Writer’s World: making books

Did you know it’s very hard to type when a dog is laying on top of your arm?  I’d make him move but hes so warm and comfy…….

Here’s another great way to make use of your workbooks.

All right, I made him move.  He’s still on my lap, but it was really driving me crazy typing with one hand.  It was taking so LOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG.

Yes, I am working on my patience, and it is much better, thank you.

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Back to my point though, this section of our workbook has the kids drawing lines and matching the picture to the sentence.  Well, I knew what would happen if I had my kids do that.
I’d have a very messy page with lots of extra lines, and kids who weren’t happy.

Instead, I cut out the sentences and pictures, and then made a mini-book by cutting copy paper in half and hamburger folding it into a book.  I set it up using a placemat and putting the words on one side and the pictures on the other with a gluestick.

Voila, instant easy reading activity.  Added bonus, they had to decide what order to put the sentences in for it to make sense.
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That is the face of a happy little girl, and I’m sure it has nothing to do with the giant cup of water she has sitting next to her.

Other added bonus, they happily haul these little books back out to read to their Daddy when he gets home.

SCORE!

Okay, typing around a puppy is getting a little hard, and he ate my queso, which I’m not happy about.  So, I’m off to bed.

Oh, and make sure to check out my post today over at ABC and 123 for a great idea for Groundhog’s Day.  We’re doing it again this year, provided the weather cooperates.

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Science Sunday: the next ER trip

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Notice, on Friday I’d said amusing, not good.  But, it did lead to a great discussion on the way to the ER.

So, as I was calmly making lunch on Thursday Batman was attempting acrobatics using our recliner and the sofa.  He slipped and fell face forward onto the tile.

Being the good Mom that I am I of course said, “What were you thinking?” as I scooped him up without looking and calmed him down.  After he’d calmed down a little I then went into diagnosis mode.  Looked at him and the large amounts of blood on his face and clothes, and said, “Let’s go to the doctor.”

So, everyone got dressed, because we OF COURSE were being lazy that day.

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And as we were driving there it turned into a science lesson.  Yes, a science lesson on  the way to the hospital.

See, the boys were worried that Batman was going to die because of all the blood that had come out.  They wanted to make sure it wasn’t too much blood.

So, we talked about what blood is used for and how it gets food to the rest of the body and brings oxygen .  It made for a good distraction while we were driving and helped keep everyone calm.

Then later, when we’d gotten home and I’d had a chance to read up on about how much blood a little guy has in him, we talked some more.

An adult human has about 5 liters of blood in them.  Batman is less than half of an adult human, so I averaged that out to about 2 liters.  And that’s when inspiration hit.

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The 2 liter bottle of Sprite is about how much blood Batman has in his body right now.  They were all duly impressed, I was less impressed when they started talking about drinking said Sprite, but what could I expect.

That little cup on the bottom is about how much blood he lost from his “bleeding owie.”  I figure he lost about a 1/4 cup of blood, give or take.  That looks like how much is staining the clothes and jammies, and what soaked through the paper towels.
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And amusingly enough I’ve gotten several comments from friends on Facebook saying “Now I’ll be able to tell your twins apart.”

Yeah, until his brother gets the same injury a week later, that’s what happened last time.  A week later his brother got the exact same head wound, and then a week after that the boys dropped a shovel on Princess’ head and she got a nice little scar on the top of her head.053

Oh well, it’s been at least 3 or 4 months of no ER trips, so this is good.

You guys have any less exciting life experiences you’ve turned into science lessons this week?  I promise next week to have a less bloody post……….  Maybe I should go ahead and schedule that for the sake of sanity………

What we’ve been reading: Kansas

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I think I mentioned some of these last week, but here’s the majority of our Kansas books.

 

The biggest hits have been:

Mortimer’s First Garden- which Batman just saw as I was entering these into the computer and took it away

Aunt Minnie and the Twister- which got a rare request to read again

Twisted Tale– no picture of the cover, but it’s a super cute book about a family that goes through a tornado and how they have to solve the problem of their twisted up animals.

 

Misses

 

That Dancin’ Dolly- Which seems so cute, but it didn’t quite work right, aside from the kids asking me to sing it as a song, because it’s a song, so I tried my best to sight read the music….. kinda

Gramda Essie’s Covered Wagon– not on the carousel, but it was a little long for their concentration, and it was more of a journey type of book, no real action for the boys.  I might try them on it again in a few years.  It’s an interesting story about a little girl and how she remembers all of her moving back and forth and how much she had a hard time with that.  I think that’s the other problem, it’s totally out of their frame of reference.

 

Well, that’s a quick overview.  I’m off to take a walk with the kids, and then maybe when I get back write the rest of my posts for the week.  That or go upstairs and work on some more painting.  We’ll see.

 

Now head on over to Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns to see what else people are reading this week.

One more phonics game

Okay, that is probably still a lie.  But, I’m going to pretend for now that is this is the last.

 

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I figured out a good way to store these (at least for me) is to hole punch it and put I on one of those bookbinding rings.  It works really well because then I can also throw them in my purse and let them practice these while waiting in line somewhere.

 

Oh, and my Science Sunday post this week is going to be very amusing……… 

 

Now head on over to Homeschool Creations to see some more fun preschool and kindergarten posts.

Sunflowers

Everyone who guessed Kansas was of course right.  And we couldn’t just “do math,” as my kids would say, with sunflowers.  We had to paint with them and more.

 

I found this super cool site with some sunflower ideas, and used their sunflower life cycle page as part of our Kansas study after reading.  First we read about how they grew from this book.  I have to say this is my favorite book about plants so far because it had great pictures, and did a great explanation.

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The books we used……

 

Then I made this recipe from Pocketful of Posies, and she’s right it makes A LOT.  So, now I have a whole tub full of finger paint waiting to be turned into different colors.

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At first I was very strict on the whole you must paint a sunflower.  That was their first index card (and let me just say I’m loving this whole index card art, it’s a great size for displaying and keeping in lapbooks and such, and it’s not overwhelming for when they don’t feel like painting).

 

After the first one they just had at it, and I added in a few more colors.  I’m looking forward to when we try this again.

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Now head on over to:

A Mommy’s Adventures for more stART projects.

Red Ted Art for more kid art projects

and JDaniel 4’s Mom for more reading and general cool projects.

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Ancient Greeks

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We read about Sparta and Athens and did a Venn diagram about the cities.  Honestly the kids didn’t get much about this, but after a lot of repeating and reminding they got the gist of the two cities.

 

It simplified down to Sparta fights a lot, and everyone fought in their town, everyone learns how to be a soldier.

 

Athens is the city of art and democracy.  That simplified down to art.  All the discussion of how their government was just flew over their heads.

 

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But that’s boring.  We finished up by taking the same pots from our earlier sunflower game and made them into greek pots.

 

And the boys pots were very greek showing fantastic battle scenes.  I’m not sure what Princess’ was.

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Now head on over to Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn to see what other people are doing for history or geography.

I’m declaring today a computer free day

Well, that’s what I’m going to try and do.  So, if I don’t read your post today or comment, that’s why.  I’m feeling a little stressed and harried, and some of it is because I know I’ve been spending too much time on the computer and not enough time doing things I need to do.

 

Instead I will be:

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Yes, they are sword fighting in the back seat of the car……

 

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And maybe even digging in the dirt.