Sunday, May 28, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Well, I decided that I wanted to make the actual last day of school special, so I surprised The Kids with a trip to the Zoo! They absolutely LOVE the Zoo, even though we've been there about a thousand times. We went to the store and picked up some Lunchables - which is a huge treat by itself! - and off we went. Several times during the day, Deco said, "Dis is fun, Mama!" It was definitely a good end to a great school year!
Thursday, May 25, 2006
The first picture on the left is what the plant looked like when it first came out of the package. Curled in on itselt, very dry, very brown...seemingly very DEAD!
Monday, May 22, 2006
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
We ate chicken on a plate in 108.
Friday, May 05, 2006
We've been using a "plan" for encouraging Bear to not complain when things don't go the way she wants them to - it was getting to be a problem and I spent a lot of time saying, "DON'T COMPLAIN!!!" Instead of disciplining her when she complains, we reversed our thinking. Now, each time she is in a situation where she could complain and makes the decision not to, she gets a little star on a chart on the fridge. Then, when she earns 10 little stars, she gets a BIG star on a chart in her room. When she ears 10 big stars, she gets a reward. The first reward, which she has already earned, was a trip to the mall for Dippin' Dots. The second reward, which she is still working toward, is a date with Mama! (I came up with that one!)
The reason that I'm sharing this on my homeschooling blog is that we've started using this "plan" to encourage her to read out loud. Previously, whenever I asked her to read anything outside of "school time", you would have thought I'd just asked her to cut off her big toe. So now she can earn a little star on her chart by bringing a book to me that she wants to read out loud or by agreeing to read out loud at my suggestion. So we'll see how that goes!
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Then, I relized that they would be PERFECT to use to reinforce the idea of place value, which is where we are in Horizons! You see, the rods are manufactured so that they are fractions of each other...for example, 10 white rods equals one orange rod. So, yesterday, I got out a whole bunch of the littlest rods and 5 or 6 of the orange rods and was able to show Bear that if we have five sets of 10, we have 50 in all...so if we have 5 tens and 3 ones, we have 53...well, it all makes sense in my head, even though it doesn't seem to make much sense as I try to read what I just wrote! And she seemed to grasp the concept a little better than just trying to do it on paper. Plus, there's the added bonus in that she loves anything that she can do with her hands!
So, while the rest of the books are currently listed on eBay, the rods are staying here!