Monday, June 5, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

All About Reading

~reading and holding a puppy...perfect for a boy!~

In September we ventured into unknown territory...homeschooling 2 of our children. ( that explains lack of blog posts!)
We started our first grader on a reading program called "All About Reading". It was just my kind of program telling me what to teach, how to teach it, and when to teach it. The program was just Tyler's kind of program with magnets, flash cards, and the one on one teaching that he needed.


Part of the program involves reading to your child for 20 minutes every day.
This is where our dear aunt Marion comes in. Every Monday afternoon, Tyler skypes with aunt Marion and she reads to him, capturing his attention to past an hour at times.
They have been working through the illustrated children's classic books, already finishing six books. Tyler has a copy of a book and aunt Marion has her own copy. She reads with so much expression, that I sometimes stop what I'm doing and tune in! She takes the time to explain the setting of the story, asks related questions, and answers any questions Tyler may have.
He loves it. I love it.
The scarier the story- the better for Tyler. Animals and adventures are a must.
I learned that Anne of Green Gables does not cut it.
 ACTION all of the way!





It's serious business; fighting, saving, rescuing, and getting out of traps!


And there are times aunt Marion will make a visit and the reading
is that much better!
 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April Fools Delicacies






This rather mean idea came to me a week before April Fools. We were visiting a reptile zoo and the presenter fed the lizards and snakes some cool looking worms. The blue slithery wormy thing reminded me of the candy worms kids love so much.
A week later I was at Pet Smart buying five of these live worms for my April Fools joke.
Snack was served on April Fools afternoon. On the menu, candy worms placed carefully in a bowl....along with a real worm.

 It was a difficult task trying to take pictures of this great April Fools joke, making sure the boys didn't actually eat the worm and the other candy worms that the worm may have touched.
 
Whaaat is that?!!

 
"You are a bad mom!"
 

The worms have been kept alive, and I am watching my back!
 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Touring the World (in our immaginations!)

In the past I wrote about our Country Dinners. In our imagination we arrive to the country we picked out and learn about it by making maps and flags and filling a jar up with interesting facts that we take turns reading. We listen to their cultural music, decorate, and eat a meal from that country.
We are in our third winter of having these monthly dinners and it continues to be a success; an evening that kids and adults enjoy.
 
We got smart. All of the kiddos are on one side of the table watching a tour show on the wall from the country we are visiting so that the adults can eat with a little bit of peace!
Liam is ready to serve us the escargot from France...
 
And we did it! We were brave and ate the slimy, runny snail. We didn't think to explain the process to our youngest and he stuck the whole shell in his mouth and started crunching! yuck!
 
 
None of this would happen without my talented sister-in-law. She makes up the menus and creates eye pleasing and delicious food for everyone to enjoy. And to top it off, she cooks everything from scratch!
 
For the decorations we think of someone we know from that country and borrow some items they have.
 
We will even call someone who has been to that country to visit and see if they brought back any souvenirs . (Thanks Christine for going to Australia for us!)
 
 
On the menu for Australia....Crocodile, Kangaroo, and Ostrich meat!!
Yesirree, we all had a helping of these interesting meats!
 
 
We even had a kangaroo join us for dinner to help remind us what we were eating!
After our Australian meal, we took turns playing the Didgeridoo.
 
Visiting Greece.
 
 
 
Thailand's Spring Rolls and Sauces.
 
 
 
 
Eating sushi was an interesting experience when visiting Japan but the dessert turned out to be a big hit.