All Girls School


Homeschooler of the Week
November 14, 2008, 9:08 am
Filed under: Bubba

Bubba was named Homeschooler of the Week over at Homeschool Bliss for this week. (or next week? since it’s Friday?) Anyway, I was sent a questionaire for her to fill out last weekend and she has been asking me every day what it was for and when she would find out. Today, she finally got to see the answer. She was very surprised, not only that she was featured, but that there was a prize involved. Today we’re going to get to work on a lovely thank-you note to send in for the feature and the book. It’s nice that there is this way of being acknowledged as a homeschooler.



New Sewing Project
November 10, 2008, 10:00 am
Filed under: Bubba

Bubba has had two days of sewing projects with our friend, Ms. T. They have been working on a teddy bear, pajama pants and slippers. I have photos of the pajama pants, as the teddy bear still needs a couple of stitches to attach limbs. I can’t wait to share that one, though, as it’s pretty spectacular. Here are the capri pants with button and ribbon embellishments. And who would have guessed that Bubba would choose Hannah Montana fabric? (The bear is HM fleece.)

There is going to be a slumber party with all of the girls that participated in this sewing project. It was such a fun idea and Bubba adores sewing with her friends.

In other schooling, we’ve been exhausting the (x,y) coordinate plane and playing a modified version of Battleship to practice. It was fun for about fifteen minutes until I realized that I should have made the grids smaller. Much much smaller.

We’re finally moving past the human body in science. I had a great video to watch at the end of the unit, but when it came time for it, nobody could find it. Figures. We’re moving on to geology and Bubba is in heaven. She checked out a bunch of books from the library on rocks, gems and minerals. She also got out her rock collection and we’ve been looking at them a lot.

In history we are winding up the ancient Greeks. It was so fun to get to go on a tangent and delve deeply into some of the art history. We looked at tons of images and examples of Greek art and architecture, discussing the different types of columns, the differences between sculpture in the round and relief sculpture, and finding sculptures of the different gods and goddesses that we had learned about.

Last week we found an old book of poems that children often memorized for school a long time ago. We chose one and she copied it out in her best handwriting and had homework over the weekend to memorize it. We’ll see later how that went, as I didn’t see her practice it once. It’s hard for me to assign her homework and then not remind her over the weekend that it needs to get finished. But, I refrained, and it has been left entirely up to her.

We are still reading The Mysterious Benedict Society and are both really into it. It’s been a fun and light read and we have fun stopping to guess what will happen next or try to figure out the clues before the kids in the book do. There have been a couple of frustrating times for Bubba when she’s figured out the current puzzle well before she thought the characters should have, but mostly it’s been fun.

Her guitar lessons are going well. She got some new sheet music the other day. It was Jingle Bells and she is so excited to practice it over and over so she can play it for the family over the holidays. She has also moved up in her book to Yankee Doodle. The incentive to practice is so much stronger when she is practicing songs that she knows.

Soccer ended for the season. We have a sports break now until after the holidays. She wants to take ice skating lessons again. We’ll have to see about that because the logistics of those lessons are a bit of a nightmare. If not ice skating, then she’ll likely want to do indoor soccer. Mimi enjoyed soccer this year and stayed engaged a lot longer than she did last year. As of right now she doesn’t want to play soccer again, but that may change once the indoor league comes along. Or she may want to ice skate, too, if we are able to go that route.

Lastly, here’s a cute pic from this morning when Bubba was helping Baby with her computer time.



Halloween
November 3, 2008, 4:36 pm
Filed under: baby, Bubba, fall, girlies, halloween, holiday, math, mimi, party

We had a light school week last week as we were busy preparing for Halloween and our costume party. The girls had a blast trick-or-treating in the neighborhood and all of them wore their costumes to school or Brownie parties earlier in the week. On Saturday we had our costume party at the house. It was a very full weekend, but we had a great time with all of our friends and family. Today it was back to the grind and Bubba and I began working on graphing (x,y) coordinates.



Bones and Field Trip
October 23, 2008, 8:30 pm
Filed under: Bubba, field trip, mimi, science, writing

Bubba and I delved deep into the science of human bones recently. We read the information in our curriculum and then found a couple of sites that gave more detail about certain bones and had us guess where on the body one can find them. On another site we found the actual names of many of the bones and added two of them (femur and cranium) to our spelling list as bonus words for the week. We have a couple of human anatomy books that have sections on bones that we looked at, but the information beyond what had been discussed in the curriculum was beyond our level, so we didn’t look at those for long.

Mimi had her first field trip and got to ride the school bus for the first time. (A life long dream come true for her.) The other best part for her was that Dad got to go on the field trip with her class. When we told her that he would be going and riding the bus, too, she immediately asked him if he would sit next to her on the bus. He assured her that he would. They had a great time visiting a local vet, the fire department (her teacher’s husband was one of the firefighters), the police station and a local grocery store. For lunch they usually go to the park, but since it was wet and muddy, they went back to the school to eat their sack lunches and play on their asphalt playground.

Here’s Mimi trying out a firefighter’s bed.

Here she is practicing the skills she learned at the grocery store.

And here she is practicing some of her newfound letter writing skills with a Sharpie on the bathroom wall. It’s directly across from the toilet and beneath the towel rack, so bathroom users have something to read if they’d like and we can also cover it by hanging a towel on the rack. She’s so thoughtful that way.



Soccer Games
October 11, 2008, 1:58 pm
Filed under: Bubba, mimi, soccer

It was such a beautiful morning to watch some soccer games. This was Mimi’s first year to compete in matches as last year she just had practices where they focused on basic skills. She was so excited to play in the scrimmage. We decided to call her Freight Train because she just did not stop. She was up and down the field non stop. It was a lot of fun to watch her and see her stay engaged for the entire hour. Last year she only lasted about twenty minutes before she would want to go climb the trees or sit on the blanket instead of play.

Bubba played her game today, too. We’ve been watching her play with many of these kids for the past year and a half. They all look so big to me all of a sudden. It has been really interesting to watch them improve together.



Leif Ericson Day
October 9, 2008, 2:15 pm
Filed under: holiday

In honor of the holiday, we have taken the day off of school. Enjoy the holiday, everyone, and we’ll be back to school again on Monday.



Guitar Recital
October 6, 2008, 3:34 pm
Filed under: Bubba, guitar, music

Bubba had her first guitar recital on Saturday. On Friday she was really really nervous. Stomach ache nervous. We talked a lot about how everyone there watching was there to support her and not to point out any mistakes. She was still really concerned about missing a note. When she woke up on Saturday, though, her outlook had changed and she wasn’t as concerned any more, just excited. She worked really hard on her piece, too. She knew about the recital for about three weeks. At first it took her almost ten minutes to play the song. We instituted a new policy where, during her daily practice, she had to play her recital song three times before practicing anything else. By the second week she had it memorized and could play it in one minute. In fact, when she got up on stage she sat down, placed her music on the stand and the teacher came to help her plug in to the amp. Then she began playing and never once looked at her music. She just watched her fingers. It was so fun to watch her up on the stage, although I wish she had been given one more song to play so that I could have watched her perform longer.

Leaving for the show.

Feeling a bit of nerves and setting up.

Playing

Concentrating… but not on the sheet music.

Ovations.

With some of her adoring fans.