Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Playing Games

The Bug has reached the age where he is very interested in playing games.  The other day for Family Night, we got out the Candyland and Chutes and Ladder and taught him how to play.  He needed help with the counting, but he got the concepts of the games and LOVED playing with his siblings.  He kept saying "I did it" every time he took a turn.

Zoologic and Royal Rescue are two of our other games that he loves to have me set up for him. 

Right now he does mostly stacking and sorting with the pieces, and I love how he is adapting the games to his own level while still gaining so much from them.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Science: Blood Cells

We are continuing with our study of the human body using Real Science Odyssey: Life.  One of the experiments we did had to do with our blood cells.  We used candy, lentils, lima beans and karo syrup to represent the components of our blood. 

Then, Miss M did a lab sheet to explain what component each item represented (plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets) and the jobs each does.  She loved figuring out that our blood looks red because of the red blood cells, but she did point out that our blood isn't sticky like the karo syrup was!

Miss M was really focused during this experiment, and the next time she got a paper cut she informed me she did not need a band-aid because her platelets would help it stop bleeding. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Blogging Break is Over

So I took an unintentional blog break the last three weeks.  We had several rounds of illnesses make their way through the house, we are remodeling our master bathroom, and of course the Thanksgiving Holiday preparations.  Somehow, while we were busy doing, I wasn't as busy blogging!

Here are a few highlights from the last few weeks:  Coloring a LOT of turkey pictures;

Cutting, cutting and more cutting;

And to keep it real, this is what his desk space normally looks like!

Helping Daddy install a new garbage disposal;

The Bug did a Thanksgiving sort (found here);

Stringing cheerio and pipe cleaner bird feeders;

And doing some string art with our homeschool group.  The directions can be found over at Raising the Cameron Clan.

We did have a few days crisp enough to count as fall, although most of our November has been above 70 degrees.  Either way it's meant lots of time outside.

That's a small glimpse into our last few weeks!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hands-On History

We are still studying the early Egyptians, and Miss M has greatly enjoyed the projects we are doing. She made a paper diagram of the Nile River, complete with a crocodile to swim it one day.  (These are from the Evan Moor History Pockets.)

Next, she colored and cut out some Egyptian paper dolls to play with.  These are a huge hit!

We also began our timeline finally.  We are using the Story of the World cards from Mary at Tending Our Lords Garden, glued onto some poster board on the wall just outside our schoolroom.  I think having the picture is a great help to Miss M in remembering what each one represents.

She has done some other projects, including mummifying an apple in salt and baking soda,

and building a pyramid out of Legos complete with a mini Lego figure entombed inside.

So far our hands-on approach is paying off, as she is loving history almost as much as her big brother does.