Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Now, later in the day, it was time to prepare for the family party tomorrow. The menu: BBQ pork ribs, green beans (Lee's special request), Milwaukee's Midgets, more cucumber slices and carrot sticks, cheese and crackers and pumpkin pie with candles.
Friday, January 26, 2007
7:00 a.m. Grace woke up, Lee showered, Grace showered, Ray has a tummyache (diarrhea), breakfast for everyone (toast, blackberry jelly, honey, coffee, orange juice, RubyRed juice, Kix, Shredded Wheat, we're out of milk)
8:00 a.m. clean up kitchen, switch over laundry to dryer, I showered
8:30 a.m. dad and Lou left for town to do some banking, look at riding mowers and get Lee one last birthday gift
9:00 a.m. Ray and I fed animals, Grace started on CHC spelling and journal writing
9:20 a.m. Lee started on his seatwork, Ray and I set a number puzzle (he surprised me by knowing where all the pieces went)
9:45 a.m. worked from CHC Behold and See, Chapter 3
10:15 a.m. changed into town clothes, went to the dentist for sealants, Lee stayed in the waiting room reading magazines, I took Ray for a walk, when Lee had his turn Grace helped the receptionist by putting stamps on envelopes
12:00 p.m. home again, lunchtime, Ray napped, did noon chores, folded clothes
1:00 p.m. Grace and Lee worked on taking down the Christmas tree, finally, I made brownies for Lee's birthday party tomorrow
1:30 p.m. Ray woke up not feeling well, major diarrhea again (actually got on the wall and under the trim work, yuk!), Ray had a bath, I cleaned the floor, the kids complained of the smell
1:50 p.m. carried all the totes to the basement
2:00 p.m. did afternoon chores, I blogged, Grace and Lee watched a movie
3:00 p.m. dad and Lou got back, Lou settled down to watch the movie, Ray played and had a snack of dry cereal
I hear from so many wanna be homeschoolers that homeschooling sounds like a good idea, but they don't know how they would ever fit it all in and get the housework/home management done. It doesn't always happen perfectly. Some days school rules, some days chores rule, some days fun rules, some days helping out family members rules. Life keeps going and the kids learn from it all. School doesn't need to happen during set times or happen around the table all the time; we try to infuse learning into most parts of the day, whether we are helping out friends (character development), doing Math at the table, cooking or other housework, helping dad in the shop or on the marsh or just playing.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
- paint and decorate bedroom to be a peaceful and romantic getaway (not done)
- lose 15 pounds (not done)
- I can't even remember #3 or #4 from last year which most likely are (not done)
I plan on transferring the first two to this year's list and I added one more, a family chore chart. Down came the advent calendar and up went the most beautiful family chore chart, in full color and saved to a disk so I can revise and print weekly. The list of rotating chores include:
- vacuum porch rug
- fold socks
- feed and water animals
- collect dirty laundry
- tidy game/school closet
- set and clear lunch table
- help prepare lunch
- collect eggs
- Flylady mission with mom
- put away clean towels and wash cloths
- kitchen duty (supper)
While I prepared this chart in Word, the onlookers remarked, "look what I get to do today", "I can't believe more jobs", "I hate chores", "Why isn't dad's name on the chart?" "Are we starting this next month?" I don't know which I like more, the looks of the full color chart or the potential for a little added help throughout the day?
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Day 1 Read Wild and Wooly Mammoths by Aliki. Discuss the world at this time and how early Americans came in the first place. Read First Came the Indians by M.J. Wheeler. This was a good introduction to Indian lifestyles across America.
Day 2 Read Before You Came This Way by Byrd Baylor. This book introduces rock art of the Southwestern tribes and how you might interpret it. Read Native American Rock Art: Messages from the Past by Yvette LaPierre
Day 3 Continue reading from Native American Rock Art. Check on line about Roche-A-Cri State Park. Read about the rock art found there. We looked through our pictures from when we were there a couple of years ago. Read Anasazi by Leonard Everett Fisher.
Day 4 Finish Rock Art book. Make salt dough, create bowls, let dry and paint next week. Making the dough was fun, however, the bowls didn't stay in a bowl shape. They gradually fell into plate shapes. Still, all the kids had so much fun playing with the dough and especially the feel of their skin when the project was done.
Day 5 Read The Village of Blue Stone by Stephen Trimble. Color a map of the 4-state area (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado) where the Anasazi lived. Make a story stick. Check out turquoise in the Rocks and Minerals book.
Day 6 Read One Small Blue Bead by Byrd Baylor. Read Everybody Needs A Rock by Byrd Baylor. We skipped painting the salt dough creations. Lou kept hers on her dresser and the rest we threw to the chickens who pecked at the hard dough.
Day 7 Make cuffs and anklets for the boys and fancy dance bustle for the girls. Make headbands for all. Dance to Songs of the Spirit CD. The day happened to be chilly, but that didn't stop the kids from heading outside all decked out in Indian attire to play in the woods until lunch.
Day 8 Try shell etching. It worked well, but the finished projects never made it into necklace or magnet form. The shells are still setting on the kitchen counter. Read selected stories from Earthmaker's Tales.
Day 9 Make baby doll cradle board and play throw sticks. This game turned out to be a winner and we all enjoyed it so, we played it a few times so we a had a chance to play one another.
Day 10+ We made a variety of Early American foods that might have been popular in the Southwest. Over the course of a week we tried: fry bread, wild rice, squash, real-in-the-kettle-popcorn, fruit leather and peanut butter.
All projects in bold came from the book, More Than Moccasins: A Kid's Activity Guide to Traditional North American Indian Life by Laurie Carlson.
*I would love to make links for all these books, but I haven't found an easy way to import the entire web address, without copying it onto paper and then typing in each one. Anyone have any tips?
After days of fiddling with Norton downloads and dial-up internet service, we finally succeeded in becoming totally protected for 366 more days. Amen!
Monday, January 22, 2007
Mama, Mama, mommy, mom
mommy, mommy, ma ma ma
mommy, mommy, ma ma ma
mama, mama, mommy mom
mama, mommy, mama, mom
mommy, mommy, mommy, mom
I feel loved!
Monday, January 15, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Are you filling the potatofier?
What's that smell?
Me: Bleach. I just cleaned the bathroom.
Lee: I've never smelled that before, it smells good.
In almost 8 years he's never smelled bleach? I'm sure I've cleaned that bathroom before. I think.
Get that KitKat out of your toes.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Lee: What is this? Syrup? or Whiskey?