Wednesday, October 27, 2010

School on the Road

One of the best things about homeschooling (to me) is the mobility.  We're gearing up to spend a couple of days at my in-laws house.  I'm just teaching a subject and then putting the materials in a box as I go this morning.  School will resume at Nana and Gramp's dining room table tomorrow morning.  So easy!  The best part?  I had on schedule to carve pumpkins this week and it looks like that day is going to be while we're at my in-laws.  So they get the mess!  Hee..hee...

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Scary Ghost Project

We are a little behind on our required amount of school days now that we are in KY.  We have started having school on Fridays.  As you can imagine, this went over like a lead balloon.  So I changed things around a little and we save all our science experiments, arts and crafts, field trips and extra long PE time for Friday.  Now I hear, "I can't wait until school on Friday." to my ears.  This Friday we made some flour and salt ghosts to decorate for Halloween.  It's a fun, non scary project that any age child can do.  It's just one cup flour, one cup salt, and one half cup water mixed together.  Shape into ghosts and microwave for 30 second intervals until you reach about 1:30.  Then draw on them with a sharpie.  That's it!  Below are some pics of the girls making the ghosts and the final product.  Grace, who's drummer beat is so different I'm not sure it's even in the percussion section, decided to make a sandbox for the ghosts to play in.  That will explain the large white circle in the middle.

Math Fractions

So many yummy ways to teach fractions, so little time.  Kendall and I have been working on basic fractions and I decided to let our math lessons be a cooking one on Thursday.  We practiced fractions while making Twinkie cake.  Yum!  We also got to practice those oh so important cutting skills and mixing skills.  
Kendall's first attempt at cutting a banana into 4 equal parts.  We had to brainstorm a better way.
Success!  Cutting a banana into four equal parts.

Checking how many ounces are in the can.
Ready to present at dinner that night.

Twinkie Cake

1 box Twinkies
20 oz can of crushed pineapple or cherry pie filling
1 big box vanilla pudding
large container of cool whip.
nuts and cherries for on top if desired.

Cut 9 twinkies lengthwise and lay them in a 9x13 pan.  Sneak into the pantry and eat the leftover twinkie will no kids are around.  :-)  Mix the pudding according to package directions.  Spread the pudding on the  twinkies.  Spread your fruit on top of the pudding.  Spread cool whip on top of fruit.  Top with nuts and                 
you're done!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

We're Official

Oh my goodness when was the last time I updated this blog?  No one scroll down to look I will be too embarrassed.  I will try to do better starting today.  We are officially homeschooling in KY now.  I went down and turned in the paperwork to the school office today.  FYI, the Fayette Co. district office is gorgeous!!!  It is so tastefully decorated and has the privilege of being in a beautiful old building downtown that I imagine was a high school many moons ago.  It has the kind of effect that you start to whisper and walk lightly as soon as you enter.  Kentucky tax dollars hard at work.  In their defense, it could have just been the first floor that was decorated nice to impress visitors.  Besides it's hard for these old buildings in Lexington to not look beautiful.  I'm not even much into architecture but we will definitely be planning a field trip to look at some of the amazing buildings around this place. So now that we are official I plan to get back to updating on a daily basis. I will see you tomorrow.