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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Well I got exciting news! I was one of the Back To School Contest winners. I teamed up with Maureen at Spell Out Loud. We did a unit study on Christmas Around the World.  (Look under Multi Age units).

Maureen made up the lapbook components while I researched several countries. We also had other people contribute research and I compiled the information and added where necessary. You can see more about the unit here on her blog.

We took first place in the Tag Team category.

This is a great unit to learn more about the customs of different cultures and countries around the world. We included songs, traditions, oranaments they make, recipes etc. I plan to use the unit this December to launch our Galloping the Globe study in the Winter/Spring semester.

I won a Time Traveler of my choice, a Learning Grammar through literature pack and A Jim Weiss CD.




Monday, July 27, 2009

New to Blogspot

Well I have been considering making a move for quite a while now. One thing I really wanted

was a seach field. So that I can find old posts just by searching for a word.

A couple other things I really want is a link to each unit study we do and also our lapbooks.

Many times I reference these and don't want to spend hours hunting for old posts.

Right now I am not sure if I am going to try to bring everything over or not. But I hope to start building a new home for us here.

For now you can still find us over here.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bears on the roadside.

Well I must admit that the highlight of our day, was at the end of the day. We were driving on one of the roads just inside the Smoky Mountain National Park and we came across this. 


This picture gives you a better idea how close this bear was! There is the side mirror. Of course that was on Lisa's side of the van...Since had I been driving it would have been a closed window with a bear that close! 


Here the mamma bear decides to cross the road in front of us!  I think they need bear crossing signs! 


Let's Be A Scientist Jr. Ranger Program

The next class we attended for the Jr .Ranger program was the Let's Be a Scientist class at Sugarlands Visitor Center.

We learned about insects and how they affect the environment. We used screens to catch falling bugs off trees. A shaker box, and these cool suck em up thingies.


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Libby holding a millipede.  Photobucket

                                                          Getting a closer look at what we found. 


Lunch At Cades Cove

For lunch we stopped at Cades Cove picnic area. After eating the kids waded in the water. Well they did more than wade, and I guess we should have been prepared for swimming.

But they eventually dried out!  

on a log at cades cove.


wading in the creek at Cades Cove.

  A cool looking dragon fly! I love the neon green!


Morning Rangers in the Smokies

Today we went and did some Jr. Ranger classes in the Smoky Mountains. This is always a delightful time in our summers.

The first class we attended was Extreme Explorers at Elkmont. We looked for clues to see what animals we might could identify were there currently or had been previously.

We learned to look for tracks, scat, and other signs for animals.


We Identified a bird nest. (A very shallow one.) So we need to look this type up. Photobucket An Animal Track Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket The lovely creek there. Photobucket

Hard to see, but they are water spiders.


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Cool looking Fungi Photobucket A large Toadstool Photobucket Small orange fungi Photobucket A wild looking tree Photobucket Photobucket Very large woodpecker holes. The ranger said they were from a Pileated Woodpecker? We gotta look that up too! Photobucket

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Michael Jackson is famous, and he is white!

A recent conversation (at the store check out) with Peyton reguarding Michael Jackson. (yesterday)

Peyton: "Look Mom! These magazines say Michael Jackson died. Look it says, "Who Killed Michael Jackson and who will get his kids?"

Me: "yeah"

Peyton: "Man he is all over these magazines, man, when he died he got famous."

Me: no response. Lol


Then earlier today:

I decide it is time for my kids to understand who Michael Jackson is. Since they are hearing it and seeing it everywhere. So I pull up youtube to show him a few videos/songs. I find "Beat It, "

Peyton says "Who is that?"

I (not understanding the question) say "Michael Jackson."

Peyton says "that's not Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson is white."




Thursday, July 9, 2009

Fun at the Park

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Corn Shuckers

I taught the kids how to shuck corn. So now this cuts down on my work at dinner time. They have gotten really good at it.


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I never saw corn cooked this way until I visited someone from Tennessee. You cook the corn in milk and let it evaporate and then add a little more. You continue this for about 20 minutes until it gets to a slight sticky consistency. (I usually add a little organic sugar just to sweeten it a bit.) Photobucket