Sunday, December 27, 2009
The spinner might make me dizzy for awhile .
I might be blown away by the fan!
I want too see the wave pool.
weather:I don't now what makes weather.
ocean:the ocean is an ecosystem that has salt water, fish, and corals. Fish eat grass,kelp, and seaweed.
energy:energy is from the sun, water, and wind.
Then I want to go home.
Friday, December 25, 2009
A (95) - [>39%]
B (85) - [37-38%]
C (75) - [35-36%]
D (65) - [33-34%]
F (60) - [<32%]
Dec 25 - 39%
Math: ..................... 37% B
Spelling: ................ 40% A
Literature: ........... 38% B
Language Skills: ... 36% C
Social Studies: ...... 39% A
Texas Science: ..... 39% A
Art: ....................... 35% C
Music: .................. 35% C
P.E.: ...................... 44% A
Health: ................. 45% A
Strategies for Testing: 20%
Thursday, December 24, 2009
We climbed through a lot of snow to the top of the summit. the Hemi-boreal has very few trees, mostly bushes and grasses. the bushes have dark blue berries on them. [Hemi]Boreal means halfway between the temperate and subarctic zones. This area along the Norwegian coast where precipitation is high and winters are fairly mild, the soil is very thin.
Who is the photographer when the photographer is in the picture? Erik. Good Job Erik.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
|Week of 8/24||Week of 8/31||Week of 9/7||Week of 9/14||Week of 9/21||Week of 9/28||Week of 10/5||Week of 10/12||Week of 10/19||Week of 10/26||Week of 11/2||Week of 11/9||Week of 11/16 *DC*||Week of 11/23||Week of 11/30||Week of 12/7||Week of 12/14 *DC*||Week of 12/21||Total To Date||End of Nine Week Goal|
I am not stinking kidding you. you have to set aside 30 hours a week LITERALLY to do this.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
|TAKS Reading Benchmark 2|
|Reporting Category||# Correct||# Tested||Score||Grade|
|Objective 1: Basic Understanding||13||13||100%||Commended Performance|
|Objective 2: Applying Knowledge of Literary Elements||6||6||100%||Commended Performance|
|Objective 3: Using Strategies to Analyze||1||5||20%||Did Not Meet Standard|
|Objective 4: Applying Critical-Thinking Skills||5||6||83.3%||Commended Performance|
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
on the 6th floor, Sir Eric's Bed chamber and his lady wife's chamber, there are tiny little rooms separated by stones with holes that go all the way down to the bottom of the castle that are TOILETS. MIDEVIL portapotties. how kewl is that? we went from the dungeon today all the way to the tippy top and walked round the roof, I am afraid of heights.
We walked back 2.1 kilometers, stopping along the way at an organic bakery for a snack. we ordered a baggette, with cold meats and mountain cheese, fresh squeezed appelsin jus (orange juice) and a shilling (pastry) an hot chocolate (they squirt the chocolate sauce in the bottom of a glass, and the fill the glass up with steamed milk from the cappachino machine. this snack was 180 Kroner or $30, by the time we got two sandwiches, two shillings, two appelsins, and four hot chocolates, the price was 490 Kroner, $81.67 Dollars. for LUNCH! each person got 1/2 a sandwhich and 1/2 a shilling.
Today I can mark down that I walked 5 kilometers and I climbed like 400 stairs up and 400 stairs down in the castle. There were 7 stories total in the tower. BTW, it was colder today, -11°C and we are supposed to get snow today, but it has to warm up a bit for that to happen.
Wind: E at 8 km/h
We walked a lot today. For 3 hours. It was cold outside. I had two hoodies and a ski coat on and froze my butt off! We walked through the gingerbread city pepperkakebyen i Bergen. My mom let me use her little camera to show you what I saw.
then we walked to a comic book store and bought some new Yu Gi Oh! cards, and they were all different from the ones that I already have. THEN we went to a bakery and got a subway and a brownie and freeze orange juice for lunch. It got dark at 4 pm. We drove through like 7 tunnels to get back home to the island.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I was having fun and it was warm and slippery.
The ecosystem that I am exploring is called a Maritime mild temperate / marine west coast climate (Köppen: Cfb) along the southwestern and part of the southern coast as in Bergen and Kristiansand. Hemiboreal / humid continental (Dfb) in the lowlands in the southeast.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Magnus did very nicely on his Math assessment yesterday he STILL has issues with word problems of going to the store, knowing how much money he started with, how much money he got as change, and figuring out what he bought with one known, one unknown. that concept is going to be a struggle this week.
I am taking some 'liberty' on his music course and switching to giving him credit for his foreign language, so for each hour that he practices speaking in norwegian with a local native I am assigning credit in the music curriculum, up to 3 lessons a day if he really is applying himself. out of 8 hours yesterday, he only spent about two listening and speaking norwegian.
He completed the How to Train Your Dragon (Heroic Misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III) by Cressida Cowell (I am sooo amazed.) and on the plane he completed Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Adventure!, Vol. 1 by Shigekatsu Ihara. How stinking cool is that?
Friday, December 11, 2009
Then I plugged the memory card into the computer, which also has my Kindle plugged into the USB, and I was able to effortlessly transfer the PDF's over to the Kindle. It read the files into the menu as soon as I disconnected it from the USB and displays them perfectly. HOLY COW. this is so stinking kewl.
I went to Amazon and downloaded Henry Huggins for Magnus so that it is already on the Kindle, and we can take the library book back before we rack up any more late fees because we are so slow.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
personal fitness trainer? way kewl.
we do not buy school clothes in the fall since the boys are in summer shorts until November here
finally broke down last week and got Erik some pants that are not high waters... that kid is in a 14slim boys or a womens -0- in jeans and size 6 boys shoe
Magnus also grew, he is in a 10Slim boys jeans.. and a size 5 boys shoe
both have decided to go with the tagless boxer briefs and the heavy metal band hair.
they are growing so stinking fast.
It is too cold to go outside, we can not find enough people to play a good game, so Wii are improvising. Did I mention that they have Wii baseball and Tennis attachments at Dollar Tree for $1 each? How sweet is that? I guess we better pack the Wii sports for our trip as well.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
We are mastering the socialization challenges that was actually what fostered the anxiety that motivated us to find an alternative to brick and mortar school.
During a recent discussion, we talked about 'why' we home school, Magnus and I did. He would get nauseous when he got on the bus because of all the noise. He would get nauseous when the kids in the classroom tormented him with nick names like 'fart boy' and were mean and hurt his feelings.
He would rather just play all day, but he knows that he has to learn something. Some days it is just easier to learn after having a good night sleep, other days, getting out of bed is so hard when you are just so tired after having lots of bad dreams and you get a headache.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Painstakingly careful placement of each piece of broken glass. Instead of following the pattern of a 'tree', Magnus went 'free form' and created a very nice Fireplace with lots of interesting details.
Mom resisted adding her own ideas by purchasing her own kit and sticking to that. I was completely dismayed when I saw a mom not just supervising her children in this activity, but flat out doing for all three, their activity for them. This was for fun, not even for a 'grade' and yet... Seriously, she was doing their project for them.
Now I am the first one to fuss and want my kids projects to be 'perfect' but I have since learned to just get my own kit and be a perfect as I want on THAT and let the kids explore on their own.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
we are going to tackle Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary which could go over big or not so much. We have had it checked out from the library so long that the overdue bill is probably more than the price of the book on Kindle.
Our first novel was Sarah Plain and Tall (Lexile: 560L - Guilded Reading: R), our second was Stone Fox (Lexile: 550L- Guided Reading: P) and this will be a little leap, Henry Huggins (Lexile 670 - Guided Reading: O). I have discovered that 550/P was too easy and 670/O is possibly too hard, but we shall see, it LOOK easy enough IMO.
I am still a little overwhelmed at the pile of books that I have to condense down to fit on the plane. Currently it is 9 inches tall.
As for free reading, it looks like the recommendations are:
andStormy, Misty's Foal by Marguerite Henry or Afternoon on the Amazon (Magic Tree House, Book # 6)
Saturday, December 5, 2009
How To Be A Pirate Author: Cowell, Cressida990L How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse Author: Cowell, Cressida 1040L yet.
We do have  How to Twist a Dragon's Tale and now we see that there is a couple more out.
How to Ride a Dragon's Storm and A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
No More Kings (Mayflower - 1620)
Fireworks (Declaration of Independence 1776)
Shot Heard Round the World (Paul Revere 1775)
The Preamble (Constitution - 1787)
Great American Melting Pot (Immigration 1790)
Elbow Room (Louisiana Purchase - 1803)