Friday, January 25, 2008

Three Weeks into January

This week we finished off Tiptoes Lightly by Reg Down. I just have to say that book is an absolute delight and the first of four. At bedtime we have also been reading about the adventures of American Girl Felicity. We just finished up Meet Felicity and my oldest cried for the longest time at the end of the story.

During school time, my oldest told us it was cold but sunny most days.

Math:
We explored the numbers 10, 8, 9 and 7. And found out that 7 is a prime number. My oldest continued to work on place value in Singapore 3a. She even remembered what I taught her about the crocodile always being so hungry and only wanting to eat the biggest number. My youngest learned about place value and circled groups of ten to make numbers in their teens.

Language Arts:
We learned about all the sounds that "ou" makes and how "oo" makes us want to "cook good food." My oldest also finished illustrating and copying the sentences that she had made for her version of the Town and Country Mouse by Aesop. McCall-Harby was on Thursday and we did ok but there has been tons of restless energy around here.

Latin:
We are three weeks into Minimus doing one chapter per month. My oldest was using Latin correctly in her play having her tiny bunnies ask "Who is that?" and answer correctly for different family members. Yeah!!

Handcrafts:
Needle felting was the focus this week. My oldest loved it and made lots of little blankets for the stuffed animals. We found that you can use felt from the store or an old wool sweater that was washed and dried on hot as your felt. Then we used wool roving to make designs but you can cut off the designs from a sweater as well to felt it down. It is a nice hobby but you do need to have several needles (they break very easily) and a needle felting form/brush thingy on hand.

You can also make the felt yourself by layering wool roving. We've made a ball and a flower by taking the wool and rolling it into the shape we want. Then you fill a sink with hot water and dish soap and keep your fingers rubbing the wool until it doesn't move. Then rinse it and let it dry overnight or longer.

A nice site with ideas on how to felt is http://gfwsheep.com/catpage/catalog.html At the bottom of the page there is a list of links under the heading making things with wool. Have fun.

5 comments:

Tammy said...

Did you know American Girls has made quite a few movies? My daughter has Felicity, Samantha, and Molly. I bet there are others as well. We bought ours at Walmart during various Decembers, but I bet the American Girls website has them for sale.
Tammy

CloseAcademy said...

Yes, we've checked out a couple of them from our library. Thanks for stopping by.

Lorna said...

I would love to try needle felting with our two. Do you have any photos of your creations. It sounds like you had a wonderful week.

CloseAcademy said...

I'll try to get some pictures up in the next few days of our needle-felted blankets for the Webkinz.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dawne said...

cook good food...thanks for the great tip! :-)

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