Andre received a digital camera for his birthday and has been trying it out a lot. I think it's wonderful seeing things through his eyes. Here are a few of my favourites from the last few days. I didn't touch up any of his photos, these are just the way they came out of his camera.
Sunday, 28 February 2010
Here is our list for this month. We didn't read the whole 100 books this time, but we still enjoyed many books.
We read picture books from the C and D section as part of the Reading My Library challenge. We discovered two new-to-us authors Roger Duvoisin and Julia Donaldson.
Andre has been enjoying audiobooks again. He really liked the Ghosthunters one by Cornelia Funke. He is now listening to a second title from the series and also trying out the Artemis Fowle series.
Adrienne has been devouring a new series "The Land of Elyon". While she is waiting for the fourth book to come from the library, I picked up another book for her and she loves this one too! It is another series called "The Boy Sherlock Holmes" written by Shane Peacock (a Canadian!).
Tiny Tyrant by Lewis Trondheim - Andre - Adrienne
Beowulf: A New Telling by Robert Nye - Read Aloud for history
Mr. Popper’s Penguin by Richard and Florence Atwater - Audiobook
Yukon: Larger than Life - Read Aloud for Canadian Geography
Adverb by Michael Dahl - Read Aloud Non Fiction
The Rabbit Pirates: A Tale of the Spinach Main by Judy Cox - Read Aloud
The Friends of Emily Culpepper by Ann Coleridge - Read Aloud
The Dark Hills Divide (The Land of Elyon Book I) by Patrick Carman - Adrienne
Leave it to PET! #3 by K. Sonishi - Adrienne - Andre
Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin - Read Aloud
“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth by Eric Carle - Read Aloud
What Do You Know? By Lorinda Bryan Cauley - Read Aloud
Maisy Goes to the Museum by Lucy Cousins - Read Aloud
Zero is the Leaves on The Tree by Betsy Franco - Read Aloud
The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett - Read Aloud
If You Were an Adverb by Michael Dahl - Read Aloud
Days of Trial and Tears: The Child Labour Diary of Flora Rutherford (Dear Canada Series) by Sarah Ellis - Adrienne
Dark Day in the Deep Sea (Magic Tree House #39) by Mary Pope Osborne - Audio book - Andre
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris - Mom
All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle - Read Aloud
Maisy Goes to the Library by Lucy Cousins - Read Aloud
Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent by Lauren Child - Read Aloud
The Princess and the Pea by Lauren Child - Read Aloud
MacBeth retold by Charles Lamb - Read Aloud
Black Holes by Dana Meachen Rau - Andre
Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young - Read Aloud
Eve of the Emperor Penguin by M. P. Osborne - Audio book - Andre
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt - Mom
A Desperate Road to Freedom (Dear Canada series) by K. Bradford - Adrienne
Redwoods by Jason Chin - Read Aloud
The Magic Rabbit by Annette Le Blanc Cate - Read Aloud
The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson - Read Aloud
Petunia by Roger Duvoisin - Read Aloud
The Secret Keeper by Kate Coombs - Read Aloud
Raven and River by Nancy White Carlstrom - Read Aloud
Where’s My Mom? By Julia Donaldson - Read Aloud
Little Rat Makes Music by Monika Bang-Campbell - Read Aloud
Maisy Goes to the Hospital by Lucy Cousins - Andre to Celeste
Maisy, Charley, and the Wobbly Tooth by Lucy Cousins - Andre to Celeste
Where Does Pepper Come From? By B. Raab - Read Aloud
Viking Town by Jacqueline Morley - Read Aloud for History
Viking (DK Eye Wonder) - Read Aloud for History
Silly Sally by Audrey Wood - Adrienne
Tyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson - Adrienne
Henry and Mudge and the Wind by Cynthia Rylant - Andre to Celeste
Henry and Mudge in the Green Time by C. Rylant - Andre to Celeste
Henry and Mudge and the Happy Cat by C. Rylant - Andre to Celeste
I Love You, Blue Kangaroo! By Emma C. Clark - Andre to Celeste
Silly Sally by Audrey Wood - Andre to Celeste
Beyond the Valley of Thorns (The Land of Elyon Book 2) by P. Carman - Adrienne
NurtureShock by Po Bronson - Mom
Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost by C. Funke - Andre (Audiobook)
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson series) by Rick Riordan - Read Aloud
Veronica and the Birthday Present by Roger Duvoisin - Read Aloud
No One Saw: Ordinary Things Through the Eyes of an Artist by B. Raczka - Read Aloud
It Begins with an A by S. Calmenson - Read Aloud
The Race of the Birkebeiners by Lise Lunge-Larsen - Read Aloud (History)
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown - Read Aloud
Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson - Read Aloud
The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson - Read Aloud
The Fish Who Cried Wolf by Julia Donaldson - Read Aloud
Once I knew a Spider by Jennifer Owlings Dewey - Read Aloud
No Matter What by Emma Dodd - Read Aloud
The Best Book of The Moon by Ian Graham - Read Aloud
The Old House by Pamela Duncan Edwards - Read Aloud
Splitting The Herd by Trudy Harris - Read Aloud
Punctuation Celebration by Elsa Knight Bruno - Read Aloud
Math-earpieces by Greg Tang - Read Aloud
The Tenth City (The Land of Elyon series) by P. Carmon - Adrienne
Under Pressure: Rescuing Childhood from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting by Carl Honore - Mom
Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires - Andre - Adrienne
Saturday, 27 February 2010
Thursday, 25 February 2010
We skipped our usual morning routine yesterday to enjoy the beauty of winter. We love seeing everything covered in frosty white. We also saw (and listened to) a Northern Cardinal, beautiful with his red coat against the white snow, but we weren't able to capture him with our cameras...maybe next time!
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Andre...my little boy...growing so fast.
How can I describe him?
a few of his favourites:
reading (audiobooks at the moment)
board games (Dragonology, Monopoly)
reading (audiobooks at the moment)
board games (Dragonology, Monopoly)
video games (Kingdom Hearts, Zelda, Sonic)
There is more...but this is a good start!
♫♪ Happy Birthday ♪♫
Monday, 22 February 2010
The Race of the Birkebeiners is written by Lise Lunge-Larsen and illustrated by Mary Azarian. We have been studying the Vikings in history and I thought this would be a nice addition to our reading list. The time period is a little bit later than where we are at at the moment, by about 200 years, but it was still relevant.
The story is based on real events, the rescue of young Prince Hakon of Norway. The Birkebeiners were brave warriors from Norway, there were not rich but they were loyal to their king. The name came from the birchbark that they wrapped around their legs for protection. They helped bring the Prince to Nidaros by traveling on cross-coutry skis in very rough winter weather. They had nothing to eat, only snow, which is what they gave to the baby.
Every year, in Norway and in the United States, there are cross-country ski races, "Birkebeiner", that commemorate this rescue. They even carry a eight pound pack to symbolise the weight of the baby.
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Saturday, 20 February 2010
The girls worked on this little notebook together. All I did was print a few worksheets that Adrienne chose. They read a few books on penguins, completed the worksheets, and put it together in a notebook.
Celeste's first notebook!
The printable worksheets came from Lapbook Lessons.
This was part of the Outdoor Hour Challenge Winter series (even though we didn't go outside!), more can be found about it at Handbook of Nature Study blog.
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
The whole family participated this time!
The theme was: something we can recycle.
Andre's Coca-Cola can
We were all delighted to have Daddy sketch with us, here is his Vernors can!
Celeste's toilet paper cardboard roll
my yogurt container
Adrienne's ice cream container!
Visit Sketch Tuesday at Harmony Art Mom to see more.
Monday, 15 February 2010
Written and illustrated by Jason Chin, this beautiful book called "Redwoods" is a mixture of fantasy and non-fiction. A boy discovers a lost book in the subway and as he is reading it, he discovers many interesting facts about the Redwoods. When he exits the subway, he is transported in the forest itself. We all loved seeing the illustrations and learning more about the California Redwoods. Now we all hope to see them on day!
"In the summer, when there is much less rainfall, redwoods have an ingenius way of collecting water: they make their own rain!"
If you would like to participate in Book Sharing Monday, you can leave me a comment at the bottom of this post or visit this one to find out more: how-to.
Saturday, 13 February 2010
This week, we were able to seperate the Northern Hemisphere locations from the Southern Hemisphere ones.
One location is still in complete darkness, while the other is only receiving daylight!
Friday, 12 February 2010
Last week, we visited a new-to-us conservation area. It was about a fifteen minute drive from our home, and had a short walking trail. I had looked ahead in the Outdoor Hour Winter Series and knew we were going to be looking for pines. Since we hadn't been there before, I wasn't sure if we would find any pines, but we did!
We also found that somebody had constructed a shelter under the pine trees, big enough for one person to sit in:
And a smaller one, perfect for dolls (Celeste didn't bring hers for this walk to test it out though):
We found a huge tree fungus:
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