Friday, October 30, 2009

"But What About P.E ??"

I've heard this question twice this week... so I'm going to clear some things up. My boys don't miss out on physical education. We've been learning about health, and will continue to do so. And as for the "physical" part, RW does many things. He's been going to Tae Kwon Do a couple times a week now (also a + on the socializing scale *wink*). Not only that, but I've been having him use my Wii Fit. That's right.. I said that I've been letting him play my video game. The thing is, Wii Fit is an ACTIVE game.. you have to actually move in order to play. Check it out:

RW getting ready to hit soccer balls with his head

Being told to dodge everything that isn't a soccer ball

Starting the Hoola Hoop game

Hoola Hooping is actually a GREAT work out

Choosing what to do next


Gotta lean to make the man move!

Making sure his feet are on the board

Doing Push Ups

There are actually quite a bit of things on there for him to do. So, when it's raining out, and a day that he doesn't have Tae Kwon Do, this is how he gets his "gym" time into the school day. :) We also have Wii Sports, but it has a scratch, other wise he'd be playing that one too (baseball, boxing, tennis.. also all GREAT work outs!)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Tale of One City

RW has been doing a Social Studies lesson on Cities. The final lesson was that he had to go to the city HE lived in and find out some information. He found out that Tupelo is known as the birth place of Elvis Presley. He also found out that lots of indians use to be in the area (which is great, because that's our next Social Studies lesson! Stay Tuned!). He learned that it was founded in 1870. Learned more about Elvis... lol.. anyway.. here are some pictures

Not knowing much about Tupelo, we headed to the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The receptionist gave us some pamphlets when we told her why we were there. We would have liked to talk to someone, since we are still pretty new to the town and really know NOTHING about it, but I guess they didn't have time for us. :( Oh well, RW was a sport and used what she gave us.

RW's paper of questions and answers. He found some info in the pamphlets, but went online and found more.

Another pic of RW standing outside the building

RW next to one of the signs outside of the building. It, of course, talks about Elvis.

Another sign outside of the building

The other side of the sign

Monday, October 19, 2009

Tae Kwon Do Action!

RW got to try out Tae Kwon Do, and he loves it. It's a great way to get moving, and we are hoping to sign him up for it on Thursday. An awesome way to get physical education in we say! They not only move and are physical, but they learn the "commandments" of modern Tae Kwon Do. These are:

Loyalty to your country
Respect your parents
Faithfulness to your spouse
Respect your brothers and sisters
Loyalty your friends
Respect your elders
Respect your teachers
Never take life unjustly
Indomitable spirit
Loyalty to your school
Finish what you begin

These are all such great things that we believe more people in our society need to learn!
Here are some pictures.. they are a little fuzzy because they were taken with my phone, and of course, They are moving! LOL (We hope to get IC into a class when he turns 5)

RW listening to the Master

Master showing and explaining something to RW

RW throwing a punch out.

I was soooo proud of him! He did great, had fun and can't wait to go back on Thursday. :)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Reading, Reading The Time Away

I am so proud of RW! He is becoming such a great reader, and he LOVES to read. He is constantly reading.. everything from boxes, to signs to now: Chapter books. That's right. He's reading chapter books! And so now I'm looking at our "Library" of kids books and realizing that they are all picture baby books.. and I'm freaking out! Books are SO expensive, where and how do I get books that are interesting to him, and cheaply?? LOL.. there is a saying that says "They will eat you out of house and home". Well, in THIS house, the saying is "He'll read us out of house and home"! :D But that's alright, I say READ ON!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Science is a Gas!

Today's science lesson involved trapping a gas. It's a lot easier then it sounds. (and no, no farts were involved)

Here is what we started with...

a plastic baggy, a rubber band, a plastic cup, some baking soda and some vinegar.

Pouring the baking soda into the cup

It's a solid!

getting ready to pour the vinegar

Look! It's a liquid!

It started bubbling, and look what happened!

The baggy filled up with gas! A solid and a liquid, made a gas!
The boys liked this, because of all the bubbles it made, and how it filled the baggy up with "air" (which was later explained to be gas)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Lesson Plans for The Week

This week we are working on a lot of different stuff.

Language Skills : Nouns & Subjects. We've learned Nouns, we've learned Subjects. Now we are putting them together.

Spelling: job, pop, box, rock, got, sock, cob, lot, fox, hop. The phonics skills of short o vowels, the ck sound and the letter x.

Reading: "Frog and Toad are friends" by Arnold Lobel. We will be reading the different chapters and discussing different points in the stories. We will review the short vowel sounds and rules.

Math: Missing Subtrahends and Minuends. 9-5=4 9 -__ = 4 / __ - 5 = 4

Science: Observing Solids, Liquids and Gasses. Different experiments on different days to observe.

Social Studies: Cities. We will be doing research on the city that we live in, we will also read "City Seen From A to Z" by Rachel Isadora.

Bible: We will be looking at the life of Moses.

As an extra bonus, RW has taken it upon himself to read a chapter book that is usually for kids in grades 4 or 5. His Gramy (my step-mom) sent him a box of books and he's picked out a Goosebumps book titled "Say Cheese and Die" to read. So far he is doing awesome. He started it yesterday and is on chapter 2 already. He only had to ask me once what a word meant. :)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Trip To Tupelo Auto Museum!

We took the boys to the Tupelo Auto Museum. RW loved looking at the old cars, and listening to the speaker talk about the different cars. We learned about how people got around a long time ago, and how some people didn't even have cars!

Standing in front of a "Really Old Car!"

They liked this car a lot

They called this car, the "rocket car". They also wanted to know if it would fly.. LOL!

The "Really Really Cool Car" was a hit.. even dad liked it.

RW in front of a car from a movie. He liked the big wheels.
All in all, it was a fun time. :) The boys learned about cars, and we had a nice outting.