Friday, December 31, 2010

100 Books A Month / Reading Our Library

I didn't keep track of our reading this month and last month I didn't get a chance to share what we read before the computer was packed for our move. So, here is the list of what we read last month (November).

Read to Austyn and Zoe:
1.       A Apple Pie by Gennady Spirin
2.       A Carol for Christmas by Ann Tompert
3.       All Falling Down by Gene Zion
4.       Animal Moves by Dawn Apperley
5.       Animal Noises by Dawn Apperley
6.       Are You Grumpy, Santa? By Gregg and Evan Spiridellis – 2x
7.       Bad Dog, Marley! By John Grogan
8.       Bear Feels Sick by Carma Wilson
9.       Bear Flies High by Michael Rosen
10.   Big Bear Sleeps by Marueen Wright
11.   Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
12.   Boo! By Robert Munsch
13.   Boomer’s Bi Day by Constance W. McGeorge
14.   Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See? By Eric Carle
15.   Carrot Soup by John Segal
16.   Cats by Gail Gibbons
17.   Cherry and Olive by Benjamin Lacombe
18.   Christmas by Alice K. Flanagan
19.   City Hawk The Story of Pale Male by Meghan McCarthy
20.   Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley
21.   Comet’s Nine Lives by Jan Brett
22.   Cool Bopper’s Choppers by Linda Oatman High
23.   Cowboy and Octopus b Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
24.   Danny in the Toy Box by by Richard Tulloch and Armin Greder
25.   Deck the Halls by Sylvia Long
26.   Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime by Bob Shay
27.   Down The Drain! By Robert Munsch
28.   Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
29.   Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert
30.   Flapdoodle Dinosaurs by David A. Carter
31.   Froggie Went A-Courtin’ by Iza Trapani
32.   From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
33.   Grandfather Buffalo by Jim Arnosky
34.   Grandma Chickenlegs by Geraldine McCaughrean
35.   Gumption! By Elise Broach
36.   Harry and the Lady Next Door by Gene Zion – 4 chapters
37.   Harry by the Sea by Gene Zion
38.   Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion – x2
39.   Hat by Paul Hoppe
40.   Have you seen my cat? By Eric Carle
41.   Hippo Goes Bananas by Margarie Denis Murry
42.   His Royal Buckliness by Kevin Hawkes
43.   HopToad by Jane Yoland
44.   How The Grinch Stole Christmas! By Dr. Seuss
45.   If I Were A Tree by Dar Hosta
46.   If You’re Happy and you know it by James Warhola
47.   I’m the Biggest Thin in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
48.   I Really Want a Do by Susan Breslow and Sally Blakemore
49.   I Want My Light On! By Tony Ross
50.   Jim’s Lion by Russell Hoban
51.   Jingle Bells by Playmore/Waldman
52.   Lily and the Mixed-Up Letters by Deborah Hodge
53.   Little Tree by E. E. Cummins and Chris Raschka
54.   Martha Speaks by Susan Meadaugh
55.   May I Pet Your Dog? By Stephanie Calmenson
56.   Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
57.   Sorting Money by Jennifer L. Marks
58.   Mouse in the House by John and Ann Hassett
59.   Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley
60.   Moving by Michael Rosen and Sophy Williams
61.   Moving Gives Me a Stomach Ache Heather McKend
62.   Mrs. Katz and Tush Patricia Polacco
63.   Noel by Tony Johnston
64.   No Roses for Harry! By Gene Zion
65.   Olive the Other Raindeer by J. Otfo Seibold and Vivian Walsch
66.   Outdoor Jokes by Pam Rosenberg
67.    Pooh’s Christmas Gifts by Isabel Gaines
68.   Possum and the Peeper by Anne Hunter
69.   Prairie Christmas by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk
70.   Puss in Boots by C. Perrault
71.   Red Moon Follows Truck by Stephen Eaton Hume and Leslie Elizabeth Watts
72.   Sally Goes to the Vet by Stephen Huneck
73.   Santa Who? By Gail Gibbons
74.   Santa’s New Suit by Laura Rader
75.   Shhhh! Everybody’s Sleeping by Julie Mark
76.   Silent Night A Christmas Carol is Born by Maureen Brett Hooper
77.   Six-Dinner Sid by Igna Moore
78.   Six is so much Less Than Seven by Ronald Himler
79.   Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner – 3x
80.   Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse by Judy Schachner- 3x
81.   Slop goes the Soup by Pamala Edwards
82.   Smart Feller Fart Smeller and other Spoonerisms by Jon Ages
83.   Something Good by Robert Munsch
84.   Sorting at the Ocean by Jennifer Rozenes Roy and Gregory Roy
85.   Sorting by Size by Jennifer L. Marks
86.   Sorting Toys by Jennifer L. Marks
87.   Space elf Sam by Audrey Wood
88.   Spider on the Floor by Raffi
89.   Sweep Dreams by Nancy Willard
90.   Taxi Dog by Debra and Sal Barracca
91.   Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Sticklard
92.   Termites on a Stick by Michele Coxon
93.   The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza by David Shannon
94.   The Big Yawn by Keith Faulkner
95.   The Book That Eats People by John Perry
96.   The Cats in Krasinski Square by Karen Hesse
97.   The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot
98.   The Christmas Story by Isabelle Brent
99.   The Crooked Apple Tree by Eric Houghton
100.            The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
101.            The Dragon Of The North (unknown author)
102.            The Farmer in the Dell by Alexandra Wallner
103.            The First Dog by Jan Brett
104.            The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night by Peter Spier
105.            The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
106.            The Happiest Tree a Yoga Story by Uma Krishnaswami
107.            The Invisible Moose by Dennis Haseley
108.            The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kevin Hawkes
109.            The Life Cycle of a Crab by Ruth Thomson
110.            The Little Drummer Boy by Kristina Rodanas
111.            The Littlest Sled Do by Michael Kusugak and Vladyana Krykorka
112.            The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
113.            The Owl and The Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear
114.            The Plant Sitter by Gene Zion
115.            The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
116.            The Red Apples by Virginia Miller
117.            The Sea Monster by Chris Wormell
118.            The Tale of Ginger and Pickles by Beatrix Potter
119.            The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter
120.            The Twelve Days of Christmas by John O’Brien
121.            The Umbrella by Jan Brett
122.            This Little Light of Mine by Raffi – 2x
123.            Turn! Turn! Turn! By Wendy Anderson Halperin
124.            Twelve Lizards Leaping by Jan Romero Stevens
125.            We Wish You a Merry Christmas by Playmore/Waldman
126.            What’s For Lunch? By Ann Garrett and Gene-Michael Higney
127.            What Should We Eat? By Angela Royston
128.            Where Are You? By Francesca Simon
129.            While The World is Sleeping by Pamela Duncan Edwards
130.            Who Hoots? By Katie Davis
131.            Woodland Christmas by Frances Tyrrell
132.            Zen Ties by Jon J Muth
133.            Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! By Dan Yakereno
Read to Zoe:
Here comes Santa Claus by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman
My Pet Hamster by Anne Rockwell
Olive the Other Raindeer by J. Otfo Seibold and Vivian Walsch
The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers
For the Childrens Hour by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey and Clara M. Lewis
-          The Old Woman and Her Pig
-          The Cat and the Mouse
-          The Little Red Hen
-          Chicken Little
-          The Travels of a Fox
-          The Three Bears

Read to Austyn:
Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin
-          The King and his Hawk
For the Children’s Hour by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey and Clara M. Lewis
-          St. George and the Dragon
From Egg to Adult The Life Cycle of Birds by Mike Unwin
How to Raise and Keep a Dragon by John Topsell – 1 chapter
My Pet Hamster by Anne Rockwell
The Royal Mice by Loretta Krumpinski

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

GloDOODLE

Zoe is enjoying her second favourite Christmas gift. Her first is her make-up. This is the GloDOODLE.  She plays with it in bed before she goes to sleep.

The light can have different colour settings. She writes me messages on it and pictures.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Telus World of Science

When we first arrived we attended a little demonstration on static electricity and since I was the only one with long blond hair, I ended up being one of the demonstrators.

 After learning about static electricity we went straight to the Lego display since it was the main reason we visited. This display is only on for a few more days.

The theme of the Lego display was transportation. There were boats, trains, planes, bridges, roads, cities, and anything else you could think of.

This was a city built from Legos. They had two displays from past contests as well. In this room there were buildings that people built and just outside of the main room were all kinds of vehicles that people made for the other contest that they had.

In open areas of the building there were all kinds of things to play with and puzzles to figure out. This is a pipe drum, demonstrating how sound changes with the different lengths of pipes.

This is a machine that changes your voice to sound like an alien.

There is a whole display on the human body. This is the very first thing you see. Most kids like to climb on the tongue just like Zoe is here. In this room there are all kinds of interactive displays to learn all about the human body. After this section we went to a display on the environment. We didn't look at everything there so we'll visit that section more intensely on our next visit.

This is in the Space section. We went through this section fairly quickly. On our next visit we'll have to spend more time.

There was a fun room for children to play more creatively. Here is Austyn playing with the large piano. He is running across it and experimenting with different sound settings.

Here Zoe is playing with the puppet theatre. 

We finished off with building this house and a large Lego person.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Four Days Old / RIP Triops

This is how they looked at four days old. You can see the shell forming on their backs. There are many layers of their skin in the tank from them molting so often.

Unfortunately I've had a bad history with fish. I kill them, without meaning to. It happened again. I regret to say that for unknown reasons our fish died on Christmas Day. We will clean the tank and try again. I'll place them in a different location and hope for better results.

Book Sharing Monday - Hat

Hat by Paul Hoppe has a wonderful lesson for young children about finding something. When we find something we want to keep it. Just like Henry, we might imagine ourselves with it and want to keep the item, but we need to think about others. What if someone left that hat there or maybe someone else could use that hat for something much more important than anything we could imagine for ourselves. When Henry asks his mother if he can keep the hat he found his mom asks him "But, Henry, what if someone else needs that hat?" He begins to imagine all kinds of situations where someone else could really need the hat. We are faced with so many decisions in our lives and even a small decision over keeping something we find could make a big impact for someone else. What a great book for learning this lesson.

To join in on the fun of Book Sharing Monday or to read other entries visit http://canadianhomelearning.blogspot.com/

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Our Christmas

The kids woke up at 3AM to open gifts and instead of listen to them not sleep we all got up to open gifts. After we did that we went back to bed until relatives started to call us to wish us a good day.  
Here is Zoe showing off a new dress and her new make-up.

We spent the rest of the day relaxing and getting our supper ready. We had turkey, cheese potatoes in the crock pot and corn. Supper was early so we could eat with our family back in Ontario on SKYPE. Eating with them virtually was almost as good as really being there and we played a game until some of them had to leave to return to their homes.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Our Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve we made cookies. Here we are making shortbread cookies and got a bit carried away with the powdered sugar. 
Here they are baking. These cookies have some dried cranberries on top.

Daddy made Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies because that is Santa's favourite, of course.

Here they are on the cooling rack.

For supper I made Minestrone Soup in the crock pot.

They wrapped gifts that they picked out. I love how they did printed on their tags and just had to get a picture.

The kids made pictures for Santa and put out cookies and milk with carrots for the reindeer.

We usually all open one small gift on Christmas Eve but this year just the kids opened one.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Handy Crafts Before Christmas

Here are some crafts we worked on this week. It was my first attempt at beeding. I'm making a snake bookmark for Austyn. Zoe made the dog (well she started it and I finished it for her) and it's orange on the otherside (we worked with what pieces of felt we could find). Austyn made the bird almost completely by himself and he started beeding himself a bracelet. We threw out all of the recycled stuffing we had before we moved here to save space so we stuffed the bird and the dog with dried rice. Austyn put a large bead in the birds head for a brain.

The three of us spent some bonding time while we worked away at our crafts and chatted. It was nice.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

My Silly Kids say Happy Holidays!


We haven't done much this year for the Holidays, but we still had fun. Moving across the country and selling a house tend to get in the way of any homeschool plans but we still found many fun educational things to do each day.This is a game called Guess What I am. You put your face in an unknown board and you ask yes or no questions to figure out what you are. We took this a step farther and made it a fun drama moment where the kids chose the animals they wanted to be and they made the faces or acted out the character. We had so much fun! This is what I hope for everyone during the Holidays. It is our hope that you have fun this season! Happy Holidays!

West Edmonton Mall

We went to West Edmonon Mall and got our picture taken with Santa. If you don't know anything about this mall, it was the largest mall in the world for many years. It's huge!

Galaxyland is located here. It's a huge indoor amusment park. There are rides and games for all ages.

It's amazing to see the roller coasters that they were able to fit in this mall. This picture only shows a small portion of Galaxyland.

We purchased a pass to a four story kids play area. There was a cave, slides and all kinds of fun places to explore for the kids. This was the area we used the most. With our pass we could return as many times as we wanted until 9PM. Before we left the mall we went on a few rides. Here Austyn and Daddy are on the swing ride.
There are other attractions. To the left is an underground aquarium and a live seal show that plays twice a day. The the right at the back is a replica of the Santa Marie Ship. To the bottom there are some bumper boats that squirt water. We rode them and got all wet. It was fun. Beside the Santa Maria there are remote control boats. Behind it there is a big movie theatre with a fire breathing dragon. The dragon was broken on this trip so Austyn was a bit bummed to not see it breath fire.

This is a picture of the seal show. We watched part of it from a distance.
This is the skating rink. There is also a large indoor water park.

The mall is so big it has more than one food court. It has a section with all kinds of popular restaurants. There is a famous themed hotel attached. This is part of the mall that looks like old buildings.

Some of the stores we were not use to seeing in malls. I don't even know how many tatoo parlours we passed walking through and that was only on one level.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Triops

We have some new pets. We brought this Triop kit with us from Ontario. Once we were settled enough I pulled it out and we set up our little aquarium. We waited for a couple of days and didn't see anything happen. The following night before I went to bed I saw two babies swimming around. When the kids woke up and looked we counted four or five of them. We now only see two. The others may have died.

This little guy is only two days old, but growing extremely fast. If you don't know much about triops I can share what I know. They are a species that has survived since dinosaur times. They live in little pools and have to grow fast to reproduce before the pools are gone. The eggs they lay can be frozen and dried out without being harmed. 

We got the Smithsonian Triop Kit from Toys R Us. If you decide to get some triops of your own here are some links:

Nature in the City

We took a walk on one of the warmer days (-5 degrees Celsius) to find out what was in our area. We found a park area. Looking at a map, I wondered if it would be a challenge to find nature in the City. I think we just need to be more aware of the nature that does exist. Austyn has been watching the Magpies and asking questions. He has been picking off the tiny pine cones and observing how they are different than the large ones we are use to in Ontario and how they open up within hours when left on the counter.

The snow is even different than at home. It's deeper than we are use to, but much lighter and powdery. Zoe got tired quickly while walking through it.

We found a small hill that looks like people are using as a toboggan hill. Someone made a large picture of a smiling man on the hill. I captured a picture of it with my cell phone.

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