Despite the flu, we got a bit of fun in last week. Here’s some of the ways we’ve learned around here lately….
1. Played Personal Bingo. I printed personalized bingo cards here and filled the squares with 5 kinds of tasks (chores like dust the downstairs or gather the recycling, educational like write a haiku or do 2 workbook pages, charitable like give someone a piggyback ride or take a treat to a neighbor, health/fitness like run up and down the stairs 10 times or brush and floss your teeth, and silly like say the alphabet backwards or cluck like a chicken). The kids each got a card and then worked to get a bingo, which earned them small things like coloring with me or playing a game. Getting a blackout (doing everything on the card) earns them a surprise. They’re working on their blackouts now.
Some of the educational squares they did include: write a haiku, learn and use 3 new words, write a poem, copy a poem in fancy handwriting…
2. Made apple goodies. While I was sick, Daryl was in quite a baking mood. He made:
Farm Wife Apple Tart
Farm Wife Pear Tart
Apple Cobbler (twice)
Fried Apples & Onions
Baked Green Tomatoes
Apple Coffee Cake
He has the kids help him bake when they want to. He and Anna made this fabulous apple cobbler, for instance.
3. Read Harry Potter. Victoria and Anna are both on Harry Potter kicks and carry the huge books with them everywhere. Unfortunately, they both ended up on the same book, which is now involved in an hourly custody battle. Anna and her friend Jessie also spend hours on the phone playing that they’re wizards and making up elaborate story lines.
4. Prepped a peck of peppers and pumpkins. We buy produce from a wonderful farm family in a nearby town and they were selling off the end of their peppers cheap. I sent Daryl to get some and the guy threw in a bunch of extras free because they had blemishes and he said we were good customers. I had Daryl pick up pie pumpkins too and the guy threw in extras free because “I’m just happy to meet anyone who makes pie anymore.” 🙂
We got about 4 dozen peppers, a half dozen pie pumpkins and two onions the size of canteloupe for about $6. Have I mentioned I love buying local?
Daryl washed and sliced up the peppers to freeze and we got to see lots of genetic mutations as he worked. Sometimes the insides had not developed and instead of seeds there was a tiny clump of matter. Sometimes there were odd colors inside. Sometimes they grew in funny shapes, and so on.
5. Watched Fetch and other PBS programs. Lots of sick days = lots of afternoon TV. Luckily PBS has some great shows on like Fetch, the New Electric Company, CyberChase and Between the Lions.
6. Read, read, read. Daryl and I read picture books to the boys and Misty of Chincoteague Island to Anna, plus I read poetry to Victoria. The 3 big kids also read tons of books, magazines, etc. to themselves.
7. Carved jack-o-lanterns. Daryl made up blank pumpkin templates for the kids to sketch ideas and then they picked their favorites, transferred them to their pumpkins and Daryl carved them. We talked about the difference between jack-o-lantern pumpkins and pie pumpkins (the former are more thin-shelled and hollow, while the pie pumpkins are more “meaty and heavy– you can tell the difference when you thump them), sorted and dried the seeds for roasting and got nice and goopy. 😉
8. Went to the artists’ conference, obviously.
9. Got roses. Okay, there’s not that much educational value in getting roses (though we did discuss cutting the stems at an angle, giving them fresh water each day and putting a little sugar in the water!) but it sure is nice. Daryl surprised each of us girls with a rose on Thursday.
10. Played math. Jack and I got onto the subject of what 1/4 was and he had me ask him to figure out a quarter of all different numbers. He figured out 1/4 of 4, 100, one dollar, $100, 8, 4000 and lots more. He did great!
Speaking of which, Jack just came looking for paper to do some art but he saw that and asked me to come do some math with him. That’s my cue….