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Friday, January 29, 2010

Tissue Paper Mosaic

Tissue Paper MosaicCut some colorful tissue papers into desire shapes. Glue edges and form a 9x12 rectangle or any shape and size you like. With construction paper make a frame that goes with your shape. Glue the tissue paper mosaic into the frame, make sure you cut the extra pieces outside the frame. Now you are ready to hang it on your window to catch my sun.

The above images is what my children made.Let me warn you that the tissue paper is very delicate. If they rub the glue stick too hard they rip. Enjoy making it.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Whew!

My 3rd grader is having hard time the concept of elapsed time, how many hours/minutes before, and how many hours/minutes after in his Math lesson. Thank goodness DH is home to re-leave myself when I get prostrated. He can understand the way our 3rd grader thinking because he said the more I explain it, the more they will both get lost somewhere. The best way to deal with it is with fewer explanations and let him do it himself.

DH continued that he was the same way when he was little. Oh boy, I am in for this one. DH and I are glad that we decided to do this for our kids. At least when I get prostrated I know the reason, and I don't have to speak to anyone about it. Unlike with public school, I have to make a deal with the teacher on how to work with the problem and that means more money put into the school system pockets.

We barely got through it but when I asked him to tell me how many minutes/hours from here to there he can easily tell me with no problem. He gets mix up when there are so many words in between. The poor kid, the school system expects too much from a 9 years old these days. He can tell time but when you add other things to it, then he gets confused. I am so proud of him.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Making a Seeds Picture

Seeds Picture
This is a very simple activity. Gather plenty of seeds. Make a drawing on a piece of paper and use liquid glue to stick all the seeds into it, instead of coloring it. I have a lot of seeds around the house but when I needed them, I can't seem to find all of them. And this is what we end up today. My Kindergartner enjoyed dropping the seeds into the glue. I made the outline on this one and squeeze the glue on the paper. It took a while for the flue to dry up because I made sure there are plenty for the seeds to stay in place.

We used popping corns, red kidney beans, mung beans, split peas, and chick peas. I'm pretty sure I have extra gourd seeds but at the time we needed it I could find it. However, I found it after everyone was done making this.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Eggshells Art

Eggshell Art
Here is what we have done today. Make sure you wash the egg shells first, before gluing in an oval shape constructions paper. DD colored and made all the design in the background and all three kids sticks the egg shells. You can also paint the egg shells after gluing them. I did not let them do it here because we already have a very colorful mix (white, brown & light brown). I used to do this when I was in grade school too. I made a drawing of anything and glue egg shells on everything before painting them. Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My Question is Why?

Why do children need to reach the floor with their feet when writing? I read some things about it, but it did not mention anything as to why it is needed. Does anyone know? Is it for good posture or something else.

I have my kids desks set up quite high, and I am wondering if there is something about it connected to learning. Let me know.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Traveling Around The World

To learn about the 7 seven continent, we made a passport and luggage to travel virtually. Learn a little about the continents and pictures are included in the luggage. This particular one is a luggage for North America and what North America is famous for. We also made South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Antarctica.

LuggageMy little DD kept asking when we can visit my birth country. She is very curious how people lives in another part of the world. If money is not an object, each of this continent can visited once we are learning about it. It would be very nice, but people like me can not afford it. This is part of their History lesson.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Yarn Sculpting Finish Product

Yarn Sculpting Like I promised yesterday here is the finish product. This is my Kindergartner DS holding his dried up sculpted yarn. Please excuse the mess behind him, that is his artwork. There is so much paper available, but he still wanted to write on his cubicle walls.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Great Day

With two live lessons on our schedule today we still finish early. Thanks to all three of them cooperating nicely and wanted to get done as soon as possible. No complaint that they are tired or can she do it or can he do it first.

I like it when everything goes into place. I always wake up in the morning expecting the worst, and sometimes it just works out fine. DD did not have any problem with blending sounds today. DS who is in 3rd grade had plenty of optional lessons and we only read through it because I don't want him to miss anything. DS in K had four lessons that comes pretty easy to him.

Here is where he spent most of his time today, yarn sculpting. I only let him do a little of it. The image below is what he did and that took quite a long time. Plus, his hands are getting very sticky already. He caught up fast on how to make it, so I told him he doesn't need to finish it. We are supposed to let it dry over night. I will post the dry finish product tomorrow.


Materials:

glue
water
yarn
newspaper
tape
pencil
paper
wax paper
scissors

First, cover the work area with newspaper. Draw a 9 × 9 inch square on paper. Now help the student draw a design inside the square using straight lines (house outline, triangle, diamond, etc.) with the design lines touching the edges of the square. This will be the pattern. When the yarn sculpture is completed, it will have a “spider web” appearance that he can see through.

Here’s what you do:

1.Place wax paper over the drawing and tape the two together.
2.Place the drawing on top of the newspaper.
3.In a bowl make a thin paste solution by adding 2/3 white glue to 1/3 water.
4.Cut a six-foot piece of yarn and dip it in the paste. Remove extra paste by squeezing two fingers and moving down the length of yarn.
5.Place the yarn twice around the outside edge of the square. This is the frame for the yarn sculpture.
6.Continue to cut, dip, and place more yarn (using different colors, if possible) on the lines of the design. Be sure each piece overlaps another piece so the sculpture will stick together.
7.Allow the sculpture to dry overnight.
8.Gently remove it from the wax paper and hang it up with a string.

Variation: Cover a balloon with yarn the same way. After it dries, pop the balloon and hang the decoration.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Very Stressful Day

At our classroom today. DD gave me a hard time about consonant beginning blending sounds today. Somehow she forgot the sound /c/ and kept on telling me /k//r/. I lost it, and I yelled at her. I was trying to break up the word scalp and making her say the sound /sc/ but it comes out of her mouth /scr/ instead.

She kept saying scrap and scralp. I did not work with her lessons until her brothers were almost done with theirs. DH was there the whole telling me to calm down, but I refused to do so. I just wanted to let it out and get it over with. This was her second lesson for the day (phonics around 10 am), and I got over it after lunch. Maybe I was just hungry and taking it out of my poor little girl.

Most of the time I will never get mad about things like that only when they refuse to do work. Today is very different, I blame to not eating breakfast and not getting an enough rest. Household chores and teaching three kids is very hard, while DH....ah never mind, everything has a reason. This is turning into whining Nedekcir already.

Anyway, I got a breather, and I think I will take a nap before going to bed tonight. Taking a nap before going to bed...lol, it sounds so right just about now. See all of you tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ruby Tuesday

NephewNephew busy playing a game. This was when we still live in the apartment. He is now a 20 year old young man.

Monday, January 11, 2010

DD Monday Fun Day

Every Monday DD have a live lesson to interact with her cyber classmates and teacher for 30 minutes. Last week we signed in but no one was available. Last Monday she had an AIMSWEB testing in out local library courtesy of her school.

Today she signed in again but still no one was there. I've checked her teacher email but she did not say that there is no live lessons because of the testing. I guessed we missed the last 2 times she sent something.

It's not a lost for us, but I find it a little annoying that they have canceled it and I can't find the noticed about it. I look at it as more time to do real learning instead of socializing with other people.

Mellow Yellow Monday

No, this is not edible.


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Friday, January 8, 2010

PSSA Testing

I got a message from my Kindergartner cyber school today about PSSA. I know he is too young to take such testing, but I was surprised that they already have the testing location setup. My 3rd grader in the other hand didn't have the lists of locations as of yet.

I emailed his adviser a few months back, but she never acknowledged that I sent her an email. I sent another one today asking about it, and she told me, that as soon as she gets the information, she will relay it to me.

We actually have a location about 15 minutes from us from the other cyber school. I wonder if they are using the same place or if will be mixing with other cyber schools. I still need someone to stay home with the younger ones or someone to take my 3rd grader in the location.

Is the traditional home school gone to this testing? My 3rd grader does not do well with testing. I hope he'll pass because he will be doing lessons in the summer if he didn't. This is what we get when we pay taxes for education purposes. They turn around and give the students more things to do, and they think more testing will make them smarter. All they have done is let the student study from the test, there is no real learning with the school system anymore. Ugh!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Taxes on Everything

We have a good amount of coins in the classroom for school use. Today, DC took some of it to pay their sibling to get from one room to the other. I told them it is not very nice just stand somewhere and collect money by just passing through.

I knew plenty of roads/parkway/turnpike in NJ doing it, and I knew what they are doing is unconstitutional. I am teaching them that what they are doing is not right. They told me that they are just playing. Hopefully, when they grow up, they stand up for what is right.

Did you know that most toll roads in NJ are owned by another country? I think PA is doing the same thing with the turnpike. I'm not really sure if it passed, but I'm pretty sure the only reason they are telling the public is just to let them know. They (leaders) are not asking permission, they are simply letting the public know.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sun Catcher

My Kindergartner made this one. He just cut it the way his scissor goes...lol.

Sun Catcher
Materials:

crayons in different colors
pencil sharpener
wax paper
newspaper
aluminum foil
iron
scissors
hole puncher or pencil
string or yarn

Today your child/ren will make a beautiful window ornament. Here’s what they can do and have fun:
  1. Put a piece of wax paper on several sheets of newspaper.
  2. Use a pencil sharpener to make a small pile of crayon shavings in several colors.
  3. Sprinkle the shavings on the wax paper.
  4. Now have your child/ren observe as you cover the shavings with another sheet of wax paper and use a warm iron to melt the colors together. To protect your iron, please place a piece of foil between the wax paper and iron surface. (The heat should also melt the two pieces of wax paper together.) Use a towel between the foil and the iron if the heat is too hot.
  5. Let the sun-catcher cool.
  6. Trim the edges to make a shape he likes.
  7. Punch a hole at the top and hang it in a window.
The colors will catch the sunlight like a stained glass window.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Homemade Play Dough

We made this yesterday and they have not put it down as of yet. I should have put more color into it to make them a little brighter. However, looking in this picture seems the one drop of color I added seems enough. They all helped me mixing it while cooking in the pot. Since I have four little ones, I divided it into four. They got a handful each and pretty happy with it. Go ahead and make some for your little ones.

Play-Doh

Materials
a medium-sized pot
a metal spoon
wax paper

Ingredients:
1 cup of flour
1 cup of water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/4 cup of salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Put all the ingredients into the pot. Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly. The dough will eventually become hard to stir and will start to stick on the spoon. At this point, dump the dough onto wax paper, allow it to cool, and knead it until it is smooth. Store the cooled “play dough” in a plastic bag; there is no need for refrigeration.

Ruby Tuesday

Where in the world is Nedekcir?



Monday, January 4, 2010

Mellow Yellow Monday

Taken in Missouri 7 years ago.




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Friday, January 1, 2010

Top EC Droppers, New Year, Changes





Thank you so much everyone, you are all such a dedicated droppers. I will be doing some changes in this blog. I will turn this into cyber school/home school and health blog from now on. The cyber schooling is getting too much attention as public school (I know that cyber school is also a public school) but it wasn't that bad before. Now we have to do things that we never done before. I hate the medical aspect of it now.

I will be searching for a good curriculum for home school from now until at the end of school year. I will get myself ready for to be independently teaching maybe 3 or at least 1 of my kids at home for the next school year. I know K12 offer independent curriculum also but they are very expensive. The only good part of it, is, that I can pick the lesson I teach my kids. From two to three subject in a day. That means we have plenty of time for other things like the music and art lessons I mentioned before. I think we have to go with the different route that I can teach 3 kids with the same lessons under 3 different grade level. I bet we only have to do three hours of lesson a day for this one. However, that means I have to make lesson plans ahead of time. And more time for me to spend with the plans. It means I will teach in the morning, then I have to spend my time in the afternoon doing the lesson plans, which I don't think is that bad considering that is the only thing I have to do.

This is a big step for me and my kids. Am I brave enough to do it? I know someone is guiding me and pushing me to do this. I may call on him time to time and hopefully he is always there to help me with my new venture. Of course DH is here to help me through and Vince mother is always willing to help me. Now, let me start searching for curriculum to use. Oh, yes, Have a Safe New Year Everyone!

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