This morning I had the dubious joy of listening to my son clearly and repeatedly state to the computer it was saying the word JUMP wrong. The computer was saying JUMp, and the lad was saying NO.. It's JUMP. Say the P say the P.
It's funny, but good. My lad often struggles with hearing words correctly and proper enunciation is important for him.
Reading Kingdom apparently eventually got it correctly.
Then Simple Schooling is doing their 12 days of Christmas giveaway right now.
I gave the lad a choice between doing bears or finishing off our evergreen study, he chose evergreens. We learned a lot about evergreens, did you know that redwood trees can live for 2000 years? Impressive eh?
click picture to go to image source: national geographic
Do you remember a couple weeks ago my son did his pick a pack and we came up with Snakes to study? I did some research on them then and a bit more last week and today we are finalizing some of our learning. Off and on throughout the day as the lad is humming Christmas tunes and building lego. :) I'm not fighting it.
Not just round or vertical, they can have the entire eye dark coloured, they can be part of a snakes camouflage, they can be horizontal as well. Much more to a snake's eye than we originally thought.
please click image to go to source of image: snakes: creatures shrouded in mystery.
Did you know that snakes have four different types of scales? We didn't either. We knew the scales on the belly were different then on the sides, but that's as far as it went. Now we know that they have dorsal, head, ventral and subcaudal scales. These scales are either smooth or keeled.
Sources: Wiki, dialogue for kids, zoopax,
Click image to go to source: willow elementary
We learned that snakes don't all have their babies the same way. Some lay eggs and leave them alone, some lay eggs and guard them, and others give birth to live young. Depends on the snake. Most will lay eggs and even live bearing snakes have their babies in a egg, it is just a different sort of egg (clear thin membrane that breaks as the babies are born).
Here are the 4 types of venom and their effects:
->NEUROTOXIC: attacks the nervous system,and causes the victim to suffocate to death.
->SITOTOXIC: damages the tissue,causing necrosis,and the victim will die because of the serious necrosis and blood loss.
->HEMOTOXIC: damages the blood vessels,and this causes the blood to become very thin. The victim will eventually bleed to death,and this takes usually about 3-5 days.
->MIOTOXIC: is a mixture between hemotoxic and neurotoxic venom,and has the affects of both venoms.
The teeth of modern snakes are classically divided into four types, three of which are typically called fangs. The four tooth types have fancy names, all of which involve the Greek word glyph
, one of the meanings of which is "groove". They are as follows: 1. Solenoglyphous
Solenoglyphous fangs are long and tubular and are attached to the snake's maxillary bone. These fangs are hinged. 2. Proteroglyphous
Proteroglyphous fangs are in the front of the mouth and are about three times shorter than solenoglyphous fangs. These fangs are not hinged. 3. Opisthoglyphous
These are commonly known as "rear-fanged" snakes. Opisthoglyphous fangs are grooved rather than hollow and are found near the back of the maxilla, behind the normal teeth. Typically, snakes with rear fangs must chew on their prey to bring their fangs into a biting position. 4. Aglyphous
This word is used to describe unmodified teeth, essentially non-fangs. All snakes, even those that possess fangs of the first three types, have aglyphous teeth which they use for gripping their prey as they manipulate it during swallowing. These snakes will often use constriction as a means of killing their prey.
Source:Life is short.
click image to go to source: wiki snake skeleton
T'is the season when life gets busy. What fills out days?
Skating, improving skills, learning to have fun with friends.
building nestboxes for rabbits. Learning carpentry skills, doing practical math, wielding tools, following instructions.
Visiting friends, visiting family, playing chess during chess club, doing reading kingdom
every day, squeezing in math, and science and cooking and cleaning. And getting ready for Christmas. Adding a more spiritual element of doing advent readings. This year we chose one from oh the name is slipping by me.. it's a M-F reading by Good Morning Girls
! (the weekends are covered via church and dad). It has activities and thought provoking questions. I like the readings and will be using them to develop our Christmas program for Church.
swim and gym time with the homeschool group.
Finding time to decorate the tree and put up our village. These things are fun...even IF the tree falls down and we have to undecorate and then redecorate..but this time DAD helps. :)
this year the lad learned to put up garland. It's good to learn new skills is it not? :)
I want to say it's easy to juggle, but it isn't always.
And when you have things like... vehicle break downs (we've had several unfortunately) and trees fallen over, and the added stress of EVERYONE wanting to buy a rabbit or guinea pig for the holidays and needing to find ways to accommodate them all, it's so easy to let the school work slide.
But what we learned last year is
1. keep one thing constant for us this year it is reading kingdom. The lad LOVES this program.
2. make the rest of the learning as practical as possible
3. just go with it...the more you let yourself worry the more stressed you will become so we need to set back and let God take care of it.
And look for the blessings
1. the tree fell down.. this inspired Dad to help us decorate the tree and it's so much funner doing it with three. :)
2. car needed tires BADLY everywhere we looked the prices were too high until hubby searched and found some 1.5 hours away.. well that savings allowed us to buy a part fo the OTHER vehicle so hopefully we can get it going by the end of the week.
So tell me this... how do you had the juggling of Christmas? I'd really like to know your tips. Thanks! :)this post is written as part of the blogging through the alphabet run by BenandMe. :)
Hop right in and join us won't you? This week we are on J
Every Friday Lisa-Jo
has a reflect on a single word for what she calls Five-Minute Friday. So, grab a timer, set it for five minutes, and join me! The rules:
Write for five minutes. No editing, revising, overthinking, or backtracking. Just write. Then leave some comment love for the person who linked up before you…and anyone else because that’s the fun and the heart of the community! Today’s prompt: Reflect
Ready, Set, Go
When I first saw the word for today up i saw it as "respect", so while I was busy doing bunny chores I was thinking, what can I write about the word respect? I dunno. Respect is about so many different things, and it caused me to reflect back to when I was younger and my parents very much called me to respect their spouse.
This of course caused to me think of how my sweetheart calls upon our son to respect me and not treat me poorly.
So then I reflect upon how I call upon my son to respect God. To treat God with the reverence due his name, not out of abject fear, but out of the great love God holds for us. That Love calls upon us to give God glory and honour and utmost respect. He made us!
It's hard to train a boy to love and respect someone he can't immediately put his hands on. It's hard to show him how God is responsive to us when it's not always immediately apparent. "But Mom, I could have figured that out". Yeah, I know you could boy, but who do you think gave you that brain of yours?
Oh.. right. But I could have figured it out mom.
Those words draw me back to my own childhood when I was so very certain about so many things, and positive I didn't really need God... and as I mature I realize how much I did need him and how much he did watch over me as a child. He really did you know.
So even though I thought I was to write on the word respect, it caused me to do what I was supposed to be doing anyways, calling me to reflect. :)
So come over, join us as we write on a single word on Fridays, for just five minutes. You'll find it's actually a lot of fun. :) You can find ushere.
This post is part of the series of blogging through the alphabet with Ben And Me
. This week we are on the letter I
. I is for ideal, as whenever I have a day that doesn't go as planned and things become difficult..... I tend to think of how "I" want our homeschooling days to go. I have my Ideal day laid out in my head.
The biggest thing would be having my boy happily doing whatever I asked of him. Whether it be cooking, cleaning, book work, practical stuff or whatever. Just a happy compliant lad following wherever his mother leads.
making french toast
The reality of it is this..... sometimes that works, and sometimes it doesn't. When it doesn't, I need to understand why. Why is it that some days my lad will happily do computer work and other days it's a battle?
Why some days bookwork is happily embraced and others days it would be better to toss all books out the window as it's just not going to happen? It's good to think on these things.
I know I could force it...but you know what happens when I force what I want on my boy? The exact same thing when you impose your will on me (except over the years I've gotten more gracious about it). I get my back up and it takes me SO much longer to learn or do what is needful. And it causes anger and hard feelings... and since my boy is only eight those feelings show up readily.
Over the past three years of schooling this boy I have learned this...
1. I can't always predict the day we are going to have.
2. I can choose how I respond to the "I Don't wanna mom". If I respond with questions instead of "do this" it helps. :) If I explain WHY we need to do something today it's a huge help.
3. If I can help him make a choice to comply with my wishes, the day goes so much better and sometimes it's as simple as.. Let's do this for 10 minutes and then we'll go and do something else that you might like better. Shall we do math by doing some baking? What about math by going out and shopping? What about learning some words by hopping on them? Shall we do math with a snowball fight? Let's see what happens if we __________.
4. by taking it all to God. Seriously. If we take it all to God somehow he settles our spirits and helps us take a second breath. And by taking it all to God we are doing a VERY important thing.... we are trusting him to walk us through our time just as he wants us to. God calls for us to trust him in everything and it's so easy to forget that or to think of trust more globally... trust needs to be worked, even in the small things. :)
Anyways, my ideal day is more and more becoming a How can I trust God in the education of my son on THIS day. It doesn't always make it easier as this is something I'm just really starting to ponder on. But it will get easier.
What is YOUR ideal day like?
Today didn't quite go as planned.
I had my own agenda.
It didn't fit well with my lad's agenda, or with hubby's. I needed to adjust. The adjusting contained angst on my part and my son's part with some head shaking on my hubby's part. I don't much like days like that..... Do you????
Anyways, my plan was to quickly homeschool the basics.
We did accomplish reading kingdom, and we did read a chapter (well okay THREE chapters out of Redwall). That was good.
Then hubby said.. you're doing to clean out the old crayfish tank right? Oh... we are??? Yeah.. we are. :) Love to do that. (not really but we did it). Needed to be done but it was a LOVELY day outside... I wanted to go out and enjoy it.
So check off the old crayfish tank cleaned out. Smells much better having it done.
Then since hubby was heading out for a while (nixing my plans to tarp over the rabbitry for the winder) I thought okay... we didn't do any book work math so why don't I get the lad to help me with some practical math? That should be fun and go over well....
LEAD BALLOON. That's all I'll say. LEAD Balloon.
BUT I had a plan and I was STICKING TO IT!!! And we were all set up to go out and do it when.. Hubby dear returned. So.. let's tarp the rabbitry says he.
WHAT???? but you were going out?
Well I'm back, thought we'd get it done.
So .. my plans and my agenda got changed again. This led to angst as NOW the lad was in the mood for practical math (not book math) and well.. the change did not go over well....Apologies got said all round as sometimes things get loud when they shouldn't. That's all I can say.
BUT on a positive note.. my rabbitry is over tarped means my bunnies will be safe for the winter. Did it differently than last year which the lad frequently commented on.
Mom.. how will I sneak up on you this year?
but MOM!!! it's fun to sneak up on you.
For you lad... perhaps not for me.
BUT MOM! :)
Eight year olds are fun. :) It's fun to switch things up sometimes and this year it is just easier to just tarp the rabbit shelters and not the whole "I like to work in this area without snow" part. Bad backs necessitate change.
Anyways, the day was a bit mixed up. Change was a bit of a challenge for at least two of us in this household. BUT we survived and life is good. It really is.
Looking back over it, it worked out well. I just wished I trusted God more so that the angst doesn't need to happen. So hard to do that sometimes, to just trust that even if MY agenda doesn't immediately happen that it will still be okay. Which means no angst building up inside which means I would remain calmer for when the lad gets angst from change in plans as well. Ah....but we are a work in progress are we not?
Later on we went out for supper. Friends from church invited us over. After supper our hostess asked if we'd like to see her Christmas room... all the stuff she had set up in the hopes of selling it this Christmas season. I asked her where she was trying to sell it through and she said Kijiji. But she hadn't got one single bite. So I asked if she heard about a local group that sells on-line. Oh.. indeed not. So I offered to help her set that up, and I took pictures of tons of Christmasy things. posted them up for her this evening. Hopefully we can get some of it sold eh? :) Wouldn't that be nice for her?
Every year I put up my Christmas village. Every year the set up is different.
Now that we have a lad who likes to help me put it up, I need to accomodate him as well. This year he asked, can I put lego in it?
Sure.. why not. :)
So we have motorbikes with good guys and bad guys racing through the village. it's all in good fun and it IS fun. The girls (my figurines) scream as the motorbikes zoom past, but the dogs make them laugh. It's all good. He's a careful lad so I'm not too worried about things breaking and we DO have cats which last year broke things and I didn't get mad at them, so why would I get mad at my careful boy? Accidents may or may not happen.
This year the build was MOSTLY done by my son. We were working on it together and he patiently waited while I was called outside to do something. I got sidetracked on the way back into the house so the lad decided not to wait for me. He did a great job! I did help him tweak things a bit to discourage the cats from jumping up and wrecking things on us again.
put the advent calendar in the middle of the set up keeps Milo from jumping up and knocking down our snowboarders.
A slide show for your enjoyment. :)
Hardcover Book: Aquifer
Author: Jonathan Friesen
Length: 303 pages
Price: from $9.99
In the year 2250, a ruling class controls the entire world by controlling the only source of hydration, buried deep underground—and they also control the flow of knowledge. While the Wise Ones can monitor the Topper world above and the “Water Rat” mines below, there’s one boy they can’t watch, and he has the passion and knowledge to find a crucial prophecy and potentially change the world.
This book was a short but confusing read, I finished it in two hours on a quiet Sunday afternoon. I found that I couldn't write this review right away, I needed to let the book sort itself out in my head.
I have to admit, it was an interesting read, but it left me feeling dissatisfied. I read it wanting and needing to know what happened next and when the book was finished it was like... BUT that can't be the end? There's another book waiting here and want to know the full ending of the book. I don't know if that's a good thing or not.... I really like having a feeling of completion when finishing a book and this book didn't leave me with that.
As for the book itself, it's written in the first person. Descriptions are keen and well-written, I can see/feel what is going on in the book quite well. Characters are well-developed. Plots are well-tied together if one takes the time to follow them through. There is a spiritual component with a voice that speaks into Luca's head. The voice provides guidance for Luca even though he doesn't fully understand it. The young love aspect seemed rather unrealistic to me.
The world in which Luca lives is divided into Toppers (those that live above ground), Rats (those that live below), Amongus (those the act as the policemen of society) and the Council (those in control) and the Wishers (spiritual component). Figuring out the divisions in society is relatively easy to do. Seeing how power is sought regardless of where you live was a good point to make.
I could not write this review write after I finished reading it, I needed to let it settle in my head a bit and reread that last couple of chapters. It still left me feeling dissatisfied, like there is more to the story, but that may well have been intentional on the authors part. How can one tell where life will take you when your world has been so radically altered? You can't!
Should you read it? I don't know, I honestly don't. If you like first person fantasy books go for it! :) If you like short reads that make you ponder them a bit... go for it. But if you want a short read that is always easy to follow, this perhaps is not the book for you. :) If you like clear cut answers, not the book for you. :) But the book will make you think and that's not a bad thing eh? :)
I got this book free throughBooksneeze for my honest evaluation. I was not told it needed to be positive review, only that I would get the book and be able to tell you my thoughts on it.
Ben and Me
are doing a Blogging through the Alphabet Series. We are currently up to H and I, for the life of me, couldn't think of something to do for H. And then I thought, hold one...H .. home, homeschooling, helping, happiness, hard work...What of that can I write on?
Home.. well.. not sure I want to be that personal. :)
Happiness, health, hard work... that would take some time.
Homeschooling...that should be doable. :) I should be able to do it mostly in pictures.
There are times when homeschooling does not involve paper or book work. It's all hands on study and learn and discover and the crayfish we are caring for over the winter are all discovery and interest and learning. :)
Homeschooling is sometimes practical and hands on, and in this case, it's also helping to do a review so that others can learn too!
Math is hard and sometimes boys don't want to do what is hard, even if it's necessary. We're behind on math because it's HARD and a lad struggles with doing it, but he's getting it more and more. :) Science is just so much easier for him and me. :)
homeschooling is discovering new things and taking field trips and having a hoot. Mom, can I do it again? Do you think they can pull faster next time?
homeschooling is making friends and even learning new things with them. Today it's swimming.
homeschooling is something that currently we are doing.
It's sometimes HARD work, and sometimes it's just living life and learning as we go.
Homeschooling is mostly spending time with my boy and learning along side of him.
It is good.
I do wish I could get a picture of us reading.. as it's something we do alot of in this household...and then it comes out in play or conversation. Its a natural way for us to learn..... if only we could learn math through just reading eh? :)
These are my son's questions
1. What snakes live in Ontario?
2. Do people track where snakes have their winter burrows and if so, where are they?
3. Where do Ontario Snakes live?
4. How do they hibernate?
5. Are they all endangered?
6. Can any Ontario Snake be caught or even just caught, looked at and then released? These are the resources I will use.
this verycool PDF on Ontario Snakes
and another PDF on Ontario Snakes.
here's a site with numerous pictures of Ontario reptiles
this youtube video will fascinate my boy and give him all sorts of ideas.