Friday, September 13, 2013

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge / Play With Me

Friday night and I sit here in disbelief that another week of school is done. Some weeks drag on painfully slow and seem never to end. This was not one of those weeks. We didn't quite get everything done that was planned but that is ok because there is always next week. Here is a review of what we did with our Books of the Week.

Zoey was ready to get back to school work after a week off. She continued with The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge by Hildegarde Swifte, as her book of the week. We started off with geography and Zoey was excited to find out that the lighthouse and bridge are real structures that still exist. The bridge is the George Washington bridge in New York and the lighthouse is still there. We looked at pictures of it online and both of the girls loved this. Then they asked to go there. Um, maybe not today.... We also talked about New York City and read some books about it. We had two drawing activities this week too. In the first one we showed the balance of the title words and in the second one we showed contrast in size. Sierra has her own book of the week but she loves to join in on anything she can. Here are their drawings. I thought they were cute so I had to share. Ok, I can't get them to rotate, ugh! Well just turn your head. Nice huh? Sierra didn't quite understand to draw the lighthouse on one side and the bridge on the other but that is ok. I love how they both drew the light coming out of the lighthouse. Today we also compared lighthouses from before electricity and computers to today.

For art study we discussed the contrast in size between the lighthouse and the bridge. I asked the girls to draw pictures of something really big next to something really small. Zoey drew a bridge and a lighthouse. I guess she was not in the mood to think outside of the box on this one. Sierra drew an elephant, and alligator and a cherry or an apple. I forgot which one it was.

By far Zoey's favorite activity with this book was when we talked about how the fog made it hard for the boat captains to see. The girls took turns wearing a blindfold trying to find their way around the house. Then I stood in the middle of the living room pretending to be the lighthouse and yelled "ALARM" if they got too close to me and the pretend rocks. They played this on and off all day. There was lots of giggling and eventually fighting.

This weekend Zoey wants to set up the Brio train track set because it has a bridge in it. We are trying to figure out how to make a lighthouse to put next to the bridge. So as you can see we are still loving Five in a Row. And that was just Zoey's book.
Sierra finished the book Play With Me by Marie Hall Ets and started a new book. One of the first things we did with this book was to talk about the different emotions you can see in the little girl's expressions. I made funny sounds that the little girl might be making and then they begged me to do it again every time I read it after that. We also talked about the morning dew. This was amazing to Sierra that the grass was wet even though it didn't rain. Now when she sees the grass wet in the morning she gets so excited and says, "Mama, morning dew!" I know it is a simple thing to us but I love to see them discover something with their young eyes.
We went for a bike ride to our pond to see how many animals we could find that were the same as in the book. We saw plenty of turtles just like in the book. Later we added new animals from Play With Me to our classification cards. Sierra loved sorting them in many interesting ways. First we did it the way we usually do; mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, etc. Then Sierra made new groups. Animals that like the night. Zoey corrected, "You mean nocturnal." Animals that jump. Slimy things. Animals that like trees. Bears. Bears had their own group. I wish I could remember them all. It was so funny. She decided to dived them up even further and line them up with help from Zoey and me. That is when I took the picture.

We did a few more things but I need to go to bed. Thanks as always for reading. I hope you enjoyed it.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Vacation Week

We had a great month of school in August. We are already four weeks into the new school year. This first week of September we are taking off. Daddy has the week of and we have been having some great family fun. We went to Carowinds and had a blast. It seems Sierra likes roller coasters and can't wait until she is tall enough to ride more. Zoey wanted to try a roller coaster again but after last year she is just not ready. They rode all of the kiddie rides. Some of those rides were quite wild for kiddie rides but that was great for them. My favorite part was the lazy river. LOL!

A few days later we made our annual trip to the apple orchard. The girls have been talking about going for months. There are chickens, peacocks, turkeys, goats, sheep and geese at the orchard too. We were able to feed the chickens, goats, sheep and geese. The girls really like this part. The orchard also has jungle gyms and play houses. I laughed when Zoey started cleaning out the playhouse. There was hay all over the floor. Zoey also found that if she was loud enough she could hear her echo. Being loud enough is not difficult for Zoey. She kept saying, "Yodel lay-he-who" and "echo." It made us all laugh but especially the older couple sitting nearby. Next we were off to the waterfalls. The water was higher at sliding rock and colder this year so we went over to Looking Glass Falls. Mat and the girls played in the river and had so much fun. Mat was skipping rocks and finding eastern hellbenders. What is a hellbender?  Zoey and Sierra played with the mud and collected rocks. An extra nice thing about today was that Grandma got to come with us. We were all exhausted at the end of the day. The thing I love about day trips is we all get to sleep in our own bed at the end of the day.


Today we went to Charlotte Nature Museum and Discovery Place. We saw the IMAX movie Flight of the Butterflies. That was really cool. It did make me dizzy a few times though.

Tomorrow we are off on another adventure and that will be the last one for this week. After that the girls are off to Grandma and Poppy's house so Mat and I can go out for our anniversary.
I have to say I am truly loving the age the girls are right now. They are not so small that you have to do so much for them but they are not teenagers either. I will enjoy it for as long as it lasts.
Coming Soon...A review of our new art program.