Thursday, December 31, 2009
Jacquard Dye Kit Golden Yellow, Magenta, Bright Blue
100% cotton T-shirt (pre-washed)
Soda Ash-comes in the kit
3 squirt bottles
walmart bags or gallon size zip lock bags
6. Even the littlest kids can do this project with close supervision. Leah decided to help herself to the dye. If you look closely at her hands. She barely has the gloves on. I tried to help her but she wasn't happy about me butting in. She ended up doing a fairly good job.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
We started off the day by Tie Dying which has nothing to do with the Chinese New Year which will be another post. We spent this whole afternoon reading about Chinese New Year, Chinese Culture, Picking up Fireworks, and Eating Yummy Chinese Fried Rice for dinner.
Grade 2-5–Ms. Frizzle is off to Imperial China in this spin-off series in which she travels through time to bygone cultures. During a Chinese New Year's celebration, the teacher; a Chinese-American student, Wanda; Wanda's older brother Henry; and the ever-reluctant Arnold travel back in time 1000 years and arrive in a farmers' village. While there, they learn to grow rice, eat with chopsticks, and make silk. Ms. Frizzle is as curious and irrepressible as ever as she and her students travel north by barge, cart, and foot to the Great Wall and finally to the capital city. The endnotes explain which aspects of the story are historically accurate and where the author and illustrator have taken small liberties. The cartoon illustrations, done in a mix of pen and ink, watercolor, and colored pencil and gouache, continue the frenetic, zany humor of the Magic School Bus series. Small panels on each page highlight facts about Imperial China, such as items first invented in China, how to bow, and the basics of writing. Like previous books featuring Ms. Frizzle, this one is destined to find an avid audience and may spark interest in Chinese culture.–Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR
Notes: My boys are huge Magic School Bus fans, we came across this new series last year. We were so excited when we located the book at the library. I love Ms. Frizzle's new adventures books are very similar to the magic school bus books instead of a bus changing its a watch that send her back into time travel. The book does a great job talking about Chinese New Year and her travels thru ancient China.
Everyone at the dinner table enjoyed the dinner. A kid friendly and super easy dinner to make that only required one dish to get dirty. The kids really wanted to eat dinner with chop sticks but we weren't able to find any at the store next year I will plan ahead a little bit better and pick some up at the Chinese restaurant in town.
A fortune cookie is a crisp Asian American cookie usually made from flour, sugar, vanilla, and oil with a "fortune" wrapped inside. A "fortune" is a piece of paper with words of faux wisdom or a vague prophecy.
The evening ended with the kids opening up their fortune cookies. Landon pulled out his slip of paper and was confused by what it meant. The fortune stated he would succeed. He was so mad because he didn't know what that word meant...once I explained that the word succeed meant a good thing it meant he would accomplish what ever he set out to accomplish.
Leah really struggled to get her fortune cookie to open up. As you can see she had to really work at it. Her fortune said that she would make a name for her self but I wasn't surprised. Leah always makes a huge impression on people. I'm not sure it's aways in a good way.
I ended up learning just as much as the kids about the Chinese New Year...Look'n to do something different with the kids. Pick a culture, grab some books, and make some ethic food. Turns into a fun learning experience and the kids don't even realize you're trying to teach them something.
p.s. the boys decided at the last moment that they want to make their own great wall of china out of paper. If they decided to make it...I will post pictures later.
Also, when Logan gets older he wants to travel to China to see the great wall.
We will be setting off the fireworks on New Years Eve!
As you all know the boys are obessed with Genisis World Records. Logan is constantly asking what he can do to break a world record. The boys decided it would be fun to go outside make their own biggest snow balls.
Here's Logan's attempt...also Landon made a square snow ball using my kitchen knife which he didn't ask for promission to use. No wonder my silverware keeps disappearing.
Well, you know Landon has to be the best of everyone. He made this really big snowball. I'm so proud of him. Look at his eyes...talk about being proud of himself. The little guy is so amazing. I'm not just saying that becuase I'm his mom. My guy is so AWESOME and so is Logan.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
From first to last!
I’m sleeping with
This book in bed,
I decided it was time to challenge Landon to the next step towards becoming an independent reader. I told him he could earn points he could use towards playing on daddy's Wii. He decided right way to take on the challenge.
His very first chapter book called "Night of the Ninjas" from the Magic Tree House book series by Mary Pope Osborne. He read the whole thing in less than two days. He also read the whole book from front to back without any help. He told me that when he came across a word he didn't know he would just sound it out.
I'm so proud of my little guy. This is a huge step. Every day he is growing more and more independent. As soon as he was done reading this book he picked up the next book in the series called "Dinosaures Before Dark." I love that fact he loves books and he loves to read.
I came across this book called Frozen Noses by Jan Carr at the library. Leah felled right in love with this book. I could barely get it out of her hands. We started off the activity by reading this fun book about a couple of kids playing outside in the snow.
We ended up getting snow for the first time ever on Christmas Eve...we still have some snow left outside. I decided it would be fun to bring some inside. I asked the kids all kids of questions on how snow is made, where it comes from, what it tastes like and the kids made little snowman out of the snow.
After playing around with the snow...we read "Frozen Noses" by Jan Carr. Super cute prefect for younger kids.
Half way thru the book we came across this page where the children discover a snowman with coal eyes and carrot for a nose. Once we finished the book we moved on to make our Faux Snow. The thing about this project it's good for all ages. It's about science, fine motor skills, and just plain fun.
You will need:
*1 bar of Ivory soap
*1 roll of toilet paper
*a cheese grater
*a baking dish or foil roasting pan
*a medium sized bowl or container
*large measuring cup with warm water
*craft bits like pipe cleaners, felt, glitter, etc. optional
The first step in the project is to take a bar of soap must be Ivory and grate the soap up.
The next step is to take a roll of toilet paper and tear it up into little pieces...another fine motor skill and any age over 3 can easily do this part. Now, you don't need to tear up a whole roll of t.p.
Monday, December 28, 2009
READ ALOUD TIME
At the library today...I came across Beverly Cleary book section. I remember that we had read the first two books in the Ralph series about two years ago. I'm not sure why we didn't finish the series but I decided it would be fun to read in the evening with the kids.
Ralph S. Mouse ends up going to School in this final book. Now, I'm not going to lie doing read aloud with all three kids is hard. Landon loves to be read to and will sit by myself listening to each and every word fully immersed in the book. Logan...well...you know Logan. The Logan will wonder around but he is listening. He really likes to look at the pictures. Leah enjoys it but she likes to cause trouble. She always wants to sit on my lap and hog the book which usually leads to lots of fighting with her brothers over the book. It's not easy but I know for the fact the kids will benefit from regular read aloud session.
Independent Reading Time
Proof that reading aloud to your children will turn them into good readers and help them develop a passion for books. Yes, if you can see from this book. Landon can read a book all by himself. He decided to sit by the fire and read his chapter book. Yes, he just started to read his first ever chapter book tonight. He has read all eight chapters with zero help from me. Okay...reading and looking at books is another thing the kids like to do in the evening.
Free Play Time
Leah decided to pull out her new Melissa and Doug Cookie set. I love their all wood products. Leah and Logan are really good about pretend play. The kids decided to start up their own cookie shop.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Turn dough onto lightly floured board, knead until smooth, roll into a oblong shape, spread with soft butter, sprinkle with mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon. Fold dough in half (press edges together) and cut into 1 inch wide strips. Hold strips at both ends and twist in opposite directions and place on greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until double. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake until light brown, 12-15 minutes.While warm, frost with icing made from the remaining sour cream and powdered sugar (add powdered sugar to sour cream until right consistency)
First tip: I used to kill the yeast every single time I would make this recipe. Not anymore. If I like to get my water straight from the tap. I just turn on the water on the hot side and get it as hot as possible. I put 1/4 cup of water in the mixing bowl and add the yeast. I set the timer for five minutes to make sure the yeast proofs.
Second tip: Also, when mixing the dry ingredients into the wet. I found the dough to be really dry. I just add a couple of teaspoons of warm water to help mix of the dough better using my dough hook on my kitchen Aide Mixer.
Third tip: When it comes to cutting out the strips. I just use my pizza cutter....easy!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Building memories with the kids...This is the three year building a gingerbread house together.