Monthly Archives: December 2011

Christmas Book Advent- Week Two

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We did this one at the table and enjoyed hot chocolate and peppermint ice cream while Josh read. This is a great book, but it’s LONG. It took us 45 minutes to get through it all. Probably not for little ones or kids with short attention spans.
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The Christmas Tree Ship (Jeanette Winter). This is definitely one of our favorites. Great story! Not too short, not too long.
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This is probably the best version of the Christmas story I’ve read yet.
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This one is also probably on the top of my list of the best books we’ve read. What a great story!
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The kids enjoyed candy canes while listening.
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This is my absolute favorite one yet.
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This one is an old favorite. It’s the only book the kids were already familiar with. We read it last year and enjoyed it a lot.
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We ended up changing our day 18 book at the last minute. Josh remembered a book he loved from his childhood that he really wanted to include. It’s called All is Well by Frank Peretti. We got an old copy through the mail, which unfortunately came with a very damaged cover, so it’s hard to tell what it is.
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Near the end Josh got choked up by the story and I had to finish reading it for him. I love my sweet husband!
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This is an excellent one too. Elliot particularly enjoyed it and flipped through it on his own for quite a while after we finished reading it together.
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There sure are a lot of great books underneath that tree!
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Christmas Book Advent- Week One

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We decorated the tree after reading Mr. Willoby’s Christmas Tree.
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We opened our new nativity set.
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After reading about Saint Nicholas leaving money in the shoes of some young women who needed a dowry to get married, the kids went to take a peek into their stockings and found some chocolate coins I had hidden in there.
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Elliot took his turn reading a book to us.
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The kids have enjoyed admiring the tree with it’s ever increasing number of unwrapped books underneath.
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More Science for Owl Moon

There’s been a lot of extra science to cover for this book, so we’ve been squeezing in a few more books and projects when we can. Today we learned about the Great Horned Owl. We read some books we got from the library and found some interesting (and slightly creepy) videos about them on YouTube and Elliot did a project for his notebook. Then when it was time for Elliot to read from his nature reader, guess what we discovered he was going to read about! Owls! I didn’t plan that, nor had I even known that was coming up. We love when these kinds of coincidences happen, and they seem to happen to us all the time!

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Art for Owl Moon

For science we learned about what causes shadows and for art we took notice of all the shadows the artist included in the illustrations of this book. We also discussed how since the story takes place during the night of a full moon, it would have had to been the light of the moon causing the shadows and not the sunlight. Then Elliot made his own drawing in which he attempted to give things shadows.

Here’s an example of one of the pages with several shadows in the illustration.
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Elliot thought it would be a good idea to actually show how the light of the sun was stretching all the way to the objects in his picture, creating a shadow on the other side of them.
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We also added Owl Moon to our Caldecott winner list.
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Language Arts for Owl Moon

Today we learned that a hyperbole is a statement of exaggeration to convey a point. In our book, the author talks about staring at the owl for “one minute….three minutes…maybe even a hundred minutes.” Though we know that it definitely wasn’t that long, we understand that the staring went on for what seemed like a very long time. We were actually able to think back to a few examples of hyperbole from Three Names as well.

We came up with a few of our own examples of hyperbole.
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We also added “hyperbole” to our Choices a Writer can Make to Add Interest page.
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‘N’ is for Nap and Numbers

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The kids are sharing Owl at Night as a book basket book since it works for both of them.
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Finishing Up the Letter ‘M’

Caroline did her own moon craft for the letter ‘M’.
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Monkeys
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Log Cabin Village Field Trip

Today we went on a field trip to Log Cabin Village with our local homeschool group. We had a lot of fun, learned some interesting things, and the kids were very excited to hear and see things they have become familiar with that we’ve heard in our read-aloud, Little House on the Prairie.

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Science for Owl Moon

We’ll be doing a lot of science for this book, so today was just part one. We learned all about the moon today and how it appears to change shape as it orbits around the earth. We learned the names of the different phases. We were especially interested to learn that what we’ve been calling a “half moon” for quite a while is actually called a “quarter moon”. This is because we only ever seen one half of the moon, and a half of a half is a quarter! We also learned that when the moon appears to be getting bigger and getting closer to becoming a full moon, it’s called a “waxing moon” . When it is getting closer to being a new moon, it’s called a “waning moon”. We even found a neat calendar online that shows us what the moon will look like at any given time. We discovered that there will be a new moon on Christmas eve, so it’s going to be an extra dark night.

We made a poster of the different phases of the moon.
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We did a really fun experiment shown in one of our library books. You stick something round on a pen/pencil, such as an orange (a lemon was all we had). Then you take your flashlight to a dark place. You’re head is the earth, the lemon is the moon (marked with an “x” that always faces earth, since the same side is always facing earth) and the flashlight is the sun. As you change positions, you see light on different areas of the moon.
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Here we were seeing the new moon. From where Elliot was standing, he was not seeing any light reflecting off his moon.
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As he turned, he began to see a small amount of light reflecting on the very side of his lemon (although it’s hard to tell in the picture because of the flash of my camera).
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A full moon!
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We also made shadows on the wall, since we are learning about that as well and it ties in very well to what we’ve learned about the moon. When the sun is shining on an object, it cannot pass through the object so on the other side, it creates a shadow.
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Then after lunch we made the phases of the moon with Newman’s O’s (Organic Oreos basically…Yes, there is such a thing and it makes me feel just slightly better about buying them every once in a while.)
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