Friday, August 28, 2009

Week 2 - Christopher Columbus

Jesus Poster
I let the girls paint white foam core poster boards with watercolors then sprinkle on a little salt. They turned out really nice.

Coloring their "Jesus - The Lord Saves" - first picture to glue to the board.

Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria
The girls made their boats. We found it easiest to wrap the foil around some "boat shaped" object.

We may make these again to sail again next week. Next time I think we should skip cutting the excess off and actually try to shape a bow and "poop deck" (as the Beautiful Feet book called it!!!) I think it may ultimately make the boat more stable for sailing. Also, I read online somewhere to use model magic and/or drinking straws instead of play-doh and pencils. That did seem to help it float by making it as light as possible.

The finished product...

Sailing in the sink. We were going to take them to the pond this day but Ms. Priss said she didn't think that was a good idea if they were going to float them in the tub that we'd better wait a day. I'm glad I have her so I don't always have to be the one thinking.

This doesn't really have to do with school but

Q: What do you get when you mix perler beads and audio books?

A: A mommy that can't keep up with her ironing...

(notice all the lightbulbs? I'm stockpiling. I'm not going to be left high and dry when Congress won't allow us to buy these any longer and all that is available is those wretched mercury filled lightbulb wanna-be's. Now if I could just get my hands on some merthiolate....)

Ms. England brought her 2 girls over on Thursday. Who knew science experiments involving air flow could be so riveting?

Yes, my child is trying to climb the column.

Some more ziploc math games....This afforded the Mommies time to chat about school stuff.

Bon voyage... The string tied on to the mast was Ms. Priss' idea too. Hmm...think somebody could have some control issues? Anyway, we found they worked best sans string and let the good Lord take it where it may.

The Santa Maria was the only one that made it the length of the retention pond and they found a grasshopper to put in it to make the voyage. I guess he was playing the part of Christopher Columbus. Could this be San Salvador?!? And look at those natives! They only have one huge arm with a claw on the end!!! (in case you can't see there were crabs roaming around).

What a great week!


Sewitseams2me said...

Good stuff!

Anonymous said...

So cute, so special!! What fun wonderful memories you are creating for your girls! I love your blog!!