Friday, January 30, 2009

Flat G

Oh, I am soooo excited! I saw another Homeschooling Momma, Lydia, do this project a year or so ago and could not wait until we studied the Human Body so we could too. Instead of the trace your body on paper and fill it in method of organ study Litttle Blue School inspired us to make a fabric G and fill it in as you go, then you have a life size doll when your done. So here is where we are so far with the amazing help of Nana because I cannot sew. THANK YOU NANA!

1. We traces G's outline on paper and made a pattern. You could go straight to the fabric but if you buy a half yard to short you can decapitate the pattern and use a spare section.

Then Nana figured out all the details like 5/8 th seam allowance and an extra inch for stuffing.
Then she cut him out and sewed him up!! Leaving open a side for stuffing.

Now Lydia went ahead and stuffed her's and the kids decorated them with permanent markers. Me, I'm a little too type A for that with a 7 year old so we are using some of the things I have tucked away and never have a reason to use.... iron on transfers and fabric crayons. Both of these products have been sitting in a drawer for YEARS.
If you have not used fabric crayons they are so simple. Color on a sheet of paper, flip it over, iron. That is it. (Crayons are for blended fabrics not 100% cotton.) I printed off this hand from Discovery Education and we just traced it with the black crayon. I also cut off the thumb so it would fit better.

Also rather than drawing on a face I cropped and enlarged a good picture of G and printed it off on T-shirt Transfer paper. Then I trimmed it out and ironed it on.

I am very pleased with this so far!! I cannot wait to see it grow as our lessons progress.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Crayola Glow Board

Do your kids have one of these? Crayola Color Explosion Glow Board. G has had his for a year and just this week I had inspiration!!! School... Science... I drew a basic diagram of the skin on the back slate and I had G draw the elements of skin on the removable slate.

Skin cross section

pressure sensor, sebaceous gland, hair follicle, nerve, sweat gland.

Glow action!!!

I am so excited to plan what our next use will be.

Learning Notes: Jan 19, 2009

G with President Obama.

Math- minus 8
Brainish dot com- 5 pages
Time Test -8

Phonics-Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading lessons 178-182
Book Adventure- The Cat in the Hat, Hop on Pop
Read Aloud-Tales from the Odyssey

G went roller skating for the first time!

History- Greece
Story of the World Audio- Cyrus the Great ch 21
Audio- The Odyssey told by Odds Bodkin
Conquering Mesopotamia Game
Maps- Chapters 21

Science- Human Body: Skin
We lifted fingerprints with tape

Word of the Week- epidermis
Diagram parts
Craft- Skin- details to come...
Online- e-Learning for Kids: Skin, Acne

Mezzo Piano, stem placement

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Learing Notes- Jan 12, 2009

We added back all subjects this week as well as Library and Piano Lessons. And G turned 7!!!

Math- minus 7
Brainish dot com- 5 pages
Time Test- -6, -7 (only 2 left!!!!!)

Phonics-Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading lessons 171-177 (r controlled)
Book Adventure- George Shrinks
Read Aloud- Commander Toad Series and Tales from the Odyssey

History- Greece
Story of the World Audio- Homer, Ch 19, 20
Video- Hercules Cartoon
Audio- The Odyssey told by Odds Bodkin
Read Aloud- Max & Ruby: Midas, Hercules' 12 Labors
Maps- Chapters 19 , 20

Science- Human Body
Worksheets- Measuring Me, Myself & I (5)
Video - Bill Nye the Science Guy: Human Body

Mezzo Piano

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I was going to write about the Idea Book for Educators from A&E, History, and Biography channels but Michelle, over at my new blog find The Homeschool Classroom, already did. Check out her article on this great FREE resource.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Learning Notes 2009

January 5, 2009

Well, we are back to school after a MONTH off. It was wonderful as we have Family Christmas celebrations every weekend in December... not just Christmas week. After the long break we weaned ourselves back into studies.

Math- minus 6
Brainish dot com- 4 pages

Phonics-Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading lessons 163 -170
Book Adventure- Henry & Mudge and the Tall Tree House
Read Aloud- The Ghosthunters and the Muddy Monster of Doom (finished)- Cornelia Funke

History- Greece
Story of the World Audio- Homer
Video- Odyssey Cartoon

F-A-C-E :4 songs