Monday, January 9, 2012

The Claycombs, our friends, had a Mexican Posada party (traditionally for Christmas but we did it on New Years.) We had to dress up to see who was the ‘Best Dressed Mexican’ and my mom won.

We also had a piñata. A piñata is a box with things in it that hangs from a string. One person holds the string which is connected to the piñata and he pulls it up and down constantly. The other person is blind folded and spun around. Then he has to hit the piñata with a stick or a pole. We all took turns at hitting the piñata and once it broke open we all ran in and tried to
get as many things as we could. We also played a number game and “Se hunde el barco” The ship sinks. Whenever Mr. Claycomb said “mar a dentro we had to jump into the ‘ocean’ (a rug), and when he said “mar afuera” we jumped into the ‘ship’.

And then we also did a game called “Encuentra los zapatos de tu pareja” (Mrs. Claycomb wrote these game names out for us.) This was find your partner’s shoes. We got into teams of two and one person took off their shoes and threw them into a pile. The partner was blind folded and had to find his partner’s shoes and put them back on the other partners feet.

We ate Mexican food such as: taquitos – round corn tortillas you add toppings to, Sopapillas – fried flour dough with cinnamon and sugar on them, a cactus salad, and many other things I don’t remember the name of!

See the video here

(Mom typed while I dictated)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Early Monetary Systems

The first monetary system was bartering. Bartering is trading different things for other things. Bartering is still found today but not as much. BUT there was a man named Kyle that traded a red paper clip eventually for a house. See this video clip. In Canada hunters and Native Americans traded furs for many things like: cloths, guns, food, traps, and so on. Some things we read: LINK for: History of money in North America Only read the first few sections up to, including, Forms of Money. This is an interesting link that talks briefly about the history of money.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

SS My Province

I live in British Columbia which is in the Western Mountain Region. My province is located in the Western part of Canada. Some of the rivers in my province are: the Elk River, Fraser River, Columbia River, and the Kootenay River. Kootenay Lake, Lake Koocanoosa, Moyie lake, Okanagan Lake, and Surveyours Lake are some of the lakes in BC.

We have the Rocky Mountains, Coastal Range Mountains, and many more. We also have Vancouver Island and other islands. We have lots of coniferous forests with pines, fir, and many other evergreen trees.

People log, fish, farm, and work in manufacturing.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Creative Writing

Jordan did his first read piece of creative writing this month.  You can read it here.  He used made up things and we are working on when that is ok and when it is not.  IE: Parables in the Bible have trees taking, etc. We will be discussing this further with him.


Last week in church we had a character trait on attentiveness.  The teacher talked about white tailed deer and how they are attentive.  She also discussed in detail the ear and how we here.  You can read the story here. The children interacted with stimulus/response questions.  If you hear this you do that, etc.  It was a good lesson for us all.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Jordan's Semester 2 Update

Well, here is the update for Semester 2.

In Spanish Jordan has completed 3 lessons:
  • Los presentaciones 96%
  • La edad 94%
  • Los paises 100%
His PE log is here.

Science sample here.

Cursive sample here.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

LA - Connotation and Analogies

In LA I'm learning about connocation and dennotation. Dennotation is the literal meaning of the word. Connocation is the idea of a word beyond the exact meaning of the word.

Example: My cat Ranger is soft and lovey, he sleeps with you and warms you up.

Dennotation: He is a soft cat and likes to get pets.

Connotation: The writter (me) loves the cat.

I am also learning about Analogies. An analogy is comparing.

Example: Book is to bookshelf as computer is to desk.
Creek is to river as shrub is to tree.

I also had to make up a sentence using the word wry.

Jamie gigled wryly, "All in the name of science." (Jamie is a host on Mythbusters and some of the stuff they do, boarders on caos not science. - Angela's note)