Friday, July 31, 2015

Quiet Books Part 2

More pages done!


I got the template from here. I like the interchange between fabric and felt.

This is my old pajamas top. =)

Lil Sis gave me the idea of the belly button. She is so creative.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Quiet Books

I have been salivating after the quiet books for a long time. I just felt that I do not have the time, nor the expertise or energy.

For some reason, I decided this time I would attempt at it!

Turns out, it is a very therapeutic fun project for me. I really enjoy the cutting, sewing process. I do not know how my baby girl is going to enjoy it, but I already feel that this process is important for me.

I will update the book as I go along. For now, I made two pages but I have not finished the binding for the page (still figuring how to do it).



And they have reversible colors!



I put cardboard in between the fabric/felt to make it firmer.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Liberty Science Center

Today is a special day. Because of our membership in our local Science Center, we get to have a "courtesy" visit to the Liberty Science Center for free today!

It is a very well-done Science Center with a lot of hands on play and also information. The kids had a really good time!


The Honey Bee Exhibit




There are 6 stations at the outdoor "playground" and even though they are fairly simple, I think the concept is interesting.

The TapeScape got quite a few points from our kids. It looked like a giant structure of saran wrap but they had so much fun.

They have a section JUST for the littles. Very cute. This rice tray is already a BIG hit.
The balls structure is very captivating.


Block Party is a very fun space! These soft blocks make fun design.



There was a space exhibit which made a WONDERFUL introduction to our Science class next year.

This is a fun game to play!


Our kids LOVED the infinity climber.




LOOK OUT! Hubby didn't dare to walk on these. The kids went up 18 feet and braved it out!
This section was teaching about skyscrapers.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer 2015

Summer is here!! Here are our plans for this summer.

First mommy had to set some ground rules. I think it is always good to start off right.

We don't do summer camps. Here are our lofty plans for the warm days.
1. Vacation with family (our annual one)
2. Library Looting Time!

We love to be able to READ for fun this summer!!! We use goodreads to track our reading.

3. Cooking
I intend to teach the kids more cooking in the summer. One thing I really enjoyed doing this year was to have a child help me at dinner every day. It has been wonderful and I think they have learnt quite a bit of life skills.

Big Sis' specialty is now Creme Brulee French Toast. They are SOOOO delicious.

Crack about 4-5 eggs.

Beat them with about a cup or more of milk and a tsp of vanilla.

Melt 1/4 cup butter (or more) and pour into pan.

Sprinkle brown sugar and then place bread on top.

Pour egg mixture over the bread.


Bake at 400 deg for about 10 mins, flip (now the gooey sugar mixture will be on top), broil for 2 mins. The top will be crunchy like creme brulee and the bread soft like pudding. SOOOO YUMMY!!!

4. LOTS of sun and play
We will be out at the playground A LOT. Riding bikes, playing, running...

5. Of course, we will still have to do some school to prevent rusting.
Mainly, they will finish their Rod and Staff English (probably takes less than half of the summer) and also Math (4B and 2B). They will also do some Chinese worksheets just for revision.

Can't wait!!!

MFW CtG/K Week 34: Y-y Yellow, Alexander the Great

4th/2nd Grade Creation to the Greeks

THE LAST WEEK!!! We finished another wonderful year!!



And these were the report cards we gave to them.


Bible/History

  • We read about Alexander the Great
  • And we revised all the bible memory work (aside from Is 40)

Math/Science

The kids will finish up 4B (Big Bro) and 2B (Big sis) during summer. After that they will do a few sums a day to resist rusting. =)


Language

  • Rod and Staff 
  • Spelling Power for Big Bro
  • Spelling by Sight and Structure for Big Sis (final test)


  • These are our English from the Roots Up Cards. Our kids decided to draw on the cards to remind them about the words. I am very very impressed!!
Here are the words we did this year with the Greek root
  1. biblos
  2. sauros
  3. photos
  4. graph
  5. tele
  6. metron
  7. tropos
  8. philia
  9. phobos
  10. syn
  11. thesis
  12. kinesis
  13. skopeo
  14. logos
  15. hydros
  16. geo
  17. hypnos
  18. astron
  19. chronos
  20. para
  21. techne
  22. demos
  23. polis
  24. pathos
  25. autos
  26. thermos
  27. zoon
For the summer they will continue to finish up their Rod and Staff English for the year.
Foreign Language

We started 康軒一下 

We did the test for Lesson 2
For the summer, I made simple worksheets for them to do once in the while so that they won't forget the words


Art/Music

Next year we will do some of God and the History of Art and also Draw and Write Through History (which we bought at the homeschool conference last week)

Have you ever wondered?

Kindergarten:Y-y Yellow


Counting crayons and charting them


Last Cuisenaire Rod page!

Color Mixing
Painting a picture
Test for the last day!




We didn't do a lot of color activities because we can't wait to finish school. Also we have done some of them in the year. Like drawing/painting and making playdough







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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

MFW CtG/K Week 33: Q-q Quail, Nehemiah

4th/2nd Grade Creation to the Greeks


Bible/History

  • We read Nehemiah and were very impacted by the fact that Nehemiah had to work hard to rebuild the walls AS WELL as guard against the enemies at the same time!
  • We also learnt about the Olympics and watched many videos on the past Olympic games.
  • We read on the City of Athens and how the Greek lived.

Math/Science

We have stopped doing Science in the Beginning and will do some of the experiments for Day 6 (the human body ones) for next year.

Since we came back from Singapore and the kids did their Math and English work in the morning (jet lag), they have been loving that idea, so when they woke at 6am, they would do their own Math and English work. I still have to look through them and maybe go through some corrections with them in the afternoon, but it sure made our school time MUCH shorter! I was very impressed with their determination and initiative.


Language

  • Rod and Staff 
  • Spelling Power for Big Bro
  • Spelling by Sight and Structure for Big Sis

Foreign Language

We started 康軒一下 

We are finishing up Lesson 2


Art/Music

More Greek Column drawing



Have you ever wondered?


Kindergarten:Q-q Quail

We read the Biggest House in the World
and we had some interesting conversations about contentment when the kids were wishing they have a bigger house with a room for everyone. (The four kids now sleep in the same room)

We talked about being content and not grumble. Yertle the Turtle would have been a great book in the topic, but we already read it some time back.







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Monday, May 11, 2015

MFW CtG/K Week 32: V-v Vegetable, Esther

4th/2nd Grade Creation to the Greeks

On some days, we relax like this. The gals who surely know how to enjoy life.


Bible/History
  • We read Esther, Big Bro's favorite book of the bible (yeah, beats me too).




Math/Science

I decided to let go of Archimedes. A little too much for our last weeks.Maybe we'll revisit this book the next around.
But we did learn a little about streamlined bodies and talked a little about our airplane trip again.


Language

  • Rod and Staff 
  • Spelling Power for Big Bro
  • Spelling by Sight and Structure for Big Sis

Foreign Language

We started 康軒一下 

The kids have forgotten many words!!! We did a lot of revision this week.


Art/Music


We drew the Greek columns and we saw the Greek columns!! When we went to the Manhattan Library on Sunday. The library was SOOO beautiful.


Have you ever wondered?
Why did Queen Esther invite the king TWO times for the banquet?

Where did the name "Marathon" come from? (Apparently this is common knowledge but not to me): All from this man who died carrying the message from the Battle of Marathon to Athens. (The kids asked "Did he deliver the message before he die????" haha...
Kindergarten:V-v Vegetable

We named the vegetables we know of.
We read these books. Sylvia's Spinach, Little Pea and Peter Rabbit (not in picture) are especially entertaining. I REALLY like Little Pea. So funny.


We have catalogs of seeds and they gave us great pictures for the vegetables!




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