About Me

I'm a mom, a teacher, a student, a wife, and a scout leader. I am actually an education major currently working on my practicum in a 2nd grade classroom. I also home school my two children. I'm also a cub scout leader, a girl scout leader, and at church I'm the children's music leader. ;) I tend to stay a little busy. My state requires homeschoolers to keep a portfolio. I am going to use this blog as my portfolio.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Apples - Day 4

Today we basically did a science experiment. Above are our questions and hypothesis. It also has the results written on it.

We put an apple on the stove, in the oven, and in the microwave and discussed what happened and what was different from a fresh apple.

What happens when sugar is added to apples?


Apples - Day 3

Craft: Apple Prints -- we talked about the star when you cut it horizontally too.

Science: Learning Center -- I put out all kinds of things that come from apples. Fresh apples, apples seeds, dried apples, apple sauce, and apple juice. Collin loved examining everything w/ the magnifying glass.

Snack: Apple Coleslaw
In a bowl mix ¼c mayo, ¼c milk, and 1 tsp lemon juice. Grate 1 large apple and 1 small cabbage and add them to the mayo mixture. Eat and enjoy.

Apples - Day 2

craft: apple collages.... pretty self explanatory.

Language Arts: The Letter "A"

Math: sorting apples

Snack: Apple Finger Cubes (this was obviously before it set and was cut into cubes ;)
Pour 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin (I used strawberry though.... it was all I had) into a bowl. Add 2 c boiling water. Stir until gelatin is dissolved. Add a 6oz can of unsweetened apple juice concentrate. Pour mixture into lightly greased 9"x13" cake pan and chill. Cut into cubes when firm.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Apples - Day 1

Craft: I cut out trees and the kids painted the apples on there w/ their thumbs.

Math: I forgot to take a pic while these were on the flannel board. I cut out a bunch of numbers... okay, actually, my hubby did the cutting. And then he cut out a bunch of "apples". The kids had to put the correct number of apples by the numbers.

Science: We had 4 different types of apples (red delicious, granny smith, roma, and golden delicious -- I think, I may be wrong -- something like that). First, we talked about the differences in the different apples; color, size... etc. After that we guessed how many seeds we'd find in each and if it would be the same in each apple. Then we cut them open and counted the seeds. Then we tasted each one and talked about the differences in their taste/texture/juiciness... etc.

After cutting all of those apples, I bet you can't guess what we had for snack time. :) W/ a bit of peanut butter they were super yummy!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Math and Reading....

We started them today! The reading book wasn't too exciting. We learned about 'm' and 's' today but Collin already knows his letters and the sounds they make but we thought we'd go through it like it says to. He's only 3 so we don't need to rush it.
Math, however, was totally fun! I thought we would just do chapter 1. Collin didn't want to stop with chapter 1. We did 7 chapters today and the only reason we stopped was b/c I forced him to. haha!

Here is Collin working on one of the worksheets. He had to find the pictures that matched and then color them to match as well. I thought he did really well! I was sooooo proud of him. I just couldn't believe how much he loved doing it. haha!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Picture Schedule

This is our picture calendar that I made last night. Collin was always asking what we were going to do next so... I made him this. It has worked out really well. I remove the pictures as we complete them (they're velcro-ed to posterboard) so he was easily able to see what we were going to do next. It has been a lot of fun! I think today has been the best day yet! We are definitely continuing this! If anyone wants it e-mailed to them just let me know. ;)

Birds - Day 2

First, we painted pictures with feathers, then we went bird watching. After that we talked about nests and gathered items that can be used to make nests. We folded down the sides of the paper bags we placed the items in and left them out for the birds to use. I'll go and get them later tonight. ;)