Friday, December 19, 2008

Winter projects

We are doing lots of projects for winter. My favorite project that we did would be the candle holders we made. First, we found some old jars. Then, we cut out what ever we wanted out of this one kind of paper. After that, we glued the pieces on to the jars and put glitter on them. That project I liked the best.

The other projects that we did were fun too. One of them was our snowman project. We have been collecting toilet paper holders for while and we finally found something we could do with them. We first had to paint them white and let them dry. Then, we decorated them by writing (with markers) eyes, nose (carrot style), scarf, buttons, mouth and rosy cheeks. We also made snow flakes. That was really cool too. The first ones we made didn't turn out to well but we figured out how to fix it. I can't wait to make more!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Nutcracker Performance

Yesterday was my first Nutcracker Performance. I performed in the morning for Girl Scouts. We had to be there by 8:30 (even tough the performance didn't start until 10:00) so I had to wake up really early. When we got there I had to sign in and my Mom had to leave. After I sign in instead of me going up to the dressing room someone took me in to the other part of the building but they took me back after they figured out that I was in the wrong place . Once they took me back I played backstage with the other Gingers in my cast. Then after a while it was time for the performance to start but we didn't have to go yet so we waited. Then after a while we got our costumes on, got our make up done and performed. After we performed we had to get ready to leave. After I got called down, we went home. It was a great experience.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Scandinavia

This week we learned about Scandinavia. We learned about the Vikings, we made a Viking ship, and we drew runes (Viking letters). We listened to Norwegian music composer Grieg. Mommy read some Norse mythology. The Vikings tried to settle in North America at a place they called Vineland many years before Columbus was here. The Native Americans ran the Vikings off.

Speaking of Native Americans, we have been reading books about Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims, and the first settlers from England. We made Thanksgiving turkeys out of pinecones, paper and felt for the head. We cut feathers out of construction paper, then we wrote what we were thankful for on them, and then we stuck the feathers in-between the scales. That was a fun craft project. For Thanksgiving we went to our Uncle Steve's house in Jackson and camped in their yard. We got to see our cousins, our three Aunts, my Uncle Steve and my grandparents (on my Mom's side of the family). We had lots of fun!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Our store

We are making a store to play with. We're needlefelting fruits and veggies so we can pretend to buy things from the store. My mom made a shelf a long time ago and that is what we are using to put the invetory on. We have these open containers that were for veggies and we are using them as grocery bag type things. A few days ago I even made an open sign for the store. I think it's really cool! I can't wait to make more fruits and veggies for our shop. Me holding up cherriesWilson making a persimmonMe making a cherry

Mommy holding up a celery stock

Friday, November 14, 2008

Felt board (poem)




We made a felt board with stories




Cut people, houses and some trees




We cut out things that go along




Might have to snip someone singing a song




We make them move like the story said




A bear, a jackal, a pumpkin red




Short stories and long ones too




Which one's next it's gonna be new!





"The Persimmon Monster" (Korea)


"The Old Woman and the Red Pumpkin" (India)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Asia

This past week we started learning about Asia. When I say Asia I'm mostly talking about China, Korea and Japan. One thing that we did to learn a bit about Japan was we made origami birds. Making origami birds are fun but also pretty hard. Here are some pictures of the birds we made:One thing we did to learn a bit about China was we painted some Chinese symbols on tall strips of paper. That was pretty cool. Here is a picture of us drawing the symbols:








One thing we did to learn a bit about Korea was we used chalk and drew some Korean symbols (and some chinese symbols) on chalk boards. I liked doing that a lot. Here are some pictures:One other thing we did was we ate an Asian lunch. Here are some pictures of the lunch:

Learning about Asia was lots of fun! I can't wait to learn about a new place.

Friday, October 31, 2008

French Horn (poem)

I play the French horn with glee
I am practicing greatly you see
I play it in band,Private lessons andAlso at home (just me)




Saturday, October 25, 2008

Backyard adventures (and a few other things)






My Lolo (Grandpa) and Lola's (Grandma's) backyard is huge. Not HUGE but pretty big. There are a lot of things that happen in the backyard and I do want to share one thing with you, Our labyrinth. We are making a 5 circut labyrinth so it is not super gigantic but it is not tiny. Were making the labyrinth out of stones and it looks awsome made out of stones. The labyrinth is not completely done. We still have to finish the last circut. Here are some pictures:






A few other things.......



Earlier this week, we went to the Harvest Festival at the Waldorf school in Fair Oaks. Here is a picture of us:






We also went to the Renaissance Faire at the Folsom Park. Here is a picture of us:






I had lots of fun going to the Harvest Festval, the Renaissance Faire and making the labyrinth!



Friday, October 17, 2008

My plant



For homeschooling we planted seeds. We each got a clear container, soil and some seeds. Each day, we are in charge of watering our plants and making sure that when the sun comes out each of our plants get sun. My plant has 25 sprouts. Wilson's has one big sprout and Ricky's has three sprouts (well, today at least). Usually I water my plant anywhere from one to four times a day. Today, I watered my plant three times. On a pad of paper we have to record how many sprouts our plant has. I can't wait to watch my plant grow!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Botany

In homeschooling we have been learning about botany. We've been learning the names of the kinds of plants in our yard and at the parks. We measured some leaves and branches that we found and divided the ratios of the parts. We learned about Fibonacci, the Golden Ratio, phi = 1.61, spirals and patterns in nature. Green leaves have chlorophyll, yellow leaves have xanthophyll, red and purple leaves have anthocyanin, and orange leaves have carotene.


Field trips have been lots of fun: parks, Fair Oaks botanical garden, UCD arboretum. Sometimes we practice the parts of trees, flowers, and leaves with flash cards. We have been collecting leaves and saying what's in them and what shape they are (for example, "ovate").


Today, we went on a botany hunt in the back yard. Our Mom gave us hints on which plants we were supposed to find. For instance, one of the clues lead me to the huge oak tree in the backyard. After we found the right plant, we wrote down the name of it and made a rubbing of either the bark or the leaf with a crayon. It was cold outside, but fun.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Some fun things from this week



For homeschooling we carved potatoes into a design to make stamps. First, we had to slice the potatoes in half. Next, we had to carve a cool design into the potato slices. Then, we had to paint them, and then we had to stamp them down onto a sheet of paper. My Mom also use celery to make a stamp. It was lots of fun! Here is a picture of the potatoes: And here is a picture of the celery stamp:
Earlier in the week, we made up a poem together. The kind of poem was called an alphabet poem. The name of our poem was Dessert Fiasco so it was about different desserts. That was very cool. This week I did an experiment. The experiment was to test how humid it was in the room. How we made it and how it worked was simple. We put a paper towel on the end of a stick and we put a shape underneath the the stick that would alow it to move up and down like a teeter-totter. Then, we took a ruler and two blocks, put the ruler in-between the two blocks, and put that behind the stick on the opposite side of where the paper towel was. Then, when the paper towel got wet, or at least damp, it will get heavy and the other end of the stick will go up and you can tell by the ruler. It was very neat making it and it worked (sorta)! Those were some fun things from this week.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Today

Today is going to be great. First Auntie Tiff (Em and Syd's mom) is going to pick up Ricky and me for art with Em and Syd! Then my mom is going to pick up Ricky and then Auntie Tiff will pick me, Em and syd up to go to dance. Then after dance they are all coming over for dinner. That is my awsome day!

Friday, September 19, 2008

My playmat project

I am making a nature playmat for my room. It is all of the colors of my room including orange and yellow which aren't in my room. The project was not a kit. I just found all of the stuff in my room. Here are some pictures of the playmat:

Friday, September 5, 2008

The homeschooling year (and a little bit about the new school year)!

This is my first blog of the homeschooling year so I won't really talk about much. I am now in 5th grade! My teacher is still Mommy but it is much different (only because it is a new grade though). We are going to start math today and I am very excited, except I know I might not like it as much later on. One thing that was pretty exciting that already happened during the homeschooling year was this homeschooling conference that we went to! There were vendors, activities and lectures. It was really fun! Here are some pictures of us at the homeschooling conference:












So as you might be able to tell, Ricky realy liked the conference too. Like most conferences, it was pretty busy. The conference was three days long and Saturday was of course the busiest. That is all I have to say about the homeschooling conference so............ that's it........bye!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Meez!

Hey everybody! On the side of my blog there is a box that says meez. com(which you can barely see) in the lower right corner. There should be a person in there. That is my meez from http://www.meez.com . You have to be 13 or older to have one even though I have one and I was 8 when I first made mine I asked my parents. And every day I will TRY to change it so each time you come there might be a new meez instead of a new post. So keep looking each day for a new looking meez!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Thank you teacher/Mommy!


Thank you my teacher/Mommy for letting us have a great year of homeschooling. This will be my last blog of the school year I will try to blog if anything really exciting comes up. Thank you for all of the great field trips and thank you for all of the help. I can't wait for the next school year because you will be my teacher again at that time. So Thank you Mommy for being a great teacher!

Wednesday(Today)

Today(Wednesday) we did the normal. The normal would be sewing and rollerskating but we also went to Ricky's band dress rehersal, JoAnns, and the yarn shop. Right now I am typing and Ricky is playing on our Wii my Mom is talking to my dad and my dad is talking to my mom and last but not least Wilson (he is watching Ricky)! So........ it was not tooooo exciting today but it was fun. Um..... by!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Earth Day







We went to Whole Earth Festival! It went through Friday Saturday and Sunday. My favorite part about Earth Day was that there were some people who were selling hula-hoops and you got to try one. At the end we bought a hula-hoop and my Mom bought a dress at one of the neat booths.
We saw dancers from different countries, regular people dancing and also drumming. There were a lot of tie dye shirts on sale and a few of them I liked. Some of them had hearts in the middle and a few had butterflies and their wings were tie- dye. It was really neat!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

CNCH






We went to CNCH! CNCH was a handweaver's confrince. My mom was a vendor for www.goshyarnit.com and I was a vendor helper. When we were at the conference, I spun yarn and did Tunisian crochet. I sold about 5 of my yarns. If you want to know what else we sold just go on to www.goshyarnit.com and a lot of the stuff that is listed on the website we brought and sold at CNCH. I helped put up the booth and the items on the booth. We didn't sell any of the bags but one time we sold 5 spindles to one person! It was really neat.

I walked around the conference with my family and my cousins. We saw beads, cording, fibers, yarn, looms, spinning wheels, shuttles, swifts, examples of woven pieces. We bought some cording and handmade glass beads for my birthday party (we are going to macrame bracelets).

Monday, April 28, 2008

Story of the world fried pantains and bread.

For homeschooling my brother and I do this cool thing called Story of The World. Story on The World is an audio CD and they tell stories about the world and they start from, well ... the begining and then go all the way to now. After each chapter, there are fun activities that you have to do. You get to choose one to do. My brother and I both picked to do fried plantains (dark bannanas) . They were really good and were like the ones made in Ancient Africa.

After did a few more chapters with activities, we got to a really good one. The activity was to make Phoenician bread from SCRATCH. They told us how to do it and it was really good! When we were doing it, on the instructions it said to put yeast. I didn't know what yeast was so I asked my Mom and she told me. I learned something from that.

WelI, I guess that everything you do, you learn something from it even though you don't really notice it. You try and notice what you're learning from things. Aftera movie, my Mom always asks us what we learned from it and every single time we have something we learned to say to her. Whenever you ask something and get an answer, you are learning something! And it's not always boring. Here are some pictures of the fried plantains and the Phoenician bread: