Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pigs and Dough Paint

We sang a cute little song to go with our pig craft.  It goes to the tune of Hickory Dickory Dock.

Piggelty piggelty pop (make a pig nose)

The pig ate all the slop (make eating motion)

He eats and eats and eats and eats (make arms in circle, bigger and bigger, by belly)

Piggelty piggelty POP!  (clap hands with pop!)

Pig crafts


This open-ended art project is right down our alley.  This was more involved than we usually go, but it was worth it, and I put the extras in the fridge in hopes of making another project.  I made too much with 1/2 c of each of the ingredients, so I recommend the following instead.

1/4 c water
1/4 c salt
1/4 c flour
paint to desired color

Place all in squeeze bottle (empty mustard or ketchup bottles) and stir with long wooden spoon handle, then shake.  Squeeze paint dough onto paper!

Dough Paint

Squeeze the dough!

Beeps' (4) dough painting

This is Beeps' dough painting after it dried. See the sparkles created by the salt?


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Self Portraits

This week in Artistic Pursuits book 1 the girls tried their hand at self portraits. They colored with water color crayons.

Dreamer doesn't have black hair, but she took hold of artistic license and did what she wanted!

Dreamer's (7) self portrait

Coco's (8) self portrait


Friday, September 23, 2011

Mountain Born

Mountain Born is idyllic, serene, a bit raw at times.  Although not going into extreme detail in the docking of tails, it was a bit shocking to our 2nd and 3rd graders.  I didn't realize sheep were born with tails!  Goes to say how much I know! ;)  The language used is very flowery, descriptive, and at times hard to wade through.   I found myself having to re-read bits not because the girls asked me to, but because I didn't quite understand what Ms. Yates was trying to say.

This is a story of shepherds on a mountain, their everyday trials, yearly traditions, and the quiet life they lead.  They bring in a lamb (cosset) that has died, and the mother decides that possibly it has a spark left and proceeds to try bringing life to it.  The lamb survives and the story proceeds about the son's relationship with the sheep.

We discussed the parallel between these sheep and Jesus, which was rich and rewarding for our family.

We did a few crafts and a few notebooking activities for the book!  I've linked them here.

Sheep printables

For this sheep/lamb craft, we cut a rough sheep shape out of craft foam (we only had brown) and then wind black or white yarn around and around to plump the sheep up.  The girls had fun doing it, and they loved playing with the results.  They insisted their's be black because Biddy was black!

Wooly Sheep craft


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Notebooking Extravaganza!

I wanted to share a post compiling some of our recent notebooking we have done.  You could look through all the week by week breakdown, but for those that aren't interested in activities and such, and only notebooking, I want to show you some samples of what we've been doing.  I'll let the photos tell the story.

Here are different ways to utilize many free resources from lapbook components, notebooking pages, repurposing free printables by cutting and pasting, coloring pages, mapwork, and more!

Reworking printables into a fold-out notebooking page

Using photos of projects and other non-filing items

Lapbook components converted to notebook and premade notebooking pages

A lapbook component related to mapwork

Drawings and homemade notebook pages

Coloring pages used as notebooking pages and/or pockets to put manipulative items in


Monday, September 19, 2011

Egypt and Akkadia

Sonlight Week 11 and SOTW Chapter 5

Still going on Egypt!  Even though SOTW Chapter 5 doesn't fit precisely with Egypt, it is the same time period, so we discussed that.  It helped the girls to know these civilizations weren't in isolation, but ongoing at the same time.  I think we've covered all the material in the various books we've got,  but we're still reading out of the Usborne Encyclopedia of History.  There were many resources to plug in, and we couldn't get to them all.  I guess we need to save some for when we get to it again!  I did buy the Ancient Bundle from Notebooking Pages.com, and there were many we haven't used, so this is a great resource to purchase for now and years to come!

We didn't do any projects this week, but we did some notebooking, mainly from SOTW.


Mapwork showing Sargon (from Sumer) taking over Mesopotamia and renaming it Akkadia. We added the SOTW lapbook component, as it helped flesh this out.

This is some notebooking from History Pockets


Egyptian paddle doll from Handle on the Arts

Extras!  Extras!

Horrible Histories

Mummy Jeopardy

Dressing a Mesopotamian Woman video

A Sesame Street video to go with this week's nursery rhyme in Sonlight Core B.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Lung Model

We were talking about breathing and diaphragms in Sonlight C science, and we made this really fun model on how our diaphragm works.  You'll need to cut a 2 liter bottle in half, cover the bottom with a plastic bag and tape up all the holes with masking tape, and put a balloon at the bottle opening, pushing it into the bottle.  Then get some packing tape and make a tab at the bottom of the plastic bag to pull on.

Lung Model

When expiring (breathing out), the diaphragm curves up and pushes air out. You can see the "lung" deflated

When inspiring (breathing ing), the diaphragm flattens to allow space for lungs to expand. Here you can see the "lung" inflated.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Hike in the Woods

The whole family went hiking this past weekend, complete with chigger bites!  Anyhow, here are some things we found.

Uprooted tree

What is this? Fungus? Lichen?

Poison ivy branches on tree

What is this? It was quite "spore-y" and crumbled when scientifically poked. ;)

Charred stump

I don't know what this is, but it intrigued me

This weedy flower reminds me of Medusa!

Beeps (4) discovered this unbloomed beauty!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Egypt - Focus on Mummies

Sonlight Core B - Week 10 AND SOTW - Chapters 3 and 4


I have linked where to find most of these below in "Extras! Extras!"

This first pages on the left are from Homeschool Share (linked below), and from SOTW Activity Guide.  On the right is from SOTW AG and The Chronicle of the Earth (linked below).

Mummies and Papyrus 3D components

SOTW lapbook from Chronicles of the Earth

Egyptian papyrus and purchased notebook page

Sarcophagus drawings from Draw and Write Through History


Dreamer being wrapped as a mummy. She insisted on the dead look. ;)

Toilet paper wrapped mummy

Mummy with mask

We decided to mummify an apple instead of chicken or cornish hen.  Not only did that seem scary to me, but it takes weeks to dry out one of those birds, and an apple takes about a week.  ;)  We used 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of baking soda.  I'll post a separate post later on to update on what they looked like after being mummified.  We also put just an apple slice without any mummifying ingredients to see what the difference was between the two, natural rot versus mummifying.

Mummifying and apple!

We splurged on some fig nut balls.  I will be writing a post on Ancient Egyptian cooking, so I will write the recipe there soon and link it here.  I didn't like these at all, but I'm not a big fig fan; they are creepy.  The girls really liked them, though.

Fig nut balls

We decided to have an Egyptian feast!  Grapes, apples, melons, figs, dates.  I tried to get pomegranates, but they are out of season now.

Ancient Egyptian feast! Yum!

Extras!  Extras!

SOTW lapbook components  This link is now dead.  Google Story of the World lapbook, and you should get some good results.

How a Mummy is Made  (scroll down to mummy)

All About Papyrus  (scroll down to papyrus)

Ancient Egyptian games

 Video for weekly nursery rhyme


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Egyptian Murals

We decided to try our hand at an Egyptian mural from Artistic Pursuits Book 1.  The Ancient Egyptians actually created a grid and then drew, but we just drew instead.  We used oil pastels to color it in.  We focused on a farming scene, making sure all the people's faces were profile instead of straight on (as in Ancient Egyptian art).

I normally always draw along with the girls, and while I don't consider myself an artist at all, sometimes I do things they didn't think of and they often copy me.  I noticed this mostly with drawing.  They would always draw bold, dark lines with definite edges to everything.  I started drawing with them, making more of a feather-type movement instead of straight dark lines.  Their finished products looked a lot more real.

Here is what we ended up with!  :)

Dreamer's Egyptian mural (7)

Coco's Egyptian mural (8)

My Egyptian mural (aka Mama)


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Egypt - Focus On The Nile River

Sonlight Core B - Week 9 and SOTW Chapter 2

We had a fascinating peek into Ancient Egypt this week.  The music just topped it all off for me.  The girls loved the music too, and the photos of ancient Egyptian art and modern art/photos were great to tie it all together.  We added quite a few books this week, but I'll add the ones we especially enjoyed.  I highly recommend the Story of the World 1 Activity Guide to go along with Sonlight Core B!  The activities help our family to mesh everything we are learning in our books together.  We did some drawing, a Nile River replica, notebooking pages (including our spur-of-the-moment notebook page), along with games and music.  Fantastic!



See links below in "Extras! Extras!"

Egyptian woman and pharoah coloring

SOTW Osiris and Set coloring and mapping

Coco's (8) Pyramid

Bottom - Dreamer (7) and Top - Mama

Nile River minibook and homemade notebooking page

The girls decided not to put Narmer together with brads, as they want to be able to put it together again and again.  I made a pocket for him to keep in our notebooks.

Narmer movable figure with pocket


We decided to do the Nile River model from SOTW this week.  DH did it with them.  I picked up a bag of grass seed for 4 dollars and an aluminum pan for 2 dollars.  We'll use the grass seed on our lawn so it doesn't go to waste.  Here is a before picture after the Nile flooded its banks.  I'll update with a new post when the grass starts to grow, which reminds me . . . we better go water it again!

Nile River model after "flooding" its banks



Excellent Egyptian music with ancient Egyptian art

Extras!  Extras!

Guide to Egypt Activities and Games

Egyptian People paper dolls

Nile River minit book (Scroll down a bit)

Narmer movable figure