Tuesday, September 28, 2010

quoting time again

Charlie said, " I have so many things to tell Jesus. But I'm so shy. I know he's way nice. But he likes kids right? I really want to know how old he is and how old his daddy is. And, is this true? Does he help grown ups too? Even 95 year olds?

This is the other thing he said that I want to write about.  For scriptures one morning I taught the kids about the story of Jesus as a boy teaching in the temple. After we had talked about if for a bit, Charlie asked this, "If jesus was really, really good, then why would he do that to his mom and dad?"

Such good questions! 

ok last one. 
Yesterday he said this, "Do you know what I like about Jared? He always brings chocolate pudding for snack." (He's talking about our little neighbor friend that is in his kindergarten class. They walk to school together.) 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sometimes it snows...

 The first snow is always exciting. All the winter clothes come out and the kids get excited about their tuques and mittens. I think this day was mid-September-ish.

Jane and I are reading Little House in the Big Wood. We've genuinely laughed and cried together through out. I love our snuggly reading time.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Don't You Name Your Plants Too??

We had a cactus lesson. We learned the adjective Cactaceous. We read Cactus Soup. We picked out our own pet cactus. We planted them together in a pink pot. Jacob named his "Bite" and he named Charlie's "Pickle". Jane is still working on a name- historically, she's the one that takes the longest to name things.  Cacti were not in our curriculum, but we got sidetracked and we go with the flow around here.

Dresses Always

With a cute cardigan of course.


This is what happens when Tim pulls into the driveway from work. The neighborhood kids surround him and he's like Santa Clause. I think its cool how they want to hang out with him.

He's famous in my books for doing this. Cutting our ward cornbust "beast".

They really do hop!

Meet Theodore. He belongs to Charlie. Charlie likes to hold him tucked into his coat.

Meet The Lady of Shalott. She is Jane's bunny. Jane's been making all kinds of cardboard homes and tunnels for this Lady.

Never thought Jane would be using this apron Grammy made her for Christmas for this!
This is my new favorite picture.

We turned our treehouse into a bunny hutch. It works great since its waterproof and spacious.

Scarlet held a bunny on her lap in the car all the was to the "faraway mailbox" which is a half hour drive. I saw her twisting the bunny's ears the same way she plays with her own curls when's she's sleepy and sucking her thumb.

The best part has been sharing the fun with our friends.

Jane watched them hop around the yard and exclaimed, "Mom, they really do hop!"

Notice the blue grapes Scarlet is eating. They were sooooooooo good!

Giant Geoboards

We made these giant geo boards for family math time fun. Wink. Just putting the thing together was educational. The boys eyes were glued to the Home Hardware guy as he cut the peg board into squares for us. Then we found the bolts to put through the holes and the kids put did that part themselves and twisted on all the nuts too. Then the rubber band design action began. 

So far we've worked on learning all the shapes- cool ones like trapezoids, rhombus, parallelograms...
Then we did patterns, symmetry, and perimeter so far. The geoboard possibilities are endless though let me tell you. Next on the agenda is coordinates- possibly some geoboard battleship. The coolest thing, is that we have been working on this Asian party thing (more on that later) and Origami has been happening daily and I have become quite enchanted with it. It makes me feel powerful to make crazy objects out of paper :0) Jane has been into it too, but Charlie only is only half way interested since some of the paper folding moves are pretty tricky like for example the reverse fold is too hard for him so that limits his Origami possibilities. Anyways, where in the world am I going with this nerdy post? Right, back to geoboards, well, I found out that the geoboard was designed as a manipulative tool for teaching primary geometry in schools and guess what else is a manipulative tool??!! ORIGAMI. Apparently I have a seamlessly connected curriculum happening here all at once and it totally happened by accident. Sweet.

Here is some info on Geoboards that I found:

Invented by English mathematician and pedagogist, Caleb Gattegno (1911-1988). Traditionally made out of plywood and nails, geoboards today are usually made out of plastic and come in a variety of different sizes and colours. Rubber bands are placed around the nails or pegs to form different shapes. As a learning tool, it provides a means to act upon the world and can be used as a cognitive scaffold that facilitates the extension of knowledge.

How can geoboards be used in teaching? Here is way more info than anyone will care to read:

The geoboard is versatile and can be used at all levels for teaching and learning about different areas of mathematics. It has been found to be a particularly useful aid for investigational and problem solving approaches (Carroll, 1992). There is no set sequence to use with geoboards when using them to teach a mathematical concept and so, is an easy tool to incorporate into mathematic units and learning sequences. Like every tool, however, time needs to be allowed for free play, so that students have the opportunity to explore and experiment with new equipment. Another advantage of the geoboard is its design, as it allows for even young children, and those who may experience difficulty in drawing shapes, to construct and investigate the properties of plane shapes (Carroll, 1992). 

Carroll (1992) suggests that geoboards can be used in different areas of mathematics. It is suggested that geoboards be used in conjunction with isometric dot paper, so that exploration can be furthered and work can be recorded easily. The areas of mathematics in which geoboards can be used in include:

* plane shapes
* translation
* rotation
* reflection
* similarity
* co-ordination
* counting
* right angles
* pattern
* classification
* scaling
* position
* congruence
* area
* perimeter.

From this it can be seen that geoboards, can particularly support learning in the measurement, space and geometry strands of the primary mathematics curriculum. The following example illustrates the versatility of geoboards and how they can be used to develop students' understanding in the strands of space and geometry. 

The K-6 mathematics syllabus document (Board of Studies New South Wales, 2002) classifies space and geometry as the study of spatial forms and is organised into three substrands: three-dimensional space, two-dimensional space and position. It considers recognising, visualising and drawing shapes, and describing the features and properties of three and two-dimensional objects, as important and critical skills for students to acquire. The development of geometric understanding as set out by the syllabus document, incorporates the first three levels of van Hiele's theory (Clements & Battista, 1992). Table 1 describes these three levels and provides examples of activities which can be used to assist students' progress through the levels. 

From Table 1, it can be seen that geoboards can be used to support all three levels of geometric thought and of course there are many other activities that could be done. Furthermore, through using geoboards, students can not only work towards space and geometry outcomes, but also be engaged in working mathematically (Board of Studies New South Wales, 2002). 

Overall geoboards have the potential to develop students' understandings in the mathematical strands of measurement, space and geometry. This learning can be further enhanced when students, under the guidance of their teacher, have the opportunity to engage in the hands-on experience of using geoboards, followed up by the more abstract experiences accessible through technology. Geoboards should not be forgotten in the mathematics classroom, but like other tools, should be used to engage students and facilitate their learning. 

Examples of manipulatives:
i) paper folding, ii) geoboards, iii) straightedge and compass, iv) computers, and
v) mira or reflecta and tracing paper. 

By providing a meaningful representation for most geometry ideas, this emphasis helps keep our focus on grounding all ideas in concrete examples. These models provide motivating examples that are used to “develop” basic geometric relationships in a believable way. Models can also stimulate conjecturing as well as provide a means for checking tentative ideas — higher order thinking skills basic to learning geometry. The instructor, however, plays a critical role as a mediator between the physical models and the underlying geometric ideas.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Old Fashioned Fun

I almost let the summer go by without making our annual visit here.We just barely made it before it got cold. My kids always enjoy the old fashioned toys so much I wonder why they ever switched to plastic and lights. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Disgusting Recipes

This morning we did some math using bowls of water and measuring cups and spoons etc.
I showed them a few equations and then had them make up their own. They sat and played with the measuring equipment for a while. When they were finished with that we looked at some real recipes and I taught them about how to read a recipe. At the end I asked them to write out their own recipes and this part was a hit. The thought of making up their very own recipe somehow went a long way. Here is a sample of what they came up with. I love how individual they are- Jacob's sounds alright, Jane's is a little silly, and Charlie's was sickening. The best part though was how Charlie wrote YUME at the end of his and Jane wrote cook for 2 AWRS on hers :0)

The Worm Sandwich By Charlie

Make a sandwich with goobers in it. Worms in it too. Go outside to find 20 worms. 
To make the goobers you cut off the worm skin until you have 20 cups and put it in the sandwich. Put the 35 1/2 C guts and the 9 tsp blood in the goobers and eat.


The Sausage Meat Cake By Charlie

Get a 6 pound pig. Cut it up. Then put it in your cake. Then get 12 sausages at the store, if you can, and then you cut up the sausages (if you got them) and other meat too. 

9 Tbs pig guts
Throw the rest of the pig in your compost, if you have one.
Put all the skin in your cake.
Then you are going to put it in the oven for 9 hours. 

Jacob Cookies Eaton By Jacob

2 C chocolate
4 C raisins
5 eggs
6 tsp salt
some sprinkles

20 minutes in a really hot oven.

Pig Mud Cake By Jane Eaton

1/2 C pickles
2 tsp jam
5 eggs

turn oven up to 93.
for 20 seconds and 2 awrs.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Beauty Everywhere

Beautiful picture #1.
This girl looks so much older to me in this picture. Her eyes are dazzling. She's been working on her embroidery. She caught on to the different stitches so quickly. She does the back stitch, satin stitch and straight stitch proficiently now. Beauty.
This picture is on my "beauty" post because baby Eli is the most darling baby ever. So chewy! Tim loves babies.

This day was beautiful. Tracie and Steve took us out to Hillspring for some tubing down their own private  river. The Gibb's land is unbelievable, there's waterfalls and enchanted woods and beach, and clifs, and hills...

Tracie was pretty proud of her fire, you can tell by the fact that she's taking a picture of it :0) It was pretty sweet though-  she acts like she's from California but she's totally a country girl!

On the way back we were all piled in the box of the truck and Jared was making me laugh so so so hard. It felt good to laugh hard like that. He was in a tower of tubes looking over a cliff and he kept making these worried sounds and I was dying of laughter. The best part was when Haylie and I said our goodbyes b/c we were so scared.
This moment was beautiful. Three rowdy kids climbing all over Uncle Jared.

They had him laughing so hard he could hardly breathe.

He's hiding from them here. Begging them to let him sleep :0) We loved Uncle Jared at our house. After he left, the kids kept saying, "I miss Uncle Jared. I wish Uncle Jared was here so we could make him laugh."

This was my beautiful gift for my moms birthday. She loves hydrangeas and I found these vintage cards at a thrift store in Babb, MT. Then I sewed here a lettuce bag (more info. on that to come), and I sewed her this little pouch, pictured below. All the fabric and lace and even the zipper, is from the BB. Then the best part was the yellow flower pins. Our friends' sister makes them. 
She has a shop on Etsy called Flower Yourself.

Friday, September 10, 2010


Jane has said so many adorable things lately that I want to record.

The first was in the morning- she was snuggled up to me and said,
"Can you sew us together mom?"
One word. Temple.

Another came while looking through our iphoto albums.
She said, "I wish we could just have our life over."
I love that she's only six, yet still feels like she wants to do it all again.

Then on Tues. morning I made a rhubarb cake and Jane said,
"Are you melancholy that Charlie doesn't like the cake?"

This last one is my favorite. Jane has a growing obsession with Anne of Green Gables and I even caught her rewinding the part at the end where Anne says, "I don't want marble halls and sunbursts, I just want you Gil." Something like that. Anyways, I caught her rewinding that one line and watching it over and over and I can't say that I haven't done it myself but how in the world would she think to do that!?? So we have been quoting Anne lines to each other now and then and then she busts this one out. It was right after someone called us to make an offer on our house. They wanted to trade us our house for their acreage which is exactly what we have been waiting for. The kids have been anxious about our idea to move out to an acreage so they were really thrilled about he option and Jane said,
"I feel as though someone has handed me the moon, and I don't know what to do with it."
I could not believe the way she dropped that right into context. Amazing.

Doilies and Ribbon

I think these would be so pretty at an outside wedding. But maybe I should just make them for our yard to enjoy all summer because I love them so much.

Love this dress. It reminded me of this gift wrap I saw once. It wouldn't matter what was inside if it came packaged like this.

Fairies Came Back

I have been having way too much fun with these fairy packages. I didn't quite mean for this fairy business to become so real and now I'm starting to worry about what I am going to do when I have to break the news. Its funny to think about how we decided not to do the Santa thing at our house, but fairies are allowed. My kids told Tracie's kids about the Santa secret one day. It was a tragic day. I never thought to tell my kids not to tell others about Santa, simply b/c we never officially sat our kids down to tell the, we just never started so it wasn't ever a discussion. Anyways, I am just waiting for the day when one of Tracie's kids breaks the news to mine about the fairies, to get us back for the Santa day. But then at least I wouldn't have to do it...
The fairies brought Chalie this book about using your imagination. Each page is a different mission.
This mission was to make a sculpture out of anything you want but using the book as part of it.
This is the sculpture Charlie came up with. Loved it. Always animals with this guy.
Jane made these little dresses to leave for the fairies. Lovely little creations happening around here.