?' and Sam read about the Human Body
  • Besides computer time, the kids watched 'Drive Thru History'.  Love these videos!!!
  • Today was library day and Sam did some volunteer work which she thought was awesome.
  • Scott took the kids outside to practice target shooting.  Nick's targets were water bottles and Sam's was her pumpkin.  They had a great time.
  • Virtual field-trip to Alaska thanks to my parents :)  (see previous post)
Have a great weekend :)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Alaska

Last month my parents celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary.  They did it in style too!!!  They took a lot of pictures to share with the family and I thought I would share them with you.  Here is the beauty of Alaska!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

"Consider The Blessings" - Scripture Sunday Post


Another great talk from the 2012 Semi-Annual General Conference.  I enjoy listening to and learning from President Thomas S. Monson.

Happy Sunday to all :)

Friday, October 19, 2012

No Wrap-up Post This Week

I did a couple of posts this week on what the kids have been up to and felt that I really didn't have too much to add about the rest of the week. 

Tomorrow is our library day and the rest of the day is slated for cleaning and possibly baking.

Have a great weekend :)


Thursday, October 18, 2012

5 Random Things

I have been having a difficult time coming up with things to blog about.  So today, I thought I would blog about 5 random things that have happened this week.
  1. Pretty cold one morning this week that I had to actually scrape off the car windows!  I don't mind the cold weather, but having to scrape the frost this early is a little inconvenient.
  2. Lots of 'transformer' activity from Nick.  He has drawn, played and designed a lego optimus prime.  It keeps him busy and quiet at times.
  3. 2nd Presidential Debate was interesting, especially following the tweets on twitter.  The tweets make the debate a lot of fun and enjoyable.  If I just watched the debate, I would be so stressed out. Thank goodness that there is one debate left...next Monday.  It should be a good one and I am looking forward to, again, following the tweets.
  4. Selectmen's meeting was last night.  It was an ok meeting with a few interesting items discussed.  One of the items was a potential proposal to place a wind farm in our town.  Personally, I am not sure it is a good idea.  It really won't do anything to our current electric bill as the wind farm will be hooked into an electric company that doesn't even service our town.  Having the wind farm may help with our property taxes, as in keeping them low.  But a little more research needs to take place and I will have to ask my brother about wind farms (he used to work for a company that does just this thing).
  5. Sam has been playing away with her stuffies and dolls.  She pretends that she is a teacher, a surgeon, a nurse, a mom and a sister.  She loves to use her imagination and I enjoy watching her play.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

4.6

That was the magnitude of the earthquake we felt about an hour ago. 
Here were our reactions:
  • Scott - looked outside to see if it was windy because he thought it was a big gust of wind
  • Me - laying down with Blackie, I felt the house vibrate and thought it was either the wind or a very low flying big plane
  • Samantha - was sitting in the chair and felt the chair vibrate and thought it was the wind
  • Nick - didn't even phase him
A little while later, the phone rang and it was my friend telling me it was an earthquake.
I then went onto facebook to catch up with my friends and found out it was a 4.6 magnitude quake.

Interesting...to say the least.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Lessons from the Prairie

(photo courtesy from Amazon.com)
Everyday, Nick and Sam get to each choose a movie to watch.  Today, Sam chose 'Little House on the Prairie' Season 1.  Both Nick and Sam sat mesmerized watching Pa, Ma, Mary, Laura and Carrie.  Many questions were asked during each episode on disk 1.  Luckily Scott was watching the episodes with them and was able to answer the questions.  The questions then turned to what life was like after 'Little House'.  Nick remembered about a book we have and brought it out to find the answers...

(photo courtesy from Amazon.com)



When I got home from work, I sat and watched a few more episodes of 'Little House' with my kids and I enjoyed each and every minute.  

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Twice A Bride ~ A Review

"Full of resolve, young widow Willow Peterson decides to pursue her dreams to be an artist as she settles into a new life in the growing mountain town of Cripple Creek.  When she lands a job as a portrait painter with handsome entrepreneur and photographer Trenton Van Der Veer, the road before Willow seems to be taking a better-than-anticipated turn.
With questions tugging at several hearts in town, including the Sinclair Sisters' beloved Miss Hattie, new developments promise more uncertainty as some unexpected visitors make their way to Cripple Creek.  Will the arrivals threaten the deep family bond of the Sinclair sisters and the roots of love that are just taking hold for Willow?
Filled with resonating questions that all women face, this romance awakens hope against grief, love against loss, and dreams against life's unexpected turns, revealing the ways a loving God turns brokenness into beauty." ~ taken from the back cover of 'Twice A Bride'

Mona Hodgson writes a beautiful story of loss and life renewed.  'Twice A Bride' is book 4 in a series about the Sinclair Sisters.  I have not read the first three books, but if they are anything like book four you will not be disappointed.  I am planning to read the whole series and look forward to getting to know the sisters and how they ended up in Cripple Creek.

(disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.)

Scripture Sunday

"I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws."  ~ Psalm 119:30

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Cookie Math

Did you know that chocolate chip cookies can provide a fun math lesson?  I never really thought about it until I read this blog post. I tweaked the lesson a bit and the fun began.

Nick and Sam had 4 different (brand name) chocolate chip cookies to work with:  Hannaford Break and Bake, Hannaford soft cookies, Keebler and Chips Ahoy.

They had to do the following for each cookie:
  1. Measure the cookie
  2. Describe the appearance of the cookie
  3. Count the amount of chocolate chips on top of the cookie
  4. Count the amount of chocolate chips on the bottom of the cookie
  5. Break the cookie in half and count the chocolate chips in the middle of the cookie
  6. Taste the cookie and rate the taste
  7. State if the cookie is crunchy, chewy or soft.
 After they did the above activity, they had to answer the following questions:
  1. Which cookie had the most chocolate chips?
  2. Which cookie had the least chocolate chips?
  3. Which cookie was the largest?
  4. Did the largest cookie have the most chocolate chips?
  5. Which cookie tasted the best?
My kids enjoyed this activity and look forward to more fun math in the future.

One other thing I forgot to mention...a tall glass of milk is needed, especially when your kids get thirsty from all the yummy cookies!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Looking Back on Week 18

Another week has come and gone.  Learning may not be 'formal' but it is still learning:
  • Computer time - the kids happened onto a game about Jack and Annie.  These are the characters from the Magic Tree House series.  
  • Reading - a lot of graphic novels were read this week as well as a few math books
  • P.E.and Math all in one - Scott and the kids walked about a mile, each way, from our house to my work.  I was pleasantly surprised to see my son running up the steps and into my office.  The kids timed their walk and have figured out that it takes them about 25 minutes each way.  
  • Both the kids and I worked on a few small puzzles.  When I say small, I mean 100 piece puzzles.
  • Nick has figured out how to attach all of his transformers to make one transformer.  He has been working on this little project for about 3 days 
  • Meal preparations - both kids have been helping in the kitchen recently and we have plans to do some baking this weekend
  • Library (this will be taking place tomorrow)
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

"Come unto Me, O Ye House of Israel"


This is one of many talks that I enjoyed from the 182nd Semi-Annual Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Looking Back on Week 17

Week 17 has been an all Unschooling week.  Seems as though we are moving into the Unschooling World and I am ok with it.  To be honest, I have had some reservations about it and have had some sleepless nights on wondering if this is the right way to go.  My children are happier, able to freely choose what they are interested in learning and are having fun. 

The following is what they learned about this week:
  • Sequential Spelling (Nick did 8 lessons and Sam did 1)
  • Reading (chapters books and several math books)
  • Living Math exercise (another trip to Wal-Mart to spend birthday money.  Both kids had to figure out how much they could spend and find items within that price range)
  • HomeEc (helped in the kitchen with cooking meals)
  • Sam had Nick teach her how to transform Nick's transformers
  • Responsibility - Both kids are learning to be responsible with their library books.
  • Computer Time
  • Movie Time
  • Serving Others - we have helped two friends who are out of town by looking in on things and making sure pets are fed.
A great week! 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

I am Thankful For...

My Husband  - he has been doing a great job being 'Mr. Mom'
My Children - even when they drive be bonkers at times
My Cat - his fun-loving ways
The rain - for replenishing our well
The beautiful Fall Leaves - the reds, oranges and yellows that make the green pop
Friends - near and far
My job - even on the bad days
and most of all
God - for with Him, all things are possible.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Autumn Fires

In the other gardens
  And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
  See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over
  And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
  The gray smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!
  Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
  Fires in the fall!

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Monday, October 1, 2012

October is here!

This year has flown!  September didn't stick around long enough to visit and she dashed away to allow October and the beautiful colors of Fall to shine forth.  (i wish my camera was working because the leaves are starting to turn into radiant reds, vibrant oranges and stunning yellows)

As I sit here pondering what to write in this post, Nick is teaching Sam how to transform Optimus-Prime.  He did a good job too and Sam is learning by doing!  There are days when my kids are like oil and water, but right now, in this moment, Nick and Sam are working together like chocolate chip cookies and a tall glass of milk.