Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cake and Ice Cream

Who doesnt love Cake and ice cream? WE read some great books made some fun crafts and of course made some delicous treats.

You scream I scream everybody screams for Ice cream!

Pom pom ice cream craft.

Gail Gibbions is always a favorite of mine.

Paleo Chocolate ice from Civilized Caveman (There are some awesome recipes on his site weather you eat Paleo or not!)
1 Can Coconut Milk, refrigerated 14 ounces
1/4 Cup Raw Organic Honey
2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 Tsp Vanilla

1.Place your cold coconut milk, honey, vanilla, and cacao powder in a blender and mix well
2.Place your frozen bowl for your ice cream maker in the machine and start it, immediately pour your coconut milk in and let the process begin
3.It will take anywhere from 10-20 minutes, keeping your ingredients cold helps it set faster
4.Once done, transfer your ice cream to another bowl and place in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour to help set it more

One of our favorite stories.

Great story of a frog baking a cake and things just keep going wrong.

We read some great stories

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Refurbished Toy Crib From My Childhood

This is me when I was 2! My grandfather made this for me for Christmas that year out of all scrap wood he had laying around. I LOVED this crib and played with it my entire childhood. I have been hanging on to it for many years waiting to fix it up and give it to my own little girl. Well that time finally came when my daughter saw the poor beat up crib the the basement not long ago and asked about it. She asked me if she could have it so we went to the paint store and she picked out "mixed Berries" by Behr paint and I said I would fix it up for her someday soon. (She had no idea I was going to fix it up for her birthday.)
Here is another picture of me, the crib is in the back at the far left with my new baby doll in it. Not a great picture but you get the point!
Side view
Side view
Top view, I used paint stirring sticks to make the slats on the top of the crib that were broken off.
Here I am sanding down the decals that were on it, they were soft and fuzzy so I needed them sanded down to paint over them.
Side view, I replaced the knobs on the drawer, and added new felt to line the inside of the drawer as well. Instead of Decals I used stencils ( which are a lot harder to use that I thought. I mixed light pink paint with fine glitter to add sparkle and texture to the stencil work.
Side view, I did not plan to only use pink glitter paint for the stencils but I found the stenciling was much easier with the paint thickend up by the glitter, so I just went with it.
Back view
Action shot of Robin's favorite dolls. It brings me such joy to see my daughter play with something that was made by love from both her great grandfather and now her mother. I hope this brings her as much happiness as it did for me when I was a little girl.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

April 7-13 A wonderful week in review!


Falcon worked on solving this
Top secret puzzle pack from highlights
. Its a lot of fun you have to learn all about the country in order to solve the who done it crime.

Robin worked on learning about the Blue Footed Booby and the striped Snapper fish.

Owl Duck worked on learning more about Bananas Ecuador's major export

Banana Facts
Owl loves glue! We had nothing to glue on the page but he insited on putting glue all over his page after he colored it!
•Did you know there are ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs that depict people with bananas?
•Bananas have been around as early back as 6th century B.C. (this is when they were first mentioned in literature)
•Did you know there is a museum in Auburn, Washington dedicated to bananas? It's called the Washington Banana Museum.
•The banana plant reaches its full height of 15 to 30 feet in about one year. The trunk of a banana plant is made of sheaths of tightly overlapping leaves.
•Did you know bananas, apples & watermelons float in water?
•You can use the inside of a banana peel to polish patent leather shoes.
•The average American eats 27 pounds of bananas each year!
•Bananas don't grow on trees. They're actually a giant herb.
•Bananas are one of the few foods to contain the 6 major vitamin groups.
•If you peel a banana from the bottom up you won't get the string things.
•Those stringy things are called phloem (pronounced FLOM).
•The word banana comes from an Arab word “banan” meaning finger.
•An individual banana is called a finger. A bunch of bananas is called a hand.
•The scientific name for banana is musa sapientum, which mean fruit of the wise men.
•Bananas are a very rich source of vitamin B6, which your brain needs to function properly and make you wise.
The facts above came from the Chiquita Banana website

National poetry month.

Falcon worked on writing a poem
Robin wrote this :

There was a little cat
She was very flat
She liked to eat mice
They weigh more than dice.

We read many poems and and looked for rhyming words.
Falcon just finished memorizing The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. This makes his third poem he has memorized this school year.

A favorite poem in our family is:
The Highwayman By Alfred Noyes
Our whole family loves hearing Loreeana Mckennitt sing it.

Falcon is almost through with Teaching Textbooks pre-algebra(I couldn't homschool without it!)
Robin is working her way through Calvert Math grade 1

Falcon is working through a unit on cells, and DNA we will be working on this for at least the next 6 weeks.

Nature studies
We went on a few walks at one of our favorite parks we walked/ran a few trails then played at the playground.

Falcon was very proud of hoping from rock to rock to make it to this one.

Enjoying the the view.

Shot Falcon took of Robin, Our mastiff puppy and I walking ahead of the others on one of the boardwalk trails.
Check out a great nature book we read

I am reading

Exciting Goodwill finds of the week:
I found this Mickey Mouse sticker box for .75 cents. I knew Owl would love it, he loves Mickey Mouse and to top it off it was FULL of assorted stickers which is his second love. He spent 90 minutes from the moment we got home making his masterpiece and we still have a TON of stickers left. Totally worth .75 cents.

His Beautiful masterpiece.

I found this game for the computer and it brought back a ton of memories because Falcon played this all the time when he was little.

Falcon has his first tournament this weekend and is scared out of him mind. I am just as scared for him though!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Pattern play- Spotty, Stripy, Swirly

A great book all about finding patterns to things we see in everyday life.

Working on making pattterns with our snack after we read the book.

We took quite a few nature walks this week and collected natural items to make fun patterns with ( I never had my camera around to snap pictures)

This one Owl did all on his own after our homeschool geography event when the kids were playing outside.

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Incredible Egg

We soaked raw eggs in 4 different solutions for 4 days then observed the results.

Then we did this:

You really need to watch it in slow rewind after it is done to see the egg growth.

We also soaked a raw egg in vinegar of 2 days (the shell gets all soft because the vinegar pulls out the carbon dioxide from the egg.

Cool picture of egg in vinegar. The bubbles are the vinegar pulls all the carbon dioxide out of the egg.

When placed back on the counter the shell with pull carbon dioxide from the air and make the shell strong again.

In the middle is a regular raw egg the brown egg was just a white egg soaked in vinegar, the green egg was soaked in vinegar then in water with food coloring.

Even though the egg was rubbery and bouncy we took the green egg outside to drop and find out if it would bounce.

It went splat! Just like a water balloon. We did this at the end of our driveway those are seeds you see from the trees as well.

Food for thought: eggs are porous and easily absorb things from the environment "Some states require that all eggs receive a chlorine bath and mineral oil coating before they are nestled into their cartons" taken from the Mercola site. If you want to read the whole article on how even organic store bought eggs are not good for you click here. Support your local farmers and buy local! These experiments really helped Falcon understand how even organic eggs found at the grocery store are not as good for you due to the chemicals that get poured on them to clean them.

We got to meet Martha from the PBS Show Martha Speaks at a local library. It was one we had never been to before and it was so nice we will defiantly go back soon and it was right near a very cool graveyard with lots of very big gravestones. We did not have time to check that out but I plan on doing that soon. I do love graveyards!

We finished up our FIAR book and activities, Storm In the Night I will be blogging about that in a few days.

I am reading

It is a very good book I couldn't put it down. I did find it amusing that it was a Christian Novel and I am not Christian, but that didn't stop me from reading it! Very good read.

My wisdom of the week:
Children are my puzzles they keep me on my toes and whenever I think I have found just the right piece it turns out that it doesn't fit quite right and I have to search all over again. However, is quite rewarding when I do find a piece that fits just right!