September 30, 2008
So here are some pictures from last year's visit to the berry farm in Woodstock, Illinois with Lolo Ben and Lola Emmy. It's amazing to look back and see how much the boys have changed and grown in one year!
September 26, 2008
...their eyes were GLUED to this....
I wanted to post more pictures but most of them were very dark. Afterwards we got to spin the Chik-fil-a wheel for free meals and give hugs to the cow. We also played at the church's new indoor playground.
September 22, 2008
These are my most played albums at the moment. If you have not heard these...you must check them out.
Saviour King (Hillsong Music. Uplifting worship music...as always)
The Invitation (Meredith Andrews. We were blessed to have Meredith as a worship leader in our church in Illinois. This is her new released album and her single "You're not alone" is always playing on Houston KSBJ )
Albertine (Brooke Fraser. Super talented singer/songwriter from New Zealand on her 2nd album and first release in North America. She also writes and sings with the Hillsong United Band.)
Hello Love (Chris Tomlin. LOVE the new album! Our boys are hooked to "Sing, Sing, Sing".)
September 18, 2008
Another fun activity for this unit was playing Haydn's Surprise Symphony for the boys. I LOVED their reaction when the music unexpectedly gets very loud. I used it to talk about what is a surprise. ;-)
We also practiced drawing the cats in the story. Once again, we used the lesson on Usborne's "I Can Draw Animals" book. Here's Caleb's drawing of 'Smokey'.
September 16, 2008
September 15, 2008
The inside cover with middle flap. On the left are pictures of different types of boats (sail, motor, row). The front middle flap has animals on the ocean and pictures of dolphins and whale (we talked a lot about these animals).
Here's the inside of the "what is blue?" booklet.
Here's the inside of "animals in the ocean".
September 14, 2008
During this time we were part of the library's summer reading program getting ready to receive our half way price. It just couldn't come at a better time...the price was a new BALL!! When it was time to choose the color for the ball, I suggested of course....YELLOW....right? Well who would want a different color after we spent a whole week reading about a yellow ball?? :-) Here's a picture of Noah with their new GREEN and RED balls. Mom, of course just let them enjoy their gift and did not insist on the yellow one. How could I? Look at that happy face!! ;-)
We also finished a simple lapbook from homeschoolshare. You can get the printouts here. For the cover we used clip arts cut and paste.
Here's the inside panel...
Inside the "what is yellow" mini book.
For the back of the lapbook we re-created the cover of the book using pieces of construction paper. The boys insisted the ball should be floating on the water and not bouncing up on the sky. ;-)
September 12, 2008
First we carefully looked at them using a magnifying glass...see those lines?...see those shapes and colors?...
Then we each chose which ones where our favorites. Here are Caleb's pick.
Then I let the boys use water colors to paint some of them.
September 11, 2008
This story just like Play With Me, teaches the benefits of listening and being still and being attentive.
So for the entire week (and really weeks after that) we went on a search for quiet noises around the house, around the neighborhood (this one was hard to do because we were still living in a condo in the middle of Rogers Park neighborhood in Chicago).
- clock ticking
- a page turning
- feet or hands rubbed together
- walking on grass
- wind moving leaves on the sidewalk
- squirrel scratching a branch
- keyboard (typing)
- wood floor creaking
- a drop of water in the sink
- keys in the front door
- rain on the windows
- ceiling fan
- plastic bag
A great read-along title is The Listening Walk by Paul Showers.
September 10, 2008
After The Carrot Seed,our next unit was "Play with Me" by Marie Hall Ets. The story follows a little girl's encounter with different animals who make their home by a pond and her attempt to play with them.
I love this story especially because it teaches little ones to be still and quiet...something that can be a challenge with my very active boys. ;-)
Inside each flap we wrote 'yes' or 'no'. We also made a list of other animals they would like to play with one day.
Each matchbox has a description of an animal from the story that I read aloud to them while they search for the picture with the answer to paste inside. Simple but fun.
We couldn't possibly read this story without taking a walk around the woods and visiting a pond, right? So we headed to the nature center near us to see which animals we could spot. We found turtles and frogs by the pond. We also saw lots of squirrels (not in the story), a few deer, a heron and lots of robins and cardinals. Unfortunately my camera's battery died so these are the only shots I got our fun afternoon...
September 04, 2008
September 03, 2008
This week He answered our prayers once again as I have been seeking to connect with other moms and homeschoolers.
We joined a local homeschooling support group who offers enrichment classes, field trips, park days and more. Yesterday we met some families from the group, including a mom who lives in our same subdivision! Caleb and Noah will join an enrichment class of "hands-on" science twice a month. The home where we will meet is about 5 minutes away.
We are also joining a BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) class on Tuesday mornings. The boys can attend with me and have their own class as well.
If you know me well, you know that I crave being around people so for me this was a huge answered prayer!!
Tomorrow Thursday will be my ultrasound. The boys will be there with us and I just can't wait to see their reaction when they get to peek at who's inside mama's belly. ;-)