Sunday, October 25, 2009

On the Banks of Plum Creek Lesson Plans

Literature: "On the Banks of Plum Creek" by Laura Ingalls Wilder



Prairie Primer/On the Banks of Plum Creek - Week 1

Here's what we're learning about in school this week...

CLASSIFICATION OF LIVING THINGS:





KidsBiology.com

GRASSHOPPERS:
Weather's Effect on Grasshopper Populations
Grasshopper Plague

"Hurt No Living Thing" Poem

Hurt no living thing:
Ladybird nor butterfly,
Nor moth with dusty wing,
Nor cricket chirping cheerily,
Nor grasshopper so light of leap,
Nor dancing gnat, nor beetle fat,
Nor harmless worms that creep

WATER PURIFICATION:

The Importance Of Water Purification To The World
Water Purification Lesson Plans
Dirty Water Science Experiment

WEEPING WILLOW TREES:

Care of Willow Trees
Willow Trees at EnchantedLearning.com

METHODS OF HEAT TRANSFER:
Conduction, Convection and Radiation
Heat Transfer and Efficiency at BBC

BUTTERFLIES:



Butterfly Links at Kid's National Geographic Magazine On-Line
Butterflies at EnchantedLearning.com
Butterfly Lesson Plans

A Few Random Recent Pics and Updates...

About a month ago, I decided to ditch my blond hair and go brown. For the first time in my life, I was no longer a blond! Honestly, it kind of freaked me out for the first few weeks because it was such a huge change but now it's grown on me. I do like it but will most likely go back to blond because I didn't think about what my hair would look like with new blond growth! Oh well - it was fun for a season :-)

I celebrated my friend, Kelly's, birthday with a group of girlfriends at a local Mexican restaurant. Isn't her cake super cute?!
"A" trying on a few accessories at one of the girl's favorite stores...
Playdate with friends...


"A" played soccer against one of her good buddies - and they are still friends! :-)
"M" is "A's" biggest cheerleader at her soccer games...
I painted a big 6' canvas for Classroom Corner. They will use it for their princess-themed birthday parties and story time. Some of my other work can be seen here :-)

The girls love to paint, too, any time I break out my paints...
I've been training for the Tulsa Run & on this particular day the girlz decided to give me a foot massage after a long run. They even brought me my robe and a warm blanket! What nice pampering from such sweet girlz :-)


Dance class...



video

Homeschool Gym time at Elite Gymnastics
The girlz love to race to the top of the rope...



A Special Family Gathering

Steve's mother's side of the family recently got together for a special family gathering to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. It was held at his aunt and uncle's house in Claremore. They have breath-taking views from their back porch of the beautiful changing foliage. We had a great time enjoying God's creation and each other!



A few pics of the girlz and their cousins, Emily & Riley...






Steve's sweet grandmother and her grandkids...

They served lots of yummy food!
A BeAuTiFuL sunset!!!
This saying is painted on a wall of Steve's aunt's kitchen. So true...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Field Trip to the Apple Computer Store

We had a great time at a recent field trip to the Apple Computer Store in Tulsa. The girlz and I shared an iMac and spent the first 15 minutes or so taking goofy pictures of ourselves. Then they taught us how to add special effects to our photos and turn them into a slideshow set to music. The girlz not only got a DVD of their slideshow, but they also received free Apple t-shirts and certificates of completion. It was so fun and a great learning experience!