Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Not-So Wordless Wednesday...

Our first 'Nature Study' yesterday at our neighbor's duck pond.....
The girls loved every minute. Andrew, too.









Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Our Basement Homeschool Room




Sterilite workboxes...
Daily work in each box. Just start at the top and work your way down...

I put a snack in the fourth workbox.
Bible in the top workbox, Math in the second, Grammar in the third, etc....


The view from our basement tv room...


Reading nook....

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Not-So Wordless Wednesday

Anna turns 13 tomorrow! Where does the time go???

Andrew practicing 'Telephone' & the intro to 'Don't Stop Believing' over and and over and....

S-S-R outside
(Super-Silent-Reading)

I found them here reading outside together. Unprompted by Mom. (Yessss!)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Not-So Wordless Wednesday

OREGON ZOO, 6-7-2010

Tusko, the male elephant
Conrad, the male polar bear

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

In The News...

Check out this June 7th New York Times Opinion Page Article regarding Classical Education. It makes complete sense to me.

Here's to hoping this neo-classical education experiment with my own kids is a success.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Boating & Boarding on Saturday



Educational iPad Apps

We love, love, love our new iPad. We use it often and are having a ball. I don't allow any mindless time-wasting game apps. I added apps that have an educational twist. Some are free. Some were a small fee. Some were a splurge.

The girls wake up early and beg to do math flash cards on the iPad -- so I can't complain.

This week I purchased DoReMemory to help my 6-year-old memorize her Treble Clef notes.
Developer Description:
DoReMemory is a music educational app created to teach early pianists where notes belong on the treble and bass clef staffs. This app takes a unique approach. You are given the name of a note. Then you tap where you think that note should be on the staff. When you are correct, the note shows up, the correct pitch plays, and stars twinkle. When you don’t tap the correct spot, an arrow directs you to the right location. There is no penalty for incorrect answers; just try again or move on to the next note. And, since there is no timer, you can take your time without feeling rushed.


My favorite splurge: Art Authority

Google Earth

Soduku

Star Walk for iPad

Pandora Radio: I set about 10 classic music stations based on my fave composers.

ArtPuzzle HD: Classic paintings by famous artists. The girls study the picture and then press the screen to scramble the picture. They spend the next 5 - 10 minutes rearranging the pieces to put the picture back together. Beautiful iPad app.

Math Bingo

MathPlay 2

MathBoard

Study Flash

FlashToPass: Math facts flashcards. The girls love this.

Ace Kids Math

GoSkyWatch

Chalk_Board

iAptitude

Stanza: Free audio books

Planets: Gorgeous visual of our planet in 'real' time. It does a lot that I haven't even looked into yet.

USA Presidents: Flashcards, pictures, info

ABC Phonics: Different activities with letter sounds, words & sentences

iPhonograms

Blackboard Sight Words: Dolch sight words

Grammar Guide

Sketchbook Pro: Doodling, drawing, whiteboard for homeschooling, etc.

Netflix: Free movies

3D Brain

History Maps Of The World

myHomework

Game Table

TangramXL

Dictionary

Scrabble

NoteBrainer

Rush Hour

Isaac Newton's Gravity Games

WarChess

Wish List: Words With Friends