Thursday, April 17, 2014

The World's Toughest Job

If you haven't seen this one, take a look and see if you could do the world's toughest job.





Blessings,

Tereza

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Learning Log for March 2014



After many stressful months trying to follow a curriculum and doing school everyday with my 3 oldest kids, my husband and I decided to go back to unschooling. School was getting in the way of just living life. I got tired of arguing and fighting with my kids for them "to do school" everyday. I got tired of stressing if my kids were following along everybody else's kids or curriculum. My kids learn everyday and challenge themselves constantly by learning new things and doing hands-on projects. They seek to learn whatever they need for the daily life. Why do I have to worry so much? I find that I can be a very controlling person when I am fear ridden. So I am letting go, and letting God. WOW! That may be the theme for the year. Ha!

March was a month devoted for cleaning and de-cluttering house and catching up on play and creative projects. We'll see what April has in store.


Read aloud Books

* Bible - every night before bedtime.
* The World of Pooh by A. A. Milne - I checked this book out at our library. After reading the first 3 chapters, I found the audiobook on YouTube so we finished it by listening to the dramatization of it. Love YouTube!
* Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan - I am going to try to read all the books of this series. I love MacLachlan's books, they are always family centered. Even if someone died or is divorced, still the family is together going thru the ordeals. I prefer these much better than those books where children have no parents, no authority figure that loves and cares for them and they are all alone in the world going through all sorts of adventures.
* Dr Seuss Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!
* Happy Birthday to You! by Dr Seuss
* Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? by Dr Seuss
* I'd Know You Anywhere, my Love by Nancy Tillman
* Goops and How to Be them by Gelett Burgess
* First Number Book by KingFisher
* Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg by Lori Mortensen
* If I Ran the Circus by Dr Seuss



Audio Books

* My kids, one time or another have the files below in their mp5s to which they listen to every night at their choosing: Fairy tales and classic stories , worship music, Story Hour files, The Piano Guys, Jonathan Park and The Brinkman Adventures, The Chronicles of Narnia.

* Winnie the Pooh - complete 10 chapters dramatized audio book on YouTube.
* The House at Pooh Corner - all chapters of dramatized audio book on YouTube.

* JOnathan Park - vol. VIII





DD6 independent reading list: 
Talking to DD6 one day I asked her if she was happy to be reading now. She said she was. Then I asked her if she wanted to read Calvin and Hobbes. Her answer: "you can only read Calvin and Hobbes after you read 100 books." So we came up with a plan to list all of her 100 books, because according to her once she reads 100 books then she will be able to read any book. :) How smart is she?

1) Bears on Wheels by Stan and Jan Berenstain
2) The Foot Book by Dr Seuss
3) Great Day for Up by Dr Seuss
4) One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr Seuss - still building stamina. We read this one together. Once DD6 got to the middle of the book she got tired of reading on her own, the book was just too long for her. So I finished it up.
5) Eloise Breaks Some Eggs by Kay Thompson
6) Eloise MOther's Day Surprise by Kay Thompson
7) Eloise's New Bonnet by Kay Thompson
8) Pete the Cat Too Cool for School by Kimberley and James Dean



DS8 independent reading list:  


* More books on Calvin and Hobbes - DD8 routine before drifting off to sleep is to read a few comic strips of his collection of Calvin and Hobbes.
* Despicable Me - The Junior Novel 
* LEGO movie book

Read aloud to DD6 and DD4:

*If I ran a Circus by Dr Seuss
* Good Work, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
* Pete the Cat Old MacDonald Had a Farm by James Dean
* Lafcadio, the Lion who shot back by Shel Silverstein

DD10 independent reading list

* Chitty Chitty Bang Bang- The Magical Car by Ian Fleming -
* Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
* Rosa and Her Singing Grandfather by Leon Rosselson
 * Jack Plank Tells Tales by Natalie Babbitt
* Encyclopedia Brown sets the pace by Donald J. Sobol

Read aloud to the little ones:
*Don't Play with Your Food! - an official Bob Shea story
* Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
* Big Dog Little Dog by P.D. Eastman
* Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins



Activities at Home

* DD11 and DS8 have been working nonstop on stop motion videos. At first, for a week or so, they watched all kinds of stop motion videos on YouTube, the really professional ones, and then some amateur ones. Their creative juices were flowing and they came up with plots, stories and characters. They have made 5 videos so far, including a blooper one. The first 2 videos, Dad did the editing adding sound effects and music. From then on, DS8 is doing all the editing using Time Lapse Assembler and Imovie HD on our Apple computer.

* DD6 got interested in making stop motion videos too and began learning how to shoot the photos and assemble little stories too. I haven't been able to take many photos because the kids have been hoarding my camera to make their stop motion videos.

* Cleaning the yard, picking up fallen branches, sticks and wood. Burning up some fall leaves that were still on the ground. We also had our first "playing in the sprinkle bring on the warm weather bash." :)

* Spring cleaning. I got everyone involved. I cleaned my kitchen cabinets and DD6 helped me empty them out and trash a lot of glass and metal containers I had been saving. She was so helpful. In the kids bedroom, we were able to finally downsize their stuffed animal closet. We got rid of the really old and junky ones. DD11 got to clean up her room and the black hole (that's how she calls under her bed) got cleaned up and it's now empty. We also organized her closet and I am just waiting for Spring so we can put the winter clothes away and bring out the shorts. :)

* Play dough time for DD4 and DD6.

* DD11 is creating her own recipe book. She began with a simple white rice recipe, photos included, but the plan is to fill the notebook with recipes she can easily execute and prepare if I ever needed her to fix a meal without my supervision.

* The beginnings of gardening: cleaning out weeds from our abandoned raised beds, sowing flowers, greens, tomatoes, eggplants, hot peppers in containers; transplanting my leeks; and just working the soil in the beds. DD11, DD6 and DD4 helped sow flowers on the flats and put them up in the green house. DD6 spent a couple of hours with me weeding and cleaning the raised beds. We had the best of conversations and she is such a hard worker. :)

* More spring cleaning and de-cluttering. Cleaning out boxes of books that I had in the attic, as well as the shelves in our office. I am consciously trying to downsize the number of books we have in our home. If we haven't read it in the last year, they must go, unless I know that I will be using it in the following year like with homeschooling curriculum. But even with that, I am selling lots of curriculum on Ebay.

* Lots of stop motion videos... for a whole week non-stop, everyday, the first thing in the morning, that DS8 did was set up the camera and create stop motion LEGO videos. He created the stories and plots, used the LEGO pieces to create the stories and then took hundreds of pictures. He then uploaded them to the computer and edited his movies, adding sound effects, recording his own voice, cutting and pasting, even putting whole sections of out takes together. He even got DD6 and DD4 involved in his projects using the LEGO friends pieces and all.

* DD6 and DD4 did some water coloring painting. DD6 is helping more and more with cooking. She is my official salad helper or anything that involves cutting.

* DD4 is officially a LEGO builder. DD11 passed on to DD4 her LEGO Friends and she has building up a storm.

* Playdates at our house. Lots of playing outside and sharing projects and books.

* I gave the 2 older kids a challenge: to prepare a 5 minute speech to give public to persuade me and their Dad to buy them a toy they really want. DD11 wrote her speech down and has been practicing it. She will probably deliver it in April.

* Our two roosters escaped in the beginning of the month and we were left with a Top Hat hen only. We hope to be adding more pullets to our coup in April.


 Field Trips/ Activities Outside Home


* Lego Club - Mini figures. The kids got to showcase their first stop motion video.

* Mechatronics - the same fantastic Dad who leads the Lego Club at our library is offering this 6 week course of robotics, electronics and mechanics to the kids who are interested. I signed up DD11 and DS8. The first week the kids covered structures and build bridges and tested them for strength and support. The second week they worked on taking Remote control cars apart. The third week they will be putting them back together.

* 4H - The kids build their own roller coasters for marbles using foam tubes and tape. We ended up bringing some home and the kids repeated the experience here.

* Co-op - We covered the Human Respiratory System and the kids did their project on MUCUS and the importance of it. They got to make some Green slime. See link below for the YouTube video with the recipe. After co-op it was playtime at the park.


* Birthday party, Picnic at the park, playdates with friends outside just enjoying the sun and the warmer weather. Dinner and fellowship at a friend's house.



 Websites/ Links we found and used/ Apps

* Rainbowloom Website - DD4 is using this site now. She finally got her own kit and is learning how to make some bracelets too.
* Survival Craft on the android.
* Art for Kids
* Minecraft
* Videos on YouTube on minecraft worlds, mazes and other minecraft related things. Videos on YouTube on how to draw a pony.
* HouseholdHacker - check out this guy on YouTube for some scientific, gross and fun experiments.
* How to make green slime - we used this for our co-op on our study of the human respiratory system.
* An Education -  In which I bash traditional schooling and make a plea for something different. - An Essay for college entrance.


TV shows/ Videos/ Movies/ YouTube

* Episodes on YouTube: STitch!; Lego Chima; Kung Fu Panda, My Little Pony

* Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers - Polish social worker Irena Sendler's courageous crusade to save thousands of Jewish children from the Nazis comes into focus in this gripping documentary. Having miraculously survived the war, Sendler -- now in her 90s -- recounts her experiences. She was nominated for a Nobel Prize but lost to Al Gore and his climate scheme. A shame! Got the DVD from Netflix. Watched with DD11 only.

* I am David - from Netflix - watched this one by myself with DD11.

* Aliens in the Attic

* FROZEN - Oh, my! The most beautiful story. :) If you haven't seen it, go rent it right now! :)

* Turbo

* LEGO Legends of Chima episodes on YouTube

* How to Find Your Dragon - documentary on YouTube
* Adventures of LEGO Minecraft episodes - on YouTube

* lots of teaching YouTube videos from how to play minecraft and survival minecraft games, to how to make minecraft minifigures, on to how to make stop motion videos, sharing survival and adventure worlds,  
* Bill Nye the Science guy episode on Structures and episode on Simple Machines.

* Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport : I rented this from Netflix. This is a documentary that shows how 10,000 Jewish children were moved into England just before WWII. I highly recommend it. It might be disturbing to young children. I rented to watch with my kids (11y.o. and under) and then changed my mind and watched by myself. DD11 watched the last 30 minutes of it and when I asked her if she would like to watch it from the beginning she said "I don't like these documentaries. They are very sad. I don't want to watch it from the beginning."  On the link, there is a great study guide with lots more information and activities to do with children/ students.



Mom's Eclectic Reading List

*Mattie C's boy - the Shelley Stewart Story by Don Keith as told by Shelley Stewart - Interesting book about a radio show host. He is from Birmingham, AL and I was able to learn a lot of the South's history thru the book. He was born in the late 30s and lived through the segregation of the 1960s. Really interesting book of how people can overcome their difficulties with perseverance and faith.

* Book samples I read on Kindle that I found interesting and would buy if I had the $$$: Milkweed; more books that I just don't got the time to list...books on unschooling, deschooling, kids' behavior,

* 1808 -  While in Brazil I bought this book and the sequel. Both books are journalistic historical accounts of what happened in Europe and Brazil when the Portuguese Court relocated to Brazil, their colony, during Napoleon's conquest of European countries. Very interesting so far. 

I hope Spring has found you well.... We found ourselves expecting a new baby!

Blessings,
Tereza



Friday, March 7, 2014

The LEGO Chima Battle



My kids first Stop Motion Film.






Wasn't that cool?? I got film producers and directors at home. Heh? :) Please comment, support the budding artists at home.

Blessings,
Tereza

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Learning Log of February 2014



 Read Aloud 


* Brother Andrew - God's Secret Agent by Janet and Geoff Benge - I highly recommend any book from this married couple. I haven't read all the biographies they have written but the ones we read we thoroughly enjoyed.
* The Sneetches and other stories by DR Seuss - before I begin reading the meaty books for the oldest 2, I read a few shorter books for the little girls. We are going through the Dr Seuss' books now.
* The Lorax by Dr Seuss
* There's a DRagon in My Sleeping Bag by James Howe
* Only One Neighborhood by Marc Harshman and Barbara Garrison
* My Many Colored Days by Dr Seuss
* A Book of Babies by Il Sung Na
* Snowflakes Fall by Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg
* Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great by Bob Shea
* Journey by Aaron Becker - illustrated only for your own interpretation and storytelling.
* The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt  - If you haven't read it and would like to, the link is to someone reading it along and showing the book on YouTube.
* The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman - a short chapter book with an intense plot. I stopped reading at times leaving a cliff hanger and that kept the kids interested in the continuation of the book. A good book for boys.
* Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear by Ken Kesey - the same guy who wrote One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, an adult novel. One of the best children's book I have ever read just because the writing is sooo clever.
* If you want to see a whale by Joulie Fogliano. Illustrations by Erin E. Stead.
* Mr Wuffles! by DAvid Wiesner
* Danger on the Midnight River by Gary Paulsen


Audio Books

* My kids, one time or another have the files below in their mp5s to which they listen to every night at their choosing: Fairy tales and classic stories , worship music, Story Hour files, The Piano Guys, Jonathan Park and The Brinkman Adventures, The Chronicles of Narnia.

* Robinson Crusoe by Allan Poe - I love YOuTube. I don't think I could homeschool without it. A lot of our audiobooks we hear straight from YouTube connected to our Big screen TV. We also use YouTube to learn recipes, how to garden, crafts, watch movies, documentaries and anything else you could think of. I got some Playlists on my channel you are welcome to peruse.




DD6 independent reading list:  

* Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss - DD6 read half of the book on her own and then I finished. We are now building stamina. Yeah!
* Fancy Nancy - Fancy Day in Room 1-A by Jane O'Connor
* Put me In the Zoo by Robert Lopshire

DS8 independent reading list:  


* More books on Calvin and Hobbes - DD8 borrowed a new book from a friend. It's the first thing he reads in the morning while still in bed and the last thing he sees before he falls asleep at night.

* DS8 is listening and reading along The Bears of Blue River - He couldn't stop at Chapter one and begged to listen to the next chapter. This means the book is a good one!



DD10 independent reading list

*The World Wars - an introduction to the First and Second World Wars - an Usborne Book - pieces and parts as we study WWII. 
* Wonder by R.J. Palacio

** Take one or two or three (i.e. reading these yet again!)

* Alice in Wonderland - DD11 is listening to this book for Easy Peasy. The author of Easy Peasy writes in her curriculum that this book is about growing up and the changes that happen in a child's body. I had never thought of that. I always thought the book was pretty absurd and full of nonsense and never really interested me, but now it has. Hummm!



Activities at Home

* Playing with Legos, sewing (DD11 made hats for all her friends), drawing and playing with horses, barbies and the like.
* The kids have been helping me with cooking breakfast. I am increasing the kids' jobs list and they are working on diligence and responsibility.
* Taking care of our chickens as they endure a really hard winter.
* We had playdates with a couple of different families.
* DD11 wanted to make her own My Little Pony plush. So we watched this video and then printed this pattern.We have been working on it together. DD11 knows a lot more about sewing than I do. She also is learning how to draw a pony with this video.
* We worked on our Co-op presentations and worked on making comparison tables on different diets and salts on our Open office writer and it was a good and profitable teachable time of Computer Time.
* One afternoon the kids played with our homemade play dough while I read to them. Another warm day, we went outside and made huge bubbles with yarn.
* DD6 is helping out more in the kitchen... one night she fixed supper: toasted waffles with peanut butter.
* One pretty, warm and slightly windy afternoon we went outside and made bubbles with yarn and soapy water. 
* we had lots of snow. The kids got to build snowmen, slide down our driveway and play in the soft, crunchy white blankets all over the yard. I am glad it only lasted a few days.



 Field Trips/ Activities Outside Home


* Friend's Birthday Party - DD11 got to make tissue flowers and enjoy the fellowship of girls her age for a couple of hours.
* DD4 celebrated her birthday and we went to Chuck Cheese with another family for some fun time.
* Lego Club
* 4H - We did a presentation on our trip to Brazil and heard another family's presentation who happened to travel to the northern part of the country spending time in the amazon region.
* Our monthly co-op: we covered nutrition on our Human Anatomy Apologia science books. After the co-op we met with other families for a play date. After everyone left, we stayed on and I showed the kids I trick that I used to do when I was their age. They got the hang of it pretty quickly and were hanging upside down on the bars soon after.


 Websites/ Links we found and used/ Apps

* Easy Peasy for school for DD10 and DS8.  Some websites we found on this site are just fantastic like:

* Rainbowloom Website - My kids got the fever for these rubber band bracelets. DS8 and DD10, but especially, DD8 spent hours watching videos and learning new techniques and bracelets. There is a lot of math happening here: patterns, addition, subtraction, geometry and more.

* TimeToast - We are still working with this website. DD11 and DS8 are adding to it every time they learn a new fact about WWII.

* Anne Frank's 3D Hiding Place - while studying about WWII and Anne Frank we found this super cool website where you get to walk in her hiding place. Along the way, you hear the description of the items that furnish the place as well as Anne's own re-telling of her ordeal. Check it out!!


TV shows/ Videos/ Movies/ YouTube

* The Croods - oh, my! what a funny movie!

* Episodes of How To Train a Dragon, My Little Pony, Ninjago, Horseland, Turbo Fast, DreamWorks DRagons Short Stories, Jake and the NEverland Pirates

* The History Channel - The DECADES Collection (from our library) - We watched 1940-1949. The Pearl Harbour bombing.


* Mandisa - Overcomer!

* Happy - another lift me up video Minion style!

* Amazima videos - Katie is a full time missionary to Uganda and she founded the Amazima Ministries. Check out all the beautiful work she is doing there!
 

Mom's Eclectic Reading List

* A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck - I began reading this book set during the late 1930s to see if it would be appropriate for DD11 to read. I got hooked by the book due to its humor and the idiosyncrasies of one of the main characters: the Grandma. Unfortunately I was bothered by one instance in the book where the author makes fun of a teenage girl who gets pregnant while still single. I didn't appreciate the belittling of the character. It could be an opportunity for a great family discussion, just don't think it's appropriate for a 11 y.o. yet.

*Mattie C's boy - Shelley Stewart Story - Interesting book about a radio show host. He is from Birmingham, AL and I was able to learn a lot of the South's history thru the book.

* Elizabeth Smart - My Story   by Elizabeth Smart with Chris Stewart  - 

Blessings,
Tereza 



Thursday, February 20, 2014

Learning Log of January 2014


Read Aloud 

* Bible - Unfortunately not a lot of reading this month, other than the book of Jeremy with the oldest 2 children.
* A Picture Book of Anne Frank by David A. Adler
* The Journey by Sarah Stewart
* Brother Andrew - God's Secret Agent by Janet and Geoff Benge - I highly recommend any book from this married authors duet. I haven't read all the biographies they have written but the ones we read we thoroughly enjoyed. This book went hand in hand with our WWII study. We had heard Animal Farm the month before that introduced us to Communism and Brother Andrew showed the effects of it on the Church of Jesus.
* Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems
* The Gardener by Sarah Stewart
* The Butter Battle Book by Dr Seuss
* other books we own.. those books that children will ask to read over and over again. :)

Audio Books

* My kids, one time or another have the files below in their mp5s to which they listen to every night at their choosing: Fairy tales and classic stories , worship music, Story Hour files, The Piano Guys, Jonathan Park and The Brinkman Adventures, The Chronicles of Narnia.

* Robinson Crusoe by Allan Poe - I love YOuTube. I don't think I could homeschool without it. A lot of our audiobooks we hear straight from YouTube connected to our Big screen TV. We also use YouTube to learn recipes, how to garden, crafts, watch movies, documentaries and anything else you could think of. I got some Playlists on my channel you are welcome to peruse.



DD6 independent reading list:  

* Eloise Skates! - Ready to Read - Level 1 - DD6 and I read this book together. I read the long "difficult" words and she read the short vowel sound and the sight words.
* Eloise and the Snowman - Ready to Read - Level 1 - I think the 20 day break (our vacation in Brazil) without phonics or any type of school did my DD6 good. She came back reading without any struggle and actually enjoying it. :) Thank you, Jesus!
* Knuffle Bunny by Mo Williems
* Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Williems - DD6 and I are definitely having fun reading Mo Williems' books together.
* Fancy Nancy - Splendid Speller by Jane O'Connor - I Can Read 1


DS8 independent reading list:  

* Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say
* More books on Calvin and Hobbes - he is learning a lot of new vocabulary and expressions. It's a source of conversation for him. DD8 will talk non-stop about Calvin and we will discuss all of his bad behaviors and ideas. Calvin is the devil sometimes! :)

* DS8 is listening and reading along The Bears of Blue River - He couldn't stop at Chapter one and begged to listen to the next chapter. This means the book is a good one!



DD10 independent reading list

*The World Wars - an introduction to the First and Second World Wars - an Usborne Book - pieces and parts as we study WWII.

* Ricks in His Head by Carol Otis Hurst
* Extra Credit by Andrew Clements - this one, DD11 couldn't finish. She said it was too predictable.
* Molly's  Story Collection - An American Girl book - 1944 by Valerie Tripp - another book set during WWII.
* Just Joking 3 - National Geographic Kids

** Take one or two or three (i.e. reading these yet again!)


* Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan - cute book with talking animals and real life situations.

* The Library by Sarah Stewart - if you are a reader you will love this book. :)
* The Mopwater Files by John R. Erickson - Hank the Cow dog series #28
* The Case of the Double Bumblebee Sting - The Cow dog series # 22
* Ms Frizzle's Adventures Imperial China by Joanna Cole



Activities at Home

* We began Easy Peasy again after a few days of our arrival back home. The first week was really hard. The kids struggled and we had lots of tantrums. We are currently studying WWII and the kids found some cool websites. I am compiling a list of movies and books that cover the Great Depression and WWII for us to watch and read.

* Lots of weaving rubber bands necklaces, rings and bracelets.  The kids are using the website Rainbowloom .My kids got the fever for these rubber band bracelets. DS8 and DD10, but especially, DD8 spent hours watching videos and learning new techniques and bracelets. There is a lot of math happening here: patterns, addition, subtraction, geometry and more. He even made a minion bracelet one day.


* We made cake pops.




 Field Trips/ Activities Outside Home

We returned from Brazil on the second week of January. The kids looked forward to seeing their chickens and they missed being home.

While in Brazil we visited:

* The Public Library of Parana - it's a three story building built in 1953. It has a children's section the size of our local Public Library. They have story hour 2 times a day! The library has its own Braille department with a blind gentleman in charge of it, who is also a chess teacher. Our family spent over an hour walking through the library talking to people and asking questions. Brazilian people are extremely friendly and when they hear English they come over to share and talk. Read here why Brazilians are the best people in the world! As a Brazilian, it was fun to see my own people from a foreigner's perspective. :)


* Paranaense Museum - This was a lucky strike. After doing a little research, we decided to go to this museum instead of the zoo. It was the best decision ever. The kids got to learn a lot of Brazilian history. We walked in a building that used to house the State Governor's house. We saw exhibitions of WWI clothing, dinnerware, furniture, pictures and other historical pieces. We learned about the state history and its colonization by the Portuguese, Jesuits, and later on European immigrants like Polish, Germans, Ucranians and more. We observed the utensils, weapons, clothing, skeletons of the Indigenous people of this area. We visited the Colonial period by looking at pictures and actual pieces of that time. This was an awesome field trip. Slideshow coming on my YouTube channel.

* Tourism Line - a special tourism bus in Curitiba that drives throughout the city stopping at the
main tourist sites and parks of the city.

* Parks and tourist sites in Curitiba: German Woods (Parque Alemao); Public City Park (Passeio Publico), Tangua Park (Parque Tangua), Botannical Garden (JArdim Botanico), Barigui Park (PArque Barigui), Panoramic Tower (Torre Panoramica), Pope John Paul II Polish Memorial Park (Parque do Papa/ Memorial polones), Historical Downtown Section of Curitiba (Setor Historico), Santa Felicidade (Gastronomic Italian Neighborhood), Downtown Curitiba - a major sidewalk (Rua XV). I am hoping to compile a slideshow of photos of each site and upload on YouTube. I will post every time I upload on YouTube. Subscribe so you can follow along on a tour of Curitiba, the ecological city of Brazil.

* 4H - We didn't go to this one because the kids were sick.

* Our monthly co-op: we covered the Human digestive system. A couple of families and mine gathered at our home for lunch, and then we headed for an afternoon of bowling and ice cream. Fun!



 

 Websites/ Links we found and used/ Apps

* Easy Peasy for school for DD10 and DS8.  Some websites we found on this site are just fantastic like:* Rainbowloom Website - My kids got the fever for these rubber band bracelets. DS8 and DD10, but especially, DD8 spent hours watching videos and learning new techniques and bracelets. There is a lot of math happening here: patterns, addition, subtraction, geometry and more.

* TimeToast - a Website for you to create your own timeline. DD10 and DS8 created one to add the events of WWII.

* To Too Two Video lesson (I don't care for rap unless it's for grammar lessons!) and then a worksheet to practice the usage orally.

* Art for Kids - my kids love this website. Videos are all on YouTube. I highly recommend it!






TV shows/ Videos/ Movies/ YouTube

My children watched a ridiculously amount of video during our 20 days in Brazil. I think it was their way of coping with the lack of space for them to play and move around. We were in my parents' condo and while we did go on outings every day, we spent about 6 hours confined to the condo. We had lots of people in the condo at different times visiting and I think media was their way of tuning out the overload of the strange language (Portuguese). 

* Despicable Me 2
* The Road to El Dorado
* Sinbad: Legend of Seven Seas
* Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2 and Spy Kids 3
*  Spiderwick Chronicle
* The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
* DreamWorks Spooky Stories
* The Chronicles of Narnia
*  Turbo
* Hercules
* Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron
* Angelina Ballerina

* Episodes of How To Train a Dragon, My Little Pony, Ninjago, Horseland, Turbo Fast, DreamWorks DRagons Short Stories, Jake and the NEverland Pirates

* The History Channel - The DECADES Collection (from our library) - We began watching the 1930-1939. The next decade will be our next choice. This decade covered the Skyscrappers in NY, the true story of Seabiscuit and The Great Depression. We skipped Al Capone and Bonnie and Clyde due to the violent them inappropriate for my kids' age.



* The Boy in Striped Pajamas -  I watched this movie a few years back and thought it might be a movie I could watch with DD11. WE watched together cuddled in bed. It's a riveting movie and so thought provoking. The end is not a happy one. Another WWII movie to help the kids understand this time of history better.

* The Okee dokee Brothers - These are guys are funny and play great, engrossing music for Kids! Clean lyrics too! We began with this ONE and then had to hear all of their music videos.

* House Hacker - science videos on YouTube

* Scott Hamilton ice skating and here is another performing the Wizard of Oz. 

* Mandisa - Overcomer - music video - Need an lift me up?? 
 

Mom's Eclectic Reading List

* Book on Anne Frank 

* Psalms 91 for Mothers - God's Shield of Protection for Your Children by Peggy Joyce Ruth and Angelia Ruth Schum


* Deceived: Little Lies the World Tells to Keep Christian Families from Growing by Cindy Dyer

* The Baby War: defenders and defectors by By What Standard? Media 



 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Learning Log of December 2013

It's almost the end of January and I am only now posting the Learning Log of December. I have an explanation. We actually spent Christmas day in Brazil and have only been back to the USA a week ago.
After many attempts and cancellations, our trip to Brazil was finally booked. I truly believe that when God wants you to do something He will cause you to do it! 
Our trip there felt like a mission trip. There is so much to share and I will try to motivate myself to make some slideshows and post them on YouTube. Will you help me? If you would like to see more of Brazil, please leave me a comment.

The kids did a lot of learning without books. We went to lots of parks, met lots of people, played with and loved them all. The kids are begging to go back. They enjoyed all the interaction with family that lives far away. Change is in the air? Who know? It's in God's hands. I am trusting that if He wants us to move He will pave the way. 

Read Aloud 

* Bible at meal times - As needed I change our Bible reading around. This month, I am reading the Bible to
them at lunch time. It helps me to eat less and we enjoy reading the Word of God and feeding on Jesus.

* The Hedgehog Boy - A Latvian Folktale by Jane Langton
* How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz
* Gifts of the Heart by Patricia Polacco
* The Treasure Hunt by A.J. Wood
* God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren 


* DD6 decorating for Christmas >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Audio Books

* My kids, one time or another have the files below in their mp5s to which they listen to every night at their choosing: Fairy tales and classic stories , worship music, Story Hour files, The Piano Guys, Jonathan Park and The Brinkman Adventures, The Chronicles of Narnia.

* Animal Farm by George Orwell - This book was covered in History on DD10's Easy Peasy curriculum. I decided to listen to the audiobook as a family in the evenings. It provided for great conversations of current events as well as past historical ones.

* On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls - the fourth book of the Laura Ingalls series. We enjoyed it as much as the others. Really good lessons on the dangers of disobeying parents.


DS8 independent reading list:  

* The Hedgehog Boy - A Latvian Folktale by Jane Langton
* How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz
* Every book he can get his hands on of Calvin and Hobbes.



DD10 independent reading list

* How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel by Cressida Cowell - book 10 - How to Train a Dragon series
* The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
* Santa is coming to Alabama by Steve Smalman
* Home for Christmas by Jan Brett
* Christmas Trolls by Jan Brett
* Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett
* Trouble-Maker by Andrew Clements - This link contains a good review made by a Christian homeschooling mom.

* No Talking by Andrew Clements - our librarian gave me a couple of books for the kids to read on the plane and this was one of them. Another success with my DD10.

** Take one or two or three (i.e. reading these yet again!)

* Amazon Diary - The Jungle Adventures of Alex Winters


Activities at Home

* The kids get very antsy when the weather gets cold and they can't go outside play whenever they like. So we end up doing a lot of hands-on activites. This month we made Oobleck again and the kids had their fill with this highly sensory playtime.
* A week before we left our only hen, who is a Top Hat breed, begin laying eggs. The kids were excited but concerned about leaving her behind.
* The usual ones mentioned in months past. As well as getting ready for an international trip. Setting up a
caretaker for our chickens. Getting the house ready for winter. Buying gifts, packing suitcases and preparing for the airplane trip.
* In Brazil, the kids did a lot of playing and talking to cousins and relatives in general. They watched too many movies on Netflix and computer devices. Played too many computer games. I think mostly because we were in a small condo and they had to contain their physical energy some.
* Manicures and pedicures. We had a lady come over and do my manicure and pedicure, as well as my Mom's, Grandmother's and the girls' for a mere $20.00. It was an afternoon of enjoyment and pampering.
* Cooking and eating. Lots of cooking and eating. :)


 Field Trips/ Activities Outside Home

 * 4H meeting -We learned about how to care for a parakeet.

* We went to Brazil for 20 days - we left on the 24th and arrived on Christmas Day! Although DD10 and DS8 had traveled by plane before they couldn't remember the experience because they were only 3 y.o. and 4 months old. This time the experience was memorable to all our children. Before we left I explained what would happen in the plane, how meals would be served, how small restrooms and hallways would be etc etc. The children enjoyed the flight and the experience. All in all they all behaved really well and touch pads were very helpful. :)

* Christmas Day in Brazil - it's a big and all day event in Brazilians' households. We gathered together at around noon and eat and play all day long. It was fun to see some of my relatives and the kids got to meet some new ones too.

* The children were recuperating from a cold and due to the trip they got worse, so we got to see a doctor, visit a public clinic and see what medical services and facilities are like in Brazil.


* New Year's Eve found us at my parents' condo celebrating again with lots of food and fun with the family all around us. We got to watch fireworks on the TV and outside our balcony as the neighbors lightened up the sky with explosions of lights and sounds.

* We visited an all you can eat Steakhouse in Brazil and it was a gastronomic extravaganza! We also visited my uncle's homestead and I dreamt away wishing for one too.

* When we first arrived it was raining every day and the kids were still pretty sick to do long trips. We went to an indoor park that looked like a fair ground with toys for the kids to play on, ride in or just climb. It was a great stress relief.
 

 Websites/ Links we found and used/ Apps

* Easy Peasy for school for DD10 and DS8.  Some websites we found on this site are just fantastic like:


* School of Dragons - this site is very interactive but I don't allow my kids to chat.




TV shows/ Videos/ Movies/ YouTube

* Despicable Me 2 - we lost count of how many times we watched this movie. Every time we had friends over who hadn't seen the movie we showcased it again. While in Brazil, we watched it at least 5 times with our relatives.

* My Little Pony episodes on Netflix.

* The Princess and the Frog
* The Little Mermaid episodes on Netflix

* Episodes of How To Train a Dragon, Tinker Bell, Princess Sofia, Ninjako, Doctor MacStuffin, Olivia 
* Amazing Tron Dance
 






Mom's Eclectic Reading List

The Power of Right Believing by Joseph Prince - Would you like to see Jesus how He really is? Are you tired of condenmation and guilt? I praise the Lord for the ministry of Joseph Prince. It has revolutionized my life. 

Blessings and Happy 2014!!!

Tereza