Saturday, January 26, 2013
Chocolate Cherry brownies (vegan)
We started off with Painting with water....
When the Monet style art lesson was ready to go Mini Piwi added green leaves with Oil Pastels. In stead of the water colors Big sis was using Mini Piwi went with dot markers...
She 'washed' her painting with water....
The water made a great effect with the 'dots' and acted a lot like water colors with the pastels. We were all very proud of her first artist inspired Masterpiece.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Some how I didn't know about Jaden Hair's blog steamy kitchen.com. If I had I would have been cooking up a noodle storm by now!
|Dan Dan Mein & 15 min Asian noodles (for the Piwi's)|
The cover made me a little weary as it looked a bit fancy. However flicking through the pages on my laptop (it's a digital copy) I realized this was all the recipes for the kinds dishes (noodles and otherwise) we enjoy when we eat out. Even Piwi Daddy had a scroll through the amazing photos and announced his approval.
Link to 15 minute Asian noodle recipe
Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of Steamy Kitchen's Healthy Asian Favorites, in exchange for an honest review to be submitted to 10 speed press via Netgalley.com. I will not receive any monetary compensation from Netgalley.com nor 10 Speed press. The links to amazon do contain affiliate links where I do receive a small commission for any purchases made through this link.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
We wrote our messages on white paper with a white oil pastel.
We made a lot of Valentines like this today, some we put away for next month but a quite a few got painted. Mini Piwi especially loved watching the pastel repel the water. Talking of secrets I picked up this new Splat book for the Piwi's. I am saving it for valentines week. We love anything Splat but the flaps make it even more fun. In this book Splat is trying to find the perfect Valentine's gift for his teacher. I am pretty sure the kids will think it is awesome when I bring it out on Monday
These are the best pastels I have used with the Piwi's. They are affordable, smooth and don't break as easily as other brands.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
This week Miss K is working on a France unit Study. For LA we use Learning Language Arts Through Literature . Each week-long lesson works with an except from children's literature or a specific book. I had saved the Madeline 'literature link' for this unit study. It was also a great opportunity to study Monet.
We began our study by looking at a timeline of Monet's art. It was a great way to learn about his life and the creation of impressionism. I had made up an art study lapbook for Miss K to use.
We started with Water lilies, 1914.
Miss K used Oil pastels to create her Lillie pad leaves and flowers. She worked on the shapes of the leaves and shaded them with greens and pinks like she observed in Monet's painting. Blue water colors were painted around the leaves and she chose to paint over the flowers and other shading. Finally she wet the paper with her brush with water to change to create a water effect.
Monday, January 21, 2013
We were fortunate to be able to explore a lot of our Science curriculum at Museums and parks this school year. An unplanned 6 week stay in Houston’s Museum district meant that some amazing lessons were right on our doorstep.
It sounds like a dream situation . Unfortunately, to begin with, I didn’t view it like that. We were travelling with the portable curriculum and missing our workboxes. We certainly planned to visit some of the museums and the zoo but it seemed too costly to visit all of them. The original plan was to stick to
|Note booking in Considering God's creation|
We homeschool so we have flexibility and I was trying to stick to some imaginary timeline! Long story short, God gave me a jab in the ribs (long story) and reminded me that our stay was temporary. Humbled, I went through the science and history we had planned for the year and found that a lot of it related to the exhibits we could see. A local family, we met, also forwarded us an email listing regular free days for the Museums -even the zoo! Most museums' websites also had educational resources we could do while we were before, during and after our visits. This became our new lesson plan along with daily Math and Language.
During one visit we studied Elephant habitats and Miss K wrote a report. Mini Piwi was excited to see the baby elephants after a week of E is for Elephant Pre K activities
We also watched a chick hatch: Wow!
Cockrell Butterfly house
Miss K worked on her Insect note booking pages from Considering Gods creation and Mini Piwi was all about C for Caterpillar the week we visiting the amazing Butterfly house in the HMNS.
Houston Space center
I made up Space lapbooks in anticipation of this visit! Piwi Daddy was able to come with us and it was definitely a learning experience for everyone. One of the highlight was touching an moon rock and another was seeing Space shuttle Discovery.
One warm afternoon the Piwi's learnt about the properties of water
We came back again to spend time in the lab
Even Thanksgiving dinner was a Field trip....The Piwis liked the little aquarium on site but the huge tanks in the restaurant itself were amazing. The waiters were full of information about the species of Fish swimming around us. I admit this visit did not fall under the minimal cost category. We tend to do something to find different ways to make holidays special for the kids since we are away from extended family.
looking at their new Moray eel buddy.
There is certainly no doubt that that Piwi's learnt plenty during our stay in the Museum district. I even learnt to relax and use the resources we are given. It also made DH & I more pro active in finding places to take the Piwi's. We no longer have the Zoo or Museums so close so we are more creative. If I can't find a field trip with local homeschool groups I try to organize one. We have found many Ice cream stores, yogurt shops & Pet shops are open to tours and talks. All you need to do is ask. There are also several websites to find field trips.
Cell Unit Study - Mitochondria and Energy by Julie @ Highhill Education
Our Blended Social Studies by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
2013 Virtual Curriculum Fair-Exploring Our World: Social Studies and more Science by Leah C @ As We Walk Along the Road
Exploring Canada by Annette @ A Net In Time
Project Passport: The Middle Ages by Missouri Mama @ Ozark Ramblings
Virtual Curriculum Fair- Exploring Our World by Karyn @ Teach Beside Me
Our Absolutely Positively Favorite History Curriculum Ever by Wendy @ Homeschooling Blessings