Friday, March 29, 2013

Field Trip Friday- Meet a Meteorologist!

Today's field trip was so much fun! The kids got to meet our local meteorologist at Live 5 News. They had fun learning how the news is made. There favorite part was learning about the Green Screen. The kids were polite and everyone at the news station was very friendly. It was a fantastic experience.

Where the magic happens!
Fun at the weather station
Rapunzel and little man shocked that they were on TV in front of the green screen.

Little Man having fun with the TV camera.

Future news anchor?

Rapunzel and our Meteorologist!

How did you spend your Friday?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Our Life of Jesus Bracelet for Easter

I love Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler. She has an exceptional blog and she is so inspiring. We got our inspiration from our "Life of Jesus Bracelet" from her.

This is the one Rapunzel made. 

Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler made an absolutely beautiful one. Stop by her website to see her awesome bracelet and her cute printable story that goes along with it. You can find her complete instructions here.

Tuesday School- Weather

This week in Tuesday School we learned about the weather. The kids had so much fun learning about the water cycle, clouds, wind, and air pressure. This weeks weather unit goes hand in hand for our field trip tomorrow (details to come).

The kids made water cycle bracelets. This idea came from F is for First Grade.

We altered the color slightly on ours because we didn't have any white beads.

Rapunzel's finished bracelet.

We watched some clouds with this Cloud Viewer

Rapunzel made a wind catcher. 

There favorite activity was making a cloud. This was a great idea created by The Farm Chicks.

What are you learning about this week?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Field Trip Friday COOP- Strawberry Picking

Today was wonderful! We went to a small farm and picked strawberries with our local homeschooling group. Thankfully, some strawberries made it into their buckets (a lot of strawberries made it into their bellies.) It was a great way for the kids to get outside and enjoy the day! 

Little man and Rapunzel finding the perfect strawberries.

Little man enjoying the fruits of his labor (literally).

Rapunzel filling up her brothers bucket because he is to busy eating the strawberries.

Cleaning our strawberries at home.

Making chocolate covered strawberries.

A special after dinner treat!

What do you do on your Fridays?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Amazing Cheddar Jalapeno Turkey Burgers

OMG! I am in love! We had tried the most delicious recipe tonight and I just had to share it with you all! We had these amazing Cheddar Jalapeno Turkey Burgers. The recipe can be found HERE. The original recipe calls for chicken but I chose to use turkey and they hit the spot!

When family comes to visit... Take a field trip!

This week some unexpected family visitors came in to visit with us for a couple days. So after getting off track last week, I found myself off track again this week. i found it more important for our children to spend time with our guest than continue on our lesson plan for the week. Instead of trying to get the kids to focus on there lessons, we took a field trip to the Zoo.

We had fun posing with statues. 

Feed Giraffes.

Feeding birds nectar.

Rapunzel climbing the rock wall.

We enjoyed some quality time with our family. Our day was full of laughs and sunshine. What do you do with your homeschool day when you have guests in town?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

When things don't go as planned..

When thing don’t go as planned…

This week was a bit of a trial for me. I didn’t get anything done with the kids that I set out to accomplish. Why were things so challenging for us you ask? We got sick. After our Coop on Tuesday, all of our stomachs felt a little funny. Rapunzel was the first one to come down with whatever it was, shortly followed by me of course. As a person who tries to plan EVERYTHING, I had to learn to a lesson this week. I had to learn how to cope when things are out of my control.

This week I learned a valuable lesson. The beauty of homeschool is that you don’t have to be rigid in you plans. If you need to take a break, you can do it. I think I am still in the mentality that if my children miss a couple days of what I had planned, they are going to fall behind. I need to learn to change my thinking that I have learned being a part of a structure society for so long.

So what did we do this week? Well, we just did the basics. Rapunzel did some math and reading when we were sick and that was it. We are kind of getting back into a grove now. We will get back into our regular routine tomorrow. 

What does a sick day look like for you?
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tuesday School- Coop

We had our first meeting with our new Coop group on Tuesday! It was amazing! The kids had so much fun. Every week the group study's a different topic. This week the study was about birds. The children dissected owl pellets, did crafts, studied the anatomy of birds, and has special treats that fit in with the bird theme. 

Little man had fun making birds with manipulatives.

Rapunzel had a great time making a pine cone bird feeder. 

Little man made "Bird Cookies" 

Rapunzel loved dissecting her owl pellet. 

If you do not belong to a coop, you should try to find one in your area. This is a great way for the kids to interact with other people and explore learning in a fun way. It is also a great way to get out of the house and decompress. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Adventures in U.S. History MFW

It’s been awhile since my last post. I know. I am sorry for that. This is our 4th week homeschooling and so far things seem to be running pretty smoothly. My daughter is settling in nicely. She misses her friends at her old school and hates math but is in pretty good spirits. My son is a different story. He is a mess. He doesn’t want to do any work at all. It has been a struggle and so far I am only able to get him to work for an hour or so.
We are using Adventures in History MFW this year for our curriculum. We love it so far. It has a great layout and we love the topics covered in it so far. The kids seemed interested and engaged in the material. We love going to the library and picking up the books that go with each unit in the book basket. The only down side to this curriculum is that I find myself spending a lot of extra time supplementing the curriculum with lapbooks and projects. I wish more of these items were included in their curriculum.

This week we are starting our Native American Unit. In addition to the normal My Father’s World Curriculum we are adding several additional components to our lessons.

Today we started off learning about Native American History through this video.

We started our Native American Lapbook by Hands of a Child

We started learning about the Woodland Indians and started our Lapbook on them.
We learned about wigwams through this website.  We made a wigwam. Our inspiration for this project came from this website.

We learned this history of Dream Catchers with this video. We made our own Dream Catcher. We bought a dream catcher kit from our local Michael’s. This Dream Catcher  is similar to the one that we purchased.