Toes in the Sand

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Sometimes you are learning something when you least expect it. Here are some surprising learning opportunities that have happened in the past week.


~Dragon is writing a book about monsters and malls.  He has been using the computer to locate America’s largest mall. He then looked up a USA map to see where it was located in relation to Florida(evidently, some malls will be destroyed in his book.). This was not only writing and handwriting, but computer skills and geography.

~Squirrel wrote her pen pal.

~Tracker kept track of his Pokemon or Bakugan drawings.


~Pokemon cards & games. There is a lot more math there than you would think. The boys have been doing addition, subtraction, multiplication. They are also organizing and researching them online and in books. They have also been playing on their DS.

~Cooking. Dragon made dinner last night and Tracker helped with breakfast this morning.

~Allowance. A great game that helps kids learn how to make change and to deal with unexpected expenses. I believe that this is their new favorite game.

~Money, they have been counting their money and trying to figure out just what they could buy at the store. Squirrel was using a calculator to add.

~Measuring. I cannot remember what they have measured. But Tracker almost always has a tape measure on him lately.

~Olympics: keeping track of scores in snowboarding, curling, and skiing.



Serving sizes: what is a proper serving for children, for adults.

water vs. soda. We now have 2 pennies in soda to see what happens. So far   the pennies are looking worse and the metal is being eaten through.

risks of being overweight: this came from a TV show where there was an        overweight teen on the show. This struck close to home and started  the        entire thing.

why is water important.  The signs of dehydration

~Magnets are constantly being played with. Tracker’s favorite activity is to attach a magnet to a hot wheel and use another magnet to make it move.


~Olympics: locating various countries on the map

~Dragon’s story.


~squirrel drew an amazing picture of Shaun White on the half pipe. I am going to scan it and then send the original to Shaun White along with a letter of congratulations from the kids.

Physical Education

Swim lessons

Wii sports

jump ropes and hula hoops

riding bikes


My kids took a chemistry class on Friday and they had a blast.  Fire Rat and I were able to watch the last few minutes of class. The instructor was great. He reminded me of the absent minded professor. He kept the children’s attention until the very end. All of the children were talking excitedly about everything they did. I loved seeing the joy in my kids’ faces.

As we were walking to the car I heard:

“Mom, can we do this again?”

Yes, yes you can.

During our last quarter we did an amazing lapbook on Beavers from Hands of a Child. My children loved it!!! I enjoyed being able to tailor the lessons to meet each of my children’s individual needs. Squirrel never felt left behind the boys. My children enjoyed the fact that their finished lapbooks looked different.  They are all looking forward to the next lapbook that we complete.



Kite Spider

Posted on: 10/06/2009


Wendy mentioned that she had never heard of a kite spider. I thought that I would look some stuff up.

I found a GREAT website Bug Guide. They had the most information on the Kite Spider or Spinybacked  Orbweaver. They are mostly found in the Southeast and in the fall.  The most interesting thing that I found out is that the kite spider has a very short life span. They are only survive until they reproduce. They are born in the winter and normally die in the following spring.

You can find lots of pictures on Bug Guide, Pictures of Arachnids,  and Dave’s Garden.

A couple of weeks ago my family went on a day trip to one of our state parks. We had a lot of fun. We went on on a boardwalk over a saltwater marsh. We saw fiddler crabs, blue crabs, egrets and much more. We then went on a 2.5 mile walk through the woods. We saw some amazing trees and some great little woods habitants.  My favorite thing that we saw was a kite spider. They are just beautiful.

Here are some of the pictures that I took.

They had an amazing education center. They had a touch tank, alligators, and turtles. Pictures from the center will be posted tomorrow.

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