Saturday, October 30, 2010

MFW 1st Grade- Week #10

It’s hard to believe that we have been schooling for 10 weeks already! 

Bible:  We talked about the first 5 books of the Bible, which are called the Pentateuch, and were written by Moses.

Our Bible memory verse this week: 

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.    Proverbs 14:30

Big Ladybug studied creation days 3 and 4, and added to her picture in her Bible notebook.  She is really enjoying the Bible reader and art activities. 


She also finished her second Animal Tales booklet.   She loves to draw and color!


Science:  Big Ladybug studied the ‘Sun and Moon’ .   Here are some of the library books we read this week.

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She tried to do an experiment this week, but due to excessive winds, our weather was not cooperative!   Big Ladybug collected 4 items from around the house, and put them on a dark colored piece of construction paper in the sun.  The goal was to see how the sun fades the paper, but her paper kept blowing away and/or the sun kept hiding!  Hopefully she will get to do this next week!

However, she was able to use a flashlight to act as the sun.  She shone it on the globe to demonstrate which countries have daytime, while others have nighttime.

She is also keeping a science journal notebook.  After we read the weekly science books, we discuss key points and I write them down.  Big Ladybug then illustrates in it.  It is nothing fancy, but it helps keep track of the great stuff she is learning, and allows her to review it.

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Did you know???

The Sun (our nearest star) is 93 million miles away from the Earth. Light from the Sun takes just over 8 minutes to arrive at Earth. It’s interesting to note, therefore, that if the Sun suddenly stopped shining altogether, it would take us about 8 minutes to realize that!

The moon is about 1/4 the size of the Earth.  From Earth, we always see the same side of the moon, which is only 59% of the moon's surface; the other side is always hidden.



See how other’s wrapped up their week at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers here.

Horses: OHC Autumn 2010

The Outdoor Hour Challenge #3 was a mammal study: compare the horse and the dog. 

Today we completed another challenge.  Big Ladybug really loves horses and dogs, so she enjoyed this!  We were able to observe some horses on a recent field trip to a local living farm and at our local fair.

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We read some books about horses, looking at the different kinds, colors, sizes, and uses for them.


We then observed our dog, Ellie, and discussed the differences and similarities she had to a horse.  Big Ladybug had a great time demonstrating how they moved. 


She also did much better with the Venn Diagram this time, maybe because I wrote it for her :)


 She enjoyed the coloring and drawing pages, too.


 I think she and Ellie enjoyed spending some time together as well!  However, I’m pretty sure Ellie could have gone without the camera flashing in her eyes…..over and over until we got a descent picture :)


We had a great time doing this challenge together!  See what others learned during their Outdoor Hour Challenge here.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

MFW 1st Grade- Week #9

Well we had another great week!  We are really getting into a routine and enjoying ourselves!

Bible:  This weeks memory verse:

A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.            ~Proverbs 13:1

We also began to learn about the creation days this week.  We covered days 1 and 2.  Big Ladybug is now reading from her Bible reader and each day we cover she will be adding to a picture that she is making in her Bible Notebook.


 Science:  We studied ocean life this week.  One of her experiments was exploring how seals are protected from the Arctic cold water by their layer of blubber.  Big Ladybug was shocked how cold the ice water was on her bare skin.  We put Crisco in a plastic bag and that was placed over her hand to act as a layer of blubber.  She was surprised how her hand was protected by the cold and kept warmer. 

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She read her weekly library science books and also watched Plant Earth: Deep Ocean.



Big Ladybug had a great time with our art project this week!  She used paper mache’ for the first time and made a fish.  I got the instructions from  I picked up some sequins from the craft store and she added them as scales.  She is almost finished with it, she just needs to add some scales to the bottom. 



We also did our other weekly school work, but nothing real exciting to blog about.  Big Ladybug learned to add double digits, she says that math is her favorite!  She is also doing very well with her language arts, writing, spelling, and reading. 

Did you know???


The blue whale is the largest animal on our planet ever (exceeding the size of the greatest known dinosaurs) and has a heart is the size of a Volkswagen.


The oarfish is the longest bony fish in the world. It has a snakelike body sporting a magnificent red fin along its 15.25 m length, a horselike face and blue gills, and accounts for many sea-serpent sightings.

Check out how everyone else’s week went here!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Our ZOO-pendous Day!

A few weeks ago we took a trip to the zoo.  It is something we have been wanting to do since Daddy has been home.  Little Lizard cares more about his nap than the zoo, so he went to spend the day with his cousins. 


We started that day off getting breakfast at I-HOP, which Big Ladybug kept begging us to take her to. Daddy kept teasing her by telling her we were going to go eat fish tacos for breakfast, to her dislike of course.  When she saw that we were going to I-HOP she was relieved, she really likes decorating her own pancake!  However, when we got our food she leaned over to me, whispered, and sincerely asked if my omelet was a fish taco!  What a silly girl!


We had a great time at the zoo!  This was Little Ladybug’s first time there, and it was a BIG hit!

















Big Ladybug loved seeing the polar bear, brown bears, and the baby elephant the most.

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I think Little Ladybug really enjoyed herself.  She seemed to like the fish the most! 











She even joined some strangers to get the chance to watch some TV!




We are looking forward to returning, next time with our Little Lizard of course!


Friday, October 15, 2010

MFW 1st Grade- Week #8

Well this week was great.  We went to the pumpkin patch with some cousins and Papa, followed by eating yummy fair junk food and seeing the animals.  Big Ladybug also got to spend one whole day at the local fair watching her cousins show their pigs and riding rides!  Not to mention we had a great week with school!


Bible:  Memory verse this week:

The Lord detests lying lips, but delights in men who are truthful.  ~Proverbs 12:22

She began the Old Testament timeline this week, which we set up in the kitchen.  Every week we will be adding to it as we study the Old Testament Bible stories. 


This is the beginning of the timeline.  The OT was originally written in Hebrew.  This is the first verse of the Bible and it says, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.



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Science:  We studied the ocean, waves, and the beach this week.

Awesome Ocean Science: Investigating the Secrets of the Underwater World (Williamson Kids Can! Series)We had some fun with our experiments.  I found the Awesome Ocean Science book at the library and it is great.  The first experiment was looking at the beach shore and how the ocean can reshape it.  We saw how waves move up the beach and the undertow pulls the sand back out to the ocean.  The neighbor loves joining in on our science activities!


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Once we were finished, Big Ladybug couldn’t resist running her toes through the sand :)



Our other experiment was looking at what happens when fresh river water flows into the salty ocean.  The girls made salt water and put in the pop bottle on the right.  Then they put blue food coloring in the fresh water and slowly squirted it into the salt water.   The fresh water first forms a distinct layer on top of the salty water, until slowly they mix together.



Product DetailsI  try to incorporate art into our school day every Friday.  Whether it is something out of her I Can Do All Things art book, or a special project.  I found this really great art book at the library and I absolutely LOVE it!  I researched this book a little more and found that it is a series of art crafting books, so we will definitely be using these throughout our school year.  You can check them out on just click here.


DSC01497                                         Big Ladybugs beautiful ocean scene.

Did you know?? A mouthful of seawater may contain millions of bacterial cells, hundreds of thousands of phytoplankton (the plants of the sea) and tens of thousands of zooplankton (tiny animals found near the surface). 

 Yummy… much have you swallowed swimming on vacation?

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