Monday, September 27, 2010
Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading
We are finished all of the short vowel sounds. She is reading so well.
I love this method and this book.
On our trip we were lucky enough to come across a migrating flock of Snow Geese. We drove onto a grid and were able to hear their sounds and get a few pictures as they were taking off and landing.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Various fall crafts
Sunday, September 19, 2010
I have some news that I am about to share with you before our big re-union next weekend.
Feel free to openly judge me, as I know some of you will, and I probably deserve it if history is any indicator.
We got Athena a pet. (I feel your collective eye rolls). I have been wanting her to have a pet for some time now, especially since we started homeschooling. I KNOW that I did not have the time nor the energy nor the inspiration to get her a puppy. Been there, done that. We had Parker, but alas, he has left us. He was last seen on the deck on July 1st.
Anyway, back to my story. Where was I... oh yes, I didn't want to get a puppy so I put an ad on Kijiji asking for an older, fully housebroken, gentle large breed dog. I got email after email from people offering me their dogs. One woman even tried to pass off a "portly Sheltie" as a large breed because she was just that fat! And then I got an email from a worker from the SPCA who informed me that they just got a dog in whose owner just had to move into a retirement home.
So, Jill ran out there for me as the pound was about to close. She saw her and took a picture with Eden petting her. Only problem was, she had a few applications on her already. I should call Monday morning. So I did. Still available but they were checking out the applicants information. Call back Wednesday. So I did. Wednesday she was still available. Did I want to put my name down so the Director could call me? Yes. Wednesday evening the Director calls and tells me that the applicant she is considering looks like it will be approved so she doesn't think we will have a chance. Did I want her to call me if she was still available. They had until 8pm Thursday night. Yes I did.
So... no phone call on Thursday. No phone call on Friday. Oh well, it was not meant to be I supposed. Saturday morning comes and we are all three outside working in the yard. I come in to get a drink of water and there is a message on the machine. "She is still available but we have had much interest so if we want we better come to the city immediately as they open in a half hour. Their policy is first come, first served." So we jump into the truck as we are. Leaves in our hair, burrs on our pants and dirt under our fingernails. The pound is 45 minutes away.
We get there and there are people milling around already. We head straight to her cage and Paul gets a leash. We take her out and immediately we love her. Paul goes back in and Athena and I take her to an off leash area and let her run. And run she did. But when I called her she came right back and sat down.
We put her back in her kennel and we go find out how many days before we know. Two other people are there showing interest and one was going to fill out an application that minute. The Director approved our application on the spot and within minutes she was ours.
She is a 3 year old Purebred Golden Retriever. She is fully housebroken. She can sit, lie down, stay. She needs some work on a leash but we got a Halti and she is under control. She is gentle as can be. This is our second day with her and all is well. She slept in her kennel from 10pm to 7 am with just a whine or two at the beginning. She does her business outside, every time. She loves to play and she is particularly attached to Paul already. Follows him everywhere. She is very affectionate and wants to be pet all day long. Athena just loves her. She is very very sweet and very very good. (Feel free to leave your 'head shaking' comments in the comment section.)
And so, I introduce to you Shiloh.
And now, to my friends, and thank you Jill and Heather for your help and advice,
We got Athena a dog! Yeah!!!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Counting by 10s to 100
Counting by 2s to 20
Making groups of 10 and adding ones
Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading Lessons 32-34
Spelling (I gave the little lass a chalkboard and had her spell, then erase 10 words)
Bob Books Set 2 Books 1 -5
Copy work: Short sentences and letters I through L
Nomads Become Farmers
Map work : Fertile Crescent
Coloring page: Farm implement Shaduf
Internet tour of actual cave paintings.
Oral Quiz:What are Nomads?
What do Nomads Eat?
Why do they move?
Why did they settle in the Fertile Crescent?
How did they water their crops?
How did they protect their villages?
(The first week she hid under her desk when I took out the history book. Now she shouts "Yeah! History! The story of the past!")
Read several books about autumn.
Collected seed pods from vegetables and flowers from the back yard.
Helped with the yard clean up to get ready for winter. Pulled annuals, harvested tomatoes and peppers.
Two half hour sessions of listening to classical music.
Plasticine: made all sorts of dinosaurs and played with them for several hours.
Ra, The Shining One
The Wanderings of Isis
Dragon Kite of the Autumn Moon
One Small Blue Bead
Every Autumn Comes the Bear
I Know Its Autumn
Little Grunt and the Big Egg
Thursday, September 9, 2010
I am on a personal journey. I long for all of these things in my life. Some I have. Some I don't. Some are elusive. Some come and go.
Then I asked myself, "What do I need to do to move toward balance?"
My very first response was to dedicate myself more fully to my yoga practice. I know I have said it a million times before and now I say it again, I am never more myself than when I am on my mat. Never. And I have been there, more than ever. I have been practicing almost every day and I love it. I grounds me. I makes me feel fully alive. Fully me.
A few months ago I went into a Fair Trade import shop in the city. I looked around at all of the wares. Beautiful handcrafted items. Coffee and tea. Chocolate too. Instruments, baskets, purses and jewellery. I am not one for jewellery but a particular bracelet caught my eye. It was make of wood beads, 6 different strands. I picked it up and slipped it on my wrist. I knew I had to have it. It made me feel... balanced. I was pleased to learn it only cost $14. Every morning after I wash my face, brush my teeth and dress, I put my bracelet on and I smile. Like I said, it grounds me. It is a simple, organic reminder of who I am meant to be.
I put it on and I carry on. Just a small thing that keeps me balanced.
And so as my journey toward balance begins, I have to learn to put myself on my priority list. I have to care for and nurture my soul. I have to become the woman I was meant to be for myself, for my husband, for my children, for my family and for the (Universe, Great Creator, God, Shiva or whatever your name for that which is greater than you.)
Monday, September 6, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Likely the most famous locals. Brothers Garth and Dale,
who upon seeing us taking pictures, stopped their car
to ask if I'd take their picture.
And last but not least, our house.
The most favorite house I have ever lived in.
Not the newest, not the fanciest but the best house for us.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Tracing numbers, counting to 15, placing missing numbers in order and addition up to 10 using manipulatives and an abacus.
Read Bob Books Set 2 Books 1,2 and 7. Why 7? It is Sox the Fox and cousin Abby taught her to read this over the summer.
Lessons 28 - 31 in Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading using magnetic letters as an additional practice.
Letters A through H in D'nealean script.
Introduction: What is history? What is an Archaeologist? Made Athena's Family Tree. Used Usborne Internet Linked Guide to History. Went on several websites to see short videos and play games related to archaeology. Narrated her summary of what is history and what does an archaeologist do and drew a picture of an archaeological dig with found artifacts. Added to history notebook. Went into the sandbox to find the 12 Matchbox cars that Mama hid, imitating an archaeological dig.
Began the study of Fall. Went for a walk looking for signs of fall. Searched for different mushrooms around the town. Read about Pumpkins, the way they are pollinated, grow and are harvested. Learned different types of pumpkins and the curcubite family. Added a picture of the pumpkin patch to nature journal.
Made family tree. Pumpkin patch pictures using watercolor pencils. Picture of Rapunzel in the tower. Made picture of Archaeological dig and King Tut's tomb.
A Day at the Pumpkin Patch
I Can Be an Archaeologist
Me and My Family Tree
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Little Red Riding Hood
Walk around town taking pictures of the buildings and reading the history of each one
One fantastic afternoon of canoeing with Mom and Dad (I'll be sore tomorrow!)
Playing in the lake catching minnows and snails
Camp out in the back yard with Daddy
The week started out on shaky ground but finished in a most wonderful way.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Postponed the Ancient History segment for now. Just until we are into a groove. Much better.