Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nothing in particular

 These are just some random photo's taken over the last month.  

Here is Hannah, putting together a model of the ear.  She did this while reading the story of Helen Keller.  

Joshua playing the xylophone.  This was given to Riley two christmas' ago.  Recently Joshua has become infatuated with it, he plays it all the time.  

For the co-op, Hannah had to do a report on a person from non fiction book that she's read.  Hannah decided to do her Alexander Graham Bell.  She did a great job drawing Bell.  She presented the speech, well half of it, just like this.  

David and Hannah, putting together a puzzle. 

Joshua's little red wagon that he got from Grandpa Bob for his birthday.  

I had a picture of Riley doing this, but I don't know what happened to it!  This was what we did for Riley's school work a few weeks ago.  She made about 10 different animal creations.  on this picture, Riley picked out and attached on her own: the ears, eyes, nose and mouth.  

Hannah, at a recent dr.'s visit.  I took this picture to show off her outfit; it's all her own folks!

Seriously, how cute is this guy!

Here is Riley and David playing kismet.  They were a team.  Riley rolled the dice for David.  She was an excellent dice roller, and thoroughly enjoyed it.  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

LIFT Trip to the Zoo

At the beginning of November, our homeschool group to a trip to the zoo together.  It's part of a program we enrolled in: Zoo Club.  The zoo makes two trips to us and the we make two trips to the zoo.  During these trips, the kids are taught an hour long class about a pre determined  topic.  It goes perfectly in line with our science class, which is Land Animals of the 6th day.

As with most things done for the first time, there were a few hiccups.  

Most of our coop made it to the class, which was all the way on the opposite side of the zoo from the main entrance.  

The kids actively participated and were well behaved.  

After the class, we all split up into smaller groups and wandered around the zoo at our leisure.  

David had taken the day off to go with us, and we ended up spending the day there, not leaving until 4 pm.  

We didn't see everything, but we weren't trying to see everything.  You see, with our zoo club membership, the girls and I can go to the zoo on any school day, for free.  

Plus we already have our spring trip scheduled.  The only thing we attempted to see, and did not. were the polar bears.  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Homeschooling outside the box

One of my favorite aspects offing a teacher is finding the fun ways to teach.  Like using a game.  

Yesterday David sat down and taught Hannah how to play how to play Kismet.  

Kismet is like playing poker, with dice.  Your score is based on adding your dice and another number based on the hand you play.  

She played two games with David while I went for a run.  

Then I sat down to play a third game with them.  I was amazed at how quickly she had picked up on the game.  

David and I tried to keep our opinions about what she should do to ourselves, and tried to just simply answer questions for her.  

She had to add up her won scores.  
She did a really fantastic job all three games.  She beat me!  

These are mine and David's scorecards.  Mine is above and David's is below.  Notice those 400+ scores!  I actually beat David, twice.  It happens rarely, and I so love when it does!