Friday, August 30, 2013

Welcome Back to School!

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I know, I know, I know! We've been AWOL for awhile. SORRY! We've had a lot going on. For the last year and a half we have been working on buying a new house and it seems like all of a sudden it went into high gear. We closed on Aug. 2nd and ended up running into problems with the contractors, movers and the guy we hired to install our heat and air unit. It was a big stressful mess that I am so glad is behind us now so we can focus on getting back to school.

We've officially completed our first week Back to School. We started the week out by taking some pictures of the girls on Monday. At one point I thought I wouldn't be able to get Yang back inside because she was so intrigued by the leaves falling from the trees out back, but once I told her that we would FINALLY be doing our dino unit study she ran right in!

I picked up these herbivorous and carnivorous (not pictured) dinosaur posters at Dollar Tree last school year, along with the dinosaur hats and blue dinosaur cutouts. Sunday night Yang wrote "Our Herd" on the top dinosaur and then each family members name on the other dinosaurs and taped them to the wall.

Once we got back inside from pictures, Yang changed into something more comfortable, she insisted in dressing up for her pictures, and then we hit the books.

On our blue dinosaur cutouts we've been writing the dinosaurs name and the pronunciation on the front, and their class, period, length and if they were a herbivore, carnivore or omnivore on the back. We will staple them together once we are done with our unit study to make a book.

For our craft we did the Grow Your Own Crystal Dino from the Dollar Bin at Wal-Mart and let's just say sometimes you get what you paid for. Crystals had begun to form in the pouch. One long solid one and a few little clusters so I was hopefully but unfortunately no real crystals grew on our dino.

We will be continuing our dino unit next week with a dino dig, cooking fun, Magic Tree House and more - so be sure to come on back and check it out.

Owlet was suppose to be doing a test, but when I went to check on her I found out she had a helper, despite very strict instructions to working independently. Brutus even looks like he has been caught red-pawed.

With the assistance of Little Passports World Edition we've also been studying South Africa. We've learned that there is a country inside of a country in South Africa called Lesotho. With Little Passports each month you get a boarding pass to go online to learn more and play games. We got to go on a virtual safari and take pictures of the "Big Five", which consists of lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhino, and elephants. We did an activity were we had to find out which of the "Big Five" had cubs and which had calves.

Here are two books we read so far to further our learning experience of South Africa.


Here's to another of year of learning, fun and fun learning! 

We took a trip to the library in our new town and found this guy illegally parked. Some people!