Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Pumpkin Patch Post

I mentioned on FB that I'm tired of only having time to post homeschool plans as of late. So I've decided that it is time for a family memories post. I think this might be my way of coping with the unfortunate Royals game tonight.


Last week we took a field trip.... a.k.a. mom didn't feel like homeschooling on a beautiful day in October.


We landed at a you-pick-em pumpkin patch that had free inflatables and $6.00 pumpkins.


And now we have everything we need to make an Olaf pumpkin for this year's pumpkin decorating contest.


Nobody was hurt while wielding stem cutting knives, it was a good day.


This picture has noting to do with the pumpkin patch. I just find it to be hilarious.


Be saints, it's worth it!
Lisa

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ideas for Classically Catholic Memory Delta Year: Week 4

Classically Catholic Memory: Delta Year: Week 4
I'm blogging my way through our four year curriculum program so I don't forget everything that worked for us! Please feel free to use what works for your family and share in the comments anything you would add. For more on Classically Catholic Memory go here.

Religion

Lesson 1:
This week we finished our Sacraments books! Memory work for the next several weeks focuses on the Eucharist, so we went back and added Holy Eucharist in between Confirmation and Penance to finish the project off.


For the printouts I used this free printout from Catholic Toolbox for the host and chalice and used this priest for the altar from Catholic Inspired. Finally, I copied a section from the bible on the institution of the Eucharist for above the altar.

*Last year Bean made her First Communion and we did a lot of Eucharist crafts, activities, and audio stories for her preparations. You can check out our plans at my First Communion Preparation Plans post for even more ideas for teaching the Eucharist.

Lesson 2:
The kids watched Br. Francis' The Bread of Life to finish up our review of Holy Eucharist.

Latin
We concluded our memorization of O Salutaris Hostia this week. The kids learned it from the Delta year CD, this youtube, and this youtube by my CCM friend's talented husband!

History
History this week consisted of reading a few books... and that was it. After doing two back to back weeks of American Girl units, we needed a slow week in history!


Science

Lesson 1:
In science this week we looked at the three types of vascular plants. I gave the kids a brief lesson on what they are and then we went on a nature hike to find and sketch them.


Lesson 2:
Here are the supplies we used for our second lesson.



I read the kids Ferns and we looked at the sections on gymnosperms and angiosperms in Plant. Then we watched a quick youtube on the topic and added a mini-book to our botany books using page 1 from this set of templates from Homeschool Share.


Math 

Lesson 1:
The kids filled out this free worksheet on counting nickels to practice the multiples of 5.


Lesson 2:
You can find more ideas at my 20+ games for teaching the multiples post!


Timeline

Lesson 1:
You can also pick your favorite timeline game from my archives!


Lesson 2:
We pulled out our Timeline Book from last year and I had the kids find this weeks cards in the book.

And if you are a timeline actions kind of family, you can find actions for each of the cards on my friend Virginia's youtube channel.

Geography

Lesson 1:
Rather than read individual books on every country in South America, I grabbed a copy of National Geographic Kids' Ultimate Globetrotting World Atlas and had the kids read about the countries we are learning this week from there. I borrowed it from the library, but I think I'll order a copy soon we will be using this book for several weeks.


Lesson 2:
And we watched another episode from Wild South America, which is free with our Amazon Prime membership.

Great Words I
We finished The Turtle by Vachel Lindsay this week. Check out youtube 1 and youtube 2 to watch it and you can find it in Playtime Rhymes (with cute hand motions!) and A Children's Treasury of Poems.


Be saints, it's worth it!
Lisa

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Journey Across America: Arkansas

This post is part of a 50 state Journey Across America. For information on the basics of this project check out this post.

The Books:
We began by reading N is for Natural State and then Bean used the information she learned to make a notebook page for her United States scrapbook.

For our Arkansas picture books we read Good Morning, Granny Rose and There Goes Lowell's Party.


We also taught the kids about Arkansas using the Our United States of America: Catholic Social Studies textbook.

The Food:
Each year in Little Rock, AR there is a cornbread festival. Yes, a cornbread festival. Here's why: “Cornbread is an integral part of our southern heritage, and we live in a community steeped in history and tradition. It just seems to be a good fit for a festival in Little Rock.” - Anita Davis, founder of the cornbread festival

In honor of the festival, we made cornbread for our Arkansas food. I didn't like the recipe we tried, buy I think you'll be able to find your own.


The Craft:
Sticking with the festival theme, we made a watermelon craft and learned about the annual Watermelon Festival held in Hope, AR. The festival dates back to the 1920's and has over 50,000 in attendance!

I found this craft using a google image search, but when I clicked on the link it redirected to a cigar shop. Pretty sure, their site got hacked. So rather than send you to the cigar shop, I'll let you hone in on your crafty side and figure this one out on your own. Here's a tip, all you need is construction paper.



Michigan is next in line for our Journey Across America! 

Be saints, it's worth it!
Lisa

Friday, October 10, 2014

American Girl Unit Studies: Josefina

We are studying our way through the American Girl historical characters as we learn American history. I've coordinated these units to work with the history sentences we are memorizing with the Classically Catholic Memory program. (I'm blogging about that too!) Josefina lines up with week 3 of Delta Year.

(I also have lesson plans for KayaFelicityCaroline, and Kirsten, check em out!)

Josefina Unit Study


Fiction Books


Six Book Boxed Set
Secrets in the Hills
Josefina's Short Story Collection
Beforever: Sunlight and Shadows*
Beforever: Second Chances*

*Beforever is basically a condensed version the original six books into two stories. I much prefer having my kids read the original six, but I wanted to let you know what's out there.

Non-Fiction Book


Welcome to Josefina's World
Josefina Just for Fun

I was able to snag Josefina Just for Fun a few years back when the series was on clearance. The book is filled with great rainy day activities. All of the Just for Fun books have the same activities with slight variations depending on the girl. If you can get them for a reasonably cheap price, they are worth it!


Lapbook
To create a Josefina lapbook we used mini books from Homeschool Share's free download and created several of our own using their lapbook templates.



The American Girl sticker embellishments were bought at Michael's with a 40% off coupon, and we cut out a few pictures from an American Girl catalogue.

Timeline and Map
We placed Josefina on our timeline and map using the same American Girl stickers that we used in our lapbook.



Because Caroline was not in the sticker book we had to use a cut out from a catalogue, which makes her a bit of a giant!

Foods
For a delicious afternoon snack we made two recipes that can be found in Josefina's Cook Book and in Josefina Just for Fun. The cookies are bizcochitos, which are New Mexico's state cookie. (Hum, maybe we'll make these again when we study New Mexico?!) They call for anise seed, which I dutifully bought, opened, realized that it smells like black licorice, and decided to omit it from the recipe. Yes, the authenticity was gone, but I doubt anyone would have liked them if I used it. The New Mexico Hot Cocoa was made to a T and it was delicious.


Craft
Using instructions from Josefina's Craft Book the kids made coil pots. We still need to paint them... which will probably never happen at this point :).



Online Games
Finally, we played a Josefina game at americangirl.com!

Be saints, it's worth it!
Lisa

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Ideas for Classically Catholic Memory: Delta Year: Week 3

Classically Catholic Memory: Delta Year: Week 3
I'm blogging my way through our four year curriculum program so I don't forget everything that worked for us! Please feel free to use what works for your family and share in the comments anything you would add. For more on Classically Catholic Memory go here.

Religion
As our memory work continues to revolve around the sacraments, we continue to work on our Sacraments books with the addition of Holy Orders and Matrimony.

Lesson 1:
For Holy Orders we used another free printout from Look to Him and Be Radiant. Everything you need is right at that link with the exception to the bishop miter. You can follow my directions for making a miter here! (Just cut the dimensions in half so it will fit in your book.)


Don't forget to download the answers for the inside of the Holy Orders flap :).


While the kids worked I taught them about the Holy Orders from The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism (No.1) - Lesson 34 (pgs 163-166) and then they listened to two kid's sermons on vocations from Angel Food: The Tablet without a Name and How to be a Cowboy.

Lesson 2:
For Matrimony I used another free print out from Look to Him and be Radiant (she's so awesome!), had the kids color a picture of a couple getting married (page 3 on the link) from Bible Kids, and made a craft from Catholic Inspired. For the craft (left side) I let the kids pick how many kids they wanted. They both picked all 12. Bean wanted one boy and 11 girls, while Pal split them evenly with six boys and six girls.


And of course, while they worked we read about Matrimony from The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism (No.1) - Lesson 35 (pgs 167-169).

Latin
Over the next few weeks we will be memorizing O Salutaris Hostia. The kids will be learning it from the Delta year CD, this youtube, and this youtube by my CCM friend's talented husband!

History

Lesson 1:
This week's history sentence focuses on the south's history with Mexico, so we completed a quick unit on Josefina. I'll link to the plans once I post them.


Lesson 2:
We also learned about the California Gold Rush by reading Gold Fever! and Striking it Rich to the kids. This would have been an awesome week to go panning for gold, but we've done it enough in the past, so I didn't make it a priority, but you should!


Science

Lesson 1:
It was all things xylem and phloem this week for science, which course called for some classic experiments!


First we let some celery soak in blue dye so we could identify xylem tissue.


Then we created a rainbow of dyes for some white carnations to soak up.


Didn't they turn out lovely?



Here is the trick: Call a florist about a week ahead of when you will need your carnations. Ask them when they will receive their next shipment of carnations and see if they will leave a bunch dry packed for you to pick up on the morning that the shipment arrives.

Basically, when flowers arrive they are dehydrated from being dry packed and when a florist puts them in water they soak up a ton of H2O in about 30 minutes to rehydrate. So if you can get them dry packed, they'll soak up all of your dyed water, which will give you some pretty dramatic results in about 24 hours.

Of course I used the CCM Teachers Text to explain what all of the above means, and then we finished off the lesson by adding a new booklet (I used page 4 of this link to create it) to our botany books with this week's science question, and then we watched some segments from Rock N' Learns Life Science DVD (here's the part on xylem and phloem... the song is a bit unfortunate in my opinion), and then... just kidding, that was all.


Lesson 2:
Our second lesson was simply simple.


We talked about tree rings and bark...


and then the kids did some Magic Treehouse style sketching in their botany books.


Math 
I didn't come up with anything new for learning the multiples of 5 this week, so check out my post on 20+ games for teaching the multiples for some inspiration!


Timeline

Lesson 1:
You can also pick your favorite timeline game from my archives!


Lesson 2:
We pulled out our Timeline Book from last year and I had the kids find this weeks cards in the book.

And if you are a timeline actions kind of family, you can find actions for each of the cards on my friend Virginia's youtube channel.

Geography
Delta year geography begins with the memorization of South American countries and features. This week we located Brazil and several rivers, including the Amazon. Here are some books that we read: The Amazon River, Afternoon on the Amazon, and A True Book: Brazil.


We also began watching Wild South America, which is free with our Amazon Prime membership. (Have I ever mentioned that I DON'T get commission if you link through and buy something I recommend? It's illegal in my state. Just wanted you to know... not that there is anything wrong with Amazon Affiliates.) Episode 2 is dedicated to the Amazon River, and is quite fascinating!

Great Words I
We began memorizing The Turtle by Vachel Lindsay this week. It's a pretty simple poem and I think the kids already memorized the whole thing. Check out youtube 1 and youtube 2 to watch it and you can find it in Playtime Rhymes (with cute hand motions!) and A Children's Treasury of Poems.


Be saints, it's worth it!
Lisa


Friday, October 3, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday: Edition 38

- 1 -
A few weekends ago I made a quick trip to Omaha to celebrate my grandma's 90th birthday. Doesn't she look amazing for 90, and look at those nails!!



It was a blessing with a capital B to get to see so many of my extended family members at once. While the trip came in the midst of one of the busiest months that the Cotters have seen in quite some time (finishing a book, a family trip, filming for a new project, starting up a new school year, guests in from out of town...), it was well worth it! Happy birthday grandma!

- 2 -
The craziness made for a weak blogging turnout last month, so I'm posting Peanut's 11 month update a few weeks late... wait I don't think I even did a 10 month one, so yes, I'm behind.


Gone are the days where the monthly photos are taken in the same spot because Peanut is now FULLY mobile. She took her first steps at 10 months 9 days (placing her in 3rd place for Cotter baby first steps... Bean was 10 months 5 days, and Pal 10 months 2 days... my kids like to walk.) It is so adorable to watch her stomp and toddle around.

This month she also started cutting all 4 of her one year molars at the same time. Yikes, it's not been pretty.

And she is a talker. For the majority of the day you can hear her yaking to herself and anyone who will listen. She has about a dozen distinguishable words/sounds including mama, dada, nigh-nigh (for bed), dag (dog/anything that is an animal), woof, Ge-jus (Jesus), uh-oh, duuuuun (all done), and buzz.

- 3 -
Lucky little girl got a visit from her bestie last weekend.


In usual fashion my little goddaughter was kind and gentle and my little birth daughter was...not.


They got along just great.

I can't wait to share more on what we did while sweet goddaughter and her family were in town, but that deserves it's own post for a later date!

- 4 - 
Normally I don't post about sports here on the blog, but Oh My G-O-S-H, the Royals. Whaaaa? I grew up in KC and have literally been waiting my whole life to see them make it to the playoffs and this year, they are killing it! We've had several late night nail biters over the last few days and there are at least 3 more to come. Go blue!!

(Toasting to the end of a 29 year drought.)

- 5 -
In light of these late night, extra inning games, I decided that now is the perfect time to start running again! Kevin and I ran a marathon together when we were dating, and I found that the endorphins that come from running are my caffeine. It's been almost a year since I've worked out consistently, so I am so, so, so glad to be at it again. My neighbor is training for a race and I've been joining her, which was just the motivation that I needed to get back at it again.

- 6 -
I also did a bunch of running last week for a new Catholic video series that I did an all day shoot for last week. They came to my house for the shoot, so now my kitchen will be famous.


After the content/teaching segments were filmed we did several hours of b-roll of Kevin and I running around the foothills. I'm not sure how much I can say about the project at this time, but I can tell you that it will be something that spouses would enjoy watching together :).

- 7 -

While I've been busy working on the video series, Kevin has been busy working a commercial for Noodles and Company. I'm not joking friends. It really happened and he got not one, but two free meals for his time and talented reactions. His team in FOCUS went to an event to be filmed for their reactions on Noodles' newest products and 4 out of 5 of them made it into the commercial. The first guy you see is actually the designer of this blog, so that's fun to know.

Linking up at Conversion Diary!



Be saints, it's worth it!
Lisa