Sunday, November 30, 2008

Would You Make a Great 1930's Wife?

This is the last quiz for today. I always new that I was a little old fashioned, but this goes way beyond what I thought. I must say that I am not ashamed of the results. I like being old fashioned and so do my husband and kids. I guess I should go and make breakfast soon... pancakes!




You Would Make a Great 1930's Wife



You've got a few retro ways, and you would make the ideal 1930's wife.

At least, that's how it looks on paper. You may just be an easygoing, pleasant person.

With a personality like yours, you'd be a great wife in any era!

What Christmas Ornament Are You?




You Are a Snowman



Friendly and fun, you enjoy bringing holiday cheer to everyone you know!

What Part of Thanksgiving Are You?




You Are Mashed Potatoes



Ordinary, comforting, and more than a little predictable

You're the glue that holds everyone together.

What Type of Mother Hen Are You?


What type of Mother Hen Are You?
by Montessorimom.com: Educational Resource

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Taking a Break

This is one of those weeks where everyone is getting over colds and needs a little break. Last week, our home school facilitator made her first visit. Before she came we were busy finishing up some unfinished projects and getting caught up in a few things that got a little off track. All in all, I think she was pleased with what the kids have been doing. I know that I am. They worked hard so far this year and deserve a little break.

This has also given me a chance to get going on Christmas gift making. We are trying to do a home made Christmas this year. Other than a few music Cd's and small toys for the stockings, everything will be home made (I hope). So far, I have made one scarf, one pair of mittens, one hat and four rosaries. I have been working on a few small quilt projects. I need to finish the star wallhanging that will hang behind the Christmas stable. It just needs to be sandwiched and quilted. I made a pillow to match for the couch. I have pj's for all the kids left to make and I promised to make the boys and dad matching vests. Mia and I will have matching dresses or skirts (not sure if I have enough material). I am also trying to make gifts for family members living further away. I can't say what, because these people read this blog (I think). I am excited and very busy. I don't know how much I will be blogging in the next few weeks.

I have also been busy looking for advent and Christmas activities for school. Next week we will be schooling again and there is so much to do. Here are a few links of some things that I am planning to do with the kids during advent:

* learn some advent songs and Christmas carols
* make an advent wreath
* make an advent lapbook. Advent Faithfolder Link
* a unit study on Tomie de Paola
* Saint Nicholas activities from www.stnicholascenter.org
* Advent Adventure activites
* make Christmas gifts and cards for each other and cards for everyone they know
* make a Jesse tree and maybe even host a Jesse Tea
* bake cookies and listen to music
* most of all, prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

17 Days Left Until Advent

I was reading one blog after another this morning. One blog just led to another. I don't often take the time to follow links from one blog to another, but the kids are still sleeping, so I took advantage of my pc. The reason I am blogging now is to send you a link to something I found really interesting and hopefully fun.

How do you spend the busiest time of year ~ Advent??? We do a Jesse Tree and try to go to daily Mass and say more prayers than usual, but that is about it. Well, this year we will be doing an Advent Adventure with Holy Heroes. There are short videos, short audio selections, coloring pictures to download, word searches and games, quizzes to take to see what you’ve learned, and more. They will email you each day of advent with activities for the day. That sure helps me out. No planning involved! Click here to sign up. It's Free. I am in no way affiliated with Holy Heroes, I just think it would be fun to participate.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Apple Lapbooks at Last!

We have been working very hard this week to get caught up on a few things that we were getting behind in. We finished our October "Apple" study and here are some pictures of the hard work the kids put in. What you can't see, is that these lapbooks are actually "Lap-Notebooks". This is something that is stumbled upon while looking for pretty notebooking pages. The term "Lap-Notebook" is a combination of a lapbook and a notebook. You can't see is very well on the pictures, but there is a duotang taped to the back of the lapbook. The kids put a book log, apple related activity sheets, graphic organizers, and apple poetry in this folder and used the lapbook for mainly facts. This combination works out great and everything stays together in one spot. I always like to post links to our resources, so that you can try out your own apple lapbook. The links are posted at the end of this post.

Both children wrote apple poetry that you can not see. I wanted to include them anyway.

APPLE by Maria

Applesauce
Pie
Picking
Lots to
Eat

An Apple Haiku by Noah

a juicy apple
honey bees are the mothers
the apples grow stout

My Own Apple Haiku

my yummy apple
is a house with five bed rooms
too small for a mouse

Here are the pictures of the lapbooks...

Noah's...









Maria's...








Here are the links we used:

Our Apple Lapbook by Albright Homeschool ~ This link has a lot of great printouts that we used in our lapbooks.

Apple Tree through the Seasons - from Enchanted Learning
Apple Graphic Organizer - from Enchanted Learning
more printouts and activities from Enchanted Learning with an apple theme We used a few, but you can definitely gear your activities towards the age of your child.

Here is our reading list for our apple unit:

Alosha's Apple A Tale of Old Russia by Alvin Alexsi Currier
Apple Picking Time by Michele Benoit Slawson
Applesauce by Shirley Kurtz
Brother Bartholomew and the Apple Grove by Jan Cheripko
How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro
How to Make an Apple Pie and see the world by Marjorie Priceman
The Apple Cake by Nienke van Hichtum
The Life and Times of the APPLE by Charles Micucci

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

St. Martin of Tours Lapbook

We had a wonderful All Saints Day celebration at our home parish this past Friday. I didn't get a chance to post Noah's lapbook that he used to make his short presentation. He got cold feet and didn't say too much. He dressed up as St. Martin of Tours. Here are the pictures of his lapbook.









Monday, November 3, 2008

October Apple Unit Study

In the next few days, I will be uploading pictures from our October Science Unit Study about Apples. Take a look at some of the books below. These are the books we used and can't wait to show you what we've learned. Stay tuned.

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