10 Fun Ways We've Learned and Played Lately

Here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to…

1.  We celebrated Pi Day with crafts, activities and foods.  I know it’s been a few days but I never shared the pictures so I wanted to put some up.

2.  We started logging our books for the 100 books a month challenge.  Here’s page one.

Victoria also finally found a book she didn’t like.  “Millicent Min, Girl Genius” was a dud in her mind.  She didn’t identify with the character, didn’t find it funny and was annoyed at a characterization of homeschoolers.  Apparently the main character “tried homeschooling for one day” and spent the day sitting across the kitchen table from her father, with both of them announcing at once at the end of the day that they hated homeschooling.

Yeah, when we homeschool we sit at an empty table and stare at the kids.  That’s realistic.  Boo.

3.  Victoria has started making these lovely characters on SumoPaint (this link goes right to the free online app).

Anna has now started using the program too.  It’s so fun!

4.  I’m still reading “My Side of the Mountain” to the oldest three kids.  The girls and I especially love it.  Jack isn’t a fan of read-alouds but I catch him laughing a lot despite himself at some of the animal antics.  It’s a really good book and I’m hoping to try to make some of the foods with the kids in the spring/summer.

5.  We took our teenaged cats to the vet to be spayed and it led to lots of animal studies.  Along the way (three trips, since we had to take one back for an eye infection he developed), we talked about the differences in surgeries for males and females, animals’ eyelids, infections, feline leukemia, the life cycles of bugs (from literature in the office) and lots more.

6.  Daryl and the kids made these funky red glasses from some leftover wrapping paper from Valentines boxes.  Then they did experiments looking at various things to see what didn’t show up (microwave clocks and such disappeared!).  And they were just fun.

7.  Victoria is learning about insurance companies and HMO’s.  She and Daryl are talking about the health care plan, how insurance companies work and so on.

8.  The kids have been playing on the computer.  Current favorite sites are Physics Games, Ology (which I’ve recommended in the past but if you forgot or missed it the first time I highly recommend), SumoPaint and some games.  Alex likes to watch the others play.

9.  Victoria had a photograph accepted for publication in New Moon Girls magazine this summer.  She also had an essay about Eleanor Roosevelt featured on the front page of the web site.  She was very disappointed to see they edited her piece, though.  Another girl “stickered” her (you leave notes on the site for other members via stickers on their wall) and said to cheer up because they edit everybody.  Welcome to the world of publishing, Victoria.  😉

10. We’ve been enjoying the outdoors!  Spring is finally looking like a reality.  We still have huge piles of dirty snow in various parts of the yard, but considering it was piled many feet high in places it is definitely losing its battle.  Anna and I went for a walk at dusk last night and she ran back to the house and got a garbage bag to gather trash along the way.  Jack climbed and played in the back yard and made some new friends who were passing by.  Victoria has been taking Alex outside to stomp around in the last of the snow and splash in the puddles.  Daryl even cracked the window and let a little breeze in yesterday.

There’s also been multiplication, Readers Theater plays, bead trading, drawing, bird watching, bathtub painting, pillow fights, laundry basket cars, shopping, calligraphy, family movies, seed orders, spring cleaning, tickle wars, cuddling, long talks, cooking, party planning and various other fun stuff.

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5 thoughts on “10 Fun Ways We've Learned and Played Lately

  1. Sure Risa! Here’s what we did….

    For the colored plates, each child made her own design to show pi. I printed out pi to something like 1000 places and Jack wrote the numbers going across, Anna circled her plate once and Victoria spiraled around and covered the plate. Each kid made a color key for numbers, so they could look for patterns in the colors. They found out lots of interesting things, like 0 was hardly in it at all in the beginning, and some numbers were more common and then less and there really was no pattern that they could find.

    The jumping game was easy. We wrote the numbers 0 to 9 on the plates (one each) and then slowly read the numbers in pi and had the kids jump from number to number and try to keep up. Eventually they’d fall or jump on the wrong one or fall behind. We just kept taking turns and it was really fun (and yes, great for active kids).

    We also measured around round things and figured out circumferences by the formula and checked it with the measuring tape (lots of math!).

    We also figured out the area of a fantasy patio we were building in the backyard with that formula.

    I think there were a couple of other things too, but I can’t remember. A lot of them were in the article I had at the Examiner and some more we just dreamed up on the spot. 🙂
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