Monday, July 30, 2007
On Mondays we try and go to the pool. This week we would have gone but I bought the kids a Slip-n-slide over the weekend and they were dying to try it out.
So we invited friends over for a day of slippin and slidin!
I told T1 that he had to mow the lawn if we were going to have company so he got up bright and early and cut the lawn. T2 cleaned the bathroom and went out and set up the slide.
No sooner did we turn on the water than the whole tube up the side burst.
It was still usable but we were all disappointed. No worries, as soon as our company arrived we hopped in the car and went to Target to see if we could find something better. We purchased ANOTHER slip-n-slide. This time it wasn't a generic one, it was from WHAMMO! so it's got to be good right? Wrong.
We get it home and the first kid goes down and pops the retaining pool.
They didn't seem to mind and eventually they came up with a way to combine them both into one whopping 36ft long mud slide! Oh my,, those kids (except for P2 here in the picture) were COVERED with mud and grass clippings! They had a blast tho and I now have a 36ft mud trough in my yard!
Lovely huh? If you'll look in the background you'll see one of the many wonderful reasons that I'll never be able to sell my house . I figure that the mud hole in my yard fits the overall ambiance that the neighbors are trying to portray.
On a sciencey front, our squash is going to outgrow this light box in no time flat! Today is day 8!
We've got sprouts comin' up like gangbusters in our light box!
Mary, I forgot to get the fluorescent off of you but our regular one seems to be working just fine!
I have a feeling that we're going to have to move these gourds outside real soon or at least by the window!
We also have our moss samples in the light box and it's amazing how much water those things suck up! We water the moss at least 4 times a day and it's always completely dry when we check them!
T1 HATES it when I call them that!
"PLAYDATE???" he says.
"Well,, it's a date and you're playing right?"
"Mother,, playdates are for babies, I'll be forced to refuse to attend if it is indeed a playdate"
"oh, ok, T2 and I will go then"
"will there be swimming?"
"is it a baby pool?"
"Ok, I'll go"
T1 get's a bit dramatic when he's feeling "dissed" He get's it from me. We feel a great sense of personal attack when we've been unjustly accused, attacked or "FLAGGED".
Someone flagged my other blog for inappropriate content and got me locked out. I'm feeling a bit "dramatic" about it!
But alas,, it's a free service,, what can you expect.
Anyway...... onto school stuff.
Our next section is on non-vascular plants. Moss and Lichen more specifically. We're pretty fortunate to have our whole hillside covered in the stuff!
Here we have some lichen on a log and some moss on the ground.Here we have some Reindeer Moss which is actually a lichen! This stuff is really cool. It's really hard and crunchy!
We gathered it up and took it inside to draw in our notebooks. I'd put up a picture of our drawings but T1 would be totally embarassed. He wasn't happy with his. I decided that we would put our moss in our lightbox and see what happened. We're spritzing it with water a few times a day. When I put it in the box, the bottom of the container was clear full of water and within a few hours it was BONE DRY! Those non-vascular plants really know how to get the job done!
OH! and bigger news yet,, we have a sprout in one of our containers! W00T!!! 5 days!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
- Regular feminine products often give me a rash. I know,, I'm sensative right? har har.
- They would be perfect for my disaster kit.
- They are frugal
- The boys wore cloth diapers,, why not me?
So, I gave it a go this evening. I purchased $1.00 of fabric at walmart (literally ONE dollar). I had snaps and an old towel so no cost there. For the record though ,, snaps are like $1.16 for 36 and everyone has the towel that they have to hide from company! The fabric was half a yard of flannellette and half a yard of nylon lining. I have enough left to make at least 3 more. I have enought of the lining to make them from now till Kingdom's come! Well,,, maybe not till then but it was a 72 inch bolt instead of a 36 and you use less of it. So these pads cost about 25 cents and they'll last for years!
Here's the tutorial I used. There are many sites out there selling these things but now that I've made one, I can't understand why in the world you'd PAY for one,, it's so easy!!
Here's the front. I know,, exciting right?And the back, you can see that I sewed a little snap to hold the "wings" down
Here's the back opened up. The backside overlaps to keep the absorbant liner in. Kinda like a pillowcase!
Here you can kinda see the inside and the liner. The burgundy is the nylon lining fabric. The swirly thing is the removable absorbant liner.
After I finished it, I was certain that I was not going to wear it. I didn't feel like it could possibly be comfortable. I tried it on and I was wrong!!!!! It's not bad at all! Then I poured a little water on it and tried it on again. Still,, not bad. I'll be making many, many more of these!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
We finally got around to building our light box for science today. It was kinda labor intensive but I think we got a pretty good result!
Monday, July 23, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Ok, Is this normal? Really, I'm asking. Why is he still doing this? He's been writing for almost 4 years and he still spells everything backwards. (he's 8) He still makes his letters backwards too if I don't prompt him to point them in the right direction. 90% of the time he uses cursive so that won't happen but he struggles to write and spell so much! The example to your left, brought him to tears. He started writing and I said "stop, it's backwards" and he gritted his teeth and wrote the next letter, continuing to write it backwards. I wrote the word for him and put it in front of him to copy, he continued to write it backwards. He had to start from scratch and I had to point to the place on the paper to write the letter and tell him what letter to write. It's SOOOOOOO frustrating for us both! He also transposes all of his numbers but he's amazingly good at math! 456 will always be written 654 in his book. If I ask him "what's 3X6?" he'll tell me "18". If he writes it down,, it's always 81.
I've tried putting a sticker in the left hand corner of his papers to remind him on what side to start writing but he acts like it's physically painful to start on the left. Please someone tell me what to do before I abandon this child and allow him to become a ward of the state!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Yesterday we went to the Spray ground in Milton with our Co-op. After that we went to the library for a "Lego Workshop". We were gone all day so we skipped school. I didn't get ONE picture! Stinks 'eh? Maybe someone will email me some? (hint hint)
So far (I know, right? 2 days?) I feel like we've made pretty good choices for our curriculum for the year. T1 keeps saying "why are we doing Amish English?" Whatever.... he's such a dweeb. It's Rod and Staff and it's a Mennonite and I like it alot. "So HUSH", I say.
The Alpha Omega Horizons math and the Rod and Staff "timed sheets" seems to be going ok for T2. He's less bored and intimidated by the lessons than he was with Saxon. T1 is using Saxon 67 this year. He does very well with it.
Spelling is a mixed bag for us. T2 has R&S 2nd grade spelling. He's working at least at a 3rd grade level everywhere except spelling. He is the WORST speller on the planet. Really. I don't get him, I really don't. He reads like Charlton Heston doing books on tape and can't spell his own name. Whatever. T1 is working out of a workbook that I found up at the Parent Teacher Store in Cross Lanes. It's says it's 7th grade but he can handle it, he's such a good speller. We're also going to study the scripps spelling bee word list this year.
Penmanship is R&S for both this year. Nothin' fancy,, just practice.
I mentioned before that we are studying Botany with Apologia. A+ GREAT book!
We're going to study a lot of history in Co-op this year so we haven't started history yet. Right now I think we'll focus on Botany while we have good weather. History will be better when it's cold.
They are both practicing their instruments of course and we draw a lot. I'd like to get something a bit more organized for art. They'd like it I think. Right now they are working on posters for the NRA's Youth Wildlife Art contest. LINKY
Well, tomorrow is another big day in the 2007-08 school year. Must sleep!
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Ignore the trash can
The boys came in and checked out my charts and posters and said "Man, this year is going to STINK!" (Therefore breaking commandment #5).
I pointed out that everything on every list was the same things I tell them to do every day and none of it is any different than last year. Well, no we have desingnated weeks for certain chores so there is no more argueing (in theory) about who has to do what but still, same chores, different format.
I have high hopes for this year! We've learned so much and I want to start the year out on the right foot!
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Time to get geared back up! We've been slacking big time. It's summer, what do you want from me?!
We start our school year next week. The 16th specifically. Last year we started in the middle of July because I was freaked out and unsure of how the whole homeschool thing would go. I remember saying "if they wind up putting me away for loosing it on my kids in the first month, then they can still start public school on schedule"
Well, it really worked out well. We took most of December off because of the Christmas rush and we were still done by the middle of April. That's pretty sweet! No one wants to be stuck inside when it starts to warm up! And now that it's so stiflingly hot (is that even a word?) everyone wants to be inside and veg out. Good time to hit the books if you ask me! We'll still take days off for field trips and pool dates and stuff but our summer vacation is pretty much over.
We went and picked blackberries last week. I made a ton of blackberry jam and a cobbler. YUMMY!
Our garden is doing quite well too! I've been making pickles and eating cucumbers like nobody's business! T1 and I have also been eating more than our share of broccoli! Yup, broccoli! The plants that I thought wouldn't survive and I was 1 day away from pulling them all up! In just a few days we'll have tomatoes, beans and cauliflower! We have a ton of peppers too but I haven't used any yet. I'm saving them for the salsa I'm going to can using the tomatoes!
On the fourth we braved the rain and had a cook out at the park with some good friends. That was fun and I'll tell ya,, it's hard to play phase10 in the dark!
And in case you're into being bored to death. Here's a little video of the event!