Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Little Bit of this and a Little Bit of that....

I love quiet days.  Because our calendar was cleared for the trip we lounged.  
We read another chapter in Ralph Fletcher’s Writer’s Notebook. 
 It inspired us to make some lists.  Grace brainstormed some funny moments in her childhood that she would like to write about.  Lilah wrote her list of wonderful words and added a few more to those she has looked up such as oaf, pauper, prone, ulcer and savage.  She even wrote the definitions! 
We did some math.  Grace worked on a new topic: mode and range.  Lilah learned perimeter.  Because some of her work was for squares, it allowed me the perfect opportunity to introduce more complex multiplication to her.  It was great to sit at our new counter top sandwiched in between the girls each on a laptop, helping them with math (in our pjs).
We talked about books.  Grace was invited to join a book club.  The book selected is The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman.  Books told from multiple character’s points of view are not a style she enjoys reading.  I offered to read it also so we can talk about the book together and she will be well prepared for her book club.  She went online and is finding illustrations that she thinks fit the main characters.  From there she wants to create a web for each event/trait/development that she thinks is important to that character.    I love that she was proactive in finding a creative solution to her problem rather than just avoiding the book.
Our phone rang around 11:30 a.m.  Friends of our were going to check out the museum that we went to last week for the Girl Scout energy program.  They offered to take us along and we accepted.  
The museum is a popular one among the stroller-set and I knew it would be too young for Grace but maybe there would be something she could take away from it.  There was....a green screen!  With capes!  That became the Invisibility Cloak!    She may have been the oldest child at the museum but she will remember how cool the green screen was.   She may even reflect back on it when she is a meteorologist working in front of one! 

cool water vortex

did you brush today?
the green screen

the invisibility cloak

super hero Lilah!

We may have began our day disappointed by the shift in our plans (we are now leaving Friday) but we recovered and it turned out to be a great day!


mamak said...

Was it fun overall? Was there a lot that they could do? I am debating taking the trip. Looks like they had a blast!

Andrea said...

Sorry to hear you are not on the road, but it looks like you found some pretty interesting things to do. The green screen just gets funnier as the kids get older, I have found! The floating head just never gets old!

Theresa said...

Sounds like a great day!!

We read that Ralph Fletcher book in January. I really loved the writer's workshop style. We are going to go back to that again soon, hopefully. there are so many things I want to do!

I love Grace's idea for the webs and pictures for the characters!

See Jamie blog said...

Looks like a cool museum!

Karen said...

Turned into a great day after all. Loved the green screen pics. :)

Have a great trip and I can't wait to hear all about it!

Will have to check into the book.

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