Thursday, February 25, 2010
Did you know that the first Tootsie roll was made in 1896. I remember learning that it was made prior to 1900 when I read the book See You in a Hundred Years as the author had Tootsie rolls. Today there are over 47 million Tootsie rolls made a day. We did not have that many -- just one bag and we still have some in the bag.
We melted some in the microwave and I will say that the book said 60 seconds but that was way too much time for our microwave they were melted and funny. We did get some soft ones and we made some edible sculptures from them. J made a turtle.
Mama made a snowman. I guess all the snow outside inspired me. I don't really have a good picture. Miss K was in her room cause she is not feeling well. Her teacher said that this week at school she has been in a "mood". I am wondering if she is teething.
The idea for this celebration came from Every Day a Holiday by Silvana Clark.
I love fabric and Chinese silk -- just look at blog banner. So of course, to have some hands on time, we got our the Chinese silk that we have.
J decided that he liked the one with the characters the best.
He wrapped the silk around himself like the Greeks. That is what he told me. I guess we are combining cultures.
Well, after reading about tea, we had to drink some. I have gotten rid of all our Chinese clay tea pots except the 15 or so that are my tea pot collection of various shapes, sizes, and colors. J found a blue and white tea pot and so we used that. I had to dig around to find some tea cups. The ones we used were small. We used some leaf tea from Aunt Becs.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
and J did as well. Then they were asked to put it back in the tube and the reward was a $1 (our kids are cheap, the book says to offer $20). J tried he got a straw and tried to blow it back but he couldn't get all of it back. Which is like our words once our words are out of mouth we can't take them back.
Then we baked a cake. Did you know that it is hard to find a basic cake recipe from scratch in a cookbook. My Betty Crocker doesn't have any basic scratch cake recipes. I searched my email from a message my mom sent me the other year for a One egg cake recipe which is the cake I learned to bake. Well, we made that cake. Basically it was a J and daddy project because he was to understand how it is important to have instructions and how once you have done something it is easier to do it again.
Overall, it was a fun night and the Family Night Treasure Chest books did help.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
This is a jumper that I made before Christmas. The main body fabric came from Freecycle -- someone I know from church also on Freecycle--I added the yellow and green and we have a cute jumper. The pattern was easy and I have a some more fabric that I want to use for jumpers. Jumpers work best for her as they hang from her shoulders on her small body.
Monday, February 22, 2010
I guess he did learn something because at dinner he got out the math sheet to short daddy just how much you would have in 13 days.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
This afternoon, I know it is Sunday and not really a school day, but it was one of those moments, I got out some drawing paper and colored pencils and decided to draw the flower and by modeling it I encouraged J to draw the flower. Here is my artwork. I am not an artist but I am working to model art to him and the fact that even if you are not good you still try.
J added more details to his picture which is great.
Notice the bird in the tree.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
We had taken a break from our lessons and were spending some time just reviewing facts and doing some drill work. I have a book of math games so we have been playing those. Yesterday, we had the magnet marbles out and were working on the 2 times table. It was at least something different.
We are almost finished Saxon 2 and will begin Saxon 3. I have wondered if the work is too easy but I don't think that is the issue. It is one of those times that I just keep praying for wisdom and strength and maybe some creativity as well.
She did a good job peeling the carrots. She was quite upset when there were no more carrots to peel. I did allow her to stir the vegetables while they were sauteing. She knows the stove is hot and is careful.
She knew I had the camera and she was trying hard to smile. I know with those striped pj's she looks a bit like she escaped.
Here is the chicken potpie before it when in the oven.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
As we continue our China study, on Friday we read The Great Wall by Leonard Everett Fisher. I want to make sure that J understands the history of the Great Wall when we visit. Yesterday, J was building with Legos and something was said about building the Great Wall. No, we don't do school on a Saturday but it was one of those teaching moments that you take advantage of when they happen. It didn't take him long and he built this.
That was neater than my other idea of building one using dirt and making clay bricks. Given the fact that we have about 18 inches of snow on the ground finding dirt would be difficult and do we really have time to make clay bricks. I think Legos made a much better Great Wall.
Friday, February 12, 2010
We missed getting a picture of Ping in the middle of the ducks going into the boat. We started with Ping having his head in the water (carpet) then the man called la-la-la-la-lei.
We also read The Great Wall of China. I am wondering if we should try to make a Great Wall.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
We tried to make something like oracle bones to write on.
The instructions were to use starch, paint it on a brown bag, draw on it with a black crayon, and paint it with brown paint to give it an old look. I used cornstarch and it just crumbled as we tried to write on it. Yes, he is in his pj's doing school. Most kids got a snow day today but we still did some school.
Next we are going to study the Great Wall. I am ready - I have my pictures from our visit to the Great Wall.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I will explain that Miss K has not seen much snow in her life -- she was born and spent most of her life in warm weather. One of the first snowfalls that we had this winter I made snow ice cream. Our babysitter friend was staying with us and couldn't believe me when I said we were making snow ice cream. She did come back last weekend because they were forecasting snow and I said I would make snow ice cream.
Well, we did get more snow today. I don't think I will be going any place in the near future. Co-op was cancelled for tomorrow.
Monday, February 8, 2010
My oldest son, Master J, works hard to be the best and perfect which is good except when it frustrates him.
Miss K, you need to say that with a bit of a southern drawl which is how Nai-nai says it and how she became Miss K. Miss K keeps us laughing. She has long speeches and prayers to which we only understand a few words.
1. I love coffee - my mom can't understand that. She does not like coffee.
2. I homeschool my son and my daughter goes to preschool so there will be lots of homeschool chat.
3. Our family has spent years living overseas and have now been back in the USA for a year.
4. My daughter is 5 and has an extra blessing AKA extra chromosome (Trisomy 21 or as commonly called Down Syndrome).
5. I love fabric and sewing various things -- lots of quilts and decorative things.
6. I enjoy cooking.