Wednesday, December 30, 2009
15 month calendar - $15.00
If you'd like one please email me or leave a comment and I will make sure you get one.
ACT Playground - check out the website to get a view of the proposed playground
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
And when Amber and Sam are feeling the need for a little phonics practice, Starfall always delivers. They love it and so do I. Amber was trying to spell Claus as in Santa yesterday and when I prompted her with au sounds like? She said oh I learned that on Starfall and immediately spelled it correctly.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Nicholas - This game would be a lot more fun if all the good hiding places didn't cause suffocation.
Science? Health? Vocabulary? What subject would this fit into?
I praise God everyday for the doctors' knowledge and the wonderful nurses at Children's Hospital of Milwaukee.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
It was incredibly foggy this morning. That's part of the crew that hunts here.
First year hunting - First day of the hunt
She shot two deer. First a spike buck and then 15 minutes later a doe. There weren't many deer shot just a couple other does. She was definitely the #1 big buck killer today. I am so proud of her. Her brother and sister are proud of her too.
Dad thinks it was pretty awesome too.
Friday, November 20, 2009
And speaking of pumpkin pie here's a tasty recipe for making your own pumpkin pie spice. A lot of recipes I make this time of year use it, but boy is it expensive. I make my own and store in an airtight container.
Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/8 t. ginger
1/8 t. cloves
Obviously this makes 1 teaspoon. I always make a huge batch at a time, starting with 8-10 tsp. of cinnamon and then altering the recipe accordingly.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Amber Lou took a crack at riding the dirt bike. She progressed quickly. After about 10 times around the house she asked to go further away from us where no one could see her. So she dirt biked to her beloved horses and back and called it a day.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Art Projects For Kids - I love this art teacher's blog. The art projects have easy to follow directions, adaptable to a wide age range, making them perfect for homeschooling families. She has a great list of topics in the lefthand sidebar so you can easily find an art project to coordinate with a particular artist, holiday or season.
Rookie Read About Books - I believe these are aimed at K-2, which makes them perfect for us since I have a K and a 2. The Rookie Readers are a great introduction to nonfiction reading. Here are links to three of the series:
Today Amber read Veterans Day from the Holiday series which was quite helpful. We talked about ticker tape, poppies and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. All of which I don't think would come up very often in our average daily conversations. I like this series because they offer books about holidays celebrated in other countries as well.
Schlessinger Movies - These are short informative videos about holidays, history, folk tales and more. For a complete list go here.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
We carved pumpkins.
We roasted pumpkin seeds. The kids love these. I don't wash off the pumpkin; that's what gives them the flavor. We just melt about 2 Tbsp. butter on the cookie sheet and then put a single layer of seeds on the pan, salt them and roast them for 12-13 minutes at 350 F. YUM!!!
And of course did a little Trick-or-Treating on Halloween. This year we had a soldier, cowboy, nurse and Nancy Drew. Little J wore his hunting clothes and slept in his carseat the entire time.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
More Adjective-Adverb Confusion
Matter of fact the next 6 pages have that title which helps her to realize she's not the only one a bit confused. I always tell her the number of practice pages for a particular part of speech is directly proportionate to the number of kids (in millions) who need more practice. She usually turns away at the point, probably because I forbid her to roll her eyes at me. A tiny part of me thinks she might be rolling them, though, when she turns away.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Note the shorts Sam is wearing, quite different from last week's apparel when it was snowing.I love the color variations of the cranberries; the way they form swirls is captivating.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
They set up the sprayer jets and the berry cleaner and slowly begin to tighten the boom which keeps the berries moving towards the elevator. The water jets help push them along also.
The paddles on the elevator grab the fruit and carry them up to the cleaning belt. High pressure water is sprayed onto the cranberries to wash away as many leaves and bits of grass as possible.
The white bristled rollers spin continuously brushing away leaves, twigs and rotten cranberries. The trash falls onto the trailer and the clean cranberries go on their way up.
The cranberries are elevated once again, this time emptying into the dump truck.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
As Warren drives through the bed the berries boil up and float until the next step. You get a really good look at the process of harvesting here. It's very easy to see where he's been and where he still needs to go.