Once all the postcards were ready to go we all did some reading. Alec finished up the Spirit Animal book he picked up from the library last night and I encouraged Ian to read the next chapter in the new book series we started reading together-- Roscoe Riley Rules. His eyes bugged out of his when I said that but I reminded him that they're short chapters (one chapter was only 1 page long), there are lots of pictures in the book, and they're a lot like the Weird School Books that he used to read on his own all the time. I'm really struggling to find him another set of "easy" reading chapter books that aren't so babyish he doesn't want to read them. He flew through the Weird School Books since he found them so funny and engaging and I'm trying to find more books like that. Evan and I sat down and read Ah Ha! together. Much like Moo! this book is only comprised of a few words so it's very easy reading. We focus on expression and fun when we read these kinds of books. I love hearing all the intonations Evan makes when he reads and I feel like it's in large part to these kinds of books. I make sure to throw them in with our regular reading every now and then to give us a fun break. I read the rest of the Harry Potter chapter book we started yesterday too with the rainy, gloomy weather outside we chose to read the book snuggled together in my bed. It's been so long since we had done that and I forgot how sweet it can be.
We finished up or morning with some quick math. The older boys took their math minutes and Ian celebrated the fact that he has passed all of his division fact test. He'll get a few weeks reprieve but then I warned them that we'll be doing mixed minutes a few times a week. We'll review addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using all different facts (though I do plan to make sure each individual test is devoted to just one operation). The older boys played a Spin and Cover math game working with matching equivalent fraction pizzas. They had so much fun they played twice and had two different tied games. Evan and I also played a fraction game. Ours was a roll and cover game though not a spin and color. We rolled two dice and put the smaller number on top of the larger number and then covered up the picture that matched the fraction we made. Fractions are fairly new to him so I worked with him repeating the proper name of he fraction as well as repeatedly reminding him that the top number told him how many shaded pieces and the bottom number shows the amount of total pieces. He didn't love it but when I offered to let him quit and just go get his Star Wars math book he wanted to keep playing the game. He ended up winning and I think we made a good start on learning and identifying fractions.
We headed to the library for our science fair and the boys had a great time. We got everything all set and they went to wander the room. We didn't have as many exhibitors as in years past but we still made the most of it. Alec participated the most making a numbat drawing, a lion plate, filling out a magnet questionnaire as he tested out the effectiveness of magnets on various materials. I often found him standing in front of various boards reading. I walked around with Evan for a bit looking at boards together and asking questions. Ian was pulled along to the owl display by the little girl who had worked so very hard on it and was proudly showing it off. She taught him a lot about owls and he patiently, kindly stood there and listened.
|Animal display reporting on different animals. Her snack was|
animals crackers and her "hands-on" was some how to draw animal books
|Komodo Dragon report |
|Komodo dragon nest treats|
|Report on fossils with lots of concrete fossil displays|
|fossil footprint peanut butter cookies|
|All about magnets|
|Learning about rocks and minerals; a fun brownie excavation activity went along with his display|
|A close up of his board|
|Learning about types of clouds. The kids could|
make clouds and eat meringue cloud cookies
|Experimenting with magnets|
|This emerald tree boa set up allowed kids to make|
their own snake windmill/ sock. Mostly Evan just
loved the gummy worms.
|Here's Ian learning all about the owls|
|We weren't the only ones to make cupcake creatures and these owls were a huge hit!|
|A close up of the owl display|
|Alec making some animal drawings|
|Alec made himself a candy circuit snack|
|Ian mined the brownies looking for various elements|
|More fun with magnets|
|As the fair was winding down and all the kids were getting board with the displays and projects they decided to put a few impromptu games of |
musical chairs together.
|Ian's mining excavation paper-- I loved that they assigned rock names|
to all the types of candy and food findings inside the brownie
|Alec's numbat drawing|
|The owl hand puppet Alec brought home from the owl report|