Friday, August 12, 2011

This week in our school.

We had a pretty eventful week. We finished up the solar system with the older kids. Unfortunately we did not go into as much detail as I would have liked but their "real" school starts next week and I wanted to give them a break. Kirky started cross country this week and Kota started swimming for the highschool team. They both seem to be struggling a little bit but I feel they will be fine. They are both nervous but seem to want to learn and improve. The Boone county fair is also this week and I have been trapped in the booth this week for work. Tomorrow we are going to the fair to take advantage of all of the free activities. Its timing is great with Nanners Farm unit. Nanners is doing great and is picking up the animals. I have a feeling she will really enjoy the petting zoo. We also got a rabbit yesterday. He was offered for free on Craigslist so we went and picked him up. His name is Brownie as he is a soft short hair thing. Nanners adores him to bits but has tried to feed him everything under the sun and give him hugs. I think it will be a beautiful friendship. Tomorrow there will be a blast of pictures of our new family member and of the fair.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

outer space and started the farm

 So this past week we have been working on outer space with the older ones and have been doing the farm with Nanners. Nanner's preschool is strictly all unit studies and has the farm for the next 2 months. She loves all of those animals so I think it will go well. We made a mobile of different farm animals and she has a sensory box that she LOVES.
Beanie and Nanners playing in the bin. They were sorting the beans by color and size.
 Close up of the bin before they started digging and destroying!
 We had corn, kidney beans, black beans, and red beans mixed in.
 We also put in dry grass, yarn "hay" and cookie cutters, plastic ducks and horses.

Our outer space we have been studying the sun and we did an activity to see how far the planets were from each other. We used yarn, beads and a simple ratio and had a beautiful project hanging in our kitchen.

 We also made up mnemonics to help us remember the order of the planets. The kids had a real creative time thinking of words that made sense together.
This week we will be doing the moon, zodiac.

Here is also just a group picture taken when we went to the Murpheys going away party.