Saturday, October 31, 2009

Science Class

We've been working on some weather experiments in science. This one involved seeing how frost forms by using crushed ice and a glass. The boys also used table salt, poured on the ice to see why we salt the roads before ice storms. The book we are using is called Weather Watcher by John Woodward.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Wordly Wise Book 3

is finally done! I am looking forward to starting book 4 as I found a test booklet to go with it. It's more about using the vocabulary words in sentences to make sure there's comprehension of the meaning. I don't actually test Niles for spelling of words. In this age, when even my Iphone will try to correct my spelling, I don't see the point. I am an avid reader, but only a mediocre speller. I've read some articles which say that there is a genetic component to spelling. I prefer to be a creative speller & use spellcheck at the end. I find it more valuable to have a large and accessible vocabulary and witty repertoire than know how to spell it....

Flat Stanley, The Hulk & clay bugs in biology

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Flat Stanley at the Love of Learning Co-op

We have our latest Flat Stanley & this time we have twins! They are from Gilly & George H and they went to our homeschool co-op, where Luca is taking Lego Robotics and Biology. He couldn't hold both the robots and the Flat Stanleys, so we ended up taking Lego pictures there & Stanley pictures at home. :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Things have been a bit crazy here, between Nate's bar mitzvah, Elie being sick for a week and me being exhausted. So school has been going on, but not necessarily on a daily basis. Some passing thoughts from the kids to share though:

Niles: "the Pilgrims were crazy! how can fun be bad?!' [ed note: perhaps this is why you don't find many around anymore....]

Luca: everytime we go over letter sounds the following things help him remember - qu is for queen elie! G is green giant and s is for snake.

Niles is loving chess club at the co-op we joined. Luca is having a good time at lego robotics. In spite of the fact that each time, he tells me he hates legos and never plays with them at home. I say really? What's that in your hand & get that sheepish grin. ;)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Our Second Flat Stanley has arrived!

For Shabbat, he went to Kindergarten consecration w/us. Luca is holding his copy of a Torah that he received at the special family service. There was lots of singing and a little dancing too! The family services are short, sweet and filled w/lots of little kid energy.