Monday, July 30, 2012

IHIP approved for 2012-13

Thankful for another year of smooth paperwork.

Really, paperwork for NYC isn't as daunting and scary as it sounds...

Friday, July 27, 2012

MFW Adventures Week 2: Christopher Columbus

Day out. It's always fun to be out and exploring the city.


Christopher Columbus
The MANY books we borrowed.
The Picture book is Ian's favorite. I still have yet to finish reading the "Step into Reading" one with him. But we started on "Boxcar Children #1" and we both love it.
I feel the reading is a bit much(hopefully will get better in time) In addition to the read-alouds from The Story of US and Pioneers and Patriots it really is quite a lot to read!
Ian's retelling of the story
Time line
Making the boats. The aluminum foil is a GREAT idea.

BIBLE: We did the Jesus (The Lord Saves) coloring. Ian chose "brown" cos it's the Jesus' color. The cross, he said. =)
And we read many verses from the Discovery Bible on the OT talking about Jesus.

SCIENCE: Air (takes up space)
And we watched two videos that are fun about Christopher Columbus.
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MATH: This week we did more comparing numbers and started on graphs

We did more "I can do all things" for art and Ian really likes it!

MFW K Creation Unit 2012

2nd time doing K and I'm hyped up.
Creation page: Day 2
Creation page: Day 3
Creation page: Day 4
Creation page: Day 5
Creation page: Day 6
The finished book
The humorous one. Found she cut out "Mickey Mouse" from "3"
The completed creation numbers
For Day 6: Dot to Dot
Fishing for lower case alphabets and naming them
Pre School-time fun: Alphabet toy
We're using The Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics, too easy for her but a good start
Creation Revision Game. She's playing the folder game her brother did 2 years back.
This is my proudest. This year I managed to do ALL the creation snacks everyday. It was really fun!! =) (btw, Day 5 was fish crackers and bird's nest, which happened to be an expensive tonic for pregnant mommy)

Other than these, the K'ner joins in whenever we have things appropriate with her brother, who is doing Adventures.

PRE-Preschooler...they start earlier and earlier. This little gal is only 2.5 years old. Well, she's quite serious about school time! =)
She did stickering
Even tracing with us
iPad...and many others...From next week, she might join her sis in some of the crafts.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Our favorite iPad Apps

We use my iPad quite frequently, for school and myself.
Here is our list of our favorite iPad Apps (till now) (and most of them are free, at least when we got them)

Mickey Mouse Road Rally (free. The kids REALLY love this and me too, quite fun, interactive and educational)

Puzzingo (free. like a wooden puzzle game and the younger ones LOVE this)

Toca Doctor (we got it free, now $1.99, but it's quite fun for the younger ones, to "heal all the ailments" of the body, by putting up band-aid, or pulling out spikes, taking away germs etc)

Teach Me ($1.99. we got them for a review, there's a toddler, K, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade versions. Read our review here)
Avatar Books App (free. I found this app VERY amusing because we get to put our kids' photos up at the avatar and the kids love it but as a book it's ok..)

How to Draw (we got it free, now $1.99, I didn't like it THAT much, but funny thing was Colleen REALLY REALLY likes it)

Stella and Sam (We got the Into the Snow and Rainy Days for free, now $2.99. The kids love it and I LOVE IT!!! the stories are WONDERFUL, Stella and Sam are SOOO adorable and the games are fun)

Math Express (free. The kids and I love it. More for K to 1st grade level)

Doodle Dots (free. Quite fun. Like a dot-to-dot, but using numbers, colors, shapes, fruits)

Puzzle Farm (free. One of the puzzle apps we like. Clean and easy to use)

Letter Land (we got it free. Now $0.99. I was ok with the app, but Colleen REALLY likes it...took a while to learn it)

Letter of the Day by Lakeshore (we got it free. Now $1.99. I like it. Very educational. Clean graphics. Good learning, with tracing)

Adding Apples (We got it free. Now $0.99. Fun easy addition concepts for the young ones)

Subtracting Sardines (same as Adding Apples)

Nighty Night (We got it free. Now $2.99. Very good graphics, fun interactive. But not much educational sense...just switching off the lights for the animals to sleep, but the kids like it)

Stack the States (One of the RARE ones we paid. $0.99. I thought it's VERY educational. The kids haven't gotten to play it yet, cos it's not at their level)

Word Tracer (we got it as a review. now $2.99. My fav app for learning Chinese. But it's only Simplified. Our review here)

For me
These are what I use the most and like
Facebook (not the best, but better), Kindle, Dropbox, YouVersion Bible, Cozi (for grocery lists), Simple Note (for ALL note taking)
I also use Pepperplate to put in my recipes and my menu planning
And I use Prayers Notes for noting down prayer request (I like it)

All are free.

Also, I follow Apps for Homeschooling on FB to find free apps all the time. I don't like free "lite" apps, I go for the free for a period ones.

Friday, July 20, 2012

MFW Adventures Week 1: Vikings

1st day of school! Pardon the hair-do. =) Ian requested for the sign...He's just such a boy.
Daddy planned and made breakfast for us. He doesn't cook as much now so this is quite a feat for him! He had to wake up early for this and we're so grateful he's our daddy!!

Ian has his own bible this year. He is in charge of reading the bible verses for meimei, who's doing the creation unit for Kindergarten.
We're learning about the names of Jesus this year and this is Ian's name poster.

I really like our art curriculum this year. Ian too, especially the fact he get to do art EVERYDAY.
This is another eg.

We were supposed to do a patriotic snack for day 1. Since we already did the berries layered with ice-cream thing for July 4th, I did this. But I ran out of Jell-O, so I used gelatin. YUCK. I didn't use enough sugar. The kids didn't like it, so didn't I.
This is quite a good and easy book to read for the pledge of allegiance
Ian is a big fan of geography and is VERY happy that our map gets to be put on the table all the time.
Books we sort of read for Vikings. Quite a bit of reading.
Yes, we attempted a viking boat. Not anywhere close like this one, but still...we tried.
And of course, the little people needed to take a test drive.
I feel that the reading of Leif Ericsson's story should have been in the beginning of the week so we can do more viking stuff, but it's the last day.
Ian's retelling of the story
Ian didn't want to do the doll craft, so the girls did.

I translated MFW's 1st grade Bible Reader into Chinese and used that as a curriculum for the kids to learn Chinese.

The Usborne book is very fun
The highlight of the week: The Float in Salt Water Experiment. The kids JUST LOVED IT! And it made it more fun the fact that both sets of grannies have been to the dead sea before.

Overall, we had a good first week of school, even though there were some disruptions in the house. And I realized that to have TWO kids doing real school means a lot more waiting, planning and time. Esp when they are quite different in how they do school.
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