Thursday, February 14, 2013

More Valentine's Work

We had some friends over for a little Valentine's Day fun yesterday.  Several of the boys in the group are crazy about Angry Birds (including The Bug) so we made Angry Birds out of hearts.

The Bug's

Miss M's
 We also did a simple math activity: estimating how many conversation hearts would fit into a heart shape drawn on the paper.  The kids then filled the heart and counted how many fit.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentine's Creations

Miss M has been very into Valentine's Day this year.  She has spent weeks cutting out hearts and decorating all over the house.

 Last week, I set her up a special Valentine Creation Station to extend her interest.  She had blank cards and envelopes in fun colors, Valentine's Day themed stamps and an ink pad, foam hearts, foam flowers and butterflies, card stock, tissue paper, heart shaped hole punches, stickers, and different colored glitter glue.

Miss M spends several hours EVERY DAY sitting here making Valentine's for her family and friends.  I have had to refill the cards and other items several times for her.  To say she loves this work, would be an understatement.

Not only is she being creative, she is working on her writing skills at the same time.

Even The Bug has gotten in on the fun a time or two.

There is a bit of a mess factor involved, but the fun they are having is well worth it!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

The best part of homeschooling is having all three kids learning together.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Static Electricity

We have a few friends we get together with every Wednesday to do a small science co-op.  So far this year we have studied parachutes (measuring how long it took parachutes of varying diameter to reach the ground) and static electricity.  Unfortunately, I forgot my camera for parachute day.

For this experiment, the kids rubbed balloons on their hair to create static electricity and then used it to push an empty soda can across the floor.

They also picked-up shredded tissue paper with the balloon.

We used both small and large balloons and the kids predicted, then tested, which would have a greater effect on the can and tissue.

Even The Bug wanted in on the science fun!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Tot School: Forest Animals

Tot School 
The Bug is 32 months old

We actually did this theme over two weeks, as we had to take a few sick days.  Our letter was M for Mouse.  Baby B worked on our Handwriting Without Tears wooden letters making a capital M.

Puppets are huge here, so we made an owl paper bag puppet (pattern is from DLTK Kids).

Another day we made their star-shaped fox puppet.

We had a cute song and printables my Mom sent about Five Owls in a Tree.  We did this every day, and Miss M collected all of the stuffed animals necessary to act out the song, and even cut blue paper to represent the wind for The Bug.

We also used the owls to count up to 5.

We spent a lot of time reading related books, playing with out Woodland Forest Toob animals and all of our stuffed animals that matched, and doing lots of letter M work.  Besides our theme, The Bug spent a lot of time coloring,

and playing with his Work Bench 'N Box.  He loves to turn the screws and bolts right now, which is good fine motor practice as well as fun!

He also spends a lot of time playing ThinkFun Rush Hour.  This is actually The Boyscout's game, and The Bug does not play according to the rules, of course, but treats it like a giant puzzle instead.

We did several other activities I did not photograph, but that is a good view of The Bug's Woodland Forest Week.