"All I have learned, I learned from books."
- Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tropical Storm Iselle

I need to admit that we didn't take hurricane Iselle seriously. In the last 9 years we live here we had many hurricane warnings and nothing serious happened to us.
This time was the same until Iselle hit pretty hard. It was night and scary I need to say. We lost electricity before Iselle hit.

It started with the heavy rain and wind that started to accelerate overnight. The wind and the rain blew hard all night, on and off. We have metal roof that made noisy sound. I was sure it would blow the roof away.
Kids fallen asleep in their bedroom and didn't wake up at all. I'm glad they made it through a night sleeping and not knowing what was really happening. They were little scared before their bed time but they fallen asleep with no problem.

This is a fallen tree on our property
More of our yard

Owner of this house was in the process of rebuilding his old house. He lost a roof.
 Luckily he didn't live there.


Street we live on


This picture was made the next morning after hurricane. It was pouring and we stopped driving because we couldn' t go through the road that was blocked by a tree. The wind took the whole tree with roots out. My husband's company Aloha Broadband (internet service company), has an access point at this place. Antennas were damaged and now he is working with other people to cut and remove all the debris to have access to the house and the equipment. It's nice to see that people come together when the tragedy happens.




Macy's store covered the whole window entrance

More fallen trees at the front of Home Depot store




Grocery store after hurricane
 Here is the link to the news about hurricane Iselle 
and 2 of my videos on our way around Puna



And.. back to Paradise again :-) Calm and beautiful morning in Hilo
Homeschooling wasn't on my priority list those days:-)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Number Lines Free Printable


The other day I was thinking about how I can help Nathaniel who is 3 years old to be included in playing board games with me and Eaton.

I had printed out Number Lines long time ago from the Internet but it got torn and the condintion was not satisfying to me after taping it. I sat down and created this set of Number Lines. Now, Nathaniel participates  more playing board games whith us and he likes the color Number Line the most. 

I printed out few of these lines and I put them in boarding game boxes when they were needed. This way Nathaniel always has it and we don't spend time looking for it in which board game we left it last.





These lines are simple but very effective.

Enjoy it!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Amazing Places-Journey Around the World

For our geography time we started to read "Children's Encyclopedia- Amazing Places". I've created that project some time ago but I didn't introduce it until now, because it seemed that Eaton wasn't interested in geography when we tried to watch short documentary movies about places around the wolrd. I guess this type of learning is not appealing to him yet. But when I shown him the encyclopedia of amazing places he was drawn to it right away. 



Here is the example page from the inside of the Encyclopedia
I prepared mini cards with names and pictures of all places from encyclopedia. When we read the informational page of one place we glue the picture on  the map and mark the place on the specific continent. Then, Eaton draws the line using a ruler. Recently he started to draw line by hand.He says it's more fun this way. I think the best fun part of this game is to find a picture of specific place, glue and mark it on the map. Great hands on activity. It works for my boy.

It is fun to watch Eaton showing his map to anyone who visit our house. He is so proud of it.

Visual Spatial Learners love maps




Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Natural Table

Nathaniel is the one who loves collecting natural treasures. He brings them inside the house, he plays with them, observes them and he have so much fun when  someone wants to buy them in our pretend store.

Here is the natural table

                                     
All Nathaniel's collections of: stones, turkey feathers we find walking around our subdivision, shells we find on the beach, corals and lava stones. I added some magnifying glasses for observing, small plates for putting on his treasures. All is here in this little discovery center.




Stacking flat stones on top of each other-challenging activity.


Matching shells to their pictures is Nathaniel's favorite activity


Also, I made some math graph activity using materials Nathaniel brought home from his outside playes

That's all for now :)








Friday, February 28, 2014

Classification of Shapes

Here is another project we did together following Beast Academy book-Classification of shapes. We have huge roll of brown paper that I thought we could use for this project. I cut out some shapes and Eaton did glue them on the right spot. For a little bit he was confused between polygons and quadrilaterals but after few examples he corrected himself and finished the activity.

 Project ended up on the wall so Eaton can practice the knowledge of shapes and their classification
Here is the original picture of that project from the Beast Academy book

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Types of Angles Activity

 Recently we started Beast Academy Book 3A and I wanted to share simple activity I created that goes with the book. The little poster itself is  included in one of the beggining chapters. I wanted Eaton to practice matching triangles on a poster based on different types of angles. I laminated 2 sheets together. On one side I included definitions, the other one doesn't have them. He can practice at the beginning with definitions and switch to another side when he is ready for a challenge.


HERE is the activity.

Eaton did some activities from the practice book
I asked him to create shapes with acute and obtuse angles.
He had real fun with a protractor. We learned how to use it and how to measure angles.


 I used THIS temple to draw different angles


His art "tractor" using protractor

Have a great day!