Wednesday, March 31, 2010

worker ant

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Semester 3 DONE

gasp.. cough... choke..

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

cooking tip

To make lighter and fluffier mashed potatoes, add a pinch or two of baking powder to the potatoes before whipping.

Monday, March 22, 2010

grand canyon

the grand canyon is huge.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Children's Museum

Money and Banking, Kidtropolis is Magnus FAVORITE activity, followed by the outdoor water exhibit.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bilingual away from Home Country

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Composition - first draft

Click clack, click clack rumble, I'am riding the train home from Calafornia, it was so fun I want to do it Spring break on the same train. I can eat in the food car or my room, it's my choise. The food is so good that I whant seconts for disert. I go ucrost the deset and into the country, it is realy hot in the desert so I don't like the heater on. One night I slept on the top bunk and the other I sleeps on the opiste. The air smeld like they had a pet skunk but the food smeld really good and I mean awsome.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Composting and Happy Worms

First we start with the 4'x4'x6" box located directly under the kitchen window, makes it very easy to throw out compost scraps. we put down a bed of brown grass or leaves. I cut two picket fence boards in half, and nailed the ends together, I reinforced them with concrete blocks, but they actually hold up really well, they are now 2 years old.

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?
Our compost pile started in August at the beginning of the school year, we have moved it over from the kitchen window twice now, we have accumulated from just kitchen and yard waste, a 8 ft x 8 ft x 6 in pile of pure humus, it is now completely ready to start the first garden project. I used four picket fence boards, just nailed them together, set them on the ground, and filled with the compost from the small box.

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 Progress

still three subjects that need some attention, but 7 solid subjects that are doing well. we 'seem' to be getting the hang of this. I think that we need to do some JOURNALING. I wonder how I can get him to do that?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Art Club Rocks

Decoupage clay pots, turned out so nice, the theme for Magnus was Ancient Greece.

Then a little P.E. Time in the back yard, the swing and the trampoline were a big hit.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Greek Time Lines

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. ;-)