Was looking at this Math Art class on currclick and learned a couple new terms.
Both are these are math, done in art form.
Not quite for us yet, but it was interesting learning. 🙂
Here are the books up for voting this year.
The Blue Spruce™ Award is a provincial primary reading program which brings recently published Canadian children’s picture books to Ontario children ages 4 to 7 in kindergarten through to grade two. For many children, this is their first introduction to the world of books; it is a very exciting time for everyone.
The students will peruse/read 10 nominated Canadian picture books and then vote for their favourite book. They need to have at least perused/read 5 of 10 to be eligible to vote. They also can have these books read to them to be eligible to vote. Based on student voting across the province, the best picture book is then selected and the author/illustrator is honoured with the Blue Spruce™ Award.
The goals of the Blue Spruce™ Award program are:
- to promote reading for enjoyment and information among primary students
- to make students aware of quality Canadian picture books including Canadian authors and illustrators
- to develop the student’s skill in evaluating a picture book based on story, text and pictures
- to provide opportunities for students to discuss the picture books in an authentic manner
This is the result of our reading and what the lad appreciated (or not).
He liked Thinkamajink the very best — liked this one enough that it inspired stories
followed by in order of liking
proud as a peacock
jack the bear
sorta liked: willow whispers
HATED violet. this was a quite adamant “I HATE that book mommy”
We practiced animal husbandry by giving the cats a bath! They very much needed it.
My laugh of the day:
We were researching how the Scots do mother’s day and we saw a picture of cottage pie and my son’s response when I asked if we should celebrate mom’s day like the Scots was “If you tried to serve me that I might accidentally throw up.”
and right after saying that he learned the pencils break if you apply enough pressure. IT WAS AN ACCIDENT MOMMY! I didn’t know it would happen! 🙂
We had fun with the languages page, where we learned to say mother’s day in various languages.
and then we did some science by making some cookies. 🙂 I threatened to leave out the chocolate chip cookies to see what might happen…and that was met with a look of horror! So we didn’t do that. 🙂 had fun none-the-less.
So last night I went to a baptist church in London that was having a homeschool book sale.
I bought some books that were NOT school book related. Just general Christian fiction that I figured was a good price for the book box and that I could resell at more than what I bought it for at our annual yard sale. 🙂 that way I have MORE money to buy more books right? 🙂 and worst comes to worst…I’ll have enjoyed doing some reading.
Anyways, picked up a pack of manipulatives. They kinda look like this but in lots of different colours. $4.00 I figured why not. 🙂
Being the lad that he is… he still managed to make a game out them. Only to occasionally be called off his play with them in order to do some math. It was interesting to see a light dawn in his eyes when he realized that.. 10 black bomb birds were still 10 black bomb birds even if they were divided into two groups of 1 + 9, or 5 + 5 and so forth. This is why I got them even though I KNOW that I can use all sorts of stuff around the house as manipulatives for math. I had him do some group division, count how many colours there and so forth as well.
I got a bunch of other books as well. A couple of readings, a three book set of bible dictionary, a small reading program, a science book, a music theory book, some learning type books and a few fiction books. All for less than $50. I was overall pleased with what I got.
So one day…we built one. 🙂
He occasionally asks if we can build another one, and since I can’t remember where I picked this up, all I can say is “I don’t know buddy, we’ll have to see if I can find another one.”
I went to the Goodwill Book Store in London and picked up a whole whack of books. One of them was this book by Etta Kaner called Bridges.
I started reading through it with the lad while he was digging in his dinosaur egg. We got intrigued…. Being intrigued in our household means let’s experiment and see what happens.
Chapter One is on Beam Bridges.
HAH! Easy enough to experiment with these! And besides…the book clearly lays out the experiments one can do.
We started with Page 7, build a beam bridge. All we needed was two bricks, paper (used cardstock) and plasticine (or some other such modelling clay).
easy enough…set up your bricks. Place a piece of cardstock over it. How many plasticine bricks will it hold? We learned it ALL depends on where you place them. Smack dab in the middle…Three MAX. BUT if you put some on either end before you put them in the middle it will hold more. SEE …..
We made a waffle bridge… and WOW!! that just amazed us. We put ALL the plasticine we had on top and it didn’t break! One end crumpled a bit but that we think, was due to mommy’s poor folding job at that end.
So we tested out different types of columns. Square, Triangle and Rectangle
I had no answer for him….do any of you???
We did days one and two. If you want to know more Click here to view more details.
We learned the history of Mom’s day, the lad drew some pictures, did some copywork, saw what the flower of mother’s day was (the carnation), and took in some geography as well. He had a great deal of fun making me a mom’s day card. 🙂 The lad’s response to day one and two of this study “I liked drawing the card for you mommy but I didn’t like the rest of it.”
Then we had lunch and headed off to the library.
We got out a whole bunch of new books and had fun playing trains. We added a twist to the train play today…we took pieces of the toddler puzzles (animal shapes) and had them in the train area. The pigs had a zoo and the angry birds broke down the walls and well…the animals all got out. The pigs rebuilt the zoo and to compensate themselves for having to rebuild started over-charging the animals for their food so the animals all went out and got jobs. It was a fun story that taught concepts as well. 🙂
Out to the park for a walk afterwards. We had a good time walking around the pond. We saw a goose on eggs and two muskrats eating grass and watched them dive into the pond through a hole in the ground. Then we saw a white thing in the water. It made us VERY curious so we tried to get it onto the shore… as we moved it we saw that it was an egg! We tried hard to bring it in but the soil at the side of the pond has a edge to it so we lost it under that edge. 🙁 Made us both disappointed. The lad said “NEXT TIME MOMMY. Let me do it!” So we spent some more time trying to locate more eggs…goose, duck, bird …anything eggs, but no such luck, but a good time had tramping around the pond looking hard for them and scaring up ducks and geese as we went.
Then home to make supper and to relax. A good day overall. 🙂
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