Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. Albert Einstein
Friday, December 31, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
My youngest has been cultivating two little seedlings, which started out about 3 inches tall, for over a year now. He has named them Wally and Eve, and he checks on them and waters them a few times each week. He was concerned about leaving them out in the snow, but after reassurances that they like the snow, he decided that they looked happy. We read the Little House book series a couple of years ago, and I remembered Pa using the snow as fertilizer in one of the books. We found an article about the benefits of snow's nitrogen content here. Snow is called "the poor man's fertilizer." So Wally and Eve should do okay for the winter, and when they get a little bigger, they will take up permanent residence in our yard.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
This year, inspired by the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the boys made a log cabin "gingerbread" house. They used cookie icing, which get hard when it dries and sticks like glue to hold it all together. The logs are pretzel rods and the roof is made from gingerbread flavored graham crackers (it smells wonderful!) We found a chocolate Santa that looks like a gnome and a peppermint tree to add a finishing touch. The wreath is a gummy lifesaver wreath from our advent calendar. We have used gingerbread house "kits" in past years. This one was more challenging and required more engineering, but I think the boys did a great job!
I have been collecting old glass ornaments--some from my grandparents' and some found at the thrift store. I was thrilled to find a box of Shiny Brites at The Salvation Army Store for 50 cents last summer! They are still in the box, and I love the front of the box as much as what's inside. I found a wire locker basket in the closet organizer section at Target for around $5, strung it with lights, and put my Shiny Brites on display on the hearth.
These little houses are made using scrapbook supplies and photos peeking out the windows. When you open the front door, you can see Santa. Some Schleich deer have moved in too!
This is our "Festivus" tree--an old display rack, another thrift store bargain, strung with lights and decorated with various scrappy projects During the rest of the year, it serves as a display for photos and seasonal decorations.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Just one more thing to play, buy, clean, make, do,etc.
Today -- I'm focusing on enjoying the moment and soaking it all in.
Monday, December 13, 2010
All the details will be carefully documented in their nature journals, which are getting quite full. It'll be time for fresh journals for the new year.
We have used everything from spiral bound sketchbooks, Moleskine notebooks, to homemade field journals for our nature documentation. The boys keep smaller sketchbooks in their field bags and have more complete journals for at-home documenting. They mainly use colored pencils and draw their findings, but we have begun including more photographs (since the boys have gotten their own cameras) which makes the pages bulky. We may construct our own journals this time and use loose leaf binders to house them.
Here are some free printables of different types of pages for constructing your own notebooks. These would be nice to intersperse between several blank pages of cardstock.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
The Great American Postcard Swap is still ongoing, and we just received our Rhode Island postcard. Our homeschool group recently held a USA Fair where kids signed up to study a state and create a project board and presentation on what they learned. We all also brought food from the states we studied to share for lunch. My boys had fun learning about Texas and how to cook chili, and they did a great job speaking in front of the group.
I took photos of some of the display boards:
We were able to get free travel brochures from the Texas Department of Tourism to cut apart and use for the display board, and my oldest included a press release he found on Rick Riordin's website since he is from San Antonio (and is one of his favorite authors),
The kids did such a good job putting together their displays, and we learned some cool facts about some of the states we've gotten postcards from in the GAPS as well as some that we haven't learned about yet. Trying out different foods was fun too!
I took photos of some of the display boards:
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