Saturday, September 13, 2014

A day about New Zealand art and money

Our day was so jam packed with projects that I split this into two different posts.  Our Civil War study is in the next entry.  This one is all about New Zealand and what we covered today. 

I started out by having them learn about the money.  I made them some play money so that they could see what it all looked like.  I just found some images on google printed them out and laminated them.  When the lesson was done we put the money in our continent bins.
The boys looked up things such as what was on the money, the history of it, value, and to what it was made from.  Did you know it is made from a special type of plastic polymer. 
After they started working on art projects.  This is their Koru design.  It is used in a lot of Maori design, as well as some other cultures.  If you want to learn the meaning behind it check it out here.  Gabe's design is on the top and Sam's is on the bottom.
After they made totem poles because they are very popular in the Maori culture.  Sam's is on the left and Gabe's is on the right.
Finally what I personally felt was the best project of all, Maori Warriors.  The warriors have lots of tattoos all over the body (especially the face). Well I was not about to let the boys actually tattoo themselves so we took pictures so they could draw tattoos on themselves that way.
First up Sam.  His before on the top of course.  His tongue is sticking out because that is supposed to be a threatening look to his opponents.  I love how his after one came out.  We thought after that we should have taken his glasses off.  oops
Gabe wanted to do his whole body.  The top of course is the before and the bottom is the after.  My boys, so threatening, LOL

I feel that the first week back was a success.  We had lots of fun which was nice.  Make sure to check back and see what I have in store for week two. 

Civil War with a side of Nachos

 This is about the civil war lessons that the kids did yesterday.  We have started of our studies by reading and doing the projects from the civil war for kids book.  We only read 1 chapter and the boys did the 3 projects at the end of the chapter.  First up they made the Freedom Star Quilt. The directions were to make an actual size one, we did not need that though so I just had them draw out one.

Gabe's Quilt is on the left and Sam's is on the right.
After Designing the quilts the second project was to write a message in secret code they used during the war.  They each wrote a special message to their dad.

The third project they where supposed to dress themselves to look like the soldiers of each side.  I however do not have a whole lot of clothes from the 1860's lying around so I had to come up with a different idea.  I had the little wooden people shapes so I had them design them to look the soldiers.  The North is of course on the top and south on the bottom.  In each photo Gabe's is on the left and Sam's is on the right.

Finally our budding little chef  Gabe made us some nachos for lunch.  He was so proud of them because he did the whole meal himself.  He thought that they looked like a sun exploding.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Another productive day here for school.  The boys are keeping such a good pace that they able to keep the day light by choice. They had sculpting with clay.  Which they where to choose a land mark from around the world to sculpt.  Then to bake banana bread.  That is it, a nice simple day.  They actually where able to start on tomorrows work too.  We got a chapter of story of the world in for tomorrows lesson.

This is Gabe's sculpture.  He calls it Tahj Mahal at night.  Very cute, he gave it to me as  gift.
Sam has a strong desire to move to New Zealand when he is older.  Everything he has a choice in becomes about New Zealand.  When he got to choose what to do of course he choose something from there.  This is the Sky Tower in Auckland.  Sam calls it Sky Tower in a wind storm.
This was from the Story of the World lesson.  It was made by Sam and is called Napoleons Triangle.  Sam was excited at first to do it because the measurements were written in centimeters.  Like I said he wants to move to New Zealand, so he is trying to learn about the metric system.  
We went gluten free here about a year ago.  It has been challenging but overall we are really glad that we have.  The hardest part is the baked goods.  We love baking here and things just are usually not the same gluten free.  Well I have found a brownie recipe that you would never have a clue that it is gluten free.  It is one of our favorites if you could not tell.  LOL.  Check out the recipe here, you will be glad that you did.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Some Graphing and art....

I am so pleased with how well this week is flowing along. In the past the kids have usually fallen behind and I am stressing how to get them caught up.  Well they have already gotten lessons done from tomorrows plan.  The only one that is falling behind is me.  The kids are moving along so quickly I am having a hard time getting to my stuff.    Now I just have to figure out how to get them to get their work done and get mine done at the same time. Well that is a problem this momma can deal with.

Todays lesson was about math.  Sam's lesson was not that exciting to show, it was just a worksheet.  However he was excited to do it because he is learning about the metric system, something he really wants to do. I will share his lesson on it next week because it involves food.  Yummy. 

Gabe as you can see from the following pictures he really enjoyed the lesson for him today.  We started working with graphs.  We focused on making different types.  First I read The Tally O'Malley book to him.  It was a cute little book that showed about tally graphing.

Then he was so excited to get started.  My silly little boy just really wanted to eat the Willy Wonka Randoms.  He started out by grouping into all the different colors.  There was five groups including a group of multi-colored ones.
He then started taking each color and breaking it down to be easier to count.

After he got his totals he started making the graphs.  He made a tally, bar, and line graphs.

Well then the fun really happened.  He got to have a snack and be silly of course.  The top one incase you can not tell is a monkey head.  Then he tried to be so sophisticated with a mustache.  Yup we do laugh a lot with this little guy around here.

This was the lesson that they did that was for tomorrow.  We got the book 52 art lab for kids from the library.  The first lab was about conture drawing.  They did not really follow the lesson to well but I love the end results.  Sam is on the top and Gabe is on the bottom.

Monday, September 08, 2014

A new start.....

I have been so busy and burning out quickly with everything going on in life I knew that something had to change.  I started looking back at the older entries and realized how much fun we use to have.  They activities were creative and playful.  It was time to get back to that.  I needed to get back to blogging because I would only want to post fun things so school will have to be fun.  Right?  It has to be right, makes sense to me.  We started back to school today so time to start testing that theory.
It started out kind of slow.  Each boy worked on learning about animal habitats.  Sam was assigned to design habitats for three different animals.  He needed to make sure that it had everything that the animal would need to survive.  For Gabe I found an adorable set on Teachers pay Teachers called Habitat for Sale.  It had some really great worksheets plus an adorable memory game.

I played the memory game with Gabe.  He was so excited to have gotten the first match against me.  Unfortunately his luck did not last and I beat him pretty bad at the game.  Look at how cute those cards were though.

I got time in with Gabe reading today.  Favorite thing of mine is snuggling with him while he reads.  I also wanted to make sure and share Sam's drawings with you. 
The Giraffe habitat
The Alligator habitat
The Green Tree Frog Habitat
So Check back to see what else we are doing.  The boys are looking forward to the rest of the fun we have scheduled.  Here is to a better School year then we have had in a long time.

Monday, March 03, 2014

The disappearing woman

Well there I go disappearing again.  Man life really does get going so fast and you lose track of things.  I have been so busy living life I forgot about this little blog.  I really do want to get back to it.  It was such a great way to express things and to share too.  Well I think it is time to come back since it has been more than a year.  After all there is so many things to share with you guys in our daily life.  Well maybe you guys want to follow along as I try to figure out the things in our life.  It should be pretty fun either way,  so come along for the ride.  First thing first until I get back into a rhythm of doing the blog I am not promising a lot of post.  Also I think it is time to update the page, give it a face lift.  Lets see how this goes and I hope that there are still some of you that are out there wanting to go along for the ride. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

What I Love -- Apps

For today I thought that I would share some apps that the kids are loving with the school work. First up are the ones that Sam likes. 
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 GeoDash Wild Animal Dash  --- This app is a lot of fun.  It is set up kind of like an arcade game.  If you see in the bottom corners there are dials that help control the direction that they move and how to Jump.  You move the character around collecting the different things.  It then gives them ability of different animals.  Once they finish the level they earn a new animal card that has a  picture, fast facts, goofy jokes, and weird trivia.  Overall a really fun game and the app was free. 
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WWF Together
This is a new one that we got.  Sam really loves learning new info about animals all the time.  This is full of amazing info about animals all over the world.  Absolutely stunning photos of animals and lots of fun interactive activities.  This was also a free app.

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iPhone Screenshot 1iPhone Screenshot 4                     Stack the Countries
We all love this app as well as the Stack the Countries.  It is a lot of fun to try to figure out how to balance the countries to make it to the line.  The end gives you the total of miles that your stack was, the kids find that really fun to know that.  What can I say my boys are a couple of geeks.  The game does have a few mini games that they can unlock with more countries that they earn.  This app does cost.  It goes for a 1.99.
iPhone Screenshot 2iPhone Screenshot 4Tiny Countries
This is one of our newest ones.  Sam found it really easy and beat the game in one sitting.  Gabe however loves it.  The little chick is actually a spy that is trying to stop Dr. Evil.  Each  mission involves answering questions about different countries.  This app is also free.

We of course have other apps that we love but when I asked the boys what was their favorite this is what they told me right away.  What are some of the apps that you are loving.  I would love to hear what they are, leave me a comment to let me know.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Animal faces

Don't look but I have been over taken by wild animals, LOL.  Checking out my favorite site, Pinterest, I found these really cute straw faces.  The kids were having so much fun with them.  Gabe loved trying all the faces at once.  If you want your own just check out here and print them off for free.  If you also have a kid that loves learning about animals make sure to check out the entire site.