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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

School stuff

I previously showed you our Amber Dig on Fun Friday, so I thought I'd show you some of the other stuff we do/did/use in our homeschooling.

When we studies dinosaurs we made a paper mache bone out of a paper towel tube, crumpled newspaper and 100 mile and hour tape (it's an Army thing-they call it that because it's supposed to hold up to 100 mph). I learned something that day: I do NOT like paper mache. MESSY! Indy liked though. And yes, he is wearing an old shirt backwards. M contributed it to the cause. The cause being keeping Indy's shirt clean.

Cool huh? We painted it white but I forgot to take a picture of that.

This is a little game we play with site words. See those M&M's? If he can read all the words in front of it (starting from the bottom left) he can eat the M&M. If he gets a word wrong he's got to start over. I'm a freaking genius, I tell you.

This is the chalkboard we use. They were obviously taken a while back. In case you're wondering, the word below Wednesday is how you say it (Wed) in German. We also talk about the weather and how you would write the date numerically.

This is our wipe board. Like the frame? 70% off at Hobby Lobby! Cost me $8! Woohoo! Yes, I do realize these are HUGE words for a 6 year old, but I don't believe in dumbing things down for him. We discuss every word and I quiz him on the meaning. I don't expect him to read them just yet (though that would be awesome), just be familiar with them.

And look! We made a volcano! There's a small water bottle in the center, surrounded by crumpled newspaper and 100 mile an hour tape (seeing a trend here?) and covered in air dry clay. After the clay dried, we painted it (actually Indy and M did this while I went shopping-yea!). Isn't it cool?

Look at it explode! Here's a tip, if you put a few drops of liquid dish soap inside the volcano with the baking soda it will bubble for a long time. Also, a few drops of red and yellow food coloring in the vinegar makes it look more like lava. I think M and I liked this as much as Indy did.

I can't even begin to describe how excited Indy was when I pulled out this new box of crayons. He's never had such a variety of colors before. The possibilities are endless. I can only imagine how much he'd love the box of 96.

We're beginning our study of archaeology, which is obviously right up Indy's alley. This was how he spent some of his outside time today. Isn't he adorable?

Tell me you can't hear the theme song when you look at this picture. Dum-dee-dum-dummmm. Dum-dee-dum. Dum-dee-dum-dum. Dumm-dee-dumm-dum-dum.


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