Thursday, October 31, 2013

Our hectic life...

   The boys were content to watch some more Magic School bus episodes and Evan even convinced me that Treasure Buddies is educational because it teaches him about Egypt.  In case you all haven't noticed, it's pretty much anything goes around here this week.  Things have been pretty hectic around here and juggling schoolwork, house work, and life isn't always easy.  I try to cut us slack on weeks where it seems like we aren't getting anything done because I know we have other weeks when we marvel at all that we do accomplish.  In the end it all seems to even out.
     I called Evan over and we read the book Soap Bubble Magic together and then I read to him all the facts we had written about soap bubbles so far.  As we read through each page of the Soap Bubble Magic book  I had him stop me and tell me facts about soap bubbles to add to our list.  We had a list two pages long by the time we finished and then we printed it out.  Evan then went through our homeschooling pictures and picked out pictures of himself making bubbles to add to his display board.   We added pictures of our snake bubbles, of our frozen bubbles, of Evan standing in the giant bubble at the Ecotarium, of our large glycerin bubbles, and giant bubbles made using our homemade bubble blowers.  We did a search for bubble solution recipes and ended up printing out a list of possible recipes to try.  Once we affixed everything to his board we cut out a title using the Cricut and glued that on too.  I was amazed when we stood back and I realized we had another science fair project done!  We will have to make up some bubble solution next week for his hands on/ craft project.  We decided to bring bubble solution and lots of bubble wands and let the kids blow bubbles.  Evan has his board all done, books to display and lots of various wands all packed and ready to go.

      While we were on a roll I also had Alec make up a prototype of his hands on craft to bring the science fair. We found these adorable paper plate Panda bear masks that we adapted.  Using a large circle punch we cut out two ears and glued them onto the plate.  We cut out eyes and Alec used a crayon to add the black circles around the eyes as well as to make the panda's nose and mouth.  I then used my hole punch to make a small hole on either side and threaded some yarn through.  I figure one day next week Alec and I can punch out a bunch of black ears, punch the little holes and add yarn to the plates and then the kids can each cut out their own eyes, affix the ears, color the circles around the eyes, and draw a mouth and nose.  Once we do that Alec is completely finished.  His board is done, we have a huge stack of books to put on display as well as his two stuffed animals to bring with us.  He has his snacks all purchased so the only thing left is to finish prepping his craft.  Yippee!  2 down, and only 1 more to go! 

   Our reading about bubbles got the boys all excited, and since I really wanted one last picture for Evan's board, we pulled out glasses, water, Joy dish soap and some straws.  The boys started blowing bubbles in the glass and watching them blow over the sides onto the table.  They decided to break out trays and toys and practiced blowing multiple bubbles, enclosing toys inside a bubble, blowing a bubble inside another bubble, and so much more.  We observed all the colors found on the bubbles, we noticed what shapes they took when multiple bubbles were blown at once and on and on it went.  They played for an hour-- with soap bubbles!  I never in a million years would have thought they'd be so entertained but they really were.  They were having a ball and learning all sorts of wonderful scientific facts.  It was wonderful! 

all the boys participate

       I sewed Alec's new patch on his uniform and he reminded me that the Korean flag has the red sun on top of the blue ocean so that I'd make sure to sew it on the right way.  The boys each practiced their student creeds/ tenants of Tang Soo Do.  Alec has been reading a book we picked up out of the adult section of the library simply called Tang Soo Do in hopes of learning the names of the moves.  He has learned that all of the kicks end in the same word so that it must be the Korean word for kick. The boys are so eager for class and Evan asked me multiple times today if they had karate again tonight. 

      The boys played on the computer, outside, and in their rooms for parts of the day too.  They occasionally watched a few TV shows.  I sat down and took a nap this afternoon (I know I was pretty amazed too!) but as I was napping (and being continually woken up) I was also watching American Pickers with Ian and learning quite a bit about American history.   It was a very nice low key day.  We enjoyed it, but I couldn't help feeling guilty.  We were in our Pj's watching TV for 90% of our day!  I can't let this continue but I wasn't going to complain today.  I am exhausted and wondering how on Earth I'm going to finish everything on time.  I finished everything on my to do list today but realized half way through the day that there were more things to add to my list I had forgotten about.  I still need to clean the downstairs, iron clothes for the rehearsal dinner, do groceries, make some breakfast food for Saturday morning, paint my nails (I really wanted a mani/ pedi but Halloween really is messing up my plans!), wrap my sister's gift, go to a funeral, start Ian's science project... eek!  I start to panic every time I think about all I have left to do so I try not to think about it. 
       Ian has been reading a book about rollerblades, scooters, and skateboards.  He was eager to share part of his book with me last night as I was turning out his lights.  There are two men who managed to climb Mount Kilimanjaro while wearing roller blades!  We read how they managed to accomplish that and why they decided to give it a try.  He read all about how to maintain and clean his scooter, how they perform tricks, and safer ways to practice.  Alec and Ian have also been reading a book written by The Weird School author about writing called My weird Writing Tips.  They are really enjoying it and learning a lot about the process an author must go through to write a book.    Evan, who still insists he can't read, has been reading very short one or two word books to me each night.  His new favorite books are called Yes and Tall.  I have now started asking him how to spell the words tall, small, and fall before we even start reading. 

       Alec has been practicing his spelling and math skills while playing words with friends.  He has challenged family members to play and has amazed me with the words he has been coming up with.  He has a great strategy for play and looks for ways to score the most points.  I couldn't believe when he showed me the word "Jinx" today.  He made sure the J landed on a triple word score!  He always figures out how much each word is worth before he plays it and usually tries to figure out the differences in scores too.  Between his sudden passion for spelling, writing, reading and karate I'm really beginning to see the benefits of delight directed learning! 

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