Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Today she completed Test 1: Vocabulary and Test 2: Comprehension.
There are six tests in all.
The test results will be sent to us in the mail. We'll then send the results to the superintendent with our subsequent homeshool intent letter, and put a copy in Georgia's portfolio.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The girls loved it and had a great time. I wasn't sure how Olivia would take to it at first, since her class was first and she wouldn't be able to see Georgia do it first. (Sometimes that gives her confidence.) But she was excited. She met her coach, which was female, and I am sure that helped. Georgia had the same coach for her class. The kids all seemed to enjoy themselves, with the exception of one little girl in Olivia's class who was crying and didn't want to join the rest of the kids. I looked at Mark and we were both thinking the same thing.....thank goodness Olivia did not react like that....because she very well could have. (Swimming lessons come to mind.)
We took some pictures and a couple quick videos. I still have not mastered taking pictures at the YMCA. Their lighting is horrible for pictures, plus with the kids moving around so fast the pictures are usually blurs. But I keep trying....
Olivia's class, she's in there somewhere
That blur below is Olivia, the arrow is pointing to her.
(I'm surprised more kids didn't run into each other!)
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Afterwards, they went into the Nature Center and dug in the archaeology table, checked out things under a microscope, looked at the animals, and out the birding window.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Their websites are very informative and fun, as well. The kids love to play games, watch videos, and learn new things at their kids' site: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Yes, we are members of National Geographic. Perhaps the title of this post should be changed to National Geographic Lovers!!
And at http://parents.askacop.org/frostbite.html they learned about frostbite.
We also printed out a booklet that included some interesting facts. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/owlie-winter.pdf
In the above mentioned booklet, we learned that:
In the Antarctic, there is a 30-30-30 rule. When the temperature is 30 below, and the wind is 30 miles per hour, a person can live only 30 minutes outside.
We also learned what windchill means and how it is calculated.
The lowest temperature in the United States was -79.8*F at Prospect Creek Camp in the Endicott Mountains of northern Alaska on January 23, 1971.
- Aside from Alaska, the coldest temperature was -69.7*F in Rogers Pass, Montana, on January 20, 1954.
- One storm from February 13-19, 1959, dumped 189 inches of snow at Mt. Shasta Ski Bowl, California.
- The greatest snowfall in 24 hours in the United States was at Silver Lake, Colorado, on April 14-15, 1921, 75.8 inches.
- The most snow in the U.S. in one month--390 inches (32.5 feet) fell at Tamarack, California, in January 1911.
- In the winter of 1971-72, 93.5 feet (1,122 inches) of snow fell at the Rainier Paradise Ranger Station in the state of Washington.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Not sticky enough yet for snowmen, but we'll take it!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
We could almost watch it grow! It was amazing how fast the garlic sprouted. In the morning it was starting to show some green...and by bedtime it was markedly taller. The picture above was taken just one day after planting!
And here's what it looks like on day three...
We've been keeping our eyes open and have identified, counted, and written down the birds we have seen. Mark has reported them for us, and using the GPS, he can also note exactly where they were.
We first had fun in a wind tunnel. The girls both put on some "wings" and felt the difference in the wind's effect by moving into different postitions.
We also made some paper airplanes. We tried a few different designs.
Then the girls tested their design using wind to see how the plane reacted. Then they could change their design if needed. They could also see what a difference little changes in the design had on the performance of their planes.
This was an ongoing theme throughout the exhibit. Engineers use models to try different designs and make adjustments because it is a lot cheaper to make model airplanes, for example, than it is to make actual airplanes! And they learned that just because something doesn't work the first time, they shouldn't give up. Small changes can have a dramatic effect on performance.
Next, the girls experimented with boat designs. They got to put together a boat for speed efficiency. The kids raced each other to see who made the speediest boat! The boats were pulled by a string and motor. The one that was designed to cut through the water the best, with the least resistance, won.
There were a lot of other stations in the exhibit. Some dealt with gears and pulleys, or working with a crane. There was another that involved designing buildings to withstand earthquakes. There was also one for arch-building. We didn't have time to try them all on this trip. But this exhibit is there until May 14th, and we will definitely be back to have some more fun with it!
While we were there, we were lucky enough to check out the huge telescope upstairs. It was focused on the sun! They used a special filter so that we were able to look at the sun without hurting our eyes!
And, of course before leaving, the girls worked in the Animal Hospital!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
By Rachel Tennenbaum
Imagine waking up on a Monday and driving up to Berkeley to check out a new art gallery opening. That night you play some video games and crack open a book before hitting the hay. Think this sounds like a day off for a college student? It’s actually the school day of a 9-year-old. No, it’s not a fantasy Ferris Bueller-style: It’s a daily reality for thousands of young learners who call themselves “unschoolers.”
rest of the article here: http://www.cityonahillpress.com/article.php?id=1037
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
You can try it here http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/resources/game/BlastOff_Game.html
We also play a fun game where we spin a spinner which will land on one of six types of exercise. You could also use a die and assign each exercise a number 1 through 6. After landing on a type of exercise we would do it for one minute, and then we would spin again. The girls LOVE this. We plan on making up some new moves to try something different. We've done running in place, jumping jacks, kicking, leap frog, etc.
The girls had gymnastics class tonight. Next session they will continue gymnastics, but also try indoor soccer. Should be fun. Georgia has participated in spring and fall soccer with the city's recreation department and she loves it. Olivia was never old enough to participate, but she helped out and liked to practice on the sidelines. She loves soccer, too.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
The girls love animals! They love reading about them, watching documentaries about them, visiting them, and playing with them. They have quite a collection of wild animal toys. Olivia knows which ones are from Africa, and what habitat most of them live in, such as rain forest or desert.
The girls wanted me to take a video of them playing the other day. Here it is....
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
The girls received the Zoo Tycoon (http://zootycoon.com/default.htm) expansion packs for Extinct Animals and Marine Mania for Christmas. They have been having fun making their zoos with more options.
The Marine Mania has twenty new animals, including the Manta Ray, West Indian Manatee, Sea Otter, and Rockhopper Penguin. The girls can also train animals, like the orca or bottlenose dolphin, to perform tricks. In this game the girls have to learn about tanks and filters, and how to keep them clean. And as in all the Zoo Tycoon games, the girls learn about the species, their habits, diet, and general care. They work on a budget and have to hire maintenence workers, or their zoo gets overrun with trash, and also zoo keepers, or their animals do not get groomed and fed. The game also has enrichment items for each animal. When we went to the National Zoo last May the girls were pointing out the animals toys and saying, "Hey, look what they have for animal enrichment!"
Zoo Tycoon (Microsoft) also donates part of their proceeds to the World Wildlife Fund. http://www.worldwildlife.org/