Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Speaking of vacation, we are living for it! We'll be heading to North Carolina this Friday. We will have the bonus of seeing Dad's Aunt Nettie and Uncle Bill since we will stay at their house on the way down. The kids are very excited and so am I! Normally for a trip like this I would have started packing already, but this flu has kept me from doing even that. I'm feeling a little better today so my goal is to go through the kid's clothes and see what we can take and what I will need to buy. Night Owl informs me he has grown out of all his shorts and he only has 2 pairs of jeans that fit. (Sigh. I can't keep that kid in clothes.) I have found that the really great thing about taking a vacation in the spring is that I am forced to get the spring/summer wardrobes up to date. I need to work on my own too ... I was hoping to lose about 20 lbs first but I don't think that's going to happen by next week!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
For Geography this year, both Social Butterfly and Jetter are learning about the United States. The main objective for Jetter is the memorization of the states and capitols as well as map skills. We do this primarily by using flash cards and a map skills book. Jetter loves looking at maps, following roads with his finger, comparing this map to that, etc. He's not real big on his map skills book though. I think it might be too simple. Here he is studying his flash cards:
It is simply a blank map of the United States mounted to cork board. There are 50 pins, one for each state. Each pin has a tiny flag that gives the state's name and capitol. She puts the pin into the state on her map. Here she is working with the level 1 map. Above, is the key. The Level 1 map is color coded like the key, so she can check easily. The flags on each pin are also color coded. The level 2 map is all white. She doesn't normally have the key right there, but I put it in for the picture. She is assigned to do this once a week as well. Finally, she is given a blank map on which she must write the names of each state. This is like a weekly quiz. She is able to fill in more and more states each time she does it, which is the goal.
Builder is in the first picture above, but his geography studies right now are mostly just for fun. He likes doing the felt map like a puzzle and we also have 3 or 4 other puzzles around here in the shape of the United States. I'm hoping my kids know their geography more than I did at their age! My husband will vouch for the fact that I must have been sleeping during geography when I was in school.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
and I'm ready for action! Speaking of cleaning, look who needs a good cleaning! This boy LOVES red beets!!