Friday, January 28, 2011

Jan26_Flowers

This week has started with big battles between daughter testing every rule and parents trying to reinforce them. Parents won, and by Monday life has returned to normal. Anna’s theme in school was Rainforest. I wish they had better books and crafts, because she keeps telling me that giraffes and lions are rainforest animals. At home we continued with space, learned quite a bit about space travel, moon rovers, shuttles and space stations and built a lot of them from Lego. On Tuesday night my parents came for a visit. They will stay with us for almost 2 weeks, and, of course, Anna is over the top excited – she loves her Babushka and Dedushka.

Jan24_Miniluk

Math. We didn’t do much for math this week except referring to various Lego pieces as 2x2, 2x3 or 4x1 and playing a money game here. I didn’t care much for the game since it allowed too much guessing and one part was too long. She also pulled out her Miniluk and Miniluk books and played with them for a while. Miniluk is a great system to encourage attention, number recognition and logic.

Jan26_Alien

Science. We continued to learn about space, spacecrafts and moon rovers by reading a few books and watching The Big Space Shuttle. Anna learned a lot about shuttle missions and what astronauts do. However, she thought that it’s much more interesting to be “a nice alien from Pluto” – she put a deflated ball on her head to create her alien outfit.

Jan22_DB3

Nature. While most of the country is blanketed by snow, we are having our typical late January weather – it’s warm enough to wear short sleeves during the day. Every January we go to a certain hiking place – this year was the first time Anna hiked all 3 miles or though on her own. Usually the place has a lot of California poppies, but it has been a cold winter, and only one brave bush popped out so far. We saw a lot of egrets up close – they are so graceful. I just wish Anna wasn’t whining so much – she kept saying that she would rather play at home. We definitely need to get back to more field trips, so she can build up her strength and get used to hiking.

13 comments:

MaryAnne said...

I'm impressed that Anna hiked all three miles, even if she whined while doing it! And I love her alien outfit =)

Congratulations on winning the rules challenge - that must have been quite a way to start the week!

Mike visited the Dulles Air and Space Museum while he was stuck in Dulles. He said he got to see a real shuttle, and he's bringing astronaut ice cream home for the kids. I'm curious to see what it's like; I've never tried it.

Debbie said...

We went back through a defiant time yesterday, I called it sorryitis. As for the whining, Selena does that a lot here lately too, she wants to go places but then wants to go home and just play, could it be another phase? Send some of that good weather up this way please!

Phyllis said...

Three miles!? Wow! I am pretty sure that none of my kids could do that. Looks like she had a pretty busy week.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

You haven't heard whining until you've lived with a 13 year old :) Great job to Anna for hiking the whole way herself. Have a great visit with your folks!

Mom and Kiddo said...

Ah, the beauty of hillsides covered in CA poppies. I grow them here in the summer, but it's not the same. It seems like Jan. is a bit early for them?

Christy said...

Ha ha ha ha - I LOVE LOVE LOVE Leah's comment because it is SO TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

C can hike forever, but R starts whining a few minutes into a hike.

Love the alien outfit!!

Glad you won the battle of the rules.

Giraffes and lions in the rainforest?

Ticia said...

That's new to me they're in the rain forest :)

LOVE LOVE LOVE the alien outfit. That is AWESOME! I could so see it happening here.

Kim said...

I LOVE the alien pictures! It's defiance time here every day, all day, so good for you for getting it under control quickly... It's great that she made it through the whole hike. That's a long walk! It's time to try geocaching - really! You can use your car GPS to see if you like it if you have one... She may not love it as much as Crumpet, but it's worth a try. It gives them something to think about other than how far they have to walk!

Joyce said...

I enjoyed reading your week in review. You really covered a lot. I have a son a little younger than your daughter and Im having a hard time deciding what to cover and when. I think my problem is that I want to cover a lot, but have no idea how to organize it. Thanks for your posts full of ideas!

Maureen said...

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Our Homeschool Fun said...

HA! Hanna always whined like this too on hikes and long walks. Good luck!

OH, wonderful that your parents are here! I hope it is a fun visit and a special time for everyone. ENJOY!

The girl who painted trees said...

That;s great that she hiked the whole way. Bear's thing right now is to not listen the first time and it drives us crazy. Definitely rule testing over here too.

littlewondersdays said...

I get whining in stereo...
Your hike sounds wonderful otherwise. Her Pluto alien is too funny.