Thursday, December 23, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
1. Numbers League
Rainbow Resources had a free shipping special last week so I looked into a couple of math games. I bought Equate... which I don't think will be "please please can we play it!" type game but I hope it makes math practice a bit less torturous. The other game was Numbers League: an Adventure in Addiplication. Your goal is to create a team of super heroes to capture villains. G loves it! It's not even like doing math! he said. LOL I was really impressed with how his mental math improved after a few rounds.
2. Lego Harry Potter
We are a fan of the new build it yourself Lego Game boards. First we got Minotaurus this summer, which we play often. Then for Christmas, we've been having family parties for 2 weeks now, G got the Harry Potter version. It is a bit more difficult to build initially but it all stays together when you are finished. I always imagine those stair cases moving on me when I read the books and daydream... well here they do.
What are you playing in school this winter?
Sunday, November 28, 2010
In front of the stage before the show.
Looking for Cats after the show... not really.
If you have seen Cats in the past, I would like to know when they cut "The Aweful Battle of The Pekes and the Pollicles" from the show?
I have to say our Grizabella looked like Helena Bonheim Carter as Bellatrix Lastrange but her voice was one of the best I have ever heard.
Monday, October 11, 2010
This beautiful 10/10/10 Sunday, the family spent the day at Conner Prairie. Conner Prairie is an Interactive History Park. This was the first time G has ever attended a museum where the docents play the part of the time period... he didn't quite know what to think.
First we rode the 1859 Balloon Voyage. G did not want to go but to be honest... I made him. There are certain things, like this balloon ride, like his first kiddie roller coaster, that I make him do. I don't want him to miss an opportunity. And I don't make him go if I am not willing to do it too. I only do this maybe once a year. He still was scared but talks about the view as being really neat.
Boarding the Canal Boat
Making a rope
Tuning the boat around.... the horses pull the boat and have to be reattached to the other end of the boat so we can go back.
We had never heard of Stone Mountain but the day before we left for Florida, I received my prize book from Live the Adventure. As I perused the 500 locations I came across this location near Atlanta… hmm we have to go through Atlanta. So we decided we would stop on the way back home. We are so glad we did. We only looked at the carving and took the train around the base but we plan to go back and partake in all of the activities and watch the laser show.
When we started on this homeschool journey, one of my main motivations was the fun stuff. The things that there is not enough time for in public school. After 3 years, I am searching for the fun stuff… There has definitely been a lack of it. Not that we don’t have any fun but there is a definite lack in the hands-on exploration and fieldtrip department. So I am trying to get off the hamster wheel of simply school at home. I want to find hands-on science experiments for G (he’s really into science right now) and I want to take at least one fieldtrip a month. Wish me luck!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
We went to the Kennedy Space Center the day after Labor Day and it was Empty! We took advantage of this and took tons of pictures.
Hint: I was tempted to purchase KSC tickets online but we waited and stopped at the Florida visitor center where they had $2.50 off coupons. Bonus. KSC tickets are good for two days within a seven-day period.We also took advantage of free admission, part of our KSC admission, to the Astronaut Hall of Fame. It is a wonderful, small museum. The exhibits are interesting and there are many hands on opportunities