- Make a volcano
- Picnic dinner at the beach
- Make a cookie map of Canada
- Sew cushions for Bekah's chair
- Geocaching in our neighborhood
- Release our butterflies
- Paint to music
- Blow bubbles
- Go to the water park
- Q-tip Pointillism
- Hole "Challenge" Drawings
- Masking Tape Art
- Sleep outside under the stars
- "Pass the Drawing"
Tuesday, 31 May 2011
We've started a list, in no particular order, of things we want to do this summer. It might not end up being 100 things but this is what we have so far ...
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Matt just finished a 8 week Lego Robotics class (Gateways Discovery Camps) with some of his friends from soccer. Of course, this is right up Matt's alley and he made some awesome creations.
Hard at work
A car that moves!
His own design he created on the last day of class.
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
As part of our unit on plants we attempted to dye some white carnations.
First, we added dye to the water in three of the vases, split the stems (to speed up the intake of dye), and then put one flower in the plain water (control), one flower in each of the vases of dyed water and another flower in both of the vases (half of the split stem in each vase).
We then waited, and waited, and then waited some more. We were supposed to see some results within the hour but we observed only slight red colouring in the flowers after several days (you have to look really closely at the photo).
Next time we would try adding more dye to the water to make a stronger solution and also use warm water to fill the vases. We might also experiment with other colours of dye to see if that made a difference.
We started with small seeds in tiny pots inside.
Then moved them outside to brave the elements (and the mole in the backyard!).
Using whatever help we could find :)
Until she ran away!
But here's the real expert to tell you how things went ...
The camera work is a bit rough but it is tough when budget restraints require you to do your own camera work while reporting (after production the numbers were crunched and there was absolutely nothing left for editing).
Bekah has started writing a daily edition of "Bekah's Breaking News". Each edition (composed, typed and edited - well, sometimes edited - by Bekah) is a delightful collection of short articles about various topics (hockey is a current one these days). Here are a few of my favourite editorials so far (typed exactly as originally published):
~Baby VS crocodile~
At church yesterday a baby named Isaih was shootin hard at a croc that said honk when you squeezed him. It was quite a battle until finally ........ the crocodile surrendered, and the baby decided to do something else.
Daddy left the grittle (griddle) all dirty!!!! :( And now Mama has to clean it all up. :( (Please don't hold this against Dada as it really probably wasn't his fault.)
I predict that the Canucks will win the game!! What do you think?? Sadly I won't be watching it because I have a dance recital (which you will be reading about soon).
An original song
When I saw your face
It was like an ocean wave, blue and clear.
Yes, when I see your face
It was like a flower that just came out.
You're beautiful (1X)
Yes, you're beautiful (2X)
We were all looking forward to our poetry unit last month after getting a big stack of poetry books from the library and being inspired to make a poetry tree (hanging poems from tree branches artistically arranged in a container).
Then we started listening to a couple of CDs by Sharon Creech (thanks, Katina!):
and listened to them again,
and yet again.
We laughed along with Jack, a young boy, who thinks he can't write poetry but, with the gentle encouragement of his teacher, ends up writing all sorts of poetry.
Before I knew it both of my kids were racing home from activities (we listened to the cds in the car) to write down poems on bits and scraps of paper. Matthew was begging me to read the poetry books with him and then help him get the right kind of paper for him to write his own poems on.
We didn't do any of the "formal" lessons I had planned on the different types of poetry and we never got around to our poetry tree (the poems didn't "fit" very well on the cards we were going to hang on the tree). Thanks to Jack's inspiration, however, we experimented with alliteration, metaphors, similies and repetition. What a delightfully natural way to enjoy poetry.
Some of my favorites from the "bits and scraps" of paper ....
Funny, floating frog
Green lily pad.
Of the rain
Sounds like music
in the day
As the rain drops
come out to play.
OH THE HEAVY CROSS
Oh the heavy cross on Jesus’ shoulders.
What a heavy cross on Jesus’ shoulders.
Too heavy to carry if you tried.
Oh, if you tried it would be too heavy.
But he all tired and weak,
carried the cross as a sign of defeat.
Waiting for his fate that would be very great for the world.
His fate would be great for the world
because he saved us from sin, our greatest enemy
He saved us from sin, our greatest enemy.
Oh the heavy cross.
Monday, 23 May 2011
Saturday, 21 May 2011
Friday, 20 May 2011
Saturday, 14 May 2011
How do you keep an eight year old awake while teaching her
about money management?
Send her to the mall with $20 and a good friend!
Decisions, decisions, decisions!
("And how much tax will be added to this, Mommy?")
What $20 buys you:
$7 Sunglasses (good thing they were on sale!), $7 stuffy and a $4 bookmark
(and ice cream from Mommy)
Priceless = the fun had by all!