The past few weeks I have been into a homeschool blog called Homeschool Den. She has some great science experiments and activities going on over there. Right now we are doing a simple lapbook on Botany. My 6th grader often dives deeper into the subject than my 4th grader but they both enjoy it. I read a lot while they are cutting and writing the information then they read more.
Next up, I want to try this gross experiment. She titled her blog entry.
Germ Experiment — Where Do Germs Grow in Your House??!
I’m sure my kids and I will be shocked at what we find.
We have had good time this week getting into artists again. I think we’ll be sticking with it this summer. Erica from Confessions of a Homeschooler has made a wonderful art curirulium using the simple books by Mike Venezia. We have been really happy to find most of the books needed at our local County library.
This morning, while actually going back though my Pinterest Boards with my cup of coffee, I remembered Nadene at Practical Pages. On her blog, she shares her art appreciation lesson ideas. One of my favorite parts was her post on how she outlines artwork to use in her art lessons. She also shares a couple for you to print out.
Are we really halfway though March?? Only today, we updated our school room calendar. Were is the time going?
We are not taking a full week for Spring break. Instead, we are opting for a day or two here and there when needed. Im trying to reorganize this week! My school room has been a disaster for a couple weeks now. We sometimes get into the mode of using the dinner table instead if the schoolroom. When this happens, the school room becomes our dumping ground.
Late last month, my mom and I started an Etsy Store for some beaded jewelry, and other items we enjoy making. While trying to build up our inventory I’ve found myself struggling with how to manage my time between, school, the house, family, updating this blog and my bead blog, and working with my beads. It will be fun working it all into my daily routine.
This was the first time we have taken art outside the home. They loved it and did well. This fall the art center is offering a Homeschool class that we plan to take. They are really looking forward to it. Indie took a fine arts class and Beluga took an art adventure class where they used a lot of different medias…. Here are some of the pieces they produced in the eight weeks of class.
We love the iPhone4. We just got back from a 10 day vacation in Michigan and it would not have been the same without them! My Canon Powershot SD800 died about 4 weeks ago after taking 10,000 photos, and my husband left his Powershot next to the charger as we left for the airport at 5:30 am. I had my Nikon D-80 and lenses but it just not as easy to carry around as our trusty Powershots! We resorted to our iPhone for cameras for photos and videos most of the time and were quiet pleased. The video is great as well! Here are some photos from the trip.
We were in Michigan for the 4th this year. We loved the cooler weather, I think 82 was as hottest it reached and many mornings were in the 60s. It was prefect! Much better than the mid, to high 90s with 60% plus humidity. My Aunt and Uncles house is right on the lake so fun was happening all the time in the water. We didn’t go out much all week. As much time as possible was spend in the back yard, and in the lake. It truly was a relaxing week for all!
For Mother’s Day, it was actually suppose to be for my birthday at the end of March but, this was the first opening there was. Anyway, we went camping in Long Key State Park. Long Key is in the Middle Keys, about 1/2 way between the top and Key West. What a great time we had. Now that I think about it, I’d better get to booking our trip for next year!
The view from this little restaurant called Lazy Days
Just a few feet off shore from our camp site... low tide
Time to eat after snorkeling, everyone is hungry and ready for some dinner.
The next morning Indie was the last one up. Believe me, the tent was not as comfortable as it looks. Next time we have to bring our air mattresses.
This was on the way home... now you see her....
Now you don't. 🙂
Very cool to be snorkeling with the the kids.
Florida Spiny Lobster
Me. This was actually my first time snorkeling. I might have done it briefly as a kid in a pool someplace but, that doesn't count.
Time for S'mores
Furthest point south in the Continental U.S. - Key West, FL.
Just a nice, relaxing game of Wii Super Mario Bros.!!! Ha! Who says kids don’t get exercise when playing video games! 🙂