Thursday, October 23, 2014

Homeschool Update:

 Alanna was writing a bunch of letters for fun and was able to sound out some of her first words!

I was so proud!

Those are hearts on either side of mom and dad.
This week we studied the ocean and made an ocean in a bottle.  She loved being able to see the waves and identify which was the crest and which was the foam.

Homeschool Rocks!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Funnies:

We heard a high pitched squeal in the playroom a couple of days ago and Cie-J was the first to the scene.  Alanna promptly told him there was a "big bug" in her play room and that he needed to come and get it.  Upon inspection, he found it to be a small dead (on it's back) crunchy roach.  Oh the horrors!  He told her to get a piece of tissue and pick it up and flush it.  She was amazed that her dad wouldn't rescue her and would make her do such a thing.  I came in about this time and encouraged her that she could do it.  She needed TWO squares of tissue and some cheering on, but she finally picked it up and tossed it in the trash.  Cie-J said "See?  You COULD do it!  Great job!"  Alanna replied, "Yeah, I did...but it was HORRIFYING!!!!"  HAHAHA! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Home School Week 5:

For science, we made a container garden!  This flower will never need watering...which is excellent news for my black thumb!  We learned that plants get water through their roots and lose it through their leaves.  It is trapped inside the bottle and trickles down so the plant can use it again and again!
We also tested this idea by putting a dry cleaning bag over a plant to trap the water that it gets rid of through its leaves.  After a couple of hours, we could see the water droplets on the plastic!  It's one thing to read a science book.  It's another to SEE it for yourself!

We've been studying about the desert this week too, so we made our own cactus!  It took over an hour to make this salt dough and put tiny pieces of spaghetti noodles all over it.  Such fun!
Homeschool Rocks!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Crowns For The Kind And Queen:

 Alanna made paper crowns for she and daddy.  She took great care to cut them out and color them.  She measured carefully to make sure it would fit around daddy's head.  Then when she got to her own crown, she discovered that she didn't have enough paper.  She ended up using double sided tape and just taped it to her forehead!  HAHA!  Some hair got stuck to it though and it was a bit painful to take off. =/  Silly girl.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Alanna Makes Cookies:

 I measured, she poured and stirred...
She scooped them out and I put them in the oven.  It was so much fun to work together.  She was sure to put on her apron so she wouldn't' get dirty. =)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Funnies:

#1 - Alanna was sitting on my lap and I made a comment about how tan her legs were compared to mine.  She replied with "yeah, and yours are much pokier than mine!"  Thank you child.

#2 - Alanna has some bath fizzies that turn her water pink.  She plugged her nose and went all the way under the water.  When she came up, she said "You know how people go under the water at church?  Well, I just did that in my pink water and baptized myself a princess!!!"  HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Home School Week 4:

We LOVE doing science experiments!!
We studied all about volcanoes and learned how to tell if they are active, dormant, or extinct.  We got to make our own dough volcano and Alanna got to pour the vinegar into the volcano and make it explode. We ended up doing it like three or four times. =)
 Alanna's best friend Sarah and her little sister Rachel are using the same kindergarten curriculum as we are, so we get together every week to do science together.  (tell me again how unsocialized home schoolers are?!? HAHA!)  Notice the mason jars behind the girls.  They got to dig up some dirt from the back yard and mix it with water.  We shook the jars up and learned that dirt always separates into the same layers.  The top layer is hummus. (dead leaves and bugs)  The middle layer is clay.  The next layer is sand.  And the bottom layer is rocks.  We found out that Las Vegas has a lot of clay and a lot of sand in our soil.
This week, we were also studying the Romans and their culture and history.  We discovered that they would eat their meals laying down on big pillows and they would pass around a little bowl of water to wash their utensils in.  (their fingers! HA!)  The kids loved eating this way!  They ate bread and meat and raisins and fruit just like the Romans did.  We decided to forgo the stuffed dormice and roasted pigeons though. ;)  Their absolute favorite part was getting to burp loudly at the end!  That was a complement to the host that they served a good meal.  BUUUUUURRRRRRPPPPP!!

Homeschool Rocks!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Daddy Got A Make Over:

 It all started when Alanna wondered if Daddy's hair was long enough for a bow...
 Then his beard and mustache needed brushed...
 She was so proud of her work!
And even though he isn't smiling...I promise you he loved every single second of it!