Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bouncing Around With Boggle

Tuesday Jonah had strep throat...again, so I did my best to keep him and Carson entertained. After a morning of visiting the library (bet you can't guess what kind of books Carson chose), grocery shopping, and a bike ride, we decided we needed to do a little schoolwork. So, we headed out to the front yard and got out the chalk.

Jonah and Carson love to watch Family Game Night and I admit that I've even gotten into it a little. Even though it is cheesy at times, the games they play can be educational, and it is cute to listen to the boys cheer for their favorite team.

We drew a grid and put a letter in each box. Then we played "Boggle" like they do on Family Game Night. We would find a word we could spell, say the word, hop on the letters to spell the word, and then say the word again. We decided to compete with each other, and Carson even joined in, spelling words such as "in, of, and cat." I made sure to put some letters together so that he would find the words easily. We kept the score with tallies, so we even snuck a little bit of math in there. Jonah really enjoyed this game and I think Carson got a lot out of it too.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Getting Ready for Earth Day

We met with our learning group today to learn more about how we can better take care of the Earth in honor of Earth Day at the end of this month. We read "Earth Day Puppy," by Elizabeth Van Houten, and brainstormed ways we can keep the Earth clean and conserve valuable resources. Then we went for a walk in our neighborhood and picked up trash. It was an especially good week to pick up trash because we had a big storm at the beginning of the week that blew trash and recycling all over the street. After the walk, the kids sorted what we picked up into the trash can and recycling bins. I couldn't help feeling proud of our boys as they raced around, yelling, "I found garbage!!!" It was great to see them so enthusiastic about cleaning up their neighborhood. We walked for almost thirty minutes and never heard one complaint about being tired. Our boys are such troopers. It was fun to be able to teach the boys a valuable life lesson, and I look forward to seeing them conserving water, recycling, and picking up litter on their own.

Our learning group is comprised of me, Carson and Jonah; my good friend, Stacie, and her boys, Caleb and Jalen. We started this group in the fall of 2010, when we decided we wanted to challenge our kids to learn more through cooperative groups and hands on learning projects.