Sunday, October 31, 2010

DIY Library Stage 1

It started with a corner of our basement that was filled with "one-day-I-will-find-a-place-for-this" stuff.  I have always dreamed of having a house with a library--but have never had a "having-a-library" type house.  We have a very 1982 home...everything that was cool in 1982 was put into our home--not all bad {mamouth closets :)}  But we have tons of light honey wood-light honey paneling, baseboards, steps, and doors.  And so in this corner that I wanted to use for my library had lots of these light honey wooden affects.  Plus I have a matching hopechest that my dad made...and I needed to leave it in this space as well.  My dear friend was getting rid of a dark wood shelf and I had an extra whitish wood shelf---but to use all of that was going to be a disaster!  So I painted the shelves black to make them more "matchy" and to break up all of the wood.  The red rug was one once used in the boys room.  So in total I now have $18 vested in my new library--the black paint!
For stage two of the library I am looking for a comfy black chair, some Mark Hambys Rare reproduced Lamplighter books, a black coushion for the hopechest and maybe another shelf for the other wall.

This area is being used for the kids reading area and their books.

This week I am linking up to these blog parties:

The DIY Show Off

Friday, October 29, 2010

Best Moments

the good life is eating Mickey Mouse pancakes

For lunch

Just because your mommy loves you ;)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Field Trip: St.Louis Science Center

Building arches...out of foam blocks

...pillow blocks

Sky walk across the interstate.  Looking down on the cars.

using radar to see how fast the cars are going

binochlars to see ahead

checking out the planet Mars

walking down the time corridar of Space exploration

Moon sauce in honor of Neil Armstrong...posted the pic for my cousins from Wapakoneta :)

Step on the scale and it tells you how much you would have to pay for a ride in space....{I didnt take a pic of my amount :)}

Oh yeah the Science Center is F*R*E*E!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Field Trip: Museum of Westward Exploration St.Louis

One of the great things about homeschooling is taking a field trip while everyone else is in get the full attention of the curators! And dont have to wait in lines!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Preschool File Folder Games

We have all purchased those $1 workbooks at the Dollar Tree.  I just saved some games and pages.  I laminated the numbers and letters to file folders.  With envelopes or pockets also.  Then I slit the pocket and envelopes open to hold the game pieces--which I also laminated.  For the letters the child matches the lower case to the uppercase.  And then I cut out various pictures for them to match the beginnig sound of the picture to the letter.  Easy, fun and inexpensive!

The DIY Show Off

Field Trip: St.Louis Arch

Nate standing in line to get on ride up to the top of arch.

Eli being kept from running around while we are waiting to go up.

Ben, Nate and Eli posing with Mark Twain.

We rode up in car 7 on the North tram and down on car 7 on the South tram.

Piling in to the car.

Leaning out to look over the city.

Looking down on the capital building.

Notice the curvature of the Earth!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Pajama Day!

Okay so we dont really have an official "PAJAMA DAY" here at our school...but many days we do get dressed later than we start school :)
Linking our party to:

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Feild trip

Our annual trip to the pumpkin patch was the perfect feild trip to go along with our Autumn Treasures lapbook study that we are doing.  Also in science we are studying the five senses...and what more of a perfect place to use all of the senses than a farm!