Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spelled le With ul Sound

This what DH loves the most about the English language. Saying a word and spelling it the way we say it is not always the best way to go. He got a vast vocabulary but when it comes to spelling, he will spell it the way it sounds.

Both my 1st grader and 3rd grader are learning about the words with the sound of /ul/ and spelled le. I don't really mind with my 1st grader because this is her first year with this sound. My 3rd grader in the other hand still mixed up on how to spell some words.

Heck, don't even get me started with these, because I don't have any idea that they have the /ul/ sound. I surpass DH when it comes to spelling but my pronunciation is horrible. He always makes fun of me when I tried saying some new words. He thinks its too cute...:(

Friday, March 26, 2010

Prep Party

Today was the end of my 3rd grader PSSA practice and had to attend the end prep rally to see where he needs to take the exam. I think the point of the whole prep rally is to tell the parents that the testing is very important for the school. I already said my side about the whole thing and it is commonly illegal.

Anyway, DH brought our son to the said location and it seems that only one person won most of the giveaway. It made us think that they bought the whole roll of tickets to win most of the prizes. When one person was the only one kept on going forward to claim the prizes, it turned into a very boring event for everyone else, in my opinion.

Anyway, next week we have the schedule spring break. I still don't know if I am taking off teaching. My 3rd grader have a orthodontics appointment because he gifted just like me with mostly croaked teeth...wonderful isn't it. We have to drive for an hour just for this on Thursday. Maybe we will only take off on Thursday instead of the whole week, who knows, my laziness might kick in and just rest for the whole week.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Monday, March 22, 2010

PSSA Practice

My 3rd grader is in his second week of PSSA practice. I do not agree with it but if (as they say) the school does not make the AYP, the PA department of education can close the school. That I like because, if they can do that we are more likely be allowed to traditionally home school my kids with no government attach. (Maybe, if there are not enough schools to go around, the government cannot force us to take all this crap) Of course this is only my theory, because I don't want them to meddle in my family's life.

Now, my 3rd grader is one week behind on some of his lessons. Next week is their spring break from school and their PSSA is not until the 3rd week of April. What are they going to accomplish with 2 weeks practice and 3 weeks rest before the testing? I hope this thing works, because I am sure my DS does not like taking test. Their spring break is only for a week, then two weeks of regular school and then testing.

I don't think we are going to do traditional home school. The government still asked for so many things. At least for now, I can however skip anything that I don't like them to learn and substitute with what we believe. We don't have to spend our non-tax dollar for materials and text books, the school provided them for us. We have not seen everything about the health care bill yet, so our decisions are still up in the air. If, for some reason, we find anything that is against our favor, we have to act fast and go another route about the education of our children. We might have to move to another state or live in the boondocks somewhere, just to educate our kids the way we want them to learn...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Too Much Time Online

My hands had been bothering (carpal tunnel) me since my blogs joined the top ten in each category. This dropping thing is too much for me. I think being in top ten for 3 months is way too much for my body to handle. I have to slow down again and give someone else blog be on the top.

I have been wearing my magnetize wrist band for about a month now, and it doesn't seem that it will get better anytime soon. I think the only thing to do is slow down for a few months. I will try to drop back, but I will not drop 300 a day anymore. I need to get ready for my children transition to traditional home school. We (DH and I) don't know what we are going to teach them yet, but I am sure we can come up with something. It would be nice to teach them about the words of Yeshua, but we don't want to belong with any religion. We are spiritual family and we don't want to be associated with any of them.

The best bet is the internet, we can gather all the information out there and teach them from that. I am open for any suggestions, as long as your suggestions do not lean to any religion/organization out there.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Schwa Accent

I have learned a new sound today along with my DD. This pertains to the vowels. Schwa a toneless unstressed neutral vowel sound in some languages like American English.

An example is wagon. The word has two syllables and the accented syllable is wag. The unaccented syllable is on, and becomes short /un/ instead of short /on/ because we say it softly.

Now with the word garden. First syllable gar has the accented sound, and den has the schwa sound. It is pronounced with short /dun/ instead of short /den/.

And here is the symbol for the schwa sound /ə/, an upside down e. DD was asking me what it was the first time we got the letter tiles, and I could not answer her. Today we found out what it is for. What have you learned today?

I have a question, how do you make the sign for short vowel sound? I can do the long vowel sound but I can't find what to use for the short vowel sounds. Anyone can tell me which one to use.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Let's Make Paper Boat

The same process like the paper hats. You just have to keep going until you can open it without messing up the shapes. This time I use a newspaper.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Tangram is a geometric puzzle that originated in China over 4000 years ago. It starts out as a square and then is cut into seven pieces. Tangrams are traditionally used to tell stories. There are a few puzzle you can find at or you can buy book in your local book stores.

Tangram Puzzle

I enjoyed playing this when I was little, not even in grades school. I just copy the shape within the book. Now, my DS who is in 3rd grade just learn this today. I have to buy a book myself to make some shape and teach all of my kids about this. Below is a pattern that you can print and trace it over a construction papers or different color banner boards. You can make it as big as you want, all you have to do is start with square and cut the pieces from there.

Tangram PatternI am sure that my kids will like playing with this. There are so many puzzles online that you can find. Just type "tangram" in the search box.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Thank You

Bird Floral thank you

This maybe the last time I will posting my top EC droppers. However, you can still see it on my side bar because I will adding the RSS from entrecard. Thanks for visiting everyone.