Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
parts were okay, parts were just painful, and parts I gave up fighting.
what we did do is prioritize what is critical:
MATH : Multiplication, Division, Geometry
SPELLING: words, words, words
LITERATURE: Greek, Rome, Tall Tales, ParablesLANGUAGE: Grammar, Use, Mechanics, Research Papers
SCIENCE: Ecosystem Review, Geology, Soil Erosion, Composting, and Food Plants, and water bottle rockets
SOCIAL STUDIES: Communities & Vikings
what we felt was important
P.E. - we got out, we moved
HEALTH - Drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, addiction and consequences
ART - we did a lot of decoupage, water color, wood working.
and what we felt was the baine of our existance was
Second Language/ Music and we let that GO..
while we did not make it a priority, we did a significant amount of test preparation, we have 1 more month before the State Exams. We are ready.
we are still evaluating of we want to do this anther year, if we did, we would probably have to be a little more 'hands on' and a little less 'assessment' in order to keep in 'fun'.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
We have a pitch fork to turn everything over every other week so that it gets covered and and does not stink, there are tiny flies occasionally.
- It takes much much longer for pineapples to compost than banana skins.
- Egg shells last a long time, but eventually they break down too.
- whole fruits and veggies take longer than when they are cut up.
- Onions, Potato peel, and lettuce leaves go really really fast.
- I found an avocado seed that started to split, I wonder if it will sprout?
we estimate that our compost weighed 100 lbs per wagon load. It took three trips with the wagon in November, and another three trips in March to move all of the compost, that is 600 lbs of waste that is now going to be a very good garden.
At one point this winter all the seeds from a squash germinated and there were lots of baby squashes growing, but the freeze in December killed them.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
we are studying Ancient Greece this week. Magnus is cutting out baby pictures for his time line. we have a new kiddo in the house, his nephew, and that is hard, first off, nephew is very aggressive and violent, Magnus is very passive and doesn't fight back. secondly, nephew is pretty smart, but not on 3rd grade level, so I am spending 15% of my time working with him on his alphabet and keeping him occupied while Magnus is working on his assignments. and then there is Erik, he is taking his written TAKS today and there are days that I would think I could educate them both, and there are days that I do not think that I am educating ANYONE.
okay, back to the time line, he observed after it was done, that it was a frieze. how freaking kewl is that?
okay, that just bought him one more week with TXVA. ;-)