Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fun in the Box #14...

I wanted to give Jackson a challenge with money. I gave him a bag of coins and on index cards I wrote different problems like, "Make $1.21 using 7 coins."

He enjoyed it and did a good job. He loves logic type puzzles that he has to figure out, just like his mommy!

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Dollar Store Centers #9...

I loved all the cake and cupcake bulletin board cut outs from the dollar store and have made several centers from them. Ashton needed to work on even and odd. It amazes me how she will do anything presented like a game like this without a word of complaint!

She got everyone of them right! Even and odd, check!

How to Clean a Penny...

Part of our Disney fun was making those souvenir pennies so we wanted to make sure they were nice and shiny. We decided to make it a science experiment. We searched through our pennies and found equally dirty ones so they'd start on equal footing. We tried cleaning pennies in Salt, vinegar, mustard, ketchup and milk. First, we all predicted which one we thought would clean the best. Which one do you think would?

Nothing beats messy science!

They loved this and wanted to keep trying more and more things from around the house!

Can you tell which one got it the shiniest?

I predicted vinegar, but it was in fact ketchup! How cool is that? Of course, it has vinegar in it and also the acid from tomatoes. We all thought that was too cool!

I SO need to do more experiments like this...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Thanksgiving Reader's Theater...

In an answer to prayer we have found a wonderful family to do homeschooling activities together! It really makes homeschooling more fun, not just for the kids but for the mommies as well.
Our first official unit was a Pilgrim study. I was telling them about how little room they had on the Mayflower, so I taped off a small rectangle and gave them each huge pillows to represent their belongings. They had to stay inside the tape the entire lesson. If they crossed it they "fell overboard". Sweet Kim even had activities planned for the twins as well. As you can tell, they loved them!
How sweet is she to let them make such a mess! Sweet and crazy I guess- hee hee!
Definitely crazy...
She was Tot Schooling her 3 before it the term was even around. She had them some great beads to string:
I wrote a Thanksgiving Reader's Theater with parts for all the kids. This is at rehearsal during the prayer scene- how sweet! They decided to circle up and pray together like that.
Wesley was definitely cut out to play a little indian, although he wouldn't cooperate during the actual performance.
How funny is this little boy?
I thought Jackson did outstanding on his painting- of a deer and hunter, of course!
Kim helped the kids cook a delicious meal. Then it was time to perform for our very special audience- the daddies!
They are very good at the bowing part:
This is what homeschooling is all about and was incredibly fun, for all of us!