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Friday, February 20, 2009

IGLOOS, INUITS AND CARTER!!


In addition to losing more than one tooth since Christmas, this cute, little snaggle-tooth kid and I have been working on a lot of school related stuff during January and February. We started back to co-op in January and Carter's group has been studying BIOMES!! We began studying the Arctic Tundra which has been really fun. We have learned about the weather and animals of the Arctic Tundra as well as the people who live in these frozen tundras. We learned about the Inuit people. Carter was fascinated by this group and we read a lot of books about them and watched some educational videos on Discovery Streaming about the Inuit and their lands.


As you can see, we are in the process of building an igloo in honor of our studies about the Inuit people. We have begun building our igloo with sugar cubes and icing. We can only build the igloo two rows at a time because we have to allow the icing to dry. Each row of "ice" must go in towards the center a little more each time and stability is an issue if we try to complete more than one row at a time. When we complete the igloo, I will post the picture here.
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BACK TO REALITY

O.k., so I know that I have totally neglected this blog lately. I am really sorry, but the month of January was spent catching up on school with the boys after a busy December as well as finalizing plans for WALT DISNEY WORLD for Cooper's 5th Birthday. I am not going to post any of those pictures here, but if you would like to see them, you can see them here. In this picture, you can see Cooper working on his Saxon Math. He is doing so well on his school work. We are already on lessons in March and should be done with the math book well before the end of the school year. We are also pretty far in Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons. We should be done with this book by the end of the year as well. Cooper is reading so well. If I can figure out how to, I am going to put some video on here of Carter reciting some poetry and Cooper reading. They are both doing so great in school!!
Here is Carter, hard at work in his pajamas (one of the great things about school at home - COMFORT!!). Carter, Cooper and I are working on memorizing all 50 states and interesting facts about each one. I really wanted to have the states memorized by the time we went to Florida, but we got started late. That's okay though, because the boys really look forward to this part of their school day each day. I am going to try and borrow the book, Eat Your Way Across The USA from our local library. It has full meal recipes for each of the states and the boys and I can make "state themed" suppers each night as a great addition to our learning!! We have really enjoyed learning about this amazing land we live in!!
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