Cultivating Knowledge in Mommy's Garden

Following the adventures of two little girls and their mommy, as they learn and create together!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Geography Book and Decorating for the Program

 I've been struggling with what to do with all our postcards that we have received through our Postcrossing adventure.  Finally, we sorted all the cards by continent, and then by country, then alphabetized them and put them in a scrapbook.  Before we placed them, we photocopied the backs of them so we wouldn't lose the writing on them by being one-sided.  We put the written words along side the postcard, and now can read each card as we flip through the book.  We have received 72 cards from 25 different countries.  We cut apart an atlas that wasn't quite up to date for studying, and put maps of each of the continents before each section.  We may add maps of the individual countries as we expand in the future, but for now, this works for us! 

In getting ready for our Thanksgiving Program, we needed a cover for our teepee, and took an old white sheet with a whole in it, and dyed it tan using strong black tea. 

 We also made some pumpkin and gourd decorations to hang from the ceiling above where the program is going to take place.


 The first frost of the year... The dahlias look very Halloween like!
The frost sure looked pretty on some of the flowers that are remaining.  Pink Verbena!

 Purple Petunias and Cilantro.
Dogwood tree and leaf.
 Echinacea and Bugleweed.
"Why does it show my footprints?"             "I'm staying inside!"

More Leaf Fun

 Coloring our Halloween placemats and a couple days worth of perler beads. 

ABC Dot-to-Dots
Buckeye leaf pages.
Chestnut leaf page.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Fun Schoolwork

 We saw this cute math game on Pinterest and just had to try it!  What fun to do our math facts.
 We did all sums up to 10.
Ash for our leaf study.
We made homemade cranberry sauce for the first time!  Yum!

Sunday Lessons and Homemade Playdoh

We made pumpkin spice playdoh, and it was so fun and easy!  We are definitely going to do this again!  
 In working with our fall unit, we colored life cycle of a pumpkin books and posters.

Story retell of our trip to the tree park.

  The girls worked on coloring their farm books.

Leaf Study and Book Writing

 Selena practiced reading her "On the Farm," book.  She was able to read most of the words all by herself!

 We worked on getting our tree journal book caught up to date with our worksheets and pictures!
 Sweetgum by Selena                     Sweetgum by Mommy

 Oak by Selena and Abby wrote her name!

 Story retell of our trip to the dentist yesterday. 
 Story retell of our trip to the pumpkin patch.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Zucchini Bread!

We had a couple zucchini left over from the garden, so we decided to make some zucchini bread. Note to self... Always check to make sure you have all the ingredients BEFORE beginning to bake! I thought that one of the white bags in the pantry was flour, but they were both sugar... so we ended up using whole wheat flour.

The bread turned out fine, although it was a little dry. I'm not going to worry too much about it though, because the girls have been eating it up! Two loaves already gone, and we will definitely make more. In fact, I caught Abby feeding some to the bunnies, which is really cute, since she knows they like zucchini, but also not good!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Leaf - Tree Study 1

Our first day of our leaf and tree unit study was Tuesday, October 18th.  It was a beautiful day to go to the Finch Arboretum and examine all the pretty leaves and trees!

 Selena ~ It looks like the tree is wearing a skirt!

Selena ~ I'd like to live in here!



 And finishing the day with shucking corn  :)