We can now be found at Discovery for Life, I hope you'll come visit us.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I have moved all the posts on this blog onto my Calico Contemplations blog, they are categorized as Discovery for Life, have a special header, and have maintained their penguin sigs. I will no longer be updating here, all updates will occur on Calico Contemplations.
We've come so far in this month, she is back doing math on Time 4 Learning and is really enjoying it, amazing what a little mastery will do for a kid. I hear all the arguments against drilling and memorization, but honestly I don't think a little hurts, at least not my kid.
We have done some great field trips to the zoo for the opening of Teton Trek, to the Pink Palace to see a movie on mummies, and more planetarium show, pumpkin patches to pat animals, pick pumpkins and play with other homeschoolers.
We did a Magic School Bus science kit on Going Green. We created a mini compost tube, compared the decay rate of plastic, styrofoam, and leaves, made paper, and so much more. She loved checking on her experiments each day, and writing up conclusions at the end.
I've seen her joy and love of reading expand as she has more time and opportunity to do it for enjoyment. She has plowed through several Animal Ark books, as well as non-fiction on bats, vampire bats, cheetahs, penguins, hippos, puffins, tigers, whales, dolphins, weather patterns, and so much more.
Artistically we are seeing her get back into the pattern of experimentation and constant creation. During first grade her production of art work had dropped off to nearly nothing, a huge change from the constant barrage we had from the time that she could first hold a crayon.
Guess this is it for now, I won't promise to update too soon as we know I probably won't. Oh well, I'll either keep posting sporadically here, or eventually wrap this into my other blog. Who knows...
Sunday, September 27, 2009
We hadn't had sunshine in about two weeks and we were getting tired of the gloom. Trips to the zoo had been spent dodging rain clouds, and many of the animals stayed in their night houses. Yesterday however, the sun shone, the sky was blue, and the animals came out to play.
In case you haven't guessed we love the zoo!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
We went to the Pink Palace Museum yesterday for field trip day. There is an IMAX Theater, a Planetarium, a wide assortment of permanent and temporary exhibits and then there are displays in the main house.
The main house was being built for Clarence Saunders, inventor of the self-service grocery, before he went bankrupt attempting to maintain control of his company stock. One of the exhibits is a to size replica of Clarence's first Piggly Wiggly.
What struck me the most as we wandered through was not how small it was, or the lack of choice, or even the way you were herded through like cattle; instead what I was struck by were how many things on those few shelves were things I have in my home today.
- Kellogg's Corn Flakes
- Cream of Wheat
- Quaker Oats
- Gold Medal Flour
- White Lily Flour
- Domino Sugar
- Quaker Corn Meal
- Log Cabin Syrup
- Jello Brand Jello
- Del Monte Green Beans
- McCormick's Cloves
- Morton's Salt
- Lava Soap
Funny isn't it how so much has changed in our world and yet we still use these things. Makes me feel a little closer to the past, if only for the moment.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
This poor blog really does suffer. I am trying so hard to keep the main one up and get my websites back up and running, add to that the homeschooling and...
Good thing I don't have tons of readers to be mad about my lack of udates...
Friday, September 4, 2009
My goal for next week is to get an earlier start each day. Somehow, we have traveled beyond the "normal" late start that we were having (between 10am & 11am) and we are now starting between 12pm & 1pm. While it doesn't really matter in the sense that she does the work, I do see it affecting the amount of time she spends playing with friends. So here's to slightly earlier starts and more time outdoors.