Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Spooky Stories and Halloween fun

     I didn't think I was going to have anything to blog today.  I was having one of those days where I just didn't feel like doing anything.  We were going to go on a field trip today but the weather was looking iffy and I didn't want to risk it.  We really needed groceries so I convinced the boys to get ready early and quickly and we headed out.  They were their usual helpful selves at the store.  Alec sat in the carriage and crossed off all the items from our list as we picked them up as Ian helped me find the items on our list. 
     We were home in record time and while I put all the groceries away, the older two boys worked on a coloring contest paper for the grocery store.  They quickly tired of coloring and decided to go play.  Ian headed outside to play in the sand while the two younger boys played with all sorts of toys.  By lunchtime it looked like a cyclone came tearing through our house.  I still didn't feel like teaching anything even though I had lost sleep the night before thinking of all the boys science fair projects we hadn't yet started on.   The boys apparently, had other plans.  Next thing I knew we were all sitting at the kitchen table.  The boys had pulled out their boards, books and supplies and we were working on science. 
      Evan worked on blowing bubbles.  We tried blowing large bubbles, making large bubble sculptures, blowing a bubble into a jar and saving it, we even tried enclosing a toy in bubbles.  He covered his hand in bubble solution and managed to put his fist through a large bubble wand full of bubbles.  Many of our "tricks" failed since we don't have a good quality bottle of bubble solution, but we did come very close with many of them so we're hopeful that with the right bubbles we'll be very successful.  We then read a book about bubbles called Bubbles Float, Bubbles Pop and I had Evan tell me some scientific facts about bubbles that he had learned.  As he recited them to me I typed them up in a word document and we'll print them our for his display board.   The older two boys were very eager to try all the bubble experiments too and we spent a nice portion of the day playing with bubbles. 
putting his fist through a bubble film- without breaking it

hiding our turtle in the bubbles

Blowing large bubbles

blowing snake bubbles
   
































     Once Evan tired of his science project the older two boys pulled out their books and asked me to help them type up summaries too.  Ian and I worked on learning how to skim through non- fiction texts for important information as well as summarizing the important information in our own words. We discussed what facts about mummies are related to science versus those related more to one specific mummy or those related to history.   Alec helped write up several facts about giant pandas and even started on a few about Lesser pandas until he too decided he had had enough.  I was actually impressed with all that we were able to accomplish on their science projects. 
Ian reads about mummies

    They spent the rest of the afternoon wandering from one toy to another.  They were inside and out, upstairs and down.  They were loud, they were crazy and by mid- afternoon I ended up sending them to their rooms.  Ian happily went to play with this Lego's and trucks.  Alec and Evan were much more reluctant to spend time apart and asked me if I could read them some stories instead.  Since I really just wanted some quiet I figured reading stories would at least settle them down.  We read a book called Can You See What I See? Out of This World.  It's a picture puzzle book and it took us a long time to read through each page and find all the hidden pictures.  We then read In This Night.  I loved the illustrations in the story and the gradual progression from duck until dawn. 
    Our day did hit a few rough patches here and there.  Ian is feeling very bored and listless lately too and today I finally just said "if/ when you want to go back to public school let me know."  I really hope he doesn't choose that route since I would miss him and I think life would get a lot more stressful (especially for him!), but I'm sick of him acting like I'm the bad guy around here.  He didn't say much after that but I know he is thinking about it.  He seems to have forgotten what public school was really like and is purely focused on that fact that all his friends are in school.  I don't think he's quite realized yet that in school he won't have time to play with them anyway, at least not like he does now.  His mood passed rather quickly once his cousins came home from school and he happily ate dinner and then went to work outside with his dad so hopefully this was just a one time thing. 
     After dinner I took the two younger boys to our local library for a night of Spooky Stories.  We sang Halloween themed songs, read Click, Clack, Boo!, and played with bubbles while listening to Halloween songs like Ghostbusters.  The boys were able to make their own trail mix songs using fruit loops, pretzels, M &M's, goldfish and Chex cereal.  They met a new friend and talked his ear off the whole time we were eating snack.  The librarians planned a fun art project for the kids too.  The boys drew a ghost onto black paper and then glued marshmallows, cotton balls and popcorn onto the ghost to make it 3-d.  They played fun games like ring toss, ghost bowling, and pin the face on the pumpkin.  They had so much fun. 
our librarians dressed up and read stories

we played with bubbles

making our craft ghosts

guessing which cup the candy was hidden under

making trail mix snacks

pinning faces on the pumpkins

playing ring toss

boo bowling

      We ended the night with a fun family special.  Toy Story of Terror was on tonight and we let the boys stay up late to watch this adorable show.  Evan had seen an advertisement for the special when we were on vacation and has been asking about it periodically so I knew he really wanted to watch.  I didn't expect to enjoy it so much myself but it was really cute.  Unfortunately, because we stayed up late watching TV the boys didn't have time for any books before bed.  I guess we'll have to read more tomorrow instead. 

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