Friday, May 27, 2011

I Can't Think of a Title, So This is the Title

It's been two weeks, yes I am a bad blogger. But sometimes when you never have free time and then you get 5 minutes to yourself you just don't feel like blogging about it. Hmmm, maybe I should. Isn't that what bloggers do? Give you a small insight to their life, like "My husband isn't home, both kids are asleep, the dishes are done, (high five self) what am I going to do for the next 3.5 minutes I have before I should go to bed because the baby will be waking in a few hours to be fed and I am super tired? Never mind, baby just woke." That would be my post in it's entirety.
Earlier this week I asked Roo to hand me my hole punch and she did with a weird look on her face. I took it and noticed it was broken. The first thing I do is ask her because she, 

a) looked guilty and 
b) she is always touching my stuff. 

She says no, so I razzed her a bit more about it and then she gets adamant so I know she didn't do it. This kid doesn't lie, she may refrain from telling me something (in which some may say lying by omission. I actually use that one on my husband all the time.) BUT if you ask her if she did it she will sigh and then say "yes I did it". I hope that quality sticks with her through life. Now back to the hole punch story. I enter Sherlock Holmes mode as my mind wonders how this hole punch may have broken. Roo didn't do it, Merle is too young, did I drop it or something?..........Wait a minute. There is someone else who may have done this, someone I probably should have asked first based on his track record. So I ask my husband when he came home and he admitted to breaking it and putting it back without telling me (lying by omission). How did he break it you may ask? He was trying to punch an extra hole in his belt. Even Roo was "Dad, that tool is for paper."  



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Did you break my hole punch? Kidding, just a shameless cute baby picture.

Now on to what we finished this week............and last week:  

Memory Work -  I added parts of a plant to the list this week because we started our plant study in science.

Spelling (All About Spelling) - We used these two weeks to do a long drawn out study of AAS level 2 lesson one. It's the review lesson so I thought we should go through it slowly to ensure AAS 1 stuck.

First Language Lessons - We finished FLL1 and will continue to review it throughout the summer since the break between grade 1 and 2 is the time where kids seems to forget the most. 

Writing with Ease - Completed week 32 and 33 of copy work and narration exercises from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.



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Roo doing work while Merle watches.

Latin (Song School Latin) - Review

French (Nallenart) - Unit 10.2 fruit and vegetables with their colours used in sentences.

Math - We finished Math Mammoth 1A and bought our abacus for 1B and completed several exercises from Singapore Math as well.

History (Story of the World) - We finished chapter 32 Calligraphy in China, Warring States and The First Emperor and The Great Wall of China. We did the map work and read about the great wall and we looked at the tomb of emperor Shi Huangdi on the internet. She also started some Chinese character writing which I will post a picture of when she finishes it. In chapter 33 we read about Confucius and the religion Confucianism and some of his most famous sayings.  

Do not do unto others what you would not want others to do to you. - Confucius

Science (Elemental) - We completed the study of the human body with germs, allergies and nutrition. This week we started our plant study by learning about different types of leaves. We are also getting a seed to plant this weekend so that she can monitor plant growth over the summer. 

Geography - Roo has learned all of the Nordic countries and their location on a map and about half of Western Europe via Sheppard Software. She is currently sitting in a cardboard box because she is taking the train to Paris (said with a French accent) and then a boat across the Mediterranean Sea to Egypt because apparently she has opened a business there involving Sphinx. 

Composer Study - We watched part 2 of a YouTube video on Antonio Vivaldi and listened to some of his works while she did tanagrams, or a least tried to do tanagrams. She actually gave up and ended up constructing various pictures involving the different shapes. 



Friday, May 13, 2011

Look Out Von Trapp Family Singers.....Here We Come

I am typing one handed with a spit bubble blowing baby bouncing in the other hand. The spit river is now flowing steadily down my arm and it's a good thing my watch has a metal band. Yay to the gross aspects of motherhood.
Roo had a funny light bulb moment tonight while we were reading a story before bed. We were reading Harry Potter and the story mentioned a stag, and this is how the conversation went.

Roo: What is a stag?
Me: A stag is a deer, a male deer to be exact.
Roo: What is a female deer called?
Me: A doe.
Roo: Oh, like doe a deer?
Me: .....A female deer.
(3 seconds of a deep concentration face and then her eyes slowly opened wider and wider)
Roo: Ohhhhhhhhh...........that song makes sense now.

Note: The Sound of Music is my favourite movie for some reason and the stage musical is awesome too.

We finished D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths this week and have moved on to The Orchard Book of Roman Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean.




The Orchard Book of Roman Myths (Orchard Book of)

On to what we finished this week:  

Memory Work -  I didn't add anything this week from the Living Memory book but I have some ideas. We just worked on the lists and poems from the box and had to put some back into the daily rotation that she had completely blanked on.

Spelling (All About Spelling) - Level 1 of AAS is complete and she got her certificate today. Next week we start on level 2.




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She has this thing with smiling nicely until I hit the button and then she gives me a stretched out turtle neck. It's like she thinks the more intense and bigger she smiles, the better.

First Language Lessons - Lessons 94-96, commands, questions and exclamation sentences.

Writing with Ease - Completed week 31 of copy work and narration exercises from the the poems The Sandpiper and The Nightingale and the Glow Worm.

Latin (Song School Latin) - SSL is complete. We are going to go back over the book through the summer and use my flashcards as review.

French (Nallenart) - Unit 10.2 fruit and vegetables.

Math - Two pages a day of Math Mammoth 1A subtraction and addition review. I also brought back out Singapore 1A and we are working on that daily as well in small increments.

History (Story of the World) - We finished chapter 31 India Empire United and The Jakata Tales. 

Science (Elemental) - From our body study this week we studied the urinary system and a overview of reproduction and the stages of a baby growing. 

Geography - We started this week to look at Europe. She is beginning by learning the Nordic countries and western Europe via Sheppard Software. I ordered the book The Core from the library because I am interested in the Geography section that I have heard so much about. 

Composer Study - We watched part 1 of a YouTube video on Antonio Vivaldi and listened to some of his works while she coloured.

And now a little sisterly love




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Actually it's because Roo likes Merle to lay on her chest and squish her nose for some reason. She makes me put her there every night to squish her face before she goes to sleep. Kids are strange.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Fake Cough Somewhere Else Please

I just kicked my cat off my knee because honestly, that can be really annoying sometimes. She is now off to the side fake coughing. Iza is her name (pronounced Ee-suh) and she fake coughs for punishment. Like when you kick her off the bed at night because she is sleeping on your hip and it is starting to ache. She'll stand on the floor beside the bed and fake cough until she wakes someone up, usually the baby. I can't get mad at her though because she is a senior citizen now.
Also a subtle reminder to my husband who may or may not be reading this. These black, size 8 for the puking in my boots incident.



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It has been really rainy this week so Roo decided to perk up the day with a really spring-like, colourful ensemble. I personally love cloudy, rainy days but I am staring to notice that isn't the norm and most people prefer sunshine.

What we finished this week:  

Memory Work - Mr. Nobody is almost memorized. I need to go through my Living Memory book to find some more ideas for memory work.

Spelling (All About Spelling) - We are on level 1 section 24. I am going to draw out the last section until all of the cards in the review sections are moved to the mastered section.

First Language Lessons - Lessons 91-93, Sunflower poem, sentences/fragments and statements.

Writing with Ease - Completed week 30 of copy work and narration exercises from the Buddhist Stories The Jataka Tales. 

Latin (Song School Latin) - New outdoor words and review. We are on the final chapter, the summer will probably be review of the entire book. I got a laminating machine (hooray!) and finished laminating about half of the Song School Latin flashcards I made. I forgot how much I do not enjoy colouring.

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French (Nallenart) - Unit 10.1 numbers from 13-29 and 10.2 fruit.

Math - Two-three pages of Math Mammoth 1A subtraction and addition review. I need to buy an abacus before we move onto the next section of larger addition problems. 

History (Story of the World) - We finished chapter 29 Life on the Ganges River, The Castes of Ancient India and Siddhartha aka Buddha. We then read about Buddhism in the Usborne World Religion Book. She googled Buddhas and decided she would like a statue of one. 

The Usborne Encyclopedia of World Religions: Internet-Linked (World Cultures)

Science (Elemental) - From our body study this week we studied...............poop. Well, it was actually the digestive system but she was fixated on the poop section. There has been much poop talk over the last 24 hours.

Geography - The capitals and provinces of Canada are now known and we decided she wanted to venture over to Europe next, since next year we will be studying the middle ages (my favourite time period). She started with the Nordic countries and we will do section by section via Sheppard Software.

Composer Study - We listened again to The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi and read his biography and placed where he lived on a map.