I'm getting a bit behind in posting. Things have been getting a bit busy here.
We went to a Christmas at the museum field trip put on by someone on one of the local homeschool groups.
We could only stay for half of it because we made other commitments for the afternoon. We chose to do the indoor section since we forgot to bring mittens for the outdoor part. We went around the world and learned about holiday celabrations in different countries.
There were stations set up with different crafts, reading and games to show examples of things that are different from place to place.
I remembered doing this craft at a Homeschool Co-Op a couple of years ago and decided to pull it up on the iPad and do it with the kids. We are a bit limited because we don't know where many of our craft supplies are, but this craft just requires, paper, scissors, a stapler, and tape.
Mine is on the left. I followed the directions exactly. Zoe did the one on the right. I'm so proud of her because she did it all by herself except for the stapling. Austyn's is in the middle. I helped him a great deal. The cool thing about Austyn's is that his has more ribbons cut and a bigger center, on each arm of the snowflake. It looks different than ours and turned out amazing.
Badness for Beginners by Ian Whybrow and Tony Ross is a book that may seem backwards because it's about a wolf family learning to be bad. Apparently it's desirable to be bad, for a wolf.
This book is another book to question our societal norms. What is bad and good? What are manners? Why do we even have manners? Who decided what is bad or good? Isn't it just what we label it? Should we be concerned about insulting others?
Guess What!! I'm the new host of this challenge! I asked Leslie over at Home Grown Love if I could take this challenge over. She said "Yes". So here it is! For the time being just comment under my post with your link sharing what your family read over the month. Keep in mind that you never should feel pressured to reach 100 books if it doesn't feel natural in your home. If you only read 20 that is wonderful. I would love to see what you have read. If you would like more information on this challenge visit our information page HERE.
Here is our November List. Counting all chapters and the books that were bilingual we have made it to over 100!
1.A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na
2.A Christmas Wish by Marcus Sedgwick
3.A Gaggle of Giggles – 2 chapters
4.All Kinds of Families! By Mary Ann Holerman
5.Angel Coming by Heather Henson
6.Animalia by Graeme Base
7.Barn Dance! By Pat Hutchins
8.Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
9.Boo to You! By Lois Ehlert
10.Cat Dreams by Ursula K. Le Guin
11.Cat & Mouse by Ian Schoenherr
12.Clarice Bean That’s Me by Lauren Child
13.C’mere, Boy! By Sharon Jennings and Ashley Spires
14.Counting with Apollo by Caroline Gregoire
15.Des requins! By Catherine Nichols
16.Dogs Don’t Brush Their Teeth! By Diane deGroat and Shelley Rotner
17.Fat Cat by Margaret Read MacDonald
18.Five Little Ducks by Raffi
19.Floppy In the Dark Floppy dans le Noir by Guido Van Genechten – Bilingual
20.Fortune Cookies by Albert Bitterman
21.Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
22.Froggy Plays T-Ball by Jonathan London
23.Froggy’s Day with Dad by Jonathan London
24.Froggy’s First Kiss by Jonathan London
25.Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
26.Hanukkah Lights by David Martin
27.Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
28.Holly by Ruth Brown
29.Hurry Up, Molly Depeche-Toi, Molly by Lone Morton - Bilingual
30.If Wishes Were Horses by Sibley Miller – 9 Chapters
31.I Have Feelings by Jana Novotny Hunter
32.I Kissed the Baby! By Mary Murphy
33.In The Woods: Who’s Been Here? By Lindsay Barrett George
34.I See Animals Hiding by Jim Arnosky
35.Jen the Hen by Sue Graves
36.J’Observe les métiers de la nuit by Gallimard
37.Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy by Barbara Park – 9 Chapters
38.Just One Goal! By Robert Munsch
39.Knuffle Bunny A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
40.Let It Snow by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
41.Little Quack by Lauren Thompson
42.Mabel’s Magical Garden by Paula Metcalf
43.Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry by Samantha Berger
44.Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian
45.Monkey Business by Wallace Edwards
46.Mrs. Clause Takes a Vacation by Linas Alsenas
47.My Dad and Me by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
48.My Father the Dog by Elizabeth Bluemle
49.Night Flight by Robert Burleigh
50.One Duck by Hazel Hutchins
51.Pablo Goes Hunting by Hannah Giffard and Keith Tutt
52.Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie DePaola
53.Perfect Puppy For Me! By Jane O’connor and Jessie Hartland
54.Petit Papa Noel by Tino Rossi – many times!
55.Piggies in the Kitchen by Michelle Meadows
56.Sailor Boy Jig by Margaret Wise Brown
57.Sally Goes to the Beach by Stephen Huneck
58.Save The Tree! (Wonder Pets)
59.Sky Blue Accident Accidente celeste by Jorge Lujan – Bilingual
60.Sloppy Joe by Dave Keane
61.Stick by Steve Breen
62.Such a Prince by Dan Bar-el
63.The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires
64.The Night Eater by Ana Juan
65.The Magic Rabbit by Annette LeBlanc Cate
66.The Mitten by Jan Brett
67.The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
68.The Shortest Day by Wendy Pfeffer
69.The Trouble with Dragons by Debi Gliori
70.Take Me Out of the Bathtub and other silly dilly songs by Alan Katz
71.The Block mess Monster by Betsty Howie
72.The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thopson
73.The Fuchsia is Now by J. Otto Seibold
74.The Hair of Zoe by Fleefenbacker Goes to School by Laurie Halse Anderson
75.The Little Reindeer by Michael Foreman
76.The Sheep Fairy by Ruthy Louise Symes
77.The Sneetches and other stories by Dr. Seuss – 4 Stories
78.Three Little Mermaids by Mara Van Fleet
79.Viking Tales by Jennie Hall – 2 Stories
80.Walking through the jungle Marchant a trafvers la jungle by Debbie Harter
81.We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
82.Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
83.Woodland Christmas by Frances Tyrrell
84.Zomo The Rabbit by Gerald McDermott
Read Story on Air Plane
French Story Time – 4 Books
1.Petit Papa Noel by Tino Rossi – Many times!
2.The Elson Readers Primer by William H. Elsonand Lura E. Runkel – 13 Stories( Austyn read)
3.Viking Tales by Jennie Hall – 7 Stories
French Story Time – 2 Books
1.A Dragon in a Wagon by Jane Belk Moncure
2.Angelina Ballerina by Jane Belk Moncure
3.Angelina’s Christmas by Katharine Holabird
4.Angelina’s Halloween by Katharine Holabird
5.Down By The Bay by Raffi – Zoe read
6.Five Little Ducks by Raffi –Zoe read
7.Got to Dance by M. C. Helldorfer
8.How Do I Love You? By Marion Dane Bauer
9.Hush Little Baby by Shari Halpern
10.Just Enough Carrots by Stuart J. Murphy
11.Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
12.The Lady with the Alligator Purse by Mary Ann Hoberman – Zoe read
13.Three Little Mermaids by Mara Van Fleet
14.To Market, To Market by Anne Miranda
15.Trixie and the Halloween Fairy by Daisy Meadows
Zoe has been doing her own hair and she uses a Barbie book we use that was purchased at a local used book store. She can put her own hair in a bun, pony tail and she can also braid her own hair. I unpacked my old crimper that I use to use when I was in highschool so I used it on her and knew she'd get a kick out of it. I think it looks great. She loved it!
We discovered that at one of the arenas that Austyn plays hockey at there is a small Library. Zoe took full advantage of it with a friend. It's likely the smallest library branch I've ever seen, but it sure was convinient for us.
Tess's Tree by Jess M. Brallier is a book about a little girl named Tess who grew up playing around a tree in her yard. It was much older than her and one day it had to be cut down.
Tess was very sad and she decided to hold a service for the tree. To her surprise many people showed up for the service. They all loved the tree as well and had stories to tell from their experiences with it.
It's a wonderful, book about sharing memories and the loss of something that touched many people's lives. The tree may have been taken away but they all became more connected in their loss.
I set up a trip for our homeschool group to go to an Alpaca farm in our area. The kids were shown what machines are used to prepare the wool from the Alpacas.
She showed them some types of yarn and felt that have been made.
The kids were shown things that are made with the wool. Here are some felted items that were made by hand. If you want a good blog that features alot of home-made felting projects a good one to visit is The Magic Onions. She also sells felted toys and other items.
These are the boys. They are kept on their own.
The kids got to go into the barn with the animals and outside with them. The animals seemed so friendly and many of them were timid.
What may look like a regular math worksheet to one person is something completely different for someone working on RightStart Math. In fact, someone came over and saw what Austyn was working on and proceeded to show him him the procedures she was taught in school on how to do the worksheet, but this is not the intention of the program. This program isn't about memorizing and learning proceedures to do math. It's more about TRUELY understanding how math works. It's hard to understand this, for some, especially if they were good at memorizing and learning proceedures (were good in math).
This lesson was taking two 4-place numbers and adding them using the base ten cards and trading with a bank. So, instead of learning to carry the one or two or whatever, he is truely learning that there was a place value to it that is moving along. Here is what the book says about this lesson: "This purpose of the leson is not to teach the child paper and pencil procedures, rather she is to experience trading on a more abstract level."
While Austyn worked on math Zoe had a snack that turned into an art project!