Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
We have just finished learning about bears around the world, and we were very happy to get such a good look at the spectacled bear. We have been learning so much, Grace is ready to get out there and move the world!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I used Butterick Pattern # 5565.
They were quite easy.
Mark told me that he didn't want a pair, but he does like the hat, maybe if I make him a pair in camouflage material....
We made our dough using 11/2 cups of peanut butter, 3/4 cup powdered milk,(we used quite a bit more) and 3 tbls honey. We mixed this into a playdough consistency.
Crafty in Coffeeland then made the head of St. John the Baptist after he was beheaded. (O.K., but my kids loved it and they sure know the story of John the Baptist's death now.)
We also continued to make many more sculptures.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Mark wanted to pray for the soul of Grandpa Collins today, and we also are praying for the soul of our dear friend, Paul's grandfather.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Dad took this picture of a real live bald eagle in the raptor show. I think this photo deserves to be blown up large and hung on the wall.
I think that this white Iceland falcon was one of my favorites.
We watched the New York State troopers repel off a 60 foot tower. They repelled down backward, forward, feet first, head first and upside down. Great job guys. (It was law inforcement day and Pat got us free entrance tickets to the fair today.)
friends with horses.
The kids drove fighter jets,
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
lapbook from Hands of a Child, up to today.(We never know what tomorrow will bring.)
We got started in the usual way, we purchased the book and project pack and started on our trail.
We then went on to the animals of the New England area, concentrating on bears. This caused us to learn about bears around the world, especially Kodiak bears and Polar bears. Two of our favorite animals, which of course live in Alaska.
We happened to see a television show, Into Alaska with Jeff Corwin, which is now one of our favorite shows and I have scheduled our DVR to record all the episodes. We loved the scenes about bears, in fact we loved everything about Alaska.
After discussing Alaska, I ordered all these books from our inter-library loan borrowing system.
These books made us very interested in all the animals of northern North America.
Because we have found we love all the animals of northern North America, I bought these very nice animals from Safari Ltd.
Of course these animals are so nice, we will need some from other parts of the world, maybe the animals of Antactica, because we could always compare the animals of the far north with animals from the far south........or we could learn animal folklore of the Inuit people.....or animal folklore of all native Americans......maybe this is way we don't always finish everything I plan to do in a school year----there are too many rabbits leaving trails around.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Now, if you are 5 years old there is nothing simple about paper weaving. It took Gracie a lot of direction to get the hang of the whole concept of this craft.
Mark is 20 months older than Grace and he caught on immediately. There must be a developmental stage that kids go through between 5 and 7 that make this idea click into focus.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Grandma and Grandpa were very hungry and were the first in line.
Of course, no church picnic would be complete without bows and arrows.(???)
We played--tie a balloon to very small children's legs and watch what happens.
It was a much different kind of game when played by big kids and adults.
The very small children enjoyed an Easter egg hunt. (O.K., but they don't know it is not Easter)
Middle sized children are all set to start the sack race.
Ready, set, go!!!!
Matt and Abby look like the team to beat.
The bigger kids also enjoyed wheelbarrow racing.
Some real big kids played too, but they didn't win, in fact they almost killed each other.
The day ended happily with friends and
It was another a great day!!