Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

I've been meaning to post these.

This was Luke talking to the Hispanic man that does our flowerbed work. Craig looked out the window and told me I should take a picture of it. Hector doesn't understand English so we thought it was funny that Luke was out there talking to him...just anybody that would listen to him I guess!

When I woke up one morning, Craig told me that Miriam was sleeping in my chair. She got up early, but fell asleep in my chair while Luke was playing the Wii.

Mathematics from the Greeks

Today we learned that the Greeks are responsible for much of the mathematics that we know today. Here's what we learned from Classical Kids by Laurie Carlson

Here are some of the famous Greek mathematicians.

"His followers, Pythagoreans, believed that math was the basis for all things in life. They studied a series of numbers called triangular numbers. They laid the numbers out in rows of stones and saw that they always formed triangles."

"They also discovered that there were four figures that had all sides and angles equal. They called them the Platonic bodies, after Plato (another famous thinker and teacher in Greece)." I found a template at Math is Fun to make the 5 platonic bodies: pyramid (4 sides), cube (6 sides), octahedron (8 sides), dodecahedron (12 sides), icosahedron (20 sides). I had a little trouble making the 20 sided one.

"Greek mathematicians also discovered the pengaton, a five-sided shape. That helped them make up a pentacle, which is a five-pointed star. The Pythagoreans used the pentacle as their secret sign to each other. They studied the pentacle because it could be make with a 'never-ending line. Notice that the outside of the pentacle forms a pentagon and so does the inside of the pentacle. "

Discovered prime numbers - To find prime numbers make a chart from 1-100 and cross out any numbers that can be divided evenly by 2, 3 or 5. The ones that are left are the prime numbers

Sieve of Eratosthenes

We also read the book, The Librarian Who Measured the Earth, about how Eratosthenes used geometry to estimate the circumfrance of Earth.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Greek comedy & tragedy masks

Continuing with our study of ancient Greece, we learned that many words related to drama and theater such as chorus & scenery originated in ancient Greece.

"All the actors were male, and they all played multiple roles, so a mask was used to show the change in character or mood. Masks challenged the actors to portray their characters' feelings in more subtle ways, with voice and body language, since they couldn't use facial expressions. The two masks are now used as the symbol for theater, in memory of its origins in ancient Greece. "
- taken from

Here's our comedy masks

and tragedy masks

Life School Musical Pics

One of the Dad's took some pictures of the program. You can see them here:

There's some ones of Cameron acting like a ham during the performance:

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Children's Choir

Tonight was our Children's Choir Spring Musical, Life School Musical. In order to keep my preschool/kindergarten choir occupied while we waiting for our turn to see, I took pictures of them.

We sang a song called "Bugs" so the girls wore bug costumes and the boys wore bug t-shirts and home-made antennas.
Doing the "Bugs" choreography
Silly face!

Waiting in the hallway

and trying to keep them quiet

Cameron and Leah Carrie

My girls

The boys...what a handful!

Costume Change...Life School Musical Shirts

Doing School's Out Choreography

School's Out final pose
More silly faces!
Luke, Eli & Cameron

The boys
The girls
Luke, Leah Carrie & Cameron
After it was over, because I couldn't take pictures of the actual program. I was too busy with the kids plus we don't like flash photography to be used during the program.

T-Ball Game 4

These pictures are from Luke & Cameron's t-ball game that was Saturday.
We got donuts for breakfast because we had to be there at 8:00 to take team pictures.

Coach Daddy helping Cameron line up to bat
He didn't hit it too far

As you can see, the "mamarazzi" and the "aunt laurazzi" were out!

Can you see the ball in the air?

Run Cameron!

While I was out on the field taking pictures, this was happening on the sidelines.

Cameron running to 3rd and Luke running to 2nd

More running

Luke rounding 3rd

Luke's ready
I looked out there and Luke had his hat like this

Recovering from whatever Miriam did to him
Luke & Eli going after the ball

These 2 little boys were so cute...they were the littlest ones on the field

"Line up!" said Mr. Know-it-all


Good game

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Meadowview Stables

Today we had a fieldtrip to Meadowview Stables which is behind our house. The owner, Mrs. Sam, goes to our church and is Cameron's Sunday School teacher. She graciously agreed to have our homeschool group come and tour the stables and ride the horses...FOR FREE!

Checking out the horses
Waiting in line
Playing in the dirt

Luke wanted to wear his cowboy hat because the Shelbys were wearing theirs

Cameron and Mrs. Bobby (who also goes to our church)

looks like he had fun

on the other hand, Levi didn't
Miriam doesn't look too sure

Luke using the curry comb

Cameron using the curry comb and Miriam using the body brush

Levi showing me the brush

He wanted to brush the horse but
then he kept getting distracted by one of the other horses in the stall

helping him brush

look at that horse!

This horse had 2 different color eyes...this side was blue

Luke feeding the horse a treat

Miriam giving the horse a treat...of course she didn't do it the way you were supposed to

Ms. Lindsay feeding the baby a treat
and of course Mommy gets one too!

Mommy & baby

close up

Another one of Mommy & baby
I took this one right before we crawled through the fence to go back home