Friday, September 24, 2010

Three weeks down and I'm not even counting how many more...

As I was wiping feathers out of my NEW DRYER this morning, (Yes, you read that right, feathers. Um, there was an incident. For your future reference, when bed pillows say "spot clean only" there might be a little wisdom to following those instructions. Jus' sayin'.) I was pondering our week in review. I will admit to driving past the elementary school that she would attend and staring longingly at it's brick walls. I will also admit to thinking about selling her (or trading her if it included some cotton candy and a funnel cake) to the carnies at the fairgrounds, but it was a fleeting thought (we won't discuss the intricacies of how long a fleeting thought should hang around, though.) I'm proud to say she's still a member of our family. The carnival doesn't pull out until Sunday morning. Not withstanding a couple weak moments on my part, all in all it was a alright week.

We started a geography program that was created by another HS mom, confessionsofahomeschooler.blogspot.com. It's called Expedition Earth: A Journey Through God's World and so far, I really like it. This first week was a intro into geography (map vs globe, basics of a globe, learning the continents and oceans) We made a paper mache' globe as one of our art projects. It turned out pretty good - as long as you don't look too closely at the actual placement of the land masses. Two negatives of the program so far: I had to buy a good many resources to go along with it and it has pointed out that I am woefully deficient in the area of world geography. Next week, China! Confucius say Kelly will be eating lo mein on Friday.

On Monday, we are going to implement the red/yellow/green light system of classroom management (start out on green/move to yellow with warning/red if continues and that means loss of privilege/toys, etc.) I'm also toying with the idea of using a modified version of Sue Patrick's workbox system with her. I think she needs the visual cues of the work that we want to get done.

That is if she's not in charge of running the carousel at a new fair next week.


Making our globe. Yes, she has a sticky jewel in the middle of her forehead. I don't know why. We did have Indian for dinner that night. Weird coinkydink.




Painting the globe.



Finished product.



2 comments:

JessicaH. said...

Haha! Had to LOL throughout this one :) You're doing great! Now I want to go paper mache' something...

Tiff said...

Have we told you about our push-up/mountain climber method? She's not too young to do push-ups you know. ;) lol! I like the red/yellow/blue/green method too. I'm toying with the idea of inventing something like a step counter but its a word counter. When a child reaches his or her preset number of words then they are done talking for the day and the device will render them unable to speak. I haven't worked out the details yet but I'm getting there. Give me a pot of coffee and more than 8 seconds of quiet time and I'll have a prototype ready.