Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas!

Robin played a shepherd in our church's Nativity Pageant on Christmas Eve.

He exercised regularly.

Robin attended a bread communion worship service.

And experimented with the Scratch on-line programming platform.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Getting Ready for Christmas

Robin is very very very excited about Christmas coming.  He's done a little crafting of presents for family members, wrapped gifts, helped set up the Christmas tree and decorate it, etc.  We also celebrated already with my dad's family, and they gave him a remote control helicopter (fun, but conflict producing).  We also got to eat at a Chinese food restaurant, where Robin did not particularly expand his palate, but at least observed different foods!

Robin attended his classes at MAHC, including Magic Schoolbus, Model Airplanes, and Building Toys.  Here are some of the things he built:







He worked with Saxon Math 2.

He wrote and drew in his journal.  He worked with Explode the Code.

I read to him:

Mother Goose and FriendsMother Goose and Friends by Ruth Sanderson

Animals TalkAnimals Talk by Emily Bolam

My Turn To Learn NumbersMy Turn To Learn Numbers by Natalie Marshall

ApeApe by Martin Jenkins

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

The NativityThe Nativity by Julie Vivas

A Stranger at Green Knowe (Green Knowe, #4)A Stranger at Green Knowe by L.M. Boston

Robin watched a documentary on making things wilder.

Robin attended a worship service honoring Jesus, Moses, Muhammad, Buddha, and the Lady.

He also attended a holiday sing-along.


Monday, December 16, 2013

MORE Snow!

Robin went sledding more and more in more and more snow.  It was fun and quite exciting to have this much snow so early in the year!

He worked with Saxon Math 2.

I read to him:

Molly's PilgrimMolly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen

Treasure of Green Knowe (Green Knowe, #2)Treasure of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston

First Science Experiments: The Amazing Human BodyFirst Science Experiments: The Amazing Human Body by Shar Levine

The Rainbow FishThe Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

I Spy With My Little EyeI Spy With My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs

Robin wrote and drew in his journal and worked with Explode the Code.

We went to the library.

Robin attended his Religious Education classes.

Monday, December 9, 2013

SNOW!

Robin went sledding and played in the snow!

Robin attended his MAHC classes: Magic Schoolbus, Model Airplanes, and Building Toys.

He played actively and exercised.

I read to Robin:

The Silly ChickenThe Silly Chicken by Idries Shah

A Cache of Jewels and Other Collective NounsA Cache of Jewels and Other Collective Nouns by Ruth Heller

Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad?Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? by Julie Middleton

Thanksgiving DayThanksgiving Day by Gail Gibbons

Young Thomas EdisonYoung Thomas Edison by Michael Dooling

Looking Closely across the Desert (Looking Closely)Looking Closely across the Desert by Frank Serafini

Robin worked with Explode the Code, and wrote and drew in his journal.

He also worked with Saxon Math 2.

Robin attended his Religious Education classes.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving

Robin attended the last sessions of his MAHC classes for the term: Toymaking and King of Random Experiments.

He worked with Saxon Math 2.

He wrote and drew in his journal.

Robin tried reading again this week.  His idea; he read a few pages of Snow (Beginner Books)Snow by Roy McKie
 insisting that I cover up the pictures.  Although we've read this in the past, it's not something we've read often.  Honestly, he didn't seem to have a very hard time, but he did get tired out quickly.  Then he asked me to write some sight words for him to read.  He was able to do them pretty well!

I read to him:

Kibitzers and FoolsKibitzers and Fools by Simms Taback

GarbageGarbage by Robert Maass

They're Off!: The Story of the Pony ExpressThey're Off!: The Story of the Pony Express by Cheryl Harness

Robin exercised.

We celebrated Thanksgiving with a feast at home, and Robin tried one bite of almost everything on the table - and ate lots of turkey and pumpkin pie.

Robin attended his religious education classes, which included a lighting of Hanukkah candles, live music, and meeting live Screech and Great Horned owls.


Monday, November 25, 2013

Robin attended his MAHC classes, Toymaking and King of Random Experiments.

I read to him:

A Hero For WondLa (WondLa, #2)A Hero For WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi

The Legend of Lao Tzu and the Tao Te ChingThe Legend of Lao Tzu and the Tao Te Ching by Demi

Thanksgiving DayThanksgiving Day by Anne F. Rockwell

One Ballerina TwoOne Ballerina Two by Vivian French

Buzaak Chinie / The Porcelain Goat: A Traditional Afghan Folk TaleBuzaak Chinie / The Porcelain Goat: A Traditional Afghan Folk Tale by Asma Salehi

TugboatsTugboats by Robert Maass

Our Grandparents: A Global AlbumOur Grandparents: A Global Album by Maya Ajmera

Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons, #1)Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Pecos Bill: A Tall TalePecos Bill: A Tall Tale by Steven Kellogg

Robin worked with Saxon Math 2.

He wrote and drew in his journal.

Robin worked with Explode the Code.

Robin exercised and went for walks.

He attended a candle dipping workshop at the Wissahickon Environmental Center.

Robin attended his Religious Education classes.

He watched a King of Random Experiments video and helped figure out what materials we needed to gather and buy to replicate the experiment in our MAHC class.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Natural History Museum

This week we took a brief trip to the DC area.  Robin went to the Natural History Museum at the Smithsonian.

He attended his classes at MAHC:  Toymaking and King of Random.

Robin worked with Explode the Code and wrote and drew in his journal.

He began the Castles and Cannons class in Minecraft Homeschool.

Robin worked with Saxon Math 2.

Robin walked and exercised.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Birthday Pie

We made banana cream pie for Matt's birthday, and Robin tried it - although he did not decide he liked it.

Robin worked with Explode the Code, and I read to him:

The Children of Green Knowe (Green Knowe, #1)The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston

Over the Hills & Far AwayOver the Hills & Far Away by Chris Conover

Jet Plane: How It WorksJet Plane: How It Works by David Macaulay

I'm a Big SisterI'm a Big Sister by Joanna Cole

He attended his MAHC classes: Toymaking, King of Random Experiments, and decided not to continue in Money.

Robin went to the skate park, rode his bike, and exercised.  He also went ice skating!  Robin played in his last soccer game of the season, and played at Kids' Castle.

We visited with a family friend who introduced us to Battle Bots.

Robin went to the library.

He attended his religious education classes.

Robin worked with Saxon Math 2.


Monday, November 4, 2013

Halloween!

Robin attended his MAHC classes: Toymaking, King of Random Experiments, and Money.

He played Minecraft and worked with Saxon Math 2.

Robin observed healthcare infrastructure and and practices when we took his 4 year old sister to the emergency room to have her toe x-rayed (luckily, it was not broken.)  While there he was able to sign a girder which will be used in a new hospital building.

We made dry ice ice-cream as described in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epsr4c_oZoM.  Robin mixed it with root beer for further carbonation.

We discussed the holiday of Samhain and the roots of Halloween, and told stories about our ancestors.  Robin dressed up as a Ninja and went trick or treating, and created a pumpkin:



Robin went to a birthday party at a gymnastics studio and was able to try out a bunch of the equipment.

Robin attended his Religious Education classes.

And we read lots of books: