Lucky Week Thirteen

Happy New Year!  New post frequency…monthly:  so see you sometime in February.

Health and Wellness

Face off (ref busy taking picture).  Miles and Parker pass the puck before lunch one warm afternoon.

Skating at recess!

New ice rink in our backyard!  Despite our thermostat set to a frugal 64 degrees, we can now refer to our house as ‘the warming house’.

Smarty Pants added to our reward collection.  Instead of getting a smarty candy, Miles and Parker choose a mystery ‘pass’.  The passes are good for fifteen minutes of cool math 4 kids game, playing hockey in the yard, Legos, Poke, making cupcakes or cookies, or something of their choice.  They can use the pass anytime during the school day and get really excited to receive one.

Ruby as the marble run caper (the boys created a circular marble run and Ruby ran with it).

Food groups.  We looked for examples of the food groups in our kitchen.

Then Miles and Parker cut out pictures of foods from Co-op ads and an old preschool workbook.

Healthy eating exercise inspired by Children’s Hospital Chow Kids Cookbook and DVD.  Brenda Langton (chef of local Spoon River) and her daughter cook at Cooks of Crocus Hill store in the DVD and show lots of healthy snacks and meals for kids.

A little indoor reading and movement game.  While listening to Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni, the boys jumped to the corresponding color tile in our front porch.


The human body project using print-outs from Exploring Nature Educational Resource.

First Discovery: The Human Body by Gillimard Jeunesse and Sylvaine Peyrols and The Little Brainwaves Investigate…Human Body by Caroline Bingham were some faves.

Math + science = snack.  Popcorn on the cob from Featherstone Farm (our CSA)

How much popcorn comes off an ear of corn?  Estimates came in at 1/2 and 1 cup.

And how much is in all?  Our findings:  1/2 cup per cob and 1 1/2 cups total (not counting all the kernels that flew around the kitchen).

Ahhh, popcorn at last.  And the cobs made great flutes and lightsabers.

Math and Logic

60th Day of School!

Less than more than game (from some website).

Playing Addition cross out (you can too, just click here for site).

M & M graphing game from Rowdy in First Grade.

Parker created a My Counting Jar Book, numbers 0 to 10.

Snowman name game.  Miles compared our snowmen (and snow women) to find who had the most letters, how many vowels and consonants, how many letters in all.

Pizza fractions (bad picture but fun game).

Language Arts

Miles reading a Star Wars book at one of our Nokomis library trips.

Reading game from Mrs. T’s First Grade blog.  Miles reads sentence and then rolls dice and moves lego guy.

Recording real and nonsense ‘-ing’ words (activity from Fabulous in First Grade).

Read Snowman and Sick by Shel Silverstein (thanks to A Teeny Tiny Teacher blog).  Miles was reader 2 and laughed at the ending.

Noun and verb bingo, which lead to the creation of Star Wars noun and verb bingo.

Practicing nouns, verbs, adjectives with Star Wars Mad Libs and roaring with laughter!

Read write think site for story elements and prewriting chart.  Seeing Puss in Boots at the Riverview Theatre unintentionally kicked off our fairy tale unit.  Reading lots of Mary Engelbreit’s Nursery Tales, and Miles chose to draw Jack and the Beanstalk.

Art book Monet and the Impressionists for Kids by Carol Sabbeth inspired an activity in creating a story using the sections character, setting, feeling, and ending.  Miles’ story was about a Jedi who went to Parkway Pizza on a sunny day and felt peaceful in the end.

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss and Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas.  Practice writing own rhyming words and sentences and then making an illustration.


Listening to Suzuki discs in the morning followed by iTunes genius mixes to change things up.  Parker is playing Mary Had a Little Lamb with two hands.  Miles is working on Short Story by H. Lichner.  Miles played Indian Song (from the Alfred book) at group class and received perfect scores from the teacher.

Revisited Young Mozart by Rachel Isadora.  The boys were amazed to hear that Mozart composed his first concert at age four.


Read Matthew’s Dream by Leo Lionni and drew squiggle line dreamy art.

DK’s Children’s Book of Art for Henri Matisse inspired colored paper shape cut-outs.  Noticing how color can create mood and emotion.  Miles’ art is a Star Wars battle scene.

Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh.  As we read the story, Miles and Parker created the shapes from the book.

 Curriculum night and Teacher Professional Development

What other school can you go shirtless to curriculum night2?  We reviewed the past two quarters’ work with Dad and celebrated everyone’s hard work and learning.

Ruby presents the cake.

The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle was mentioned in the most recent Suzuki Gavotte and sounds worthy of reading or listening to.  A second book getting reread lately  is Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.

OK, so maybe this isn’t fair to put this note at the bottom of the post (some kind readers may not get to this), but I’ll be posting monthly instead of weekly.  Ruby’s waking hours have been shifting to pretty much match mine (she usually gets up about five minutes after I do and has dropped her midday nap).  So now those tiny slivers of scattered moments I called ‘blog time’ need to go to ‘school prep time’.


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