Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Make Ten

I'm on a roll, aren't I? :) I have to confess that I've never been much into drilling with flashcards. But I probably say that to my own detriment. I can remember having flashcards as a child and enjoying going through them. Now that I'm an adult... eh, not so much. But I have to admit that this year we've been using flashcards more to increase Ian's speed in mental math.

Recently, I came across an idea for a math game, which is way more fun than drilling! We call it, "Make Ten". We use our Uno cards, just the ones numbered 1-9, and we try to pair up numbers that add up to 10, ala "Go Fish". Love it! :)

Fire Safety Fun

Had a field trip today at a local firehouse, continuing with our fire safety unit. The kids had a chance to meet Marzy, the search and rescue dog, see an aerial ladder in operation, and use a small firehose.

Found this little website for a little fun later in the week: http://www.sparky.org/

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fire Safety Month

While I'm at it (And when I say "it", I mean avoiding lesson planning for the moment.), I thought I'd mention that October is Fire Safety month. And in that vein, this week we are finally getting around to taking the boys for a visit to a local firehouse! I'm so excited! I've wanted to do this for the last two years, but it was never the right time. So this week I'm planning on having a Fireman Theme, and we are going to be spending a little time focusing on Fire Safety. I found these super cute printables at HomeschoolCreations.com for the little one!

Pumpkin Spice Playdough

Just found this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Playdough, and it looks like a fun way to start bringing in some holiday smells into the house. Never made my own playdough.... Why cook if you don't have to? BUT! Oh my! I am totally going to make this with the kids.

And someone mentioned Gingerbread Playdough in the comments section! I think I'm going to go Google that right now. :)