In between hyperventilating about our current news, we’ve done some fun learning around here lately. Here’s a bit of it….
1. We’ve been doing lots of reading. Anna got Harry Potter 5 as a late birthday present and we’ve been bringing home bags of library books. Jack is still on his Garfield kick and he also likes to read our pile of picture books. Alex has me reading some of them many times a day, so it’s a good thing we got some very fun ones. 🙂
2. Anna has been ice skating with a friend every Thursday. She has a lot of fun, but yesterday it was so cold they gave up after 20 minutes!
3. We played a dice game I invented for multiplication and addition. We used two dice and took turns shaking them with a cup. Whatever numbers came up, we had one minute to figure out their product (what number they equaled when multiplied) and write that down for points. If we could figure out the answer, we got to roll again, up to three times. If we didn’t know, the dice were passed to the next person. We added up our points as we went, and figured out how many we needed yet to get to 100. The first person to 100 won. Jack won, and everybody managed to find a way to figure out all of their products so everybody got three turns per time.
4. We met friends at the Washington Pavillion Science Museum in Sioux Falls. This was actually last Friday but I’ve been so busy I didn’t get a chance to post about it! It was a planned outing with an unschooling e-list for South Dakota. We’re so close to the border that we used to be members of one of the SD HS groups, but it’s been years since we’ve anything planned down there. It was really fun seeing old friends we hadn’t seen in years, although the day went so fast and the place is so big that there were people there from the group that I still didn’t get a chance to meet. Next time!
I didn’t get a single picture of Anna because she was off with her friend Accalia for most of the day!
6. Jack has been doing lots of chatting with Victoria, googling and emailing so he’s been figuring out how to spell lots of words. He comes to me and asks, and I help him figure it out. Then he has to remember long enough to run back to his room and type it, which I think helps too!
7. We checked out the nature center and aquarium at the Sertoma Butterfly House.
8. Daryl found the directions to the original 1800’s game “the Checkered Game of Life” by Milton Bradley online, and made up a home version that he played with the kids. It was pretty interesting! We also found out that Milton Bradley had a business selling portraits of President Lincoln and he lost all of his money after a little girl told the president he should grow a beard (and he did)! 🙂
9. Daryl also found the instructions for another old time game that he converted to a PDF and printed. He’s going to put it online and I’ll post it here! It’s a bit like mad libs with old fashioned businesses and products, and lots of silly fun.
10. I’m giving Jack cooking lessons. He asked if I’d teach him how to make something new 2 or 3 times a week. We started yesterday with making yellow rice in the rice cooker and steaming peas, which he served up to everybody with salt and butter (and much satisfaction!).
We’ve also been… playing with playdough, watching movies, using the Wii, coloring, planning for our Florida trip, reading a new read-aloud, playing educational and non-educational games on my iPod, chatting on the phone with friends, making up games, tickling, snuggling, doing chores, building with LEGOs, learning about what causes ice dams and why they’re bad (and dealing with leaks in the house because of them!), drawing, video chatting and so on!
I am still really nervous about our surprise news, and it’s hard to keep on as normal! I’m also really anxious to get Victoria back! We’re getting her Sunday and we all can’t wait.
Oh yes, and I’ve been writing, as always! Here’s a sampling of recent articles:
Five fun poetry exercises to try with your kids
Candy heart homeschool
Monday math: jokes and riddles
Read LLL’s beautiful breastfeeding magazine online for free
From U-boats to the bayou to Buckingham Palace: Great virtual tours online
Free seed starting charts and calendars to help prepare your garden