Thursday, September 22, 2011

Working through Mudworks: Oily Dough 1

My mom bought this book years and years ago, probably shortly after it was published in 1989.  I can’t remember not having it around!  Recently, she loaned me her copy and I thought it would be fun to work our way through the recipes.  I may not get to all of them because some are not appropriate for my kids ages yet, but we’ll do many.  It’ll be a great activity for cold winter days or wet, muddy ones!

Today we made Oily Dough 1 which says it is “easy, models well, keeps well” and is appropriate for ages 1 and up.  It only has flour, salt, oil and water.  My kids are happily exploring it!


Monday, September 19, 2011

Meal Planning Monday



I used part of this week's grocery budget last week to buy scrumptious peaches and plums on sale ($0.99 per pound is probably the cheapest we'll see till next year!) and put up 12 jars of sliced peaches, some peach jelly, and plum butter.  I also bought cantaloupes at $0.99 each that I sliced up and put in the freezer.  So my menu will be based on a slightly smaller budget this week.  About $55 instead of $75.
Monday: Runzas
Tuesday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green salad
Wednesday: Corned beef, fried eggs, Brussels sprouts, rice = Hubby's favorite meal!
Thursday: Chickpea curry and rice
Friday: Black bean burgers with sweet corn
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Ham and potato casserole

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Calvert Week in Review


Miss M enjoyed science most this week.  From the very first day she opened our Calvert box, she wanted to use the “themodeder” and she finally had her chance this week.  (I don’t let her play with stuff ahead of time or she’ll have nothing left to look forward to, right?)  She also loved charting people’s favorite fruits! I queried my friends and family on
Facebook so we’d have a nice list to work from.
For literature this week, Miss M was supposed to listen to “The Blue Jay’s Nest,” but I had her read it to me instead. She does very well!  But she was heartbroken about the eggs that fell from the nest and were broken.  Kids have such marvelous sensitive spirits!

In social studies she viewed photos and drawings and identified the difference between the two. At first I think she was a bit befuddled by the concept, not because she couldn’t tell the difference between the two images, but because who ever thought of comparing them?  But she quickly caught on.  Maps were always one of my favorite things (“were”…who am I kidding?), but Miss M seemed to be ambivalent about our mapping activities this week. Could have just been the mood she was in.
She is supposed to be using a number line to solve her math problems this week, but so far she’s just figuring in her head and finding answers that way. I encouraged her to use the number line anyway because it’s good to have tools to help us solve more difficult problems we may encounter in the future!

Little Guy was underfoot quite a bit this week. I had to be creative in ways to keep him entertained!  Clay did the trick several times, also dry beans and a muffin tin, and some counters and kitchen tongs!

Wednesday will be Miss M’s Lesson 20 Test!  She’s excited about it! Don’t you just love homeschooling!?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Meal Planning Monday


Monday: Asian corn cakes, sweet potato casserole, rice
Tuesday: Hot roast beef sandwiches
Wednesday: Pancakes for supper!
Thursday: Oriental chicken in the crockpot, broccoli, rice
Friday: Chili
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Chicken curry, rice

Friday, September 9, 2011

Calvert Week in Review

It was a short week since Monday was Labor Day. We took the day off from school since Daddy was home from work.  Then Tuesday felt like Monday and Wednesday felt like Tuesday and by the time Friday rolled around I was all jumbled up!  Miss M on the other hand keeps careful track of the day of the week and the current date. Right now her reason for doing so is the new “hero” on Super Why! that will be premiering on Monday.  She always finds something to count down to!

We finally received our social studies book today!!  We have managed without it, but I’m glad it came.

Miss M very much enjoyed measuring this week, using both nonstandard and standard methods.  She now knows that her school desk is 4 combs wide, or 22 inches.  And she loved being able to take paperclips out of my canister; she’s not typically allowed to touch them!  This week’s Math also focused on counting and writing numbers 1-10.  She is doing so well with holding her pencil properly!!!

Reading is still far below her level, but she enjoys it.  We skim right over the phonics stuff since she seems to have internalized it all so well already.  She volunteered to read our literature selection one day this week, “The Straw Ox.”  There were only a few words she didn’t know right off!  I may have her do more out-loud reading of longer passages.

Math this week also included some online games that Miss M really loved! She plays lots of online games and begged to play these over and over.

The week was relatively uneventful and passed by in a blur!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Meal Planning Monday: on Tuesday...oops!



I had my meal plan ready, just forgot to schedule it for Monday! :-)
Monday: Labor Day meal with family, supper is popcorn, sliced cheese, fruit
Tuesday: Personal pepperoni pizzas
Wednesday: Grilled chicken with acorn squash and rice
Thursday: Potato soup with fresh sourdough bread
Friday: Chicken enchiladas
Saturday: Leftovers
Sunday: Grilled cheese and fresh tomato soup

Friday, September 2, 2011

Calvert Week in Review

This was our second week of 1st grade.  We read several poems this week, but our favorites were “White Sheep” and “Secret” from the Lesson Manuel.

White Sheepby Christina G. Rossetti

White sheep, white sheep
On a blue hill,
When the wind stops
You all stand still.

When the wind blows
You walk away slow
White sheep, white sheep,
Where do you go?


Miss M was quite enchanted by the idea that there could be a meaning other than just what the words say.  Her eyes  lit up and she exclaimed, “That was hard!”


In math she worked on patterns including ABC patterning which she hasn’t formally encountered before. She did well, though if a pattern stopped before completing the set (e.g. ABB ABB AB), it usually threw her off when extending the pattern which I chalked up to lack of attention to detail, rather than lack of understanding of patterns.

She very much enjoyed the Change of Pace exercise: tossing a paper cup and tallying how many times it landed on it’s bottom, side, or top. I appreciated the connection to science since it had us run the experiment twice just like the children do in the science pages we’ve been reading!  Actually, I find Calvert does a marvelous job at connecting ideas across disciplines!  We had Venn diagrams in both math and reading this week and the Scientific Method showed up in both our science and technology lessons.

Speaking of science, the floating pasta experiment was a total flop!  Our pasta sank to the bottom and stayed there.  Twice.  Maybe the generic brand club soda I bought wasn’t powerful enough (though it seemed quite fizzy to me).  Miss M didn’t know what to expect and enjoyed the process anyway.  I think the food coloring alone was enough to delight her!  Though we weren’t instructed to, we recorded the question, prediction, and results in her science journal.

Our missing social studies book is supposed to arrive today, so we’ll catch up over the course of the next week.



I debated with myself over whether or not to attempt to correct Miss M’s pencil hold. She was resting the pencil on her ring finger and using the first two fingers and thumb to grip the pencil.  I finally decided to try to get her to hold it “correctly.”  To my surprise, she’s been quite willing to attempt the change, although a few times she’s complained that it feels funny or is harder.  Her writing is much sloppier this way, but I’m sure once she gets used to it, that’ll change. I was more concerned with fatigue and writers cramp later on when she needs to write page upon page at a time.  She’s quite proud of herself for learning the “proper” way to do it and eagerly showed off for Daddy when he came home!  She’s also proud of herself for using lowercase letters more, and I’m glad there is some number writing practice in the math lessons because that’s something she needs a good review in. Many of her numbers are typically written backwards.

Miss M loves doing work on the computer. She enjoys the daily Math Checkpoints and her Computer Skills and Applications lessons!  Although she was able to operate a computer better than her lolo before she could even read, at this point I can say with certainty that she knows more about computers than several of her grandparents (who use them nonetheless).

We read about Noah, the Flood, and God’s Promise this week and did some rainbow art.