Monday, March 16, 2009

St Patrick's Day Craft

I got a really fun craft idea from Keep'n the Sunny Side for a very cute St. Patricks Day garland. We made:

Salt Dough
2c. flour
1 c. salt
1 c. water
Mix into a dough and form into shapes, or roll out and use cookies cutters. insert wire hangers prior to baking. Bake 375 for 45 minutes. Cool completely and decorate as you would like.
The kids had so much fun making these "cookies" as they called them. They kept want to eat them because they look very much like Sugar Cookies. I told them to go ahead and have a chomp, but neither of them took the bait.

After painting them we tied them to a white ribbon, wrote St. Patricks Day on them with a silver pen and hung them from the entertainment center. It was fun, easy and cute, that is my kind of craft. Stay tuned for our Easter themed salt dough creations.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Making the world a tiny bit better

For science we have been studying Ecology from our Modern Woodmen curriculum. We have been having a lot of fun learning about the earth around us and what we can do to make it a better place.

So for today we learned talked about how we can make a difference in our part of the world. With Earth Day coming up on April 22 we thought we would get a head start on making this better. We decided to collect all the trash along our little road.

Here is Daddy and Logan helping each other out. It worked out well that Daddy was home so he could help us. He was such a great helper.

Our road is only about a 1/2 mile long, so I thought it would take no time at all. Boy was I wrong, we only got to about 3/4 of our road and had 7 bags of garbage. We could not believe how much trash we found.

We had a lot of fun together as a family and felt good about the work that we had done. Our road looks very beautiful now.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Dr. Seuss's Birthday!

In the grand tradition of the greatest silly rhyming genius we celebrated Dr. Seuss Birthday for school today. His birthday was on Monday, but mommy was to busy dealing with bamboozles in the closet to look at the calender. So, we celebrated before to kids took off to Grandma's house for the weekend.

Logan read The Foot Book and Go Dogs Go! He was an excellent Dr. Seuss reader! I am amazed at the confidence he has when reading. No word is to big for him to try and sound out! Great job buddy!

Addison read the entire book of Green Eggs and Ham and did a wonderful job. She had really struggled with reading the past couple years, but in the past month and really excelled. She now says that she is a good reader! And, she is!

Landon participated by taking a really good nap so we could get all of our activities finished. What a great little Whoo he is. He really loved Logan's Cat in the Hat Hat. He loved it so much he wanted to rip it off his head and tear it to pieces. Little Brother!?!

We had so much fun making hats, place mats, dot to dots, and word searches. We finished off the day by listening to Fox In Sox. Thank goodness we have it on cd read by someone else. I think my tongue would not make it through that book without a lot of errors.
If you are looking for some fun Dr. Seuss sites check for fun games and activities.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Stick Bug Science

In this science lesson we learned about camouflage and how animals use it for protection. With our Modern Woodmen Ecology curriculum, we got out our log books and set to work. The kids had to pretend that they were birds. They had to think like birds, act like birds and look for food like birds. That meant no talking, because they were not suppose to be parrots, therefore they could not talk. This was a bit challenging, because they wanted to shout out when they had found one. Logan even decided to be a relocating bird and move a few bugs around.

I am sure we will be finding stick bugs (pipe cleaners) this spring when we are weeding. They had lots of fun hunting for the different colors of stick bugs. They determined that the black and green ones were the hardest to find.
Therefore black and green bugs must have some of the best camouflaging techniques in the buggy world. Happy bug hunting!