Yay! Books Came!

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I love the days when books we've ordered arrive! Thank you Mr. Postman! Today's mail had these goodies for us.

Once and Future King/ T.H. White  We'll be starting this after Christmas as our literature selection but I thought Id order it early now so I can get a jump on it. Although I love it, it's been years since I've read it and I figure that Mom should have a bit of clue when we read it together. I think the boy will enjoy it - Arthur, Merlin, the sword... what's not to like? I think it will be fun exploring the parallels between this and his very favorite "Star Wars"! You think? Will report on that at a later date.

Animal Farm/George Orwell  Well now I wanted to do a short-ish book over the our Thanksgiving to Christmas session and seriously, what says Christmas more than a farm animal revolution??? Hee- hee! Seriously, as far as Christmas goes, we're doing lots of other stuff and reading A Christmas Carol and other Christmas stories, I've not gone totally over the edge. That said, I've been wanting to do Animal Farm with him to tie into his Civics studies and this seemed like a good time. I found this study guide to go along with it. We got through three chapters and the first parts of the study guide today. We covered new vocab words like "indefatigable" , "ignominious" and "parasitical", we talked about allegory and satire, and answered the burning questions of why people develop revolutions. ( I know....soooooooo Christmas-y, right?! hee-hee).

D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths  Our next unit study is Ancient Greece so I thought this would be fun. It had great reviews. Also, the illustrations are very cool. I think we will enjoy this one.

Now back to Amazon to order more books...........

 

 


Good-bye Oceans! (at least for a while!)

Ok, so I realize that as a homeschooling parent I probably shouldn't make up words. However that said, can I just say that I am completed "oceaned" out! The boy and I just finished a six-week, rather in depth study of the oceans and all (or mostly all) the things that live there! I don't think I can handle watching another video about the oceans (there are 5 by the way!), the zones of the ocean (there are 4  by the way!) or the types of animals that live there (mollusks, crustaceans, jellyfish, seahorses, starfish, sharks, dolphins, whales, sea turtles and oh, so many more!) We have traversed from the coral reefs to the bottom of the Mariana Trench and back again!  We visited aquariums. We took photos of fish. We studied shells. I am finished with oceans. It was a fun, interesting unit study, but it seemed longer than 6 weeks. Seriously, I don't think  I even want to see a can of tuna! By the way, did you know there are several types of tuna? But I digress.

However, when all was said and done, we ended up with this rather large notebook full of ocean goodness. He did a great job!

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When we began this unit back in the 1970's , uh..six weeks ago, this is what our classroom looked like! We started the first day with me doing a rather interesting performance of "Under the Sea". Nerdy, I know, but it was fun. Throughout the study, we munched on goldfish crackers when watching videos and had tuna several times for lunch.

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I found a ton of useful and sometimes free resources online for our study. One in particular was a gorgeous notebook/lapbook on the Coral Reef from Tina's Dynamic . I also found a lot on Teachers Pay Teachers.  We also watched many live/video presentations from webcam at several aquariums. Check out the live open-ocean web cam at The Monteray Bay Aquarium. It was very cool to just watch that for a while and see what swam by. Sometimes something swam by and ate something else that was swimming by. Oh well, "Circle of Life" and such. Another very cool web cam is at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater FL. We've visited there before, so we were familiar with many of the sea creatures there, including Winter, the dolphin from A Dolphin's Tale. 

So, officially finished with oceans. Next, Ancient Greece. I guess I'll need to find a pattern for a toga!


Back Again!

Soooooo......, hi! It's been a couple of years since I last blogged but I have come to miss this little area of cyber-space. New  blog...new title...new everything! I'm looking forward to sharing with you!