Thursday, April 2, 2009

This week was sponsored by the letter H

house hunting and hands on learning!


To make up for the fact that we had to spend many hours in the car, most afternoons and evenings this last week, driving from viewing to viewing- I made sure we hit the ground running each and every morning with whatever the girls wanted to get done before we left. They took complete advantage of the opportunity. Here are just a few of the activities we did (to hear more about the fun stuff we do as it happens, follow me on twitter), they're all I managed to capture on film...






Science is messy. Messy is fun!







Making puzzles- one of the many numbers & shapes activities we did...



This last activity was a gift! We received junk mail an ad packet for a learning program that came with this passport and numerous country "stamps" for it.


We decided Mackenna would be "customs" - stamping Shaye's passport when Shaye could show her the country on the globe and tell her one interesting fact about that country. Lots of fun- lots of learning; it's how we stumbled upon the Learn the Greek alphabet in less than 10 minutes video!


We also spent as many stolen moments outside running around as we could. Since this week looks to be much of the same routine, I'm glad the girls enjoyed it.



16 comments:

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

How fun! Isn't homeschooling great?
~Kim

Shona Leah said...

Look at all of that fun learning! Love the passport customs idea and how the girls are so helpful with eachother :0)

Tammy said...

Love the puzzles you made! We need to give that a try.

Holly said...

Fun stuff! I was never the greatest about getting to the fun stuff when we were homeschooling.

Tan Family said...

I love all of your ideas! :)

Kitty Scraps said...

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! You have your hands full don't you? Four daughters, homeschooling, home caring, and you're a blogger...Wow, one busy lady! Have a wonderfully blessed weekend, I'm sure you deserve the rest! *smiles*

gina said...

Thanks Kitty Scraps for the thought- but there will be no rest for me this weekend- we head out a 1 pm today to look at 8 more houses. :) It's a labor of love though- can't wait to find our family's next home.

And to everyone who liked the ideas- I can't recommend the Girl Scout Brownie Try It & Handbook enough. Shaye signed up as an individual (Juliette) but you don't even have to do that to buy the books. 22.00 And OVERFLOWING with hundreds of thought provoking, interesting, hands on, get down and dirty and DO activites- along with some activites that have the girls reading and researching! The instructions are simple enough for the girls to read and follow mostly by themselves- right now, they are stretching, throwing, catching, and kicking with beanbags, balloons, and each other to earn the GirlSports Try IT as I type this. :) Most activities use what I already have on hand and the few things I have had to grab are used in lots of activites (balloons, etc) so you get your few dollars worth!

Plus the whole Brownie Try It program covers a large amount of 1,2,and 3 grade curriculums- great for relaxed or eclectic homeschoolers, or any homeschoolers looking to supplement a curriculum with hands on stuff- or those unschoolers like me who struggle with deschooling and like to check up on themselves every now and again. ;)

Susan said...

I love the passport and geography fun! I've been thinking about starting a "Country Club" with a few families where we pick a country and all learn some things to share and cook some food. Passports would be a great way to remember each country we "visited".

All the science looks fab. My daughters loved the Brownie Try It book, too.

Jen said...

Cool! Look like your having a lot of fun learning in your home! Thanks for visiting Creative and Curious Kids!

Jen
http://raisingcreativeandcuriouskids.blogspot.com

Cheryl said...

The puzzles look great! I love the flexibility homeschooling affords us.

Nekey said...

What a fun week! I love all the hands on things you did.. we got that same passport book! :-)

Kris said...

Okay, now I'm pretty jealous that you and Nekey got that same passport book. That is really cool and I *love* the way your girls decided to play with it. If the passport shows up in our mailbox, I'm totally stealing that idea.

Love the pictures!

Amy @ Finer Things said...

I love it when learning and having fun are one in the same! Thanks for stopping by the Finer Things Friday carnival ;-)

Calina said...

What a fun week!

I use the Brownie girl scout handbook in my homeschool, too. My daughter loves to earn badges (for schoolwork).

Catherine said...

Looks like ya'll had a great week! I especially loved the puzzles.

Jules said...

Great ideas! I wish I were half as creative! :)

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