Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Happy Fall!

To "celebrate" the first day of fall we had a "Happy Fall" day in our homeschool. Here is what I managed to get pictures of:

We started our day with some of our favorite "fall" books and the kids colored fun fall pictures

All of our books were about leaves so we then took a walk outside to find some cool's still HOT here so not many leaves have fallen but we were able to find a few. Of course, because there are boys involved, finding leaves digressed in to burning leaves with a magnifying glass...

We then created some cool "leaf suncatchers" with our leaf finds, wax paper, and crayon shavings.

I didn't get a lot of pictures of this because a hot iron was involved. The kids loved this craft.

We also did our scarecrow puzzle and there was some regular school involved.

We also completed foam jack-o-lanterns to hang from our ceiling as well as started some leaves that we will finish tomorrow. Nothing fancy, but the kids loved this painting, cutting, and gluing craft. Here are the "work in progress" pics.

And the completed projects!

We are now ready for fall -- hopefully the temperatures will cooperate with us and NOT reach the low-mid 90's!!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pyramath Review

Memorizing Math facts has always been a bit of a challenge for Paul. He knows the concept but because the facts aren't memorized he can't recall them quickly. We have worked on addition and subtraction facts for a couple of years now and continue to review them regularly. Now we add in our multiplication and division facts for almost daily review. We have used flash cards, various computer games and just simply saying the facts over and over. Now we have added Pyramath to our repertoire of tools to review math facts with.


PyraMath Decks Include:

  • 54 Math Learning Cards
  • Each card clearly numbered
  • Each card clearly labeled with 4 mathematical symbols
    addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Each card clearly marked with English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Roman, and French numerical translation and symbols.

At only $6.95 a deck this is a great value and can be used for many years and for multiple children, making it an even better deal.

Paul and I really enjoy this game and play it often. We have taken along with us to play while waiting for the other two to do gymnastics. We played it often the weeks that we didn't do as much school because of Molly's tonsillectomy and it is a regular visitor to his workboxes on a normal school day. It has helped him sharpen his math facts while having fun at the same time. It is definitely a game that will be used often for years to come! There are many different ways to play the game and Paul even played it alone a couple of times.

The company, Brainy Attic, that makes Pyramath also makes many other great card games for kids that help with Math and Language skills. I know we will be purchasing the Fraction game soon! There are also some online games that you can try. We haven't tried them since I try to limit the kids computer time but I have heard great things about the games online. Don't forget to take a look at reviews from other TOS crew members here.

Disclaimer: I received this item for free in exchange for my honest opinion of the product. There was no other compensation given for the review.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

I am in love....

Now, most of you have probably been using this for years, but I just found out about a WONDERFUL site called "Homeschool Share", and I am in love. It has all sorts of unit study ideas and they even have ideas to use for multi-age groups. AND, the best part is it's FREE!!!! I am so excited. I have been thinking about taking a different direction with Zach and now I know what I am doing....unit week we are going to start a unit study using our Curious George books. All the kids are going to love it! Again, the best part is IT'S FREE. It lists a ton of ideas for all the different subjects and most of the activities don't require any materials that we don't already have. So, if you haven't checked it out take a look at what we will be doing next week here!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Creativity and Kids!

I have always thought that letting the kids have plenty of time to create and paint was important to their education but lately I have slacked a little on letting my two little ones be creative. It seems the painting had gotten too controlled and they always had to paint a particular thing I was telling them to paint. So, on Monday I let them have at it with paint, scissors, glue, and construction paper. So here they are truly enjoying themselves...

And here they are cleaning up with happy grins...

And while Mommy cleaned up their mess...

Paul was also happily painting a baseball field, but he didn't want his picture taken that day, so I didn't bother him.