Thursday, May 26, 2011

Texas Rangers Baby

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(math worksheets)
http://www.educationworld.com/a_tsl/archives/00-2/tslbballTchart.shtml (fact or fiction baseball)

I also grabbed some lovely baseball word search puzzles curtsey of http://www.printactivities.com. Hey who does not love a good word search??


Baseball Word Search Puzzle


H I N N I N G S B T R I P L E
O O S T O N S A C R I F I C E
M B E A T P I U T L A E T S S
E S A B T S R I F T S B C U T
R O R R E V R G C A T C H E R
U H E I E S L I D I N G E N I
N T S B H E F I D R U L R M K
S B A S E H I T L T B L D A E
E L B W R E D L E I F A I L R
L O D R L R T H I R D B A S E
B D N S E I R I F E U F M D T
U H O M E P L A T E G O O N T
O S C A P M B O U T O U N A A
D Y E F I U V E O T U L D R B
O T S T A D I U M H T R E G E


BALL
ERROR
PITCHER
BASE HIT
FIELDER
SACRIFICE
BATTER
FIRST BASE
SECOND BASE
BUNT
FOUL
SLIDING
CAP
GRAND SLAM
STADIUM
CATCHER
HOME PLATE
STEAL
CURVE BALL
HOME RUN
STRIKE
DIAMOND
INNINGS
THIRD BASE
DOUBLE
OUT
TRIPLE
DUGOUT
OUTFIELD
UMPIRE

The boy is trying to hit the baseball to his friend. Draw the path of the baseball through the maze starting at 2 and counting by 2s up to 200.

126 128 142 144 146 196 198
124 130 140 138 148 194 200
122 132 134 136 150 192
120 118 156 154 152 190 188 186 184 182
114 116 158 160 162 164 166 172 174 180
112 110 108 106 80 78 168 170 176 178
98 100 102 104 82 76 74 72 70 68
96 90 88 86 84 38 40 42 64 66
94 92 12 14 36 34 44 62 60
10 16 18 32 46 48 58
8 6 20 30 28 50 56
2 4 22 24 26 52 54

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Centerpoint Church Youth Dodgeball Night

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Timothy singing Justin Bieber "Baby"

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Drizzle Fizzle singing Justin Bieber "Baby"

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Rock Band

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Baseball and Geography

Today we took a journey to see the Texas Rangers play the Cincinnati White Socks at Arlington Ball Park. I decided to use this as a great opportunity for my Princess and Drizzle-Fizzle to learn about reading maps, mapsco, street signs and also to learn about directions when traveling. We studied the map, legends, highways, roads etc and plotted our course first by using city to city on the large State map. Then we got out a city maps and combined them to see what highways we would need to take to reach our destination. From there we wrote down all the side streets and directions (N,S,E,W) we would have to travel there and back. Once they thought they had that down pat, we busted out the trusty Mapsco and I taught them how to use the legend and marking. All in all it was a great adventure. Once we got on the road the kids gave me directions, told me what each abbreviation on roads and highways stood for and how they knew if we were traveling the correct way. Great day of learning followed by a great day of baseball!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Texas Rangers Game Greene Style


Ok maybe we are obsessive about our sports What can I say. its been a good season for the Rangers and the Mavs and we love to support our home teams! Ok well, maybe not the Cowboys (GO VIKINGS)...ok thats just me the rest of the fam is die hard Cowboys fans...they dont know any better. Anyway, we are off to yet another Ranger game this coming Monday in lieu of my brothers birthday..hey any excuse is a good excuse for baseball :) We got to play Pinko, sling shot baseballs at people...oh yea they were not suppose to hit people, my bad....we got to tote Drizzle's blanket EVERYWHERE! What more can you ask for at a baseball game?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Gloriuos Days at Home

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I dont know why but they love the toddler bike tote as long as it is not attached to the bike. Go figure

Munchkin teaching Princess how to shoot a bow and arrow

Princess pulling Munchkin

Munchkin attempting to teach Princess to skateboard
Oh how I love the days we get to spend at home, relaxing or playing hard together as a family. These are the days that bond us together and strengthen our relationships. nothing brings me greater joy than watching my kids stick up for one another, play together and teach/learn from each other and NOTHING I mean NOTHING makes me happier when all this happens and there is no ARGUING!! Today was one of those fabulous days that I live for. Had all three of my kiddos just enjoying being kids and enjoying being a family unit. I just sat back, watched and captured the moments as evidence.... I mean proof..... I mean...well heck they may need reminding that they do love one another and enjoy each others company sometime in the very near future and this is my proof! That's right, i said it, my kids don't actually always get along and sometimes I need to remind them with physical evidence that they do not hate the other person ALL the time :) They went from pogo stick competitions, to a game of horse, to who can pull off the best skateboarding tricks, to good ol' fashion tag. Who says you can't have fun outside?

I was told the skateboard had no more grip tape on it, so that is why they had to revert to riding in sitting off the ramp into the street instead of doing tricks.
Teaching failed, reverted to play time
 Guess I still have some things to learn. My adorable Munchkin did have fun trying to hang on to the back of my SUV while riding the skateboard down the road. Who says mom's not fun?

The pogo competition was fun to watch. My little Drizzle Fizzle was a little upset, because despite owning his own pogo stick, he has not been able to master the balance while jumping up and down. Don't feel bad boogy woogie, momma cannot do it well either :) Princess on the other hand, is half monkey, so she can climb, bounce, balance, and hang from just about anything with no problem. The boys never stood a chance against her. I could tell how proud she was that she dominated them at something!
competition on who can pogo longest, Princess won
 Once the boys figured out Princess had the pogo in the bag, they went back to good ol reliable with the run around the yard with one of them in the toddler bike case. Who knew how versatile this little contraption actually was. It transports toys, the poor animals and all my kids...but for some mysterious reason it fails to transport live cargo when actually attached to the back of my bike! Some mysteries are better of not explained I presume.
 And who cannot love a big brother who at age 16 is already 5'9" to your 3'? My poor little Drizzle gets the raw end when it comes to sports. The older ones seem to love playing keep away and monkey in the middle, with Drizzle being the monkey and the one with no reach to him :( Poor little guy. In time he will get the last laugh and i cant wait :) One day, oh yes one day he will remember all these lovely games of his older siblings and payback I am sure will be sweet for him.
Drizzle Fizzle showing Munchkin how great his basketball skills got..too bad he does not have Munchkins keep away reach

Pogo sticking with Munchkin...hey its what all the cool 16 year olds do!

Giggle Giggle Quack

Once again we find ourselves at the DCT. This time its my Drizzle Fizzle and Princess and I that got to go. What can I say, this place ROCKS! Before we went and saw this play though we did a little prep work using this PDF:  http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/westonwoods/study_guides/giggle_giggle_quack.pdf 
and http://www.msurileycenter.com/pdf/2010/Giggle%20Giggle%20Quack.pdf Both of these sites have wonderful teaching material and lesson plans for grades Pre-K-5th. Its always best to know how your kids learn and mine are very much the "need to relate type."  Almost always with every lesson we read about it, do some hands on activities, do some workbook work, and I have to have VISUAL aides with EVERYTHING to real hit home and sink in with them, weather its a movie or a play, just has to be something that draws them in to the lesson at hand.

GIGGLE, GIGGLE, QUACK
by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Themes: Humor, Animals, Cooperation,
Problem Solving
Grade Level: Preschool-3

SUMMARY:
In this hilarious sequel to Click, Clack, Moo,
Cows That Type, Farmer Brown’s animals
pull their old tricks on Farmer Brown’s brother,
Bob. This time, Duck instigates the movement,
ordering pizza with anchovies for the
hens and renting the Sound of Moosic for the
cows. The lively animation and witty ploys
of the animals will keep kids laughing.

OBJECTIVES
• Students will learn about character development
and traits.
• Students will make text-to-self connections
about being left with a babysitter or caretaker.

BEFORE VIEWING ACTIVITIES
Read Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
and Giggle, Giggle, Quack to the students.
Talk with students about character development.

Guiding questions:

• What is a character trait?
• Name some character traits of a person you
know.
• How does the author tell us/show us the
traits of different characters?
• What predictions can we make about a
book/video with the same characters? How
do you think they will act? What might they
do?

AFTER VIEWING ACTIVITIES
Ask students to think about a time when they
were left with someone other than their parents
or guardians. Let them swap stories with
partners or small groups about what things
were different when they were with a babysitter
or caretaker. Each student can then share a
funny anecdote from his or her partner’s story
with the whole class.
Students can create a character, using what
they have learned about character traits. After
identifying some physical traits, the students
can illustrate a picture of the character.
Young children can dictate several likes and
dislikes of the character and/or other personality
traits to the teacher; developmentally
ready children can practice writing these on
their own. As an extension, students can take
turns acting like their own or their friends’
characters.
Students can write pretend notes to a caretaker
from the point of view of a pet or from
their own point of view. What kinds of directions
would a pet or child leave that an adult
probably wouldn’t?
Bring the students’ attention to the illustrations.
What information do the illustrations
give us that can’t be found in the text alone?
Share different types of comics that have few
words, but are funny and comprehensible
through the pictures. Encourage children to
draw their own comics and add short captions.
Students may alternatively make a
comic or comic strip in which the humor is
expressed through the drawings only. Model
this process and talk about what makes things
funny as a precursor to the activity.
Other humorous animal videos available
from Weston Woods are:
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
The Circus Baby by Maud & Miska
Petersham
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by
Doreen Cronin, ill. by Betsy Lewin
Curious George Rides a Bike by H.A. Rey
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, ill. by
Margaret Bloy Graham
The Mysterious Tadpole by Steven Kellogg
GIGGLE, GIGGLE, QUACK
CALL 1-800-243-5020 TO ORDER THESE AND OTHER WESTON WOODS VIDEOS!
This guide may be photocopied for free distribution without restriction

Friday, May 6, 2011

Nature

So we went to the drive in movie theater to celebrate my daughter, being her and her friend, Sara, discovered this lovely birds nest. That is Sara!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Last week of April

Wow busy week is all I can say. We went and watched another Civil War re-enactment and it was alot of fun. The kids didnt really like the first one that much, so I was hesitant to go a second time, but we have been spending the last two month studying the Civil War and the effects it has had on life since. So I felt it was important to really get a feel for the war and the people. Its always helpful to get "faces" with names and see the story, other than just a movie. Although we have watched tons of those as well. I was impressed though with how much they liked it this time around. I think alot of it had to do with space. The last time we went back in March, it was so crowded and you could not see well. This time it was ALL up close and personal and you really got to see.  We went again to the Dallas Zoo and also took a stroll through the bluebonnets again and the Hall of State at Fair Park. Went back to the Science Place and revisited Dinosaurs Unearthed and the Math Midway..They like that since they know had the games down pack to win :)

EASTER WEEK

All I can say is CHRIST HAS RISEN let the world rejoice and be humbled and thankful for what our Savior has done for US!!! I love this day and although, not its not Sunday...yet...we kinda start a little early celebrating what Christ has done for us in our family:) We love watching Passion of the Christ this time of year to really take us back and remember what Christ suffered for us both emotionally and physically. Than on Friday we go to the late night church service to share and gather with other believers all the glory that is Christ and how awesome and wonderful He is. It s an excellent reminder to our children that Easter is not about eggs, bunnies and candy...its is about our Lord and how He gave himself humbly on the cross to bear our sins and how he fulfilled Old Testament prophecy by rising on the third day. It kinda build with the days passing for the kids so they can see the amount of time that Christ was actually dead for before being resurrected. Sat we spend some time talking about how different our life and world would be if Christ had not died for us and rose again. We talk about what we can do to make changes in the world and in our family to show the love of the Lord and then talk about practical application and accountability. The rest of the day we played Bible Trivia and Bible Monopoly. Sunday was church and it was a beautiful sermon on the resurrected Christ. Our children got up and sang songs of praise to God and they did a little skit that was adorable. Great week!

April 15 thru 19th

This weeks Happenings:  

This week we were so busy it was insane. Our family spent the week exploring the world with my two wonderful nephews who got a small taste of home-school life :) We went to.....


http://www.natureandscience.org/exhibits/math_midway/activities.asp
http://www.natureandscience.org/dcm/default.asp
Museum of Nature and Science
Dinosaurs Unearthed
Math Midway
Dino Dig
Childrens Museaum
Planetarium
IMAX: Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs

.....and had so much fun digging through old extinct dinosaur bones, watching mummies being discovered and DNA extracted, to exploring the Math Midway and learning all abut Geometry and Algebra though games and hands on learning! We watched the movie Life and learned about the circle of life by God's design in the animal kingdom and watched tons of fascinating hunting rituals for both prey/predator.

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