Archive for December, 2012

decorated castle

We wanted to make sure to hit Disneyland during the holiday season. It was also our first time back there since we’ve been playing Epic Mickey so we were, like, actually interested in visiting ToonTown for once. We weren’t able to go with any friends this time, but that’s probably for the best since we were extremely nerdy and making jokes about thinning out the man hole covers on Main Street to get E-Tickets, and about jumping across the rides, and obsessively pointing out every Oswald thing we saw. It was shameful. Except that we were not ashamed.

this is big

In other news, we hit the yearly Balboa Park holiday celebration. We visited the science center, completed the scavenger hunt at the Lego City in the Model Railroad museum, viewed the Nativity, and checked out the Gem and Mineral Society.



During the rest of the week:

Margie did more sentence correcting in grammar, more multiplication in math, and learned about westward expansion in North America before and during the Revolutionary War.

Elliott worked on alphabetizing lists of spelling words, learned about South America in his geography book, and worked on adding two-digit numbers in math.

In science both kids continued working on their trebuchets and catapults in engineering, their house plans in computer science, learning about objects under the microscope in natural science, and this week in chemistry they learned about the reaction between vinegar and baking soda.


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frodo's gonna be pissed

So we got anther cat. There is a story here, but I’m not going to go into it. Part of it is that, as it turns out, PetFinder.com is highly dangerous. So Leia came to live with us.

And then, a mere two days after we accidentally came home from the shelter with a cat, we found ourselves at another shelter for a field trip. This time we made it back home without any more bodies than we’d left with. Partly because I’m learning self-control, and partly because the shelter’s adoption area was closed.

bird on her feet

But the kids got to meet a bird, a bunny, a dog (Elliott opted to stay far away from said dog), and a snake. And a legless horse statue for some reason.

I don't even...

That evening Elliott had a karate class. There are things I like about this class and things I’m less comfortable with, but what impresses me is how much Elliott has improved in the class even though it’s got a lot of kids so that he doesn’t get a lot of one-on-one. Here he is demonstrating an upper block, and then doing the kata with the class.

showing sensei an upper block

i love the look on e's face here

The rest of the week:

Margie has been studying slavery in the colonies in history, multiplication in math, and punctuation and homonyms in grammar.

Elliott has also been studying homonyms as well as synonyms and antonyms, and he’s been working on addition and subtraction of numbers up to 100 in math.

In science this week the kids looked at slides of pine needles and some other items under a microscope, they’ve been making trebuchets and catapults in engineering, they’ve been working on designing house plans in computers, and looked at the chemical reactions of iodine on foods.

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