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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Chain Reactions

We watched the Ok Go music video "This To Shall Pass" which is all a giant series of chain reactions. Sir J, who thought it was the bee's knees, watched it 5 or 6 times and then went straight to creating his own. Future engineer? 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Adventures in Gardening!

We check in with our heroine in the backyard of the family's new home, toasting under the July sun while working in her two 8X4 garden beds.
"Why are my strawberries rotting on the vine?" she ponders to no one it particular, seeing as everyone else is ensconced in the AC cooled house.
But, never fear lady hero! Google is on the case and revels that...wait for it...strawberries can't be left on the ground to ripen. They will rot. 
"Thank you Google!" Cries our relived, and somewhat embarrassed, heroine.
Tune in next time to see what other perils await our gardening maven!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sight Words Activities

We are working hard on our three "R"s, reading, writing, and arithmetic! 
I am on the hunt for fun ways to teach the reading part. 
Boys are notorious for being less than enthusiastic about learning to read, and I don't want to poison the well with well intentioned nagging. 
So, I am doing my best to make it fun and pressure free, but we still have to get it done! We are all readers and I can't wait to share that love with each of my kids. 
Here are a couple fun activities I have mined out of a google search and created for us in little to no time! 
The first is an egg flipping game. You flip the egg with a spatula once you have read to word. 
I used clip art and self sealing laminate sheets to quickly create a super fun sight word game. 
You can write in the back with a magic marker and then erase it when you want to change words by stibbleing over it with an erasable marker. 
I am also planning letter pancakes for Lillybug's preschool work. 

The other activity, sand words, is pretty straight forward. 
It will be wonderful for sight word reinforcement in a very tactile way. I like to try and create activities that stimulate all the ways of learning; visual, auditory and kinesthetic.